Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Turquoise by Ayshe Talay-Ongan - Review!

Welcome to my stop at Turquoise: A Love Story blog tour! This blog tour is organized by JKSCommunications and by the author Ayshe Talay-Ongan. My stop includes review and some information about the author and the book. Enjoy!


ISBN: 978-1921829062
Author: Ayshe Talay-Ongan
Title: Turquoise: A Love Story
Genre: Adult: Literary Fiction
Paperback, $18.75
eBook, $12.99
Fiction, 456 pages
Sid Harta Publishers, Jan. 31, 2012


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?
My review:
This book confused me on so many levels, that I do not even know where to begin. Turquoise by Ayshe Talay-Ongan is a strange book with a strange story.
The author introduces you to Yasmin and follows her life through the decades. The story is not so much about love between Yasmin and Renat, but about Yasmin's life.
In one way I was drawn to this novel. There were moments, when I wanted to put it away and not read to the end of it, but I just couldn't. I was annoyed when I was reading and yet I wanted to know how the story ends.
What were the things which I was annoyed about? I have very mixed feelings about the protagonist of the book - Yasmine. I did not understand her overbearing and clinging love to Renan because it was so naive and so wrong in my eyes. I know there is saying that you can't help whom you love, and that was not the problem for me. The problem was the way she loved him. The reason might be cultural for me, but for me personally, wanting and loving your best friend's husband is just not right and the way she put him on to the pedestal, having daydreams about him was too far from any type of comprehension. I wanted to shake her and tell her to get her own life! I felt sorry for Yasmine, because for me she put her own life aside for many years and lived through her dream of Renan. I don't think that's love, at least it is not for me.
Then there was a Yasmin, who I liked - independent, educated, smart and with lots of willpower. I liked the American Yasmine.
Other parts of the book, I enjoyed a lot. I enjoyed the parts where the author took us to meet Yasmin's family, the traditions, religion, the conflicts between people. The author raised a lot of interesting topics through the story and for me, that saved the story. If it would have been only love story, I would have been disappointed, but the side stories and characters gave some interesting reading for me.
5 Flowers!

3 stars.
Thanks to JKSCommunications for providing me with the review copy!
About the author:
Having lived in Istanbul, New York City, San Francisco, Paris, Florence and Sydney, Ayshe Talay-Ongan is a true citizen of the world. Turkish by birth, American by citizenship and Australian by residence, Talay-Ongan has called Sydney home since 1989.

A psychologist (M.S., Ph.D., Columbia University), and emeritus academic, Talay-Ongan has three published textbooks in developmental psychology and dozens of research articles in academic journals.

Turquoise – A Love Story (January 31, 2012, Sid Harta Publishers) is her debut novel. The book captures the saga a love that spans two decades, three continents and two marriages, and is inspired by Talay-Ongan’s own life experiences. Its sequel, Emerald, is currently underway.

Talay-Ongan lives in Sydney, Australia with her family and Burmese cat Simba, who likes sleeping on
her head.


Happy reading!


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