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Amie: An African Adventure

(Amie #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  334 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Alternative cover edition of ASIN: B00LWFIO5K

Amie was just an average girl, living in her home town close to friends and family. She was happily married and she had her future all planned out. They would have two adorable children, while she made award winning programmes for television. Until the day her husband announced he was being sent to live and work in an African co
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Published (first published July 17th 2014)
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Ann Jones
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lucinda Clarke brings us into what happens when your everyday life gets turned upside down in Amie: An African Adventure. Amie is living a normal life with dreams of a peaceful life, when her husband takes a job offer in a place far away. A town she hasn't even heard of. We watch Amie as she fights for her life and her world is never the same. Lucinda Clarke has a way of drawing us into the story, keeping us in suspense to find out what will happen! Great read, thank you Lucinda!
Max Power
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lets start with the basics. For me I like a good story well told. It needs the obvious if you like a good opening, a strong middle and it must wrap up nicely at the end to satisfy the reader. Top marks on all fronts here. Cracking opening that sucked me in immediately. I have read a couple of Lucinda E Clarke's books before so I sort of knew what to expect. Here is a writer able to tell a story and get to the reader. Her sense of Africa is clearly on point. I do know from reading her other books ...more
Christopher Downing
Great book. I recommend it to everyone!

Ms. Clarke sure knows what she’s writing about: her imagery/evocation of Africa alone make this novel a fantastic read! Not only that, but this is a good story, well-crafted and edited.
The challenges Amie (the title character) faces, set-up, heartbreak, and above all hope, pulled me in and kept me going. I had to stop reading for a week because life got in the way, but everyday I wasn't reading, I was thinking about Amie and what was coming next. Plenty of
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucinda is a very clever writer and tells the story as if you are actually there going through it, amie well i would love to have been her very brave and courageous. The situations in the book can be scary very frightening at times but does give a good realization on what its like as every country has different rules and regulations they have in that part of the world.

When i read the first page i was hooked and can't wait to read the next adventure amie has, this book is amazing and highly recom
Julie Hodgson
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very powerful and emotional story, following the life of Amie.. As a well traveled expat myself I totally "got this" We all try and fit in where our husbands take us, and yes danger lurks where we least expect! No spoilers but a bally good read.
Joey Paul
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by the synopsis and so brought this book. I was hooked after the first couple of pages, starting with the horrifying prologue and moving into the meat of the story. Amie and her husband are working abroad for what is supposed to be two years, once they get there they realise that all is not what it seems. Add to that being accused of spying for the British and the civil unrest in the country and you're in for a treat of a story. I found myself wondering if it were possible that A ...more
Robert Jr.
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not going to say anything about the story line in Lucinda Clarke's novel - the other reviwers have done an excellent job. I will say the writing is superb, the story beyond captivating, the descriptions of Africa rival a photograph, and the characters emotions are real to the core and highly captivating (you hope beyond hope all works out well) A great novel - mayhaps based on parts of the author's life. Well worth your time.
Sarah Stuart
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amie rather reluctantly leaves her job and goes to Africa with husband Jonathan, who is offered work on a desalination plant. Her life there, in a large house with a maid and a gardener, and activities at the Expat Club is strange. Amie, and the reader, only realise its benefits when the couple go home for a holiday, to tea, telly, and disinterest in her new life.

“Home” in Africa, a colonel high up in the corrupt government threatens Johnathan’s job unless Amie uses her family’s parting gift of
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Up to a certain point in this story, I was able to relate to Amie. First, the fear of going to another country, where the culture was different from one's own. Second, the real "culture shock" is not going to such a country, but it is returning to your own culture after you've been away for a while. You expect the other culture to be different. But when you return to your previous life, you now see it through different eyes, your priorities in life have changed after seeing the poverty and other ...more
Cynthia Morgan
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The beauty of this story is what initially intrigued me and what held me as a captive audience from the first to last pages. Though I felt somewhat ‘behind the 8-ball’ without having read the first in the series, the explicit detail with which the author leads the reader into Africa, through the pluck and verve of her protagonist, Aime. Young and full of heart, while retaining a very honest uncertainty about the path she walks, Aime strides boldly where many others might fear to tread, but her g ...more
Gordon Bickerstaff
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A real true grit adventure

