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Enchanted Islands
Enchanted Islands: A Novel | Allison Amend
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Inspired by the mid-century memoirs of Frances Conway, Enchanted Islands is the dazzling story of an independent American woman whose path takes her far from her native Minnesota when she and her husband, an undercover intelligence officer, are sent to the Galpagos Islands on the brink of World War II. Born in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1882 to immigrant parents, Frances Frankowski covets the life of her best friend, Rosalie Mendel, who has everything Fanny could wish formoney, parents who value education, and an effervescent and winning personality. When, at age fifteen, Rosalie decides they should run away to Chicago, Fanny jumps at the chance to escape her unexceptional life. But, within a year, Rosalie commits an unforgiveable betrayal, inciting Frances to strike out on her own.Decades later, the women reconnect in San Francisco and realize how widely their lives have diverged. While Rosalie is a housewife and mother, Frances works as a secretary for the Office of Naval Intelligence. There she is introduced to Ainslie Conway, an intelligence operator ten years her junior. When its arranged for Frances and Ainslie to marry and carry out a mission on the Galpagos Islands, the couple's identitiesalready hidden from each otherare further buried under their new cover stories. No longer a spinster living a lonely existence, Frances is about to begin the most fascinating and intrigue-filled years of her life. Amidst active volcanoes, inhospitable flora and wildlife, and unfriendly neighbors, Ainslie and Frances carve out a life for themselves. But the secrets they harbor from their enemies and from each other may be their undoing.Drawing on the rich history of the early twentieth century and set against a large, colorful canvas, Enchanted Islands boldly examines the complexity of female friendship, the universal pursuit of a place to call home, and the reverberations of secrets we keep from others and from ourselves.From the Hardcover edition.
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Megabooks
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#LaIslaBonita #MOvember @Cinfhen

Loved this #BOTM choice! I‘m not big on WWII historical fiction, but I very much enjoyed this.

RachelO Beautiful cover - I think this has been on my TBR a while! How are you doing? Are you back home yet? 1mo
Megabooks @RachelO I‘m doing pretty well! We got in last night around 8:30. It was so nice sleeping in my own bed! This morning we‘re picking up Henry from boarding, and I‘m just going to enjoy finally being home with my whole family!! 💜💜 Thanks for asking. 😁 (edited) 1mo
RachelO @Megabooks So pleased to hear that. Enjoy your day. And your bed!! 1mo
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Megabooks @RachelO thank you! 💕😊 1mo
Cinfhen Welcome home, Meg!!!!!!! I loved this book too!! 1mo
BarbaraBB That cover 💕 1mo
emilyhaldi I loved this one too 😄 1mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thank you! I‘m opening your gift soon, and I‘m excited!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB definite #coverlove! I‘m opening your package today!! So excited!! 💕💕 1mo
Megabooks @emilyhaldi yay!! 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
arubabookwoman I love that cover. I grew up on Aruba (before it became a tourist destination), and there were iguanas and cacti galore. 1mo
Megabooks @arubabookwoman How nice it would be to have seen the island in a natural state. Part of this book takes place in the Galápagos Islands in the 40s. Contaminated by humans but less than now. 1mo
8little_paws This book is so severely underrated 1mo
Megabooks @8little_paws definitely agree! 1mo
Reviewsbylola I loved his book! 1mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola like Karin said, completely underrated! 1mo
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TrishB
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#journeytotheisland #soaringscores
Based on a true story, I really enjoyed this novel.

batsy Such a pretty cover too 💙 2mo
Cinfhen Oh good one!! Really liked it too!!! And the cover is so pretty😍 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds interesting.... stacked 2mo
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Bookwormjillk Beautiful cover! 2mo
LeahBergen And such a pretty cover! 2mo
CrowCAH The cover is exotic; pretty! 2mo
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Megabooks
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 4? 🤣 #audiobookcovers

I‘m sorry I‘ve been away. Family has come to town, and I‘ve been in a lot of pain because of entertaining them. I did make time to contact my neurosurgeon, though. 👍🏻 I‘m just trying to hang on! Still love Litsy! 😁😁

I did get some booksleeves in the mail today, which I‘ll post tomorrow!

