Book Review: WILD ROOTS: Coming Alive in the French Amazon

The N4Donna Mulvenna had everything she wanted in her modern Australian life: a rewarding career, a spacious home, and an around-the-clock connection to mobile technology. But for all these comforts, she couldn’t shake the feeling something was missing.

So when a Frenchman entered her life and invited her to move to France, she instantly daydreamed of strolling through lavender fields and sipping espresso in Paris. How could she have known he had two tickets to an obscure, mosquito-infested French territory in South America: French Guiana?

After that life got a little crazy. Donna found herself hacking through a perilous jungle, canoeing along anaconda-infested rivers, and overcoming a tropical disease: in a place that became more hostile by the minute. Harrowing ordeals became just another pothole in the road as she battled with bureaucratic nightmares, befriended a bizarre assortment of lively characters, and encountered oddball creatures in a chocolate-colored sea.

Then it happened. Forced out of her comfort zone and cleansed of the beliefs that had sustained her in a materialistic world, Donna dug deep within herself to unearth a long-lost hidden spirit. At that moment, she came alive in the Amazon rainforest.

Written with humor, a respect for nature, and an awareness that we must somehow rebuild our relationship with it, this fascinating and uplifting memoir will make you want to reclaim your life and live out your wildest dreams.

My Review: 5 stars

Very entertaining! If you want to take a trip to the rainforest without leaving your couch, this is a great read. Donna really brings out the feel, sounds, smells, and sights of French Guiana.

Donna does a fantastic job if describing the environment with a sense of humor. From the insects to the birds, she puts you there. Tons of great description and angst. The little tale she tells about the sloths was so sad, and the frogs jumping on her in the shower brought laughter.

I admire Donna for taking the leap to follow the man she loved to a place she had never heard of. And she has told her story extremely well.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves to travel and read memoirs.

For more reviews on this book, be sure to stop by The Naked Reviewers.

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