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“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

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"...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 Australia

Reviewed 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 Week

Turquoise 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
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Sid Harta Publishers (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1921829060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1921829062
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,039,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
I was sent a free Kindle version of this book through NetGalley and out of respect to them, the publishers and the author, I forced myself to read all 450 pages. In my opinion this was not a well written book and I struggled to finish it. Although my review is not favourable, I feel I owe it to future readers to report honestly and without bias so that they can make their own decisions.

So, why did I dislike this book so much? Well, it was extremely wordy, over 150 pages too long, and incredibly self indulgent. A lot of the conversation I found quite immature and the endless ranting about the main character's 'one and only true Love' (with a capital L) was almost impossible to read. She pined after him for endless pages, especially in the last third of the book. I hate to skim read but at times I could do little else.

"My eighteen hours with him...skin on skin, breath in breath. Pristine and ordained. Brimming, Hieros Gamos, sacred union of the beloveds. Our bodies feel like a Homecoming with one another, like a cherished poem remembered verse and line. A sense of deep familiarity, of knowing and awaiting for from a time immemorial." Grammar and punctuation accurately copied.

The story begins in the early 1980s, although it is not until 100 pages into the book that we discover this.
Yasmin (who calls herself Yas when she talks *a lot* to herself), is a Turkish national who moved to the US with her parents to study in an American university. Her father is the Turkish Consul General and the family settle in Los Angeles. Her brother, Memo, stays in America but Yasmin eventually returns to Turkey to work as a child psychologist. She runs into an old school friend, Ani, and her husband, Renan. From this moment on she is smitten with Renan.
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This book has a Romeo and Juliet theme with one major difference: its message is that love wins over hate.I don't want to give anything away, but this lyrical novel tackes personal and political issues with equal force. I see that the author has written academic books before - too bad! She should have started a lot sooner, because this novel delighted me, and i want to read more!
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I found this poetically written. In my opinion, it reads more like a diary than a story to me, but I enjoyed the story greatly. You get the feeling that the heroine in this story is stumbling around until the door to being with her true love opens. Like all the events in the story are simply filler until they can be together unencumbered. What could on the surface seem stark and lacking in details becomes a rich journey into the psyche of a woman who draws out the lyric by Alanis Morrisett in her song "Ironic" "It's like meeting the man of your dreams, then meeting his beautiful wife"

I enjoyed exploring her inner dialog. Through her experiences we question morality, purpose, history and ethnicity. We also look at gender roles, issues of fertility and what it means to be a parent. There were some unanswered questions for me in the end, but all in all, I found this a satisfying read, and I sincerely recommend it.
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By Lisa Colvin on September 14, 2012
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Usually before I download a book to read, I'll read all the reviews and pretty much know if I'll like the book or not before reading. Because I really hate NOT finishing a book. Weeelll...with this book, I just could NOT finish it. I got to like 63% and I just could not force myself to read any more.

It was hard to feel a connection to the other people in the book. The author told how she went to work and came home. Sam was home with them...hubby was home or away..not giving any details to anything but her love for a Married man. Now when it came to that, she would go on and on and on about it. For a book to capture me, I need to feel that connection with everyone. There just wasn't any way to have that kind of connection when most times, each other person in the book was talked about with just one sentence. A good bit of the book was about her work...but again, she never really talked about her work except she was opening this center or that center..but never really going into details about her days at work. Anyhow, this could have been so much more...but as it stands, just was not for me.

I did give it 3 stars just because it had the means to be a great story, but just didn't quite make it, in my mind.
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Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books

Ayshe Talay-Ongan has a very unique writing style that makes Turquoise an easy read. I had no problem reading the story, but it was a little hard to get excited over the characters' actions and motivations and hard to understand the focus of the novel. Turquoise is set in the 1980's and follows Dr. Yasmin Akatol as she ventures through a loveless marriage while dividing her time between her best friend's husband, business, and family life.

The summary of Turquoise is a little misleading. At least, it caused me to expect much more focus to fall on the political tension between the Turkish and Armenian citizens. Yasmin is Turkish and her friends Ani and Renan are Armenian. There are several instances and events that show the hate and violence between the Armenians and Turkish, it even hits Yasmin's family with a devastating outcome, but in the end it didn't have a strong bearing on Yasmin's affair with Renan. For all that Yasmin talked and dreamed and wrote about her desire for a life with Renan, the story becomes less engaging and I felt detached from their heartache and yearnings. Yasmin mentions passion between her and Renan but the story was just too summarized, with events that lead up to a anti-climatic and quick ending, to give readers a chance to experience that passion.

There are several aspects of the novel I appreciated. The tension between the Armenian and Turkish mentioned in the story is still relevant today, whether it's talked much about or not. Ongan's writing style has a poetic elegance that distinguishes Yasmin voice. Overall, Turquoise is a love story that would appeal to the intellectual crowd, or readers who love a novel's narration to take on a light-hearted tone.

*review copy provided through Netgalley for blog tour*
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