Hugs 🤗💙

SW-T Hope things settle down and you find relief soon! 3mo
cobwebmoth *hugs* 3mo
Megabooks @cobwebmoth Laura, you are the best with the hugs and support, and I appreciate it every time! 💙 3mo
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Megabooks @SW-T Thank you so very much! 3mo
kspenmoll I hope you can relax & feel better soon.❤️ 3mo
Crazeedi Sending healing vibes to you, I know your pain intimately, it's not fun. Try to rest, and follow dr orders! 3mo
emilyhaldi 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 3mo
marleed Positive thoughts sent your way! 3mo
Megabooks @kspenmoll Thanks so much!! 3mo
Megabooks @Crazeedi I‘m so sorry you have a first-hand understanding!! Thank you!! ❤️❤️ 3mo
Megabooks @emilyhaldi 💙🤗💙 3mo
Megabooks @marleed Thank you, thank you! 3mo
DivineDiana Sending healing wishes. ❤️ 3mo
Megabooks @DivineDiana Thank you!! 3mo
Reviewsbylola Love this cover so much!! 3mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Such a good book too! 3mo
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Megabooks
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Pickpick

On a happier note, this is a beautiful historical fiction novel! It spans from 1882 to 1964 across the US and in the Galápagos Islands.

What captured me the most in Frances‘s amazing journey was the different relationships she had and how they wove together to make her whole. In life, there is sorrow, joy, and compromise between the two. Amend captured that perfectly!

#botmbacklog
#summersendreadathon 6/10 @Clwojick

Clwojick ♥️ 4mo
TrishB I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 4mo
auntie_jenn agree...and the most gorgeous cover of all time. 4mo
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Megabooks @TrishB Yes, I‘m sorry I waited so long! 4mo
Megabooks @auntie_jenn Definitely have #coverlove for this one! 4mo
batsy I bought it awhile back because of the gorgeous cover... Glad to hear it's a good read! 😊 4mo
Megabooks @batsy It is a beautiful cover, but I think you‘ll like the writing, too! 👍🏻 4mo
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Megabooks
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Lovely book so far!

#botmbacklog (Way back 3 years!) #summersendreadathon #24b4monday

Andrew65 Think we all have those long backlogs. 😳 4mo
Megabooks @Andrew65 I know! 🤯 4mo
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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These are fantastic questions!!
1. A beautiful beach with crystal clear waves breaking on the white sands. I‘d be in a hammock with my books and the literary characters from the book du jour would be strolling on the beach.
2. Litsy, Goodreads, and Audible
3. Diet blackberry sweet tea and ranch sunflower seeds
4. This cutie is Henry, my son‘s dog (my grandpuppy), posed next to a bag of coffee beans from my son‘s coffee company!
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Lovely island!! 5mo
Crazeedi I'd be having your sons coffee every day! I love ordering good coffee beans 5mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Crazeedi If you‘re interested, here‘s the link to his website. He‘s spent years learning how to roast, and it shows! https://radiantcoffeeco.com (edited) 5mo
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Bibliogeekery
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Pickpick

I just realized that I am reading/ have read two books in a row with the same name!? This was an interesting novel about a woman who went to the Galapagos right before WWII as an American spy to monitor Germans who had settled there. It is the story of a quirky life, friendship, survival and different kinds of love. I love reading books set in places I am visiting! An interesting read based on a real person - heavily fictionalized.

HKGirl This sounds fascinating! 5mo
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Bibliogeekery
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Next up! Waiting in the Panama airport. I'm starting another Galapagos novel! 🐢🌿

Lindy ✈️🐢👍 5mo
BookishTrish Have a great trip! 5mo
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OriginalCyn620
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Some books set on islands. I haven‘t read any of them! #islandinthesun #songsofsummer

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🌞🏖⛱ 6mo
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Breanne1
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this older #botm selection. Was absorbed by the story and wanted to keep going back to visit the characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Plants are from the local HS 4H club; these kids know how to grow an amazing house plant...now can I keep it alive?!?

