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The Salt Road

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  1,208 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
From the author of The Tenth Gift comes another story of exotic, foreign lands, entwining storylines spanning generations, and the quests to overcome love lost.

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

Isabelle's estranged archeologist father dies, leaving her a puzzle. In a box she finds some papers and a mysterious African amulet — but the
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ebook, 464 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Doubleday Canada (first published October 19th 2010)
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Mark Lawrence
Nov 08, 2010 Mark Lawrence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Salt Road is billed as a romance, and it may well be that readers who like romance writing will enjoy the love story set out across two separate timelines in this book. I wouldn't classify The Salt Road as a romance. I don't read romance as a genre. For me it's an adventure, set in an exotic location, painlessly educational, a travelogue... lots of things. I.e. it can be enjoyed on many levels. I'll attribute that enjoyment to the exceptional writing and to the intimate knowledge the author ...more
kaśyap
Jun 11, 2015 kaśyap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
A beautifully written story. Set in North Africa, there are two story lines here following two women, which are set about 30 to 40 years apart from each other but they might as well have been set centuries apart. Mariata is a remarkable character creation. Her story is full of passion and strength and explores the relationship between man and nature.
Her vivid, personal descriptions bring the desert to life, I’ve infact learned a lot about the North African desert tribes and their culture through
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Jean-marcel
This novel tells the stories of Isabelle Treslove-Faucet, once a wild tomboy but now a reformed, "grown up" corporate tax accountant, and the circumstances that lead her to travel to Morrocco to uncover her mysterious past, and Mariata, a Tuareg woman and desert wanderer who experiences a host of misfortunes and travails and must make a thousand-mile journey across the Sahara on foot to protect herself and her baby from an unwanted marriage. The two narratives are set about forty years apart in ...more
Nicolle
This book has an intriguing title which doesn't give any clues to what the book is going to be about which is why I entered for it on Goodreads First Reads, and when I won and it arrived I saw the cover and I just knew it was going to be a good book. The cover gives the impression of the east, which is where the majority of the book is set.
The book starts off by introducing the character Isabelle and her life so far, it is written well and we get to know the traits that Izzy has, and that the
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Andrea (Cozy Up With A Good Read)
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This was one book that I did not like at all, it came close to being a DNF (but I hate spending time reading something to not finish it). The first chapter intrigued me a little, and I thought there would be a good mystery and maybe some action to the story, but as I read on I felt that the story dragged on with information that I did not think pertained to the story as a whole. I found I could not connect with any of the characters, and felt myself p
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Frances
Nov 30, 2014 Frances rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An astonishing and remarkable adventure! The author wrote this story beautifully as I could truly feel the hot desert sands beneath my feet and see the magnificence of the land through the eyes of her characters. In various chapters throughout the book her words were quite poetic as she captured the lives of its people. As it takes you along their journey you come to know how fate does seem to push us along the many paths that must be taken. A very enjoyable book indeed and highly recommended.
Marie
Mar 18, 2013 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Salt Road, Isabelle (Izzy) Treslove-Fawcett has inherited an amulet, along with a mysterious note, from her father. It leads her on a journey to Morocco to find the amulet's origin and solve the mystery that her father eluded to in the note. Once there, she meets an antiques trader, Taïb, learns about the history of the Tuareg people and uncovers the amulet's amazing past.

I had read Johnson's other book, The Tenth Gift and really enjoyed it, so I was really excited when I first heard abo
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Nicole
Jan 14, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I read Jane Johnson's The Tenth Gift in July of 2009. That story involved the lives of two women living in two different time periods paralleling each other. The story and Johnson's writing stayed in my mind; a woven tapestry that at the end was revealed its completion not its unraveling. I know I'm being overly dramatic here but I've never really come across another writer like Jane Johnson, with her exotic settings, evocative prose and dynamic female characters. Maybe I could call up a few aut ...more
Susan
Apr 01, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually bought this novel for someone else, who couldn't get hold of it in the States. It's not something I would have bought from a store normally. But I was intrigued both by the idea of the story and the author's history. I am primarily a sci fi and fantasy reader although I love a good historical like Dunnett or Erskine.

