As a nineteen year-old cocktail waitress she saved her tips for traveling. She began backpacking through places that most of us would never think to visit. She had adventures in Syria, Bangladesh, and Laos to name a few. She worked as a freelance journalist and became a television reporter. In 2008 she decided to travel to Somalia, which was one of the most perilous places in the world at that time. She convinced her boyfriend, Nigel, to accompany her, and they were both kidnapped several days later.
During the 460 days that she was held hostage, Amanda endured more than the reader can imagine. She relied on her memories of the places she had visited to help her keep her sanity. She realized they were part of a holy war and feared they would never be found.
A House in the Sky is a well written book with vivid descriptions and a voice that helps the reader become part of the story. When we see how Amanda reacted to her life, both as a child and then as a captive, we realize that our reactions to circumstances make the difference in our lives. Sometimes we can't prevent what befalls us, but we can take charge of our reactions. This book tells an interesting story and gives the reader a great deal to ponder.
Publisher - Scribner Publishing
Date of Publication - September 10, 2013