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Julsmarshall
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1. I have yet to read it, but I love the cover of Enchanted Islands!
2. Driving to Dallas for a 🏐 tournament 😄
3. Highlighter Yellow
4. John
5. ❤️💕🥰💕❤️
#friyayintro @howjessreads

MeganAnn Enchanted Islands is a great book! I loved it and I agree, the cover is gorgeous 😍 10mo
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Tove_Reads
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Made it! #24B42019! Here I am, reading like it‘s 1999, or something. I just walked the dogs in the darkness, saw no one. Now I can continue reading 🙂

RachelAnne777 Way to go!! 🎉 11mo
BlameJennyJane Congrats! 11mo
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Reviewsbylola
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Ok, so not exactly the #amazon, but the Galápagos Islands are close. ? And I could use a little bit of the tropics right now with our first snow.

I read Enchanted Islands when it was first released and I loved it so much that I held on to it. I loved the historical time frame, the personal story, and just the overall atmosphere of the book.

#nofemmeber

Cinfhen This was one of my first #BOTM choices too❣️❣️❣️❣️and that cover is still one of my favorites 13mo
Tamra Such a cover! 13mo
Centique Such a pretty doorstep too! Is that real snow? Excuse me being dumb about snow, I‘ve only seen it a couple of times up on mountains 🙃🙂😆 13mo
Billypar Quite a summary this has, spanning time periods and hemispheres! I wouldn't mind sticking my brain in Galapagos this time of year 😎 13mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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?️ Grade 4. I just have the fondest memories from that grade. A great teacher, fun /interesting school year, and great friends.
?️ Languages
?️ Nope
?️ "No man is and island" ? j/k I pick Easter Island.
?️ Anyone who wants to join in the fun.

#FriyayIntro @jesshowbooks

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Amoon
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Pickpick

A unique story about an introverted woman with a weak connection with her family and few friends. She is invited to be in a staged marriage in order to accompany a man to the Galápagos Islands in the 1930's. The government has assigned them to spy on Germans during the build up to WWII. Written in the first person, we gain incredible insight into this woman's fascinating life.

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Thousand-Lives
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Pickpick

This was a pleasant surprise! I liked the lovely writing and the portrayal of female friendship. I also liked the thought that adventures are for people of all ages (Frances was in her 50s when she lived on the Galápagos Islands). I finished this book and promptly researched Ainslie and Frances, as well as the history of the Islands - so interesting!

#botmbacklog book 2

TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 1y
DeleteAcct This is on my tbr. It looks promising! 1y
Thousand-Lives @Rachbb3 I hope you enjoy it too! 😊 1y
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bookandcat 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉Amazing job! Also this book sounds good, I don't know how I missed it on BOTM (what month was it a pick?) 1y
Thousand-Lives @bookandcat It‘s an old one - June 2016! I wasn‘t a member then, but added it on shortly after I signed up. And thanks!! I‘m enjoying working my way through my BOTM stack. 1y
Nute Very pretty cover! 1y
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Thousand-Lives
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When you coordinate your book and mug 👏

Mdargusch I love it! 1y
mdm139 That is a good book 1y
RavenLovelyReads I love that mug!! Cacti are my faves- they remind me of home. 💕 1y
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Thousand-Lives
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On to my next #botmbacklog selection! I‘ll be honest, I chose it because of the cover 😍

zzz Very cool cover🤘🏼 1y
Laura317 I liked this book. I chose it for the cover, too. 1y
MeganAnn I also chose it for the cover and ended up really enjoying this one! 😍🌸 1y
bookandcat This one sounds fun!! 1y
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Conservio
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A solid 4/5 for me! A simple novel exploring friendship, love, and survival. #Galapagos #islands #judaism #wwii

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Conservio
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Needed a break from “The People in the Trees”.

This doesn‘t sound like “my” type of book, but the Galápagos Islands.... #galapagos #palatecleanser

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Chellebearss
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Pickpick

One of my greatest joys is randomly picking up a book because the cover or title catches my eye and finding myself totally submerged and loving the tale. This was as enjoyable as it's cover was beautiful. A fictional tale written about two actual people from history, Frances and Ainsley Conway, who lived on the Galapagos Islands during the WWII. It's been suggested that they may have been spies and Amend based her tale on those suspicions 4🌟

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TrishB
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Pickpick

A lovely little read - nothing world changing, but a fascinating account of living on the Galápagos Islands - based on a true story.
Reminder that in the 1930s there is a lot of sexism, racism and homophobia that is just considered day-to-day normal and which makes me wince as you read.