I found the opening pretty slow. I wasn't even sure I liked it, but the skill of the author shows in the gradual build up throughout the novel. It's beautifully written. I
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Deanna
Mar 09, 2011 Deanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully told story. The story moves back and forth between two strong women, from very different worlds. Izzy, now Isabelle is a powerful lawyer on the fast track, with many secrets in her past. The author has made it clear why Isabelle's relationship with her mother was so strained but the reader is unaware of the unhappiness she experienced due to her father until almost the very end of the book. Upon his death, he leaves her something from his travels that he promises will change her wo ...more
Erika
May 16, 2012 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this had not been a book club book, I think I would have given up by page 150. Mariata's story is enchanting but Isabelle is infuriating and ignorant. Unfortunately there are people like her who do travel and who are as insensitive as she to the cultures of others. By page 191 the story finally started to become more interesting and I stopped skimming over Isabelle's chapters and actually read the whole rest of the story. The previous 100 pages had been spent skimming the chapters with Isabel ...more
Robin Hobb
Jan 29, 2014 Robin Hobb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book does not want to be put into a single category. But if you must, you may file it under mystery, romance, adventure or travelogue.

To me, it's just a great double weave of two stories of two very different characters, set against the same backdrop.

NO spoilers!
Andrea Vlasic
Jan 26, 2011 Andrea Vlasic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book!
Liliflaj
Feb 12, 2016 Liliflaj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ovoj knjizi bih dala 6 zvezdica, toliko je dobra. Ako volite dobru ljubavnu pricu, punu avanturistickog duha i neizvesnosti do kraja, ovo je prava knjiga za vas!
Barbara
Nov 02, 2011 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE SALT ROAD
Jane Johnson


The story is set in today's world, a lady CPA with "issues", including disliking her French mother and hating her archeologist father. Now she has her life perfectly in order and nothing can disturb her - until her father dies and leaves her the house she grew up in. Along with the house, he leaves a note about a box in the attic which she can open, or leave closed - her choice.

She opens the box and finds an unusual amulet, obviously foreign and old. With it is some not
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Mitriel
Oct 03, 2014 Mitriel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I still remember that moment a few weeks back, my train approaching London King’s Cross Station, me closing the book around a hundred pages in and exiting the train carriage onto the platform. That was the moment, when out of nowhere a short dialogue from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings occurred to me, Frodo Baggins asking Sam Gamgee after his first encounter with the elves:

“’Do you like them still, now you have had a closer view?’

They seem a bit above my likes and dislikes, so to speak,’ ans
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Big Book Little Book
The story weaves together to tell the two tales of Mariata and Isabella. These two women have had very contrasting lives, living in different times and countries, where women are treated in hugely different ways and have vastly different expectations. Isabella in the West being, what we would think of, as a strong, independent, ambitious woman and Mariata in the more Eastern lifestyle. Yet Mariata too is a strong, independent and ambitious woman. The outworking of these qualities in their lives ...more
Cara
Jun 25, 2011 Cara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read any of Jane Johnson's previous books but was aware of her fantasy books written under the pseudonym Jude Fisher. The Salt Road was recommended to me and I am glad to say, it was well worth reading.

The Salt Road is mainly set in North Africa and the descriptions of the varied landscapes of the Sahara are breathtaking. The story centres around a Tuareg amulet that Isabelle inherits from her estranged father. She goes to Morocco to solve the puzzle of why her father wanted her to
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June
I really enjoyed this.I came across it after reading this article all about the author Jane Johnson.. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/art...
I am myself a european woman with a north african husband,albeit a city boy from Algeria, and have become pretty interested in the people and lands of the region, so this was right up my alley.

