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Monday, June 15, 2015

Afric by Eileen Enwright Hodgetts Book Tour, Personal Review and Giveaway

A drama ripped from today’s headlines.

1963: As European colonists flee the Congo, a witchdoctor finds an abandoned child and teaches him the power of hatred. A hundred miles to the east, six American hippies on a joy ride across Africa, crash their VW bus in to a cemetery. While they wait for repairs they scandalize the local missionaries and Brenda Carter impulsively marries an African student.

2013: Brenda Carter brings Sarah, her deeply troubled granddaughter to Africa to explore her roots and meet her grandfather; the man Brenda married and abandoned fifty years before. When a Peace Corps worker is murdered, a baby is kidnapped, and all contact with the outside world is severed by a torrential rain storm, Sarah becomes an unwilling investigator making the connection between the abandoned boy from the Congo, the truth behind her grandmother’s marriage, and fifty years of undercover CIA involvement in the politics of Africa.

A compelling tale of Africa today where witchdoctors co-exist with modern medicine, where warlords carry cell phones, and where one small nation stands at the cross roads of America’s War on Terror.

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'An excellent read, I love the fact that it is centered around a country and continent which has a lot of mystique and tradition, which we are still trying to understand.  I cannot praise this book high enough, this is my favourite read of the year,' - Beck Valley Books

'This is a riveting tale that will provide background and depth to some of the news stories about African events today. Highly recommended.' - review from Amazon

'The book has so many levels. It was a fantastic read and although there were moment I wanted to stop because of the sheer level of scary evil, I am glad I pressed through. I am, once again completely astonished and awed at this author's ability to take me on such a amazing adventure. BRAVO! Really well done. Amazing. Read it.' - review from Amazon

Read a sneak peak of Chapter 1 from Afric HERE

About the Author
Eileen Enwright Hodgetts is a much traveled writer. Brought up in England and Wales, she has also lived and worked in South Africa and Uganda. Eileen and her husband, Graham, now make their home in the USA. Eileen’s life experiences allow her to use exotic backgrounds for her novels and to understand how an adventure can begin with just one small incident. For ten years she directed a humanitarian mission in East Africa as an employee of Christ Church at Grove Farm in Sewickley, PA. and her whole family continues to be involved in Uganda through the Ugandan Gold Coffee project bringing coffee to the United States and returning the profits to Uganda to be used for drilling water wells.  Much of her writing reveals not only her great fondness for the British Isles, but also her British sense of humor which still sees the funny side of most situations.

In addition to writing novels, Eileen Enwright Hodgetts is also an accomplished playwright with a number of national awards to her credit. Her novel, Whirlpool, began life as a stage musical about a free-spirited woman and her desire to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The musical played at the Niagara Falls Convention Center in Niagara Falls, New York. In 1993 the Mayor of Niagara Falls, NY, proclaimed the summer of 1993 as Whirlpool Theater Days in honor of the production.

When she is not writing novels, or staging plays, she is exploring the art of cheesemaking.

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***My Personal Review***

Afric is a really great read, it is truly a book ripped from the headlines.  I honestly had no idea what it was really about until reading it.  Talk about jaw-dropping!  The story of Sarah is set against the background of real-life events that took place in Africa including the taking of young girls and truly horrifying happenings such as rape and murder.  This book will definitely open your eyes to what happened during that time and while it is extremely sad, this is one of my favorite genres to read ... historical fiction.  And even though the events were terrifying it is also something that people need to learn about and they can do that through Sarah's eyes - someone that they can relate to and truly empathize with.  Sarah is an extremely strong young girl who is living in a world she can't understand and I sometimes wonder if she realizes how dangerous it is.  It's hard to comprehend the horrific events that took place and you really get to SEE and FEEL how monstrous these people were and how scared the girls were of them.  This is definitely not something for the weak-hearted because of the extreme violence but if you are someone who loves to learn about history and read a fantastic story at the same time then this is one book you do not want to miss.  The author Eileen Hodgetts pulled from her own personal experiences to write this book as she made numerous visits to Uganda and Africa and it adds a whole new aspect to the book.  I give this 5 stars because it is so amazing and such an incredible journey!

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.


Signed Book Giveaway - AFRIC - 4 Winners !!
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1 comment:

  1. This sounds amazing and sooo emotional, my hubbie read this and it blew his mind x


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