Thursday, September 22, 2016

The General's Wife by Sara R. Turnquist - Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

 
About Sara R. Turnquist
 

Sara is originally from middle TN. After a short stint in Memphis, where she earned a degree in Biology and began a career as both a Zoo Educator and a Sleep Technician, she then followed a dream to work for a large zoo in Orlando, FL as an Educator. Once she and her husband started their family, they moved back to Tennessee. Sara and her husband now enjoy a full life with their three beautiful and very active children. Sara enjoys many creative outlets – singing, piano, drawing, drama, and organizing anything. And even though she has enjoyed her career as a Zoo Educator, Sara's great love of the written word continued to draw her to write. She has always been an avid reader and, for many years, has been what she terms a “closet writer”. Her travels and love of history have served to inspire her to write Historical Fiction. Sara has made several trips overseas to the Czech Republic. Her time among the Czech people and the landscapes of the country inspired her and greatly influenced her work on her debut novel, The Lady Bornekova, set in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. Sara is also a member of the ACFW.
 
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Facebook: Sara R. Turnquist, Author - www.facebook.com/authorsararturnquist

Excerpt 

A din of whispered conversation among the servants could be heard, but only just. No one wanted to speak out for fear of enraging the general further. Many of the servants were unable to read Greek and had no idea what important message was scarred into their master's most prized sanctuary. As if the vandalism alone wasn't enough to evoke a great anger in him, the message itself had pushed him closer to the edge of violence. They had never seen their kind master in such a state.

“What is everybody...” Ismene's voice interrupted their musings. No one, not even Alistair, had even noticed that she had arrived at the grand estate, least of all made it all the way out to the gardens. Her voice, which started light and happy, trailed off as she noticed the source of everyone's fixation.

There were many audible gasps as the servants, like Alistair, turned and saw Ismene's paled face, her mouth moving as if trying to form words, though none came forth.

Alistair rushed over to her, “Ismene, don't look...it's...” he said, trying to turn her away, to go back in direction she had just come.

It was only then that he realized—the message—it was for her. Ismene and Alonah came to the gardens each day to check on her tiger lilies. This wall faced the entrance into the gardens closest to her bedchambers, the entrance she came through every day. How did anyone outside of his house and Pharaoh's know that? His heart sank. There was a leak in one of these houses.

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Review by Suze
 
Ismene has to leave the people she loves behind, because she's being forced to move from Greece to Egypt. Her father has arranged a favorable marriage for her. Ismene's heart already belongs to someone else, her childhood sweetheart and best friend. She doesn't have a choice though. She travels to Egypt where she will stay at her future husband's house. Alistair is a general and works for the Pharaoh. They're close friends and Ismene is being treated like royalty.
 
Unfortunately not everyone likes having Greeks in Egypt. Ismene's marriage is taking place in an unstable time. Alistair is often away on army business, but when he's home he isn't as bad as she initially thought. He treats her well and Ismene has access to every luxury she can think of. Will she ever fall in love with her husband? And what will happen when the mob and other rebels are after them at the same time? Will Alistair be able to stop them before they can do something really terrible?
 
Ismene has to move from Greece to Egypt. The only loyal company she has is her servant. She had to leave everyone else behind. Marrying for love isn't what her father has planned for her and she has no choice but to travel to Egypt and make the best of her arranged marriage. I admired her strength and flexibility. Ismene is beautiful on the outside and the inside. She's also headstrong and she doesn't trust easily. She's an intriguing main character with a praiseworthy personality.
 
Alistair is a proud man with a kind heart. He does everything he can to make Ismene's life as comfortable as possible. When he's hurt he can lash out, but most of the time he's friendly and caring. I liked him and Ismene together from the start. They have great chemistry and I loved the suggestive way Sara R. Turnquist writes about that without ever becoming too literal. She does that in a clever and fun manner. The interaction between Alistair and Ismene is interesting and I couldn't wait to find out if they were going to be happy with their arranged marriage or not.
 
Sara R. Turnquist begins with a brief history of Greece and Egypt in the time she's set her story. It's a clever way to make it easier for the reader to picture the setting and the society she's writing about. It's handy to have some background information, especially for the continuity of the story, I didn't have to stop reading to look things up. Sara R. Turnquist shows that true love is something of all times, which is an important message. I'm a big fan of books about that topic and definitely enjoyed this one.
 
The General's Wife has several unexpected twists and turns and I could see the creativity of the author in every scene. The result is a surprising story. I enjoyed reading about Ismene's life very much. When she arrives in Egypt there's unrest. The emotional turmoil inside her is causing a lot of stress, but she deals with it as well as she can. It was fascinating to see her reactions together with the feelings of her husband about the same situations. I loved the multiple layers of the story and think The General's Wife is a wonderful, original and romantic book.
 
