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Anne Pierson was a top-notch Washington journalist until a liaison with the wrong man implicated her in scandal. Years later, she’s hiding out in backwoods Turkey, working as a translator near the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu, determined to keep her past a secret and avoiding personal relationships. But her quiet little world is turned upside down when she meets American archaeologist Renaud Townsend.
Renaud knows little about this foreign country or the project he’s been sent to manage after the former boss disappeared. Anne’s refusal to be his translator troubles him, but instinct tells him he can rely on her. Or is that only desire speaking? A lusty love affair for the duration of the summer dig would definitely help him adjust.
When Anne’s reputation links her to stolen artifacts and murder at the site, their budding romance comes skidding to a halt. To clear her name, she must sacrifice her safety and reach out to trust Renaud. But is there enough time to give love a second chance?
The descriptions of the artifacts, the land, the homes and businesses, the caves and cottages, the dig site and the scenery were vivid and made me feel that I was there. I could feel the oppressive heat and the dirt and visualize some of the artifacts already found. The characters are multi-faceted and what you see is not what you usually get. There are power struggles, some out in the open and some hidden. There were a lot of twists and turns to the story and I couldn't figure out the bad guys from the good ones on the dig and neither could Anne and Renaud. There are family, friends, co-workers, animosity, anger, fear, tears, hurt, disbelief, foreign words and customs. The chemistry between Anne and Renaud is almost immediate although both try to fight their attraction, but I couldn't help but hope for them to be a couple and work to solve the mystery together.
“Anne? Look.” Deftly, Renaud caught her shoulders and swung her around until they were both facing the dark mountains in the east. “I've ordered something special, just for you.”
And at that very moment, the gleaming arch of new sun slipped up into the violet and crimson edge of sky. She laughed, caught by the moment's sheer perfection. If only this could last forever. If only nothing else existed, either after or before.
Review by Jo Anne at Romancing the Book
The Turkish Affair
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