From Kirkus Reviews
“In this literary love story set in California and Turkey, a determined, independent Turkish woman turns her trials and tribulations into a life of fulfillment. Talay-Ongan cleverly balances the deep fervor of Yasmin’s feelings for Renan with the reality of setting up a professional center and managing day-to-day life. While the narrative hints at political issues impacting both Yasmin and Renan, the focus of the story doesn’t deviate from their overpowering emotional affair…The characters are strong and intelligently written. Yasmin, the compelling protagonist, serves as a wise narrator—a resilient, self-aware woman who overcomes obstacles to achieve the goals she sets for herself. Their interactions are written with an ornate, lyrical quality… a book of love poetry. An elegant, intelligent romance…” —Kirkus Reviews
"...Written with an ornate, lyrical quality... a book of love poetry. An elegant, intelligent romance..." --Kirkus Reviews
A big, powerful novel of love, angst, political unrest and ethnic hatred. An engrossing work. Look out for the sequel, Emerald, which is currently underway. Wendy O'Hanlon, Acres AustraliaReviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorites 18 March '12
A love story worth reading; believable with incredible characters whom the reader will not easily forget. The dialogue between characters is authentic, down to earth. "Turquoise" is a love story that readers will embrace and they will surely want more stories like it from the author.
Turquoise is not a simple romance but a tale of passion and love - the love of a child, a job, two countries and a man. --Dot Whittington, The Weekender
With characters who come across as completely flawed and human, you will be pulled into this well-written novel that runs the full gamut of emotions and relationships. --John Morrow's Pick of the WeekTurquoise is a beautifully written novel: an unconventional love story set partially in Turkey and partially in the USA. It is about unrequited love, marriages of convenience, family love, love for a child. Chris Broadribb, NSW Writers' Centre Newsletter