Synopsis according to Goodreads:
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.
I didn’t like Julia very much for the majority of the book. I don’t think you’re supposed to, honestly. But I envied her skill at embroidery (which I stink at- see below), and by the end of the book I was really proud of her for her openness and bravery. Catherine, on the other hand, I loved from the moment she was on the page.
The author does a beautiful job of making me want to visit Morocco (and maybe even Cornwall) with her vivid descriptions, and (I assume accurate) portrayal of cultural differences between Western Christians and Eastern Muslims. She also does a great job keeping characters grey- there are no flawless characters, nor mustache-twirling villains, here.
Overall, I highly recommend this book for lovers of fiction (contemporary, historic, or both), ensemble casts, seamless weaving of researched historical facts with fictional adventure, sweet romance, the romanticism of northern Africa, embroidery (or any fibre art), and magical realism.
I’m a coffee-fueled, hobby-addicted bibliophage who makes cruelty-free mineral eye shadows (inspired by novels). I’m usually in front of a screen (writing, reading, or gaming), but I’ve been known to emerge for geekery, good food, and dark chocolate.