This is a strong drama blended into a striking travel exploration and they complement and enhance each other very well. Reluctantly, Amie relocates to Africa with her husband's new job, and her perception of Africa as she contrasts it with England, adds fascinating insight into the life and culture of the African way of life. The author employs all her senses to draw powerful descriptions and create a vivid pictures of Amie's new environment. Set in a region where intim
P.A. Rudders
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My biggest regret about this book is that it had to end at some point, as all books do. It tells the story of young couple’s move to Africa for the husband’s career, particularly that of the wife, Amie. It starts off sedately enough, detailing their preparations and Amie’s initial fears and nervousness about leaving behind everyone she knows and loves and her way of life back in England, charmingly detailing many of the fears any of us might have at such a prospect. After their arrival in Africa ...more
T.R. Robinson
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author certainly has an excellent grasp of words. Considering her background I suppose this should have been foreseen but, in my experience, it is not always so. Her way of conveying scenes, emotions, tensions etc. draws you in. You have absolutely no trouble visualising the situations, frustrations, disappointments, apprehensions and fears Amie encounters and experiences.

At the start there were occasions when I feared Lucinda Clarke was going to go into too much detail but she never does. T
Lesley Hayes
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I reached the end of ‘Amie’ with such regret that the story ended there... and then relief to find that the author is writing a sequel. During the preceding week, it hadn’t been just Amie who had had her ‘African adventure’. “If Amie could have seen that one day she would be totally lost, fighting for her life, and enduring untold horrors, she would never have stepped foot on that plane.” I had read this in the synopsis, but like Amie herself, those words meant nothing until I found myself embro ...more
Lucy's Weight
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
28% Of the way through!
This is a story of Amie and her husband, Jonathan's, move to Togodo, Africa for his new work commitments. A shocked Amie was initially reluctant to move here as she was leaving the safety of her home town and leaving friends and family.

This move wasn't on Amie life plan and hadn’t expected the announcement of her husbands promotion. This was because Amie had expected to grow old with Jonathan in the UK and have two kids. Amie hadn't released this could be a valuable life
Ian Mathie
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It takes someone who has lived with Africa and who knows its peoples well to write a book of this quality. Besides being well written, it delves into the thinking and power hungry behaviour that Africans so often exhibit when they get just a little authority. That it becomes total corruption so readily when the balance of power shifts, even a little, is made very apparent and Lucinda Clarke portrays this so well, together with the fear and tension that this authority engenders.
What starts out as
Paulette Mahurin
Not a moment is wasted in this well-written narrative as we begin the story with a prologue that captured my attention with a shocking grip that refused to let go throughout the read. The beginning is tense, bringing the reader into a prison, the prisoner being tortured, and put up on a stake, and then an order to “fire” is given. With that the story begins and I’m hooked. Very effectively written, this author is a pro and the storytelling excellent as we the reader met Amie, who undergoes a rel ...more
Jo Holloway
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Amie" is startlingly good! It starts well and gets better and better; I started reading it in patches last thing at night, and on the fourth night I couldn't stop till I'd finished - at 05.45 am! Having been born and brought up and lived in various countries over central and southern Africa through most of my life, what struck me hardest was that the author pulls absolutely no punches. This is Africa, as it really is, and though this books will shock and possibly repel the gentler souls of Euro ...more
Angela Lockwood
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Working full time I don’t get to read a lot, so the fact that I managed to read it within a week says a lot about this book. It follows the story of Amie a young naïve English woman that follows her husband when he gets posted to Africa. Amie initially has her doubts about going and the author hints that at some point things are going to go very wrong, but convinced by her husband and her family Amie accepts her new life and sets out for Africa with her husband. There an experienced expat woman ...more
Tom Benson
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An English rose strives to grow among the wild beauty and splendour of a gigantic African botanical garden. Among the wonders and the other artificially introduced species, there are many weeds and unhealthy varieties of cannibalistic flora.
We have in this tale, a young woman who expects and desires no more than marriage to a good husband, then a steady job in suburbia with a nice house and a social life which includes their relatives. Her young husband turns her world upside down when he explai
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amie starts off as a rather ordinary person with very ordinary expectations of a typical British woman in her home country. She has found a great husband and now wants a house in her hometown, a continuation of a good career in broadcasting and eventually, the 1.2 children to compleat the happy picture. What she doesn't bargain for is her husband's career taking them to an obscure African country where all her values are turned on their head. Uncomfortably living the life of a pampered white sah ...more
D. Martin
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating adventure
Amie: An African Adventure begins with a frightful scene, setting us up for conflict and strife. Then it backpedals nicely to bring us to Amie’s wedding to Jonathon in England. Amie has a simple life planned, but then Jonathon announces he’s being transferred with a promotion to oversee work in Africa, Togodo to be precise. Amie’s rural background has not prepared her for the degree of culture shock she experiences, and her expectations, both good and bad, prove to be comp
Jesamine James
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly brilliant book

