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 ...
"Such a lovely, intriguing story! I loved every minute and I want to read the books written by the real life Frances."
"What an intriguing story to fill in some of the gaps of history!"
"Wasn't what i thought it was... interesting story ! "
New Haven, CT
"LOVED. Great characters and interesting storyline. Strongly recommend to friends."
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."
"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. "
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!"
"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. "
"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"
"I loved the combination of adventure and history"
San Diego, CA
"May not be a book for everyone but I truly enjoyed the dynamics between the couple and their friends."