The New York Times agrees: “An endearing chronicle of female friendship and evolution in the early 20th century ... Amend smartly plies the habitually underrecognized bonds of sisterhood ... [she] displays her talent for making solitary humans the most alluring animals among blue-footed boobies, great frigatebirds and the rest of Darwin’s magnificent crew. On an island bursting with nature’s most remarkable creatures, humanity’s depthless capacity for loneliness crows most keenly.”
Chicago Tribune raves: "Enchanted Islands" is a many faceted jewel. It's a spy thriller, a survivalist memoir and a portrait of a marriage. ....A great summer read, a fabulous story for all seasons, "Enchanted Islands" will carry you away."
Enchanted Island's reviewed in Publisher's Weekly: “Amend’s mesmerizing third novel…is a taut, powerful tale of human relationships and the sacrifices people make to maintain their balance.”
Enchanted Island's first review from Kirkus: “Secrets, lies, and spies on a faraway island. The real-life Frances and Ainslie Conway spent years before, during, and after World War II on the Galápagos Islands, recording their unusual adventure in two memoirs that have inspired Amend's pleasurable new novel ... appealing characters and vivid local color make for an entertaining read.”