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Crossed Bones
by Jane Johnson | Mystery & Thrillers
Registered by AliceF of Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on 1/18/2008
Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by KawasakiBabe): permanent collection

3 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by AliceF from Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on Friday, January 18, 2008

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"On a Sunday morning in July 1625, Barbary pirates sail into a quiet Cornish bay and storm the church. Their loot: sixty men, women and children, kidnapped and bound for northern Morocco, where they are to be sold in the thronging slave market of the Souq el Ghezel. Amongst them is Catherine Anne Tregenna, a talented young embroiderer. But as her diary reveals, Cat is anything but the subservient and compliant slave that her captors were expecting - and as the coast of England fades from sight, adventure beckons in the East ...In an exclusive London restaurant, a gift is given that will change Julia Lovat's life. The antique book of Jacobean embroidery delights her, but when she settles down to read it more closely, she unexpectedly discovers within its foxed and faded pages the extraordinary diary of a young Cornish girl, calling to her from across the centuries...The stories of these two women are destined to converge in an extraordinary and haunting manner.

With handsome pirates, beautiful slave girls, exotic mysteries and Moroccan markets, "Crossed Bones" is an enthralling adventure of the high seas, based on the real-life raids on the Cornish coast by 17th century Barbary corsairs." 

Journal Entry 2 by AliceF at BookCrosser, RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Friday, April 17, 2009

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Released 9 yrs ago (4/17/2009 UTC) at BookCrosser, RABCK -- Controlled Releases



My bookshelves are overflowing once again and desperate for a cull... so this one is going to go, unread, as a surprise RABCK: enjoy! 

Journal Entry 3 by wingPlum-crazywing from Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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What a lovely surprise......a book from my wishlist has popped through my letterbox....Thanks so much AliceF it's really've made my day AND you're going on my "Wall of Fame"! :o) 

Journal Entry 4 by wingPlum-crazywing at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, June 20, 2011

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"Being the all-true adventures & most unlikely romance of a pirate's slave girl..."

This wasn't quite the read as I was thinking it was going to be. I was expecting more of a romance because of the above cover blurb - though maybe I was also influenced by memories of "Caress and Conquer" which also features a red-haired Cat captured by pirates. There, I am very pleased to say, any resemblance to that other rather trashy novel (though it is in my PC - go figure!) ends.

This is a really good story about the abduction of a group of Cornish villagers in the early seventeenth century, of course mainly focusing on Cat. Running alongside there is the story of Julia, who over four hundred years later has discovered Cat's journal & who takes herself off to Morocco to track Cat's story & this spilt worked well.

My only (slight) criticism would be that for me I would have liked a little more romance but having said that the lack of this will help the book appeal to wider audience. If you want an entertaining story based on historical fact then you could do a lot worse than giving this ago (& if you want bodice-ripping hunky pirates try "Caress & Conquer" lol)

Read as part of the 2011 ULTIMATE CHALLENGE (#70) - themed "BODY PARTS" read for June 

Journal Entry 5 by wingPlum-crazywing at Todmorden Train Station OBCZ in Todmorden, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, October 23, 2011

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Released 6 yrs ago (10/24/2011 UTC) at Todmorden Train Station OBCZ in Todmorden, West Yorkshire United Kingdom


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Journal Entry 6 by KawasakiBabe at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, October 24, 2011

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Picked up from a pile Plum-crazy had just dropped off. Wow, I'm thrilled because the author is addicted to Morocco, just like me.
I expect to enjoy it! Thanks Plum-crazy x 

Journal Entry 7 by KawasakiBabe at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, October 27, 2011

9 out of 10

Well, I loved this book - managed it in 2 days, around working, babysitting, shopping and sleeping!
Unlike Plum-crazy who would prefer more romance, I thought there was just the right amount. The writing is superb (on a par with Lionel Shriver and Anita Shreve) and even though I'm not normally a fan of historical novels, there was the perfect balance between the past and the present.
The Morocco in this novel is the Morocco I recognise and love (the hustle and bustle and winding streets of the Medina, the haggling in the souks, the smells and tastes of the local food, and the surprise of chancing upon lush green parks and the mystery of the courtyard houses, hidden from public view!)
Roll on Feb 2012 for my next adventure in Morocco. Loved the book - moved for now to my PC because I fancy reading it again! Thanks Plum-crazy. x 

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