The Tenth Gift: A Novel

Written by:
Jane Johnson
Narrated by:
Susan Duerden , John Lee

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2008
14 hours 1 minute
An enthralling story of secrets and discovering love where you least expect it, in The Tenth Gift the art of embroidery uncannily links two fascinating women of different eras and their equally passionate love stories

In an expensive London restaurant, Julia Lovat receives a gift that changes her life. At first glance it is a book of exquisite seventeenth-century embroidery patterns belonging to a woman named Catherine Ann Tregenna. Yet in its margins are the faintest diary entries; they reveal that “Cat” and others were stolen from their Cornish church in 1625 by Muslim pirates and taken on a brutal voyage to Morocco to be auctioned off as slaves. Captivated by this dramatic discovery, Julia sets off to North Africa to determine the authenticity of the book and to uncover more of Cat’s mesmerizing story. There, in the company of a charismatic Moroccan guide, amid the sultry heat, the spice markets, and exotic ruins, Julia will discover secrets long buried. And in Morocco—just as Cat did before her—she will lose her heart.

Though they live almost 400 years apart, the stories of these two women converge in an extraordinary and haunting manner that begs the question, is history fated to repeat itself?

“The Tenth Gift is wildly yet convincingly romantic—a rare combo . . . both a sensitive portrayal of Muslim culture and a delectable adventure of the heart.”—USA Today
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I did this book on Audio. The readers were excellent their accents and use of other languages words made the book so enjoyable, come alive. The authors descriptive pros showed such a command of the language there were several places I’d stop and think ‘what a beautiful use of the words’. This book played while I packed up my house for a move and made the chore fly by.

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Barbara Ann

Reading this reminded me of "People of the Book" (one of my favorite reads last year) in that the book is the crux of the story, flipping back and forth from present to the 17th century.

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This book is great fun and you get to learn a bit of history and a little bit about other cultures while you read a beautifully told love story from the past.

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Engaging story, well written and well read. Good character development without becoming bogged down in descriptions

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