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The Spanish Pearl

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  • Posted March 8, 2009

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    An outstanding story

    If you like historical fiction, this is the book for you.

    Kate Vincent and her partner have traveled to Spain to adopt a child named Arturo. The process is delayed when Arturo catches a cold and, to pass the time, one afternoon Kate decides to visit a cave. While there she becomes dizzy, passes out and wakes up nine hundred years in the past. A woman who is used to cars, television, women's rights and who has an addiction to Diet Coke and chocolate finds herself in the Spain of the Moorish occupation in the days of El Cid. Moorish women have no rights at all, a fact that gets tart tongued Kate in trouble immediately. Kate is taken prisoner by a group of soldiers, thrown into a harem and forced to live in a world where women are barely third class citizens. She is determined to escape in order to find the cave and return to the future, but is thwarted at every turn by Luis Navarro, a dashing captain of the guard. As Kate blunders her way through the life of the 11th century, Luis is there to save her, stop her and basically try to keep her alive. Kate continues to plot her return, but finds herself being drawn more to Luis, who has a secret to share, and Kate begins to question her relationship with Anna and whether or not returning to her own time is what she truly wants to do. After a daring dash across Spain, time spent in dungeons and being tortured, plus mingling in the intrigues of both the Moorish and Spanish royal courts, Kate has to face a final decision, which century is the one where her heart belongs.

    Catherine Friend has managed to tell an exciting story that draws the reader in without violating the constraints of history. Kate isn't a 21st century woman running around living that lifestyle in the 11th century. She has to follow the customs of the time, wear the appropriate clothing and respond as a woman from that time would. She doesn't lose any of her fire, but she also isn't accepted as an equal among men who can stand toe to toe and look them in the eyes either. Friend doesn't use the trick of saying this is fantasy, so forget the reality of the period because it's fiction. She makes her heroine conform to the time and still keeps her interesting. The details in the book show the depth of her research. In fact, the reader will have to keep remembering that this IS fiction because the characters seem so real and true to the time. Don't dismiss this as dry history however. There is humor, lust and danger enough to interest anyone. This is an exciting work to read and it might teach the reader something at the same time. Who could ask for more?

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  • Posted October 31, 2008

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    THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING

    THIS BOOK HAS BEEN THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. ITS MOVING AND THRILLING AND MAKES YOU NOT WANT TO PUT IT DOWN. AWASOME ENDING. AND IT EVEN HAS A 2ND PART WICH IM NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO READING BECAUSE THE ENDING WAS PERFECT BUT I WILL. IT LEAVES YOU IN A STATE OF NEEDING TO KNOW WATLL HAPEN. YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH THE CHARACTERS. A BOOK YOULL NEVER REGRET BUYING.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2015

    Big reader

    I love every one of her novels i think this one is the best one shes written

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Excellent Book! I had a hard time putting it down. The writing s

    Excellent Book! I had a hard time putting it down. The writing style of Catherine Friend is truely exceptional. The scenes in the book are well decrived and leave a vivid picture in the readers mind as to what is taking place throughout the story. This book is filled with action, adventure, love, romance and desire. Its an unpredictiable tale that comes together with an ending i truely couldn't second guess. It left me wanting more so i just had to purchase the sequal to this book called The Crown of Valencia.

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