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In a wonderful offering by author Lucinda E. Clarke, Amie: An African Adventure is a book that is sure to be enjoyed by many. Follow the story of Amie, a young Englishwoman who was living a fairly typical life. She'd stayed in her home town, was close to family and friends that she'd known her whole life, and lived a life she pretty much expected. But when her husband tells her that they will soon be moving to Africa, where he is being sent for work, her stable life is turned topsy-turvy. An African Adventure is certainly an appropriate subtitle for this book, because that is exactly what Amie finds, filled with action, intrigue, adventure, danger, and even a time of being lost. Amie: An African Adventure has something for everyone!
I very much enjoyed this book. Author Lucinda E. Clarke has done a fantastic job in creating characters that her readers will truly connect with, relate to and care about. She has done a wonderful job in scene settings, and readers may look up from the story and find themselves surprised to be in their familiar environments instead of on a hot and dusty road in Africa. I am pleased to recommend Amie: An African Adventure to any reader who enjoys an adventurous tale. I was delighted to see that author Lucinda E. Clarke already has a second book about Amie available, and will be certain to read that one just as soon as I can. If it's anything like the first instalment, it will be a great read!
From the Author
IAN Awards Finalist in Literary Fiction
Book Excellence Awards Finalist in Adventure
Pinnacle Book Awards Winner in Adventure
Global Ebook Awards Bronze in Popular Literature
Readers' Favorite Awards Honorable Mention in Fiction Action
#17 in Read Freely 50 Best books
- Print length : 384 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- File size : 2820 KB
- Publication date : July 16, 2014
- Publisher : Umhlanga Press; 1st edition (July 16, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00LWFIO5K
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #610,082 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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However, I have not lived the terror of being an expatriate in a country torn by civil war. Travelling into countries where armed guards partrol the borders was terrifying enough. Having to survive when being considered a criminal would be more than terrifying.
This book is well-written and brings the life of the African people to life. It shows the extremes in how people react to the conditions. From horror to acceptance. And it makes you wonder how much "right" others have to try to change the way people other than ourselves live. When, if ever, is it appropriate to intervene in the name of "humanity"?
As you might imagine when she arrives things aren’t entirely what she expected. Some are. Some are better. Others worse. She makes a connection with the peace of the place, while still wanting to help with the tragedies. In nature she finds a new perspective but amid the people she defines herself in ways that were beautiful and unexpected. What starts as slow tension when she is put in uncomfortable situations spirals out of control and goes places I never imagined. Amie is my hero. While most things tied up nicely there are threads I’m so curious about. I can’t wait to get back into her world and see what the future holds.
It tells the tale of Amie, a British woman who goes to live in an African country with her husband, on what is supposed to be a short-term contract. She discovers a community of sorts there and sees how white immigrants live and are generally expected to behave. But disaster strikes when civil war breaks out.
I won't spoil the story for you - this is one you will have to read for yourself, and you won't be disappointed. The story seems to start slowly, and then all of a sudden it takes off, and the pages are practically turning themselves.
The writing is excellent. Very engaging, and Amie is not only realistic, but very much a person you can relate to, and see her grow.
I enjoyed this thriller immensely. Highly recommended.
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From the first few pages, the author sets the scene, the significance of which doesn't become relevant until much later on in the book. The story hinges around a seemingly stable region of Africa and the need for a desalination plant to be built. Our heroine, a mere secretary of sorts to the film industry that she longs to be included in, finds herself whisked to the foreign land as the wife of the newly delegated project manager in the form of her husband Jonathan. While we don't get to really connect with Jonathan's personality on a great level, it is clear to see that he is very career driven. Aimie on the other hand, comes across as a woman with some concerns and much deeper thought than just opportunity and proves to be extremely resilient and resourceful in the remainder of the book - I instantly warmed to her character. From the outset, the attention to the scenic detail given by the author is nothing short of brilliant. So easy was it to read such scenes of open plains and majestic, sweeping landscapes that if I were to close my eyes, an image would appear - exactly what a reader wants in a book of this nature.
There were many times throughout this tale of corruption, volatile governments and destitute peoples where I found myself feeling guilty at the luxuries I have, effectively taking for granted the most basic of provisions such as clean, running water, or a shop yards away that sells everything I need to live for months, let alone one day. The ability of the writer to induce such sentiments in any reader is quite simply a brilliant talent.
I'm not going to go into too much detail with regards to the storyline and plot, I think it is well worth a read to find out what happens in this engaging, often suspenseful and thrilling novel though I was a little dismayed at what appeared to be a rushed twist to the end - that could have been perhaps expanded a little further. That is my only real point to pick up on mind you. This book is edited to an extremely high standard, and that alone requires a great deal of concentration and hard work for both editor and author, it is to be applauded here. The story itself has given me many happy hours of entertainment, casting me far away from the confines of my reading position, out into the open wilds of Africa and filling me with a real sense of the peoples, customs and often barbaric lack of respect for human life, very well written indeed.
It is because of the quality of this story, the fact that it kept me so engaged despite often long gaps between reads, that I have chosen to give it the full 5 stars. I would recommend this to anyone needing a captivating read..
It is rare for me to so completely identify with a character in a book as to truly feel as if I am living out the story in her shoes, but that's how I felt following Amie's story. All the way along I kept thinking, what would I do if I was her? How would I cope with her situation?
The story splits into two distinct halves. The first half deals with Amie's relocation to living in Africa and the cultural differences she faces in this very different environment. Having read other work by Lucinda Clarke, I'm already aware that she has spent many years living and working in Africa and she has brought that experience vividly to life through these pages. Just reading the first half of this book has taught me far more about the real Africa than I've ever learnt from television.
In the second half of the book events take a turn for the worse as Amie finds herself caught up in an unstable political situation, ultimately fighting for survival against every danger that Africa has to offer.
I adored this book, and hope Lucinda is encouraged by the positive reception it has received to bring us more of Amie's adventures.
“Home” in Africa, a colonel high up in the corrupt government threatens Johnathan’s job unless Amie uses her family’s parting gift of an expensive camera to film “progressive innovation”: no easy task as none of it has come to fruition, but Amie is taken deeper into the heart of the dark continent.
She is shopping when her world is blown apart, literally, by tribal warfare. Travel with Amie as she attempts to escape through the bush – she could use your company!
Amie: African Adventure is a brilliant thriller, but also a book that left me wondering who has got it right. First world countries working 9 to 5 and living through TV soaps? Third world countries where only the powerful benefit from aid? I’d plump for Amie’s “Little People”, and if you read this book you’ll see why.