The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson, 394 pages
20-10 challenge: Never heard of the author before (although she is also known as Jude Fisher)
Lots of ways to describe this book - mystery, historical, pirates, suspense, and a bit of romance thrown it. A real-life book lover friend came gushing in to work with this book, and those type of recommendations have to be taken seriously.
Two parallel stories, surrounding an embroidery book. In 17th century England, Cat, a young woman dissatisfied with her future of marriage, gets more than she bargained for when pirates from Morocco attack her Cornwall village. Four hundred years later, Julie discovers the same book with Cat's notes in it in the midst of a painful breakup. Julie tries to unravel the mystery of the book, as their lives l
follow some unusual parallels.
I eventually understood the significance of the title, but I thought it took too long! I think there must be a better title for this book, but I'm not sure what it would be. There were small incredulous events, but I let go and just enjoyed the great combination of mystery, and suspense and storytelling. I enjoyed my time in Cornwall, and especially Morocco, and the connection of the embroidery was very nice. Nothing too heavy or heaving, with strong women leads from both centuries.