8little_paws Oh I loved this book!! 2y
Bookmarkie Adding...I find the Galapagos so fascinating 2y
rachaich Ace cover :) 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm Lovely cover 2y
CaitlinR I really enjoyed this book too. 2y
Caroline2 Stacked!! 👍🏻 2y
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TrishB
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That must explain me then !! 😁😁

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Those meat eater types do go on a bit tho 🙄 2y
TrishB @thegirlwiththelibrarybag to be fair - this particular bit of the story is in the 1930s! Although I do find people can still get a bit aggressive when you say you‘re vegetarian!! 2y
Suet624 I always find it funny when people ask me what in the world I eat then. (edited) 2y
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TrishB @Suet624 yeah- that‘s still a common one! 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @TrishB, I try and look at the irony of them complaining about how annoying vegetarians and vegans are when I haven‘t said anything other than I don‘t eat meat... 2y
TrishB @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I find that happens less these days - but probably because I eat with less new people! Those people who set out to tell you that you‘re wrong to be a vegetarian and the reasons why it‘s ok for them to eat meat. When you never questioned their right to eat meat in the first place!! 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @TrishB, I find most people either tell you how little meat they eat or try and justify their own consumption (I didn‘t ask, I just ordered a veggie burger), I recently sat through an anti-vegan tirade that wasn‘t directed at me (but she knew full well that she was in the company of two vegetarians) where I was kind of annoyed at myself for not speaking up (but there really is no point when someone is nursing that kind of grudge) 2y
TrishB My son‘s bf is vegan - we get the anti vegan thing a lot. I can‘t keep quiet, people should just mind their own business! 2y
ValerieAndBooks Yes, all this plus asking me WHY I am vegetarian! Just let me eat what I want in peace 😊 2y
TrishB @ValerieAndBooks hear hear 😁 2y
Caroline2 Yeah my husband is vegetarian (he was brought up veggie so he's never eaten meat!) so I'm vegetarian by proxy! (Who can be bothered to cook two meals?!) and I get so sick of all the questions! No, it is healthy. We eat lots of different things. No I don't miss bacon sarnies! 🙄 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 people get a bit obsessive! 2y
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TrishB
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#bookandabeverage #riotgrams
Next book off the tbr, just couldn‘t decide so daughter selected this one 👍🏻

Tove_Reads Will visit Damm brewery next month! 2y
TrishB @Tove_Reads cool 👍🏻 2y
MeganAnn I really enjoyed this one last year! ❤️ 2y
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batsy Look at that cover! 😍 2y
TrishB @MeganAnn good start so far 👍🏻 2y
TrishB @batsy it certainly draws you in! 2y
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LaurenReads
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Pickpick

This book was more than I expected. I thought there‘d be more about her and Ainsley‘s life on the Galapagos, but I enjoyed her childhood and life off island as well. A slower read, but a good one.

Reviewsbylola One of my favorite books last year! 2y
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Megabooks
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Also #botm is making it right! My packages were both delivered back to them, but my replacements are already on the move. I just want them here! #botmchallenge

Reviewsbylola Their CS is 👍🏻 2y
Megabooks Yes! Got a box today. Going to post pics when the family sitch is under control! 😂😂 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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#botm box came! Yay! My #tbr keeps getting bigger and bigger. . .

emilyhaldi 🖤 enchanted islands 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @emilyhaldi I‘m excited to read that one! Looks great! 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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Pickpick

Very much a slow burn, this is the story of the life of Frances Frank as she makes her way across the US and eventually to the Galapagos. Despite its wide-reaching scope of locations, it‘s an intimate study of one woman. I thought it was lovely.

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Amie
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I didn't really like this book but its cover is gorgeous and perfect for a #MotherNature prompt.

#beastsgiveawaychallenge @ruthemmielang

Cinfhen I loved this book...so unexpected! And it is such a GORGEOUS cover 😍 2y
ReadingEnvy I also loved the cover more than the contents. 2y
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whereistexasjen
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Pickpick

Sometimes you can (should even?) judge a book by its cover. This was certainly an example. I loved this fun adventure read. My full review where I talk more about cover art is live here: (https://www.jenerinoneal.com/reading/2017/7/5/enchanted-islands) for anyone who is interested!

