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.
The Turkish Affair
Great Romance and Engaging Stories!