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About Samantha Ford
Samantha Ford is a globetrotter in every sense of the word. Wanderlust courses through her veins. She grew up traveling the world, moving from place to place every few years. As she got older, she continued to move about, settling until restlessness crept in, then picking up and moving on.
However the current circumstances this year put paid to any thoughts of going anywhere!
“I have been traveling since I was a little girl, two years here, two years there – different country, different culture, different languages, different schools – I thought everyone lived like that!
I was nine years old when I first came to Africa, and I fell in love with the wildlife and the people. The bush is a wonderful place to get your balance back in life, to pause and take a breath. The animals don’t care about money or politics or the violence in the world today – they just get on with the business of being animals. They can teach us a lot I think.
I write my stories for people who have the same passion as I do for Africa. Many of my readers have left here to live elsewhere – but I know where their hearts lie…
To be compared with John Gordon Davis and Wilbur Smith, two of the greatest writers out of Southern Africa, makes me feel very humble indeed.”
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Jack Taylor, a London journalist now living in South Africa, is given the exclusive to investigate the child’s mysterious past. A past the child is unable to help him with.
Jack’s investigation takes him deep into the sinister world of international crime, and a journey to Zimbabwe where he finds an abandoned ranch watched over by someone with desperate secrets of his own, which he is unwilling to share.
Set against the magnificent backdrop of the South African bush. The Unexpected Guest is a fast-paced story with twisting unexpected possibilities, taking Jack down a trail of deception, lies, murder and tragedy until he discovers the bitter truth of what happened to the little girl and how she ended up alone on a dark night in the bush.
Another excellent story by this internationally acclaimed author, whose previous novels have transported her readers back to a place once so loved, and still loved, even though many of them have moved to other countries.
For anyone who has lived, or visited Southern and Eastern Africa, here is a story which will tug at your heartstrings right up until the very last extraordinary chapter.
During a violent storm deep in the African bush, a child disappears.
Sara, the ex-British ambassador’s daughter, and mother of the child, is arrested.
Twenty years later, journalist Jack Taylor, travels from London to the magnificent landscape of the Eastern Cape, in South Africa, where the unforgiving bush hides long-forgotten secrets of loss, hate, betrayal and revenge.
A staggering story awaits. A deadly secret threatens to destroy the lives of people who thought themselves now safe - a story which has fascinated the media for decades.
Only one person knows exactly what happened on that day - a nomadic shepherd called Eza - but can Jack find him?
“This is simply the best book I've read in a very long time.
This talented lady brings Africa alive.
Wilbur Smith you have some competition!”
“A cracking good story with a totally unexpected twist at the end!”
John Gordon Davis – author of Hold My Hand I’m Dying
“Having read all Wilbur Smith’s books, this author ranks up with the best of them. Best read I’ve had for years!” Peter C. Morgan
This is Samantha's 4th gripping novel out of Africa and may well be her best. Get your copy now and decide for yourself.
A Novel Out of Africa
An enduring love story set against the spectacular backdrop of East and Southern Africa, New York and France, and spanning decades, are the very essence of this remarkable debut novel.
Love, betrayal, passion and death are woven into this romantic novel with exquisite skill. A book to read and to relish. Samantha Ford is destined to become a contemporary romance bestseller with her stories out of Africa.
The love story... A letter, found by her daughter Molly, in an old chest on the island of Zanzibar reveals the secret of Kate Hope’s glamorous but anguished past, and the reason for her sudden and unexplained disappearance. Ten years previously Kate’s lover and business partner, Adam Hamilton, tormented by a terrifying secret he is willing to risk everything for, brutally ends his relationship with Kate. A woman is found murdered in a remote part of Kenya, bringing Tom Fletcher to East Africa to unravel the web of mystery and intrigue surrounding Kate, the woman he loves but hasn't seen for over twenty years.
In Zanzibar, Tom meets Kate’s daughter Molly. With her help he pieces together the last years of her mother’s life and his extraordinary connection to it.
Stories from Africa
When you read this book you will understand that Samantha is a very accomplished writer who describes human feelings only the way a woman can. Love and passion sear through the pages as does a clear indication that she has lived in and experienced love on the continent she adores.
Africa is, of course, that continent and she has demonstrated that she can describe East and Southern Africa in original and evocative terms. She has been on many safaris and observed first hand the lifestyles that she draws upon to write her stories from Africa.
Fiction they may be, but they give you an insight into the lives of the rich and powerful, both at work and at play. This is a book to get lost in, an absorbing story of suspense and intrigue, and one which it is hard to believe is a début novel.
But don't worry Samantha has completed her second novel, The House Called Mbabati, due to be released in June 2016, and has made a start on her third. So if you love this book you will not have too long to wait for another story out of Africa.
The Mother Superior crossed herself quickly. “May God forgive them both,” she murmured as she locked the diary and faded letters in the drawer.
Deep in the heart of the East African bush stands a deserted mansion. Boarded up, on the top floor, is a magnificent Steinway Concert Grand, shrouded in decades of dust.
In an antique shop in London, an elderly nun recognises an old photograph of the mansion; she knows it well – it is called Mbabati.
Seven thousand miles away in Cape Town a woman lies dying, she whispers one final word to journalist Alex Patterson – Mbabati.
Sensing a good story, and intrigued with what he has discovered about the dead woman’s past, Alex heads for East Africa in search of the old abandoned house.
He is totally unprepared for what he discovers there; the hidden home of a once famous classical pianist whose career came to a shattering end; a grave with a blank headstone and an old retainer called Luke, who is the only person left alive who knows the truth about two sisters who disappeared without trace more than twenty years earlier.
Alex unravels a story which has fascinated the media and the police for decades. A twisting tale of love, passion, betrayal and murder; and the unbreakable bond between two extraordinary sisters who were prepared to sacrifice everything to hide the truth.
Mbabati is set against the magnificent and enduring landscape of the African bush – where nothing is ever quite as it seems.
Samantha's first novel The Zanzibar Affair was a very well received and highly acclaimed debut novel which used Africa as a backdrop to her story telling. Once again she has drawn on her knowledge and experiences of Africa, its culture and the lives of the rich and privileged to weave an even more tangled web of mystery, intrigue and suspense in this; her second superb novel.
“The House Called Mbabati is skilfully written and layered with mystery and intrigue. Set against the romantic backdrop of Kenya and South Africa, the author manages to sweep the reader away into another world where the scenes are so well depicted one can almost smell the hot dry earth and the dusty pelts of the animals.
An unforgettable cast of characters within a story which twists and turns at a ferocious pace. A real page turner with a breath-taking and richly rewarding ending.
A cracking good story ." John Gordon-Davis (author)
Through the mists of a remote and dangerous part of the South African coastline, a ﬁsherman stumbles upon an abandoned car and an overturned wheelchair.
Thousands of miles away, in London, an unidentiﬁed woman lies in a coma. When she recovers she has no memory of her past or where she comes from.
As fragments of her memory begin to return, the woman has to confront the facts about herself as they begin to unfold. A disastrous love affair in the African bush; a missing husband; and a sinister, shadowy ﬁgure who knows exactly who she is and where she comes from.
Tension builds as images and secrets begin to resurface from her lost past – rekindled memories that plunge her back into a world she ﬁnds she would rather not remember.
Set against the magniﬁcent backdrop of East and South Africa, A Gathering of Dust is a fast-paced story of love, betrayal and murder scattered along a trail of deception and lies, with a single impossible truth, and an unthinkable ending.