Cinfhen I definitely choose this book for its cover and I ended up loving the story. Not at all what I had imagined 2y
whereistexasjen @Cinfhen Same! I was really intrigued by Ainslie and Frances's relationship/marriage. It wasn't what I was anticipating getting into this story but was a fascinating read all the same. 2y
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whereistexasjen
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I've been at my husband's family reunion for the holiday weekend and picked up this book from my TBR shelf on a whim. I am LOVING it. And that cover 😍

398.2 Wow that's beautiful 2y
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Reviewsbylola
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How about a tropical island jungle? This was one of my tops books of 2016. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the cover sold me. Admittedly, only about 1/3 of the book deals with time on the islands, but the storyline between Frances and her childhood friend, as well as her relationship with Ainslie Conway, was just as compelling in the US as it was on the islands. #welcometothejungle #junetunz

Laura317 I liked this book. I'd have never picked it had it not been a BOTM. 2y
Reviewsbylola Same! It really didn't get much attention, which is a shame. @Laura317 2y
TheBookStacker I loved this book. 2y
Cinfhen This one made my top books of 2016 as well! Not at all what I expected but such a great surprise! 2y
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Amie
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Mehso-so

This was disappointing. I liked the beginning, even though the story at that point was not what I had been expecting, but once the story skipped ahead to when Frances was older and then they went to the island, it didn't hold my interest.

Reviewsbylola I bought this one for the cover and ended up loving it. I agree, I found her life on the island not as compelling. 2y
JenP Beautiful cover though 2y
Amie @Reviewsbylola I also bought it mainly for the cover. I thought the part on the island would be the most interesting. Oh well, that's the way it goes sometimes 😃 2y
ReadingEnvy Agreed, I also wanted more lush descriptions! 2y
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Ellen
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Admiring the #bookcovers on the next 2 in my #TBR pile. I think I'd wear a shirt inspired by Enchanted Islands and lounge in a living room inspired by The Essex Serpent. I see lots of green velvet happening there.

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Well-ReadNeck
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#junetunz #laislabonita

Spies living undercover in the Galapagos. Perfect fit for la isla Bonita!

vivastory Sounds great. Stacked! 3y
Nat_Reads Ok so that sounds super fun!! Stacked! 3y
Cinfhen I loved this one so much😊not at all what I was expecting, surprised me in the best way 3y
Aswenson I wanted more of the islands in this one. I loved those parts, and not so much the non-island parts! 3y
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Amie
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Day 6 #readingwomenmonth #BOTMselection @thereadingwomen

I skipped BOTM this month, but this is one of my current reads and is from BOTM.

TheBookStacker I loved this book so much 3y
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Amie
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Finally starting this beauty

ScientistSam Lovely cover! 3y
Megabooks It's really good! 3y
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MeganAnn
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Pickpick

We went camping over the long weekend & this was the perfect book to bring along. I loved it so much! I found Frances to be a relatable character & her relationships with Rosalie & Ainslie are well written. She was naive & often didn't realize the truth of what was going on, but as the reader I found her naïveté believable. The island was the place she felt most at home and I think that is somewhat symbolic of her character. ?? continued...

MeganAnn I'm intrigued by Ainslie and Frances Conway and I'd love to read their book as well and anything else I can find about them. Pictured is my son while we were camping this weekend. I wanted to get a picture of the book amongst the trees, but it started raining before I got a chance to. #botm #booksandcamping 3y
Reviewsbylola Fantastic book. One of my favorites of 2016. 3y
Lacythebookworm Great picture! I really enjoyed that book as well! 3y
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Yournewfriendsams Love this picture ❤ 3y
Cinfhen Loved this book ~ it was so unexpected 3y
tpixie Fun lighting! And camping! Your boy must have had a blast!! 2y
MeganAnn @tpixie thank you! He did and we love camping in the summertime. ✨⛺️ 2y
RadicalReader @MeganAnn wish the lighting would be as cooperative for my photos when I take them. Shame electronic teleportation of beautiful photography abilities isn‘t possible yet 2y
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Aswenson
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Pickpick

It took me a little time to warm up to Frances (doormat types FRUSTRATE me), but once I did I loved the epically flawed characters in this story and their lives. And who doesn't want to rough it on a tropical island at some point in their life? 🌴 🐠 🍋

LeslieO That cover would make me happy to pick up that book! 3y
Aswenson @LeslieO Oh, I know! I'm a sucker for a #prettycover ! 3y
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Aswenson
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Beautiful new book on a beautiful day.

