Historical Fiction

Enchanted Islands

by Allison Amend

Quick take

The author has re-imagined one of the stranger episodes of Galapagos history as something of an intelligence race, an ex-spy's tell-all.

Why I love it

The website of the Galapagos Conservancy contains this curiously understated comment: "In the 1930s, a small group of people tried to colonize the island but ultimately failed. Their story is told in the book The Enchanted Islands: A Five-year Adventure in the Galapagos by Ainslie and Frances Conway."

But what if the Conways were more than just failed colonists? What if they really were ...

Member thoughts

45% Love
48% Like
7% Dislike
  • Megan E.

    Horace, ND

    "Such a lovely, intriguing story! I loved every minute and I want to read the books written by the real life Frances."

  • Ashley B.

    Lakewood, CO

    "What an intriguing story to fill in some of the gaps of history!"

  • Susan W.

    Elmhurst, IL

    "Wasn't what i thought it was... interesting story ! "

  • Laura K.

    New Haven, CT

    "LOVED. Great characters and interesting storyline. Strongly recommend to friends."

  • Amanda M.

    St Paul, MN

    "Absolutely adored this book. I loved the eventful life it described and how it was all "normal" because things just came along, and she rolled with the punches."

  • Laura W.

    Richmond, VA

    "The story takes its time unwinding, but somehow never feels slow. Maybe that's because Frances is such a delightful narrator. Her sly humor and self-awareness make for an unexpectedly emotional read. "

  • Amelia P.

    Brighton , MA

    "Amend's story is slowly placed but it's breathtaking all the same. I adored the characters and the settings. Wonderful adventure story!"

  • Kelly M.

    Babylon, NY

    "Took a little while to get going, and I would have liked to have found out all the secrets at the end, but a nice pace and great narration. "

  • Bri N.

    Seattle, WA

    "I love the era and the depth of characters; that they could love each other so much knowing the truths about each other. Made me happy for them, while my heart ached a little at the losses"

  • Krystal F.

    Garrison, NY

    "I loved the combination of adventure and history"

  • Anna B.

    San Diego, CA

    "May not be a book for everyone but I truly enjoyed the dynamics between the couple and their friends."