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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 title gives us a good clue to the storyline, so straight away I pictured Turkey, and perhaps an affair?

          The story begins with an Archaeological dig in Karakuyu, the passage reads “3,000 years ago the Hittites were attacked by Assyrians and took over the land” my thoughts then pictured all the treasures that are possibly lying buried for all those years!!

          With important artifacts from the site vanishing and the site manger/director Mike Benson also missing, American Renaud Townsend is sent to the site to find out what’s been happening. Could the missing artifacts and Mike vanishing be connected?

          An intriguing way to start the book, I was certainly drawn in.

          The mystery continues when translator, Anne Pierson is spotted with Mike in the local town. People assume that the pair must be having an affair.

          With a first chapter as good as this, it made it hard not to read on. Ms. Culiner had me hooked.

          The book is an interesting mix of mystery and romance. The plot is written from Anne Pierson’s point of view, and in an informal style that is definitely suited for readers who love these genres.

          There are good descriptive narratives of the town, archaeological site, and the weather. I could almost feel the heat, visualise the sights and smell the Turkish spices. Lots of work has also gone into making sure the historic facts and archaeological details are spot on.

          This is an excellent book that was an easy read. The pace was steady and the whole mystery kept me gripped to the unexpected ending.

          I would certainly recommend this book, and I definitely would read more by this author.


Review by Linda at Whispering Stories


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