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Author: Jane Johnson Narrator: Susan Duerden, John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781415949733
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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 Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A remarkable view of Barbary pirates and their times, and an engrossing romance of clashing cultures and wonderful characters. Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • This is such a lush book! It transported me to another time and other places, enticing me into an exotic, turbulent world in which past and present are seamlessly woven into a mesmerizing story. India Edghill, author of Wisdom’s Daughter
  • What a tangled web Jane Johnson weaves with the opening of a book of old embroidery patterns! Two heroines cross paths across centuries. Unworthy lovers, treachery, ghosts, and pirates march through the streets and seas of modern day England, 17th century Cornwall, and Morocco as each woman tries to find what is most important to her. Discovering one’s authenticity is a story in which time doesn’t matter, and Johnson stitches the threads of both stories into a lovely, enticing whole. Karleen Koen, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Angels
  • “I was totally enthralled from the first page to the last by this dramatic, exotic, and passionate tale that slips seamlessly through time. Jane Johnson’s wonderfully researched book leaves the fragrance of spices and the rustle of beautiful silks lingering in the mind with images of two exceptional women and the men in their lives. Rosalind Laker, author of The Golden Tulip
  • "A gripping historical mystery based on historical fact. A sensuous, richly-textured novel. Rebecca Stott, author of Ghostwalk
  • Exciting, intriguing, fascinating and also illuminating. Rosalind Miles, bestselling author of I, Elizabeth
  • Brings to life a forgotten part of England's past: the capture of inhabitants of the southern coast by Barbary corsairs in the early sixteen hundreds. Rich with detail, wonderfully researched, this is a novel that will surprise and delight. Gerri Brightwell, author of The Dark Lantern

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mel | 1/29/2014

    " One of my all-time favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 1/27/2014

    " a bit difficult to read at first, but the effort was worth it in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/6/2014

    " Another great book..1625 Cornwall, pirates, romance. I had to keep reading to find out what happened. Now I know where the term "Sally Rovers" originated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nita | 1/1/2014

    " It was an adventure from 1625 to present..it did hold my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 12/29/2013

    " needed more substance and grit! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/23/2013

    " I really struggled sticking with this book untill about chapter 20. Was not connecting to the characters...I am glad I stuck with it because the rest was fantastic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 9/19/2013

    " This book is very historically interesting. I had no idea that over a million Europeans were taken by pirates and sold into slavery in Africa! The two female protagonists are spoiled and bratty, but seem to be learning a lesson as the book unfolds. Very well written and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 7/19/2013

    " book club choice for feb 2011. most enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fay | 6/14/2013

    " It wasn't boring, just not exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 3/18/2013

    " This book isn't due out until 5/08. I grabbed a pre-pub copy at the library just because I liked the cover. The story was great. Two related stories, one taking place today and one 400 years ago, pirates, embroidery(!) and a ghost. What's not to like?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 3/5/2013

    " This was a book club selection and I really enjoyed it; I liked the way that the parallel story lines not only intertwined but came full circle in the end. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saralyn | 12/7/2012

    " A pleasantly intertwined plot that keeps you interested all the way through the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Three/Jana | 12/5/2012

    " It started out a bit slow, but once it got rolling, I was quite interested. I would have liked to have seen more ardor in the romance, with both Catherine and Julia but all in all I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sofia | 10/13/2012

    " Very nice book, really interesting story... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 6/30/2012

    " Really interesting tale set in Cornwall. I had never heard of pirates off the Cornish coast in 1625. The story parallels two women -one in 1625 and one living today. Part mystery, part adventure, part historical fiction - entertaining and enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 9/23/2011

    " Enjoyed the story; took me a while to understand the "tenth gift" thing, but near the end I figured it out. Thought the relationship between Anna and Julia after the truth came out was bizarre. In the end, I am glad I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 7/14/2011

    " One day I will hopefully write an indepth review about what I did and didn't like about this book. For now, I shall ruminate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/29/2011

    " I couldn't put this book down!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 5/23/2011

    " Just read this for the third or fourth time (for book club). It's been years, and I'd forgotten how wonderful it was. So many dog-eared pages! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 5/23/2011

    " I really enjoyed the language and the description of life at that time. Great story line. Mostly unpredictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 5/22/2011

    " A classic so had to be read. It was good enough to keep me interested. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 5/22/2011

    " I read this classic years ago and I'm glad I read it again. Great characters, great quotes. In some ways, Bronte's thoughts were before her time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 5/21/2011

    " Painful. A very boring read. I had to read this for college and it is very hard to write essays on a book with no substance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/21/2011

    " I'm a little surprised by how much I loved this book. I'm obsessed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorraine | 5/21/2011

    " One of my most favorite stories. A person can be abused and forgive - can have very bad things happen and still be self confident, loving, caring, and optimistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scarlett | 5/21/2011

    " I adored this book. I loved the characters, and the plot was intriguing. I highly recommend this book, and I'll definitely be picking it up again and rereading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angi | 5/20/2011

    " Well written. I enjoyed the book as a whole. However, I really didn't identify with the main character. In fact, sometimes she really frusterated me.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 5/20/2011

    " What a classic! I can't believe I haven't read it until now. My favorite part was the bits and pieces of french all throughout it. Quite the love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paddy | 5/20/2011

    " A must read for any literature lover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 5/19/2011

    " I have read this twice and it is truly a scary story but romantic as well. I love it. "

About the Author

Lisa Larsen is a Los Angeles based voiceover actor who specializes in audiobook narration. She has narrated audiobooks across a wide range of genres, including inspirational stories, thrillers, and young adult paranormals and also lent her voice to radio spots and a variety of training and marketing videos for companies like Mazda and Nexgrill.

About the Narrators

John Lee is the winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. His has twice won acclaim as AudioFile’s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and coproduced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.

Susan Duerden is an actress and an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. Her reading of The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht earned her an AudioFile Best Voice Award and a Booklist Editors’ Choice Award. She has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. Here career spans film, television, theater, voice-overs, and animation. She has played critically acclaimed and award-winning theatrical roles on London’s West End and Off Broadway; acted in the features Lovewrecked and Flushed Away; and held a recurring role on ABC’s Lost.