I enjoyed the wonderful description of desert life, customs and people as well as wanting to know how the protagonist's father had come by the amulet he bequeaths to
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Kathy
Jan 17, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Isabelle''s estranged archeologist father dies, leaving her a puzzle. In a box she finds some papers and a mysterious African amulet - but their connection to her remains unclear until she embarks on a trip to Morocco to discover how the amulet came into her father''s possession. When the amulet is damaged and Isabelle almost killed in an accident, she fears her curiosity has got the better of her. But Taib, her rescuer, knows the dunes and their peoples, and offers to help uncover the amulet''s ...more
Julie
Jan 08, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book description:
Isabelle's estranged archeologist father dies, leaving her a puzzle. In a box she finds some papers and a mysterious African amulet — but their connection to her remains unclear until she embarks on a trip to Morocco to discover how the amulet came into her father's possession. When the amulet is damaged and Isabelle almost killed in an accident, she fears her curiosity has got the better of her. But Taib, her rescuer, knows the dunes and their peoples, and offers to help uncove
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Sally
I had no Idea what this book would be about when I entered the Goodreads compotition. I think that the cover drew me to it because it is pretty and in your face what with it being red.
The book begins by introducing us to the main charcter Isabelle and her life up to now when the book is set.
The book like Kate Mosses 'labrynth' switches between two stories eras while being connected to each other in a way. The one being the story of Isabelle and the other one being the story when she is having a
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Cardmaker
Dec 13, 2011 Cardmaker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love a mystery and the write-up on the back of the book said Isabelle was left a mystery in the attic of the house her father left her in his will. That was enough to get me to buy the book. I'm so glad I did because it turned out to be an interesting, exciting, and exotic journey she ended up taking, and I got to go on it with her. I don't usually enjoy stories that move back and forth between two time settings but this one was done very well. By the time I got halfway through the book, I did ...more
Michelle
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I liked it, but I didn't love it. The book is well written and extremely well researched, giving a fascinating glimpse into the culture and history of the Tuareg people. I must admit I enjoyed the flash-back sections of the book more than the modern day passages.
Whilst the main bulk of the book is realistic and quite brutal at times, the ending felt contrived and out of kilter with the rest of the story. It left me with a rather flat, dissatisfied feeling as if there should have been a more dram
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Donna
Mar 13, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book about the people of desert. It starts out with Izzy as a little girl who is rambucious and lively. Than becomes an accountant. What happened to her to change her from the little girl to the woman she became. Her father leaves a secret box in his will for her in the attic. The choice is her's to open it or not. She does open it and finds an amulet with some history to it and decided to go to Morroco to do some rock climbing. Which becomes an adventure for her. It is als ...more
Jae
Jul 14, 2012 Jae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a present day story of a woman living in England, intermingled with the life of a Tuareg woman of the past. At first I didn't think I would like this book, as I couldn't identify with or feel any empathy for the modern day protagonist. However, the chapters that dealt with the life of Mariata, the desert woman seemed to me to be much more vivid and captured the imagination so much more. I did, in the end, enjoy this book and would give it 3.5 stars if I could, and I suggest to anyone abo ...more
Mathilda
Feb 15, 2012 Mathilda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


I'm not a great romance fan, I actually bought the book because the story is set in Morocco. The Salt Road is a wonderful read that stayed a while in my mind afterwards. It is beautifully written and well researched about fascinating ancient cultures of Touaregs and Bedouin in the Sahara Desert. It is intriguing and the characters interesting, the story of two different women in two different periods of time, it's just a good book.
Alexa-Storm Hartman
I am rather upset, that this story has ceased. I believe that the imagery of deserts has captured my heart and soul once more.
The beings that live to travel and create adventures along this life journey, I recommend you read this book and allow yourself to dissolve into the desert and the mysticism of the lives lived amongst the dunes, rocky terrain and oases.
Hanna
Apr 23, 2012 Hanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the insight into the native people of the Sahara Desert that have been living there for a century in the same way. The book follows two storylines that occur about 40 years apart and then they of course connect in the end. When I started the book I thought the older storyline occurred hundreds of years before.....crazy that people really can survive in the desert like that.
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aka Jude Fisher, Gabriel King (with M. John Harrison)

Jane Johnson is from Cornwall and has worked in the book industry for 20 years, as a bookseller, publisher and writer.

She was responsible for publishing the works of J R R Tolkien during the 1980s and 1990s and worked on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, spending many months in New Zealand with cast and crew. Under the pseudonym o
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“Hoćemo li mi, kada jednom umremo, postati zvijezde - te malene nakupine svjetlosnog praha na nemilosrdnom polju crnila? Ili samo odlazimo pod zemlju i tamo trunemo?” 0 likes
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