Set against transcendent love, unrelenting hatred and loyalties to friends and family, Turquoise is the story of an enduring and passionate love affair between Yasmin and Renan, which spans two decades, two marriages and three continents. Yasmin and her Armenian classmate Ani were oblivious to ethnic differences during their school years in Istanbul. Years later they run into each other, and Ani introduces Renan, her husband, to Yasmin. At that moment under the blazing autumn skies, as Yasmin locks eyes with Renan, she knows that she has come upon her destiny. But political tensions in their land soon force Renan, her secret love, and his family to immigrate to Sydney. A few years on, Yasmin’s diplomat father is appointed as the Turkish Consul General to Los Angeles where the family faces a devastating tragedy that will impact their lives in ways unfathomable. She is now forced to make a choice between passion that defines her and reason that guides her. When so much is stacked against Yasmin and Renan, how can love possibly triumph? This is a big, powerful novel of love, angst, political unrest and ethnic hatred. The author has skilfully penned these pages so that the characters are raw and real, their emotions searing, their plight palpable. An engrossing work. Look out for the sequel, Emerald, which is currently underway. —Wendy O’Hanlon, Acres Australia 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
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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 '12A 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
“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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Book Description Sid Harta Publishers, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1921829060