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Summary

My dear Isabelle, in the attic you will find a box with your name on it. 

Isabelle's archaeologist father dies leaving a puzzle: a mysterious African amulet. But what is it? And why did he want her to have it? On impulse she takes a plane to Morocco to find out. But has Isabelle's curiosity got the better of her? 

Almost killed in an accident which damages the amulet (revealing more of its secrets), she realises she must be careful. But when her rescuer, Taïb, who knows the dunes and their peoples, offers to help uncover the amulet's history, she cannot resist uncovering the story of Tin Hanan - She of the Tents - who made a legendary desert crossing alone, and her descendant Mariata. 

Across years and over hot, shifting sands, tracking the Salt Road, the stories of Isabelle and Taïb, Mariata and her lover, become entangled with that of the lost amulet. It is a tale of souls wounded by history and of love blossoming on barren ground.

©2021 Jane Johnson (P)2021 Head of Zeus

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Hooked

I love Jane’s books they never get old and have read them time and time again.

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Boring

Don’t bother it’s long winded and lacks anything interesting. A string of cliches with no story. Completely unlike the description. The accents are annoying.

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So descriptive , you feel you are there. ..

wow great story. such believable characters. I became very invested in the people in the story and the ending was fantastic I could not predict that . I shall be listening to more books from this author.

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Set in tribal Algeria & Morocco

A pretty unique story in its setting and accounts of tribal customs.
The story has 2 strands interwoven giving both a modern and an ancient perspective on love & struggle & war.
I highly recommend this book.

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The Salt Road

Jane Johnson’s story telling is phenomenal. Amazing detail, ethnic accuracy, incredible use of English language. I get so lost in the characters and what is happening to them.

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spellbinding

I loved the story, narrator voice sometimes irritated, but had to listen to the end

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A most enjoyable read

Love how this writer's weaves together two separate stories . A gifted writer which means for an intriguing read.