The Spanish Pearl

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When Kate Vincent and her partner travel to Spain, Kate is accidentally transported back in time...way back in time...to 1085. What does a woman like Kate do in a world of no antibiotics, no feminism, no Diet Coke? She denies it as long as possible, then sets her mind to getting home. Tricky with her now useless twenty-first century skills.

Things don't go well. Kate is captured by a band of mercenary soldiers and becomes an unwitting pawn in ...
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When Kate Vincent and her partner travel to Spain, Kate is accidentally transported back in time...way back in time...to 1085. What does a woman like Kate do in a world of no antibiotics, no feminism, no Diet Coke? She denies it as long as possible, then sets her mind to getting home. Tricky with her now useless twenty-first century skills.

Things don't go well. Kate is captured by a band of mercenary soldiers and becomes an unwitting pawn in the violent conflict between the Catholic kings and the Islamic Moors. In her struggle to stay alive and return to the future, Kate must flee exotic harems, filthy dungeons, and treacherous Moorish courts. But when a sword-brandishing woman with an astonishing secret sweeps into Kate's life, Kate is suddenly torn between two women, and between two centuries.

The Spanish Pearl is an epic adventure spiced with humor, lust, and danger—a story with surprising twists that will capture your imagination just as Kate's dilemma captures your heart.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933110769
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
  • Publication date: 5/14/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,211,399
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine Friend and her partner of over twenty-five years raise sheep, ducks, and goats on their southeastern Minnesota farm. Her memoir, Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn, was an Insightout Bookclub bestseller and chronicles what happened to her relationship and her writing career when she agreed to help her partner start the farm. (It has a happy ending.) Hit by a Farm won a 2007 GCLS award and was a finalist for a 2006 Lambda Literary Award. Catherine has also written six books for children and was awarded a 2007 Loft/McKnight Fellowship in Children's Literature.

Catherine's interests range from writing, to reading about writing, to talking about writing, all the way to worrying about not writing. She was an economist, a project manager for a technical writing firm, taught writing for ten years, edited novels, and has taken some very odd jobs to avoid returning to the corporate world. In her spare time she plays the piano, paints, and hangs out with her partner, who makes her laugh every day
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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.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Great book.

    For a book that uses a lot of religion and most of the story happening in the same area, it was great book. It had action, suspense, romance, some comedy and drama. This was my first book that involved time traveling, and it was'nt disappointing. I liked the main characters in this story, but one of them was pretty dumb and the ending was not that happy. Especially knowing what happened before that. It was a great book, but those things and a certain moment in the story prevented me from giving it a 5 star.

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