Once in a while, you pick up a book, having never heard about it, but something about it intrigues you. Within the first few pages, it captivates you, and you find yourself spending every waking moment absorbed in a story so enthralling that you just can’t bear to put the book down. The Tenth Gift is one of those books.
In 1625, Barbary pirates land in Cornwall, taking 60 men, women and children hostage. Based on this true event, author Jane Johnson creates the character Catherine Ann Tregenna, one of the captured. We follow Cat’s story, as she endures the harrowing voyage to Morocco, where she is sold as a slave.
Not only is the story exciting, but there are lots of twists and turns, and some great history thrown in. It’s a perfect book for those planning their summer reading lists!
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2008