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One very lucky winner will receive a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card.
 
 
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75 comments:

  1. ohh, I love the sound of this story, great review!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! Having carried the "spark", that initial inspiration for this story for so long, I feel particularly close to it :-)

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  2. Sounds a great read! Thank you for the review!

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I'm very pleased with the review also! Authors are artists, too, and so feel very connected to their works :-)

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  3. Thanks for the great excerpt and giveaway.

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    1. Thank you, James! Best of luck on your entry!

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  4. Thanks for hosting and for the review!

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  5. I like the excerpt and interview. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  6. Cool! I have really gotten into Egyptian fiction in the past year or so, and love a good layered tale.

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    1. There is great Egyptian fiction out there! I love Historical Fiction and very much enjoyed reading for pleasure and to see other authors' takes on the research that's out there.

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  7. This book sounds very interesting. I will definitely check it out. Thank you for the review!

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  8. Great excerpt and review, thank you.

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  9. Thanks for sharing your review, I'm looking forward to reading this one myself!

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  10. Loved the review and loved the book. It was a great read.

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  11. Loved the review and loved the book. It was a great read.

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  12. Loved the excerpt and the interview was great. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Thanks, Christy! Best of luck on your entry!

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  13. It sounds engaging and creative, with great details!

    --Trix

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! And thanks for visiting!

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  15. I enjoy reading about this long-vanished world.

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  16. Thanks again for hosting me. And for the review!

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  17. This sounds like a very interesting read. I've always enjoyed stories of ancient Greece and Egypt.

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    1. This period of history is very intriguing in that these cultures became intertwined. I found it incredibly inspiring.

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  18. How did you come up with the title?

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    1. Coming up with the title for a novel is always...interesting. For this novel, I wanted to encompass something of the two characters that are front and center. From this title, you know that he is a General. That tells you a bit about someone. And she is a General's wife. That is also very telling. It is her new identity in the book and a key part of her struggle. I had a dozen different ideas along the way...I really wanted the title to lend itself to Egypt. Like "The Wife of Pharaoh's General". That's a bit of a mouth full unnecessarily, in my opinion. Not as crisp. So, I shortened it. Some of my titles are named (such as this one) after the main character), some are named after the situation, and some after the location. It all depends...

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  19. this sounds like a great story, thanks for the review xx

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  20. Happy Friday! Hope it's a good one for you and thank you for the opportunity at winning this giveaway

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  21. Thanks so much for running this great giveaway - always good to be introduced to a new author!

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  22. Hope your Saturday is terrific and fun! Thanks for all you do and for bringing us such great giveaways.

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  23. Hope your Saturday is terrific and fun! Thanks for all you do and for bringing us such great giveaways.

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  24. Thank you for this well-written, honest, and detailed review! This looks like a book I would enjoy a lot. Have a great weekend! :)

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  25. Thank You so much for this opportunity, I always loved reading about Greece, one day I'll visit, one day 😊

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  26. Hello! Back again to thanks for all the amazing giveaways given to us and I certainly appreciate all the work you put into this to bring us these giveaway. Y'all are amazing!

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  27. Sounds like a great read! Ismene sounds like a strong character that I would like to meet someday.

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  28. I simply cannot wait to read this book! Sara, you are an amazing woman, and talented author!!!

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  29. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. I do want to read this book and perhaps it will entice me to start reading more historical type novels :)

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  30. I love the cover of this book! the excerpt is awesome, too!

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  31. I liked the excerpt, and I am looking forward to reading this story.

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  32. You're awesome and I sure appreciate all the work you do daily to bring us these great giveaways. Thanks so much!

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  33. You're awesome and I sure appreciate all the work you do daily to bring us these great giveaways. Thanks so much!

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  34. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. Thank you for the giveaway, so generous.

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  36. I like the book cover and excerpt! I hope that it's a big success!

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  37. Thankyou so much for the chance.

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  38. I always enjoy a novel with twists & turns in it.

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  39. I always enjoy a novel with twists & turns in it.

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  40. I love reading and enjoy writing stories too, I'd love to be as lucky as you and have it as a career

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  41. Thank you for the great excerpt and the giveaway, Sara!

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  42. The review and excerpt sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover too.

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  43. Great review, this book sounds so interesting. I haven't read enough about Greeks or Egypt so I will add this to the TBR!

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  44. Fantastic review - it looks to be a very good read :D

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  45. great review sounds like it will be a good read

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  46. I like the book cover and excerpt. I look forward to reading it.

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  47. This looks like an interesting read I will definitely put it on my list

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  48. Yay! The weekend's almost here! Good luck everyone :)

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