Rachel.Rencher That cover 😍😍 3y
MicheleinPhilly So pretty! 3y
Reviewsbylola I got this for the cover but it was as good on the inside! One of my favorite books of 2016. 3y
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Laura317 I really enjoyed it. 3y
Aswenson @Rachel.Rencher @MicheleinPhilly I know! So beautiful to look at! 3y
irre I didn't get to it yet, but really want to read it! 3y
WordWaller Ugh I looooove the cover 3y
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mdm139
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After being sick for a week I finally made it to the only indie book store in town that sells new books. We loved it. It was small and cozy but with a variety of reads. It has a book store bunny instead of a cat. I used immense will power and only got one book, a bookmark and this game. My oldest and my hubby share a love of puns so it was a fun challenge for them.

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murflegirl
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Just finished a meh book (the girl with the lower back tattoo), so lets move on to something I've heard is excellent.

Reviewsbylola Yesssssssss!! Loved 🌸🌺🌼 3y
TheBookStacker Love this book 3y
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lauren.lerner
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Pickpick

"We can know each other deeper than mere facts. We can love each other deeper than our actions." • Absolutely lovely book, I'm so glad I added this to my March #BOTM box. I enjoyed the story, the characters, and Amend's prose very much. A lot of beautiful writing in this one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Gryffindorian Love the cover!! 3y
Reviewsbylola So so good!! 🌸🌺 3y
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lauren.lerner
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"....It seems that with enough practice, we can get to know just about anything." • I love the way this was phrased more than I can properly say.

Cinfhen Such a great book 💜 3y
lauren.lerner It really is lovely, @Cinfhen. 3y
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lauren.lerner
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I just can't seem to make The Queen of the Night happen so I'm putting it back on hold and moving on to this beauty. (The gorgeous cover played no small part in making this book my #sundayread. 🌵🐢🌿🦎🌴) • #weekendreads #botm

TheLibrarian I feel your pain. I've been "reading" Queen of the Night since January 1st. 3y
Reviewsbylola I really struggled with Queen too and had to power through it. I absolutely loved this one though. 3y
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slhbooks
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Pickpick

I was expecting this to be more about the Galápagos Islands and WWII spies, but it takes more than half the book to get to the Galapagos and the whole spy thing seemed a bit nonsensical to me. Despite my disappointment, I'd still rate this as a pick. And this is definitely one of my all-time favorite covers?
Nellie and Teddy were basking in the sun this morning when I interrupted their nap for a pic?? #catsoflitsy

Tanzy13 🐱 3y
8little_paws Oh, they're precious! I loved this book, about solitude and friendship and connection. I think the islands were the people and not the places. 3y
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 3y
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DebinHawaii It is a gorgeous cover and gorgeous sweet kitties too. 🐱❤️🐱 3y
Eyelit What adorable kitties! 3y
Zelma I love snuggling kitties. 😻😻 3y
Anovelobsession Love the kitties 😍 3y
Suet624 I want to be one of those kitties. 3y
saresmoore Gah! I love this photo! I have had a hunch that the cover of this one might be better than the words inside. It really is a gorgeous cover, though. 3y
CherylDeFranceschi 😻😻❤️ 3y
Reviewsbylola I loved this one. I loved the friendship focus, especially in the beginning, so it didn't bother me that there was less of a focus on the time on Galapagos but I definitely see how it was disappointing to some readers who went into it expecting something different. 3y
slhbooks @saresmoore @Reviewsbylola Yes, as a science/animal/nature-lover, I wanted more of tortoises, Darwin's finches, iguanas and blue-footed boobies😊Perhaps Frances and Ainslie Conway's book has more of that. Still, this a good book as @8little_paws says 'about solitude and friendship and connection'. 3y
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