This story is so well written and intelligent that I had to check it wasn't an autobiography and was actually fiction.
Even with the recurring message of 'You can't understand the people and way of life in Africa unless you go there' the author has such insight and Amie is so real that I do feel I understand what it's like without ever having been there.
This story is more than an adventure—it's an education in culture, human nature and primitive fear.
You'll find yourself in
Penny Luker
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aime is persuaded to go to Africa with her husband Jonathon, who is helping to build a desalination plant. This book is the story of their adjustment to a different culture, climate and way of life. Along the way there are coups and counter coups and Aime finds herself on her own, fighting for survival in the wilds of Africa.
The book is written in a biographical style although it is a work of fiction. What it does well is give a taste for Africa. Some parts of the story were gruesome and harrowi
Jo-anne Himmelman
I was captured on the first page and couldn't put it down. I even took it to bed with me so if I woke up I could start reading it again. The book pulls you into the everyday life of the communities -the good, bad and corrupt - the impact on Amie, her family and friends. It is a smooth flowing adventure and you never knew the twists or turns. I was part of the adventure, felt the emotions, distrusted the government and was aware of its impact on the ordinary citizen. I loved this book and hated t ...more
Jana Petken
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucinda E Clarke writes with clarity and in such engaging tones that, as a reader, I felt I was transported to Amie's Africa. This is a well written story about a girl who goes to live in Africa and quickly finds out that culturally and traditionally, things are very different from what she is used to.

There are a lot of details in the book but there was not too much and just enough to evoke the imagery that I was looking for.

Taking on the subject of a country that not everyone will know about is
Christoph Fischer
“Amie: An African Adventure” by Lucinda E Clarke is a powerful and intriguing story about a European woman who comes to live in an African Country. Cultural clash and assimilation, expected and unexpected experiences as ex-pat, colonialism, politics and many more issues are touched upon by an author who knows the continent well.
Having travelled extensively through Africa the book hit home for me on many levels and I applaud the author for her sensitive and reflective portrayal of all that is goo
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this for free and found myself a new author to love. At times, I had to remind myself that I wasn't reading a memoir. It seemed so real and I could see and smell the sights and sounds of her life in Africa. It's about a European woman who comes to live in an African Country. Cultural clash and assimilation, expected and unexpected experiences as an ex-pat, politics and a lot more is what drives this book. Ami is likable and when I came to the end I was a bit upset, but then I read w ...more
Patricia Ruiz Steele
REVIEWED ON AMAZON: I love books that educate with emotion and this one certainly did it for me. Seeing Africa through Amie's eyes and learning to walk beside her was not difficult because Ms. Clarke truly took me there. Seeing the dust, poverty and political differences compared to everything I have ever known shook me up. Amie learned so much by having her African adventure and I am delighted she took me along. WELL DONE!!
Ryn Shell
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible story. I was glued to the page all the way through. I was also impressed by the quality of the writing as well as the superb story.
I loved learning more about Africa via the story of Amie.
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Born in Dublin, matured in England, wanted to follow grandfather into Fleet Street, family not wildly enthusiastic - unfeminine, unreliable and dangerous. Went to dockland Liverpool - safe, respectable and pensionable. Returned south with teaching qualifications, extremely good at self defence. Went crofting in Scotland, bred Cairn Terriers among other things. Moved to Kenya with 7 week old daught ...more

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