Novel Review: The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson

The Tenth GiftThe Tenth Gift

by Jane Johnson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the story in this novel about a 16th century Christian Maid who falls in love with her Moroccan Muslim slave trade captor. She was an interesting strong character — and although brutal, her captor had a very human and relate-able side.

I had a hard time connecting with the main modern day character with her heart broken after nearly a decade of sleeping with her best friend’s husband. I just didn’t have any heart for her — but I appreciated that the romance that she does find is just that… romance. It makes the connection between her and her Moroccan guide that much more real. The only thing that really bugged me was that she attempts to exorcise some demon from the past. It was ridiculous and didn’t really match with the rest of the story.

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