Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The General’s Wife by Sara R. Turnquist

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Ismene, a beautiful, somewhat naïve, young noblewoman, is torn from her childhood home in Greece and her first love. Bound by honor and duty, she marries Pharoah’s chief military commander, Alistair. Though determined to remain true to the man she left behind, her new husband stirs feelings in her she cannot ignore.


Attempting to accept this brazen new culture, it isn’t long before she discovers that the locals don’t like her. The Alexandrian mob starts making anonymous threats. This face-less group will stop at nothing to achieve its goal of driving out the unwelcome Greeks. In the midst of these heightening attacks, the general must leave for battle. Ismene fears that she is on her own.


Evidence of a spy within her own household arises. It soon becomes apparent that one of these Egyptian rebels wants her dead. The safety of Ismene, and possibly the entire ruling class of Egypt, hangs in the balance.

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GENRE: Historical Romance, Clean Fiction
PUBLISHER: Clean Reads
RELEASE DATE: January 5, 2016
PAGES: 252

The General’s Wife by Sara R. Turnquist is a sweet and tender romance that invites you to curl up with the story and its characters from the very beginning. Plenty of intrigue and suspense swirls through the story as well, the lush beauty of the setting often marred by vandalism or evil intent. An arranged marriage in an unfamiliar land with unfamiliar customs are enough to set Ismene a little off kilter, but combined with someone who clearly wants her to leave? Lots of emotions at play here – written realistically without being overly dramatic.

Ismene and Alistair completely captivated me. Their growing affection for each other -an affection that quickly develops into love – is tender and breathless and everything good. Ismene may be uncertain due to all the changes forced upon her in such a short period of time, but there is a quiet resolve to her, a strength of character that makes her a heroine to admire. Alistair is the kind of hero we all love to love – sensitive but strong, affectionate and passionate, the kind of man who easily commands an army yet reads to his wife in the evenings. And y’all. HE GIVES HER A LIBRARY. Well… he doesn’t give it to her completely but he gives her access to THE LIBRARY AT ALEXANDRIA. (How many of you felt yours hearts go pitter-patter at the thought of that library still being around to have access to?)

“Can you please take this blindfold off?” Ismene loved surprises, but couldn’t stand the waiting. Alistair had risen early to prepare a special breakfast for