Book Review: The Turkish Affair (J. Arlene Culiner)


Title: THE TURKISH AFFAIR
Author: J. Arlene Culiner
Genre: Romance

My Review of The Turkish Affair

A question that I am asked often is - 'What do you get from reading novels?' And I understand where this question comes from. The extent of reading of most of those around me is limited to Whatsapp messages and, at the most, newspapers. Reading is supposed to be about learning something and was/is limited to school/college textbooks.
You want stories and/or entertainment, you switch on the television, or something similar.

Most people are not looking for a discussion on the subject, so a sentence or two, or at times just a smile has been known to suffice as an answer.
I have given many reasons over the years. There are many reasons. Very few of these reasons make sense to non-readers.
One that I have realised is most easily accepted by them though is that you do learn from novels.

The point of starting with this kind-of rant is that even as I enjoyed reading J. Arlene Culiner's The Turkish Affair, I learned things too.

The Turkish Affair has Anne Pierson, a tourist guide/interpreter and Renaud Townsend, an archaeologist as central characters. Both are Americans, but the setting of their story is Turkey.
The romance in The Turkish Affair has secrets of past, mysteries of crime, and intrigue of a foreign culture interwoven in it, which makes it a fascinating read.

A fast-paced novel that I enjoyed, while I also learned about places and professions that I knew little about. I highly recommend this one.

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Love and Danger at the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu

Priceless artifacts are disappearing from the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu in Turkey, and the site director has vanished. Called in to solve the mystery, archaeologist Renaud Townsend is hindered by both his inability to speak the language and the knowledge that the local police are corrupt. His attraction to translator Anne Pierson is immediate, although he is troubled by her refusal to talk about the past and her fear of public scandal. But when murder enters the picture, both Anne and Renaud realize that the risk of falling in love is not the only danger.

Praise:

Author J. Arlene Culiner does not disappoint in this fast-paced novel, The Turkish Affair. Glittering descriptions, magical settings, and enviable characters bring the solemn grounds of Turkey to life as we are planted firmly in an archeological dig in Karakuyu, Turkey. Culiner's mastery of the English language and sentence combinations form an enchanting read. The Turkish Affair is a must-read for all lovers of romance and adventure.
--Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite


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A delicious breeze tickled the air, and the little boat rocked gently. A fine line appeared between Renaud’s brows, and his blue eyes were, once again, serious. “I need your help.”
Anne stared. “My help? With what? Translating?”
“No. With something else. I have to find out who is behind the thefts at Karakuyu.”
The feeling of dread returned, but she forced herself to sound casual. “How could I possibly help you with that?”
“I don’t know.” He sighed. “I just don’t want to feel that I’m alone in this.”
What could she say to that? Tell him she was the last person he should team up with? That long ago, she’d escaped arrest by the skin of her teeth? If she did so, this splendid moment would be over. The silver-foil glimmer of romance would be tarnished forever. He’d row back to shore, drive back to G├╝lkale, get rid of her as quickly as possible.
“Anne?” He reached out to caress her bare arm. “Come back from wherever you are.”
“You know nothing about me,” she said jaggedly.
“Nothing,” he agreed.
She swallowed. “I could be involved in the thefts for all you know. Why ask for my help? Why choose me?”
He smiled faintly. “A good question. I suppose, quite simply, I need—or want—to trust you.”
She felt utterly miserable. Why was life always like this? Wanting someone and not being able to have them? Wanting trust, but seeing it snatched away before it came close?










Writer, photographer, social critical artist, musician, and occasional actress, J. Arlene Culiner, was born in New York and raised in Toronto. She has crossed much of Europe on foot, has lived in a Hungarian mud house, a Bavarian castle, a Turkish cave-dwelling, on a Dutch canal, and in a haunted house on the English moors. She now resides in a 400-year-old former inn in a French village of no interest and, much to local dismay, protects all creatures, especially spiders and snakes. She particularly enjoys incorporating into short stories, mysteries, narrative non-fiction, and romances, her experiences in out-of-the-way communities, and her conversations with strange characters.

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