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Publisher's Summary

In an expensive London restaurant, Julia Lovat receives a gift that will change her life. It appears to be a book of exquisite 17th-century embroidery patterns - but on closer examination, Julia finds it also contains faint diary entries. In these, Cat Tregenna, an embroideress, tells how she and others were stolen out of a 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 story. There, in the company of a charismatic Moroccan guide, amid the sultry heat, the spice markets, and exotic ruins, Julia discovers buried secrets. And in Morocco - just as Cat did before her - she loses her heart.
Almost 400 years apart, the stories of the two women converge in an extraordinary and haunting manner that will make readers wonder: Is history fated to repeat itself?
©2008 Jane Johnson (P)2008 Books on Tape
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Critic Reviews

"A remarkable view of Barbary pirates and their times, and an engrossing romance of clashing cultures and wonderful characters." (Diana Gabaldon)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda Leeper on 11-29-08

Great Listen

Very entertaining and educational. I liked the references to the needle work but if you don't stitch you may not like this part. The use of two narrators helped keep things straight as it switched between present day and 1625.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Lulu on 05-25-12

An Engaging Read, But I'd Hoped For More

The premise of this book sounded right up my ally. And there were parts of it I really enjoyed. But it could have been much better. The parts of the book that took place in the past were better written than the current day story. The heroine's "friends" weren't friends. And the heroine's initial love interest wasn't lovable at all. She seemed to surround herself with poor excuses for loved ones, and when she finally formed a lasting relationship, the book was almost over.

The relationship between the historical heroine and her captor was unbelievable, but since it was historical, it was easier to swallow and parts of the book that dealt with these two were truly fun to read.

I can't exactly recommend this book, but I can't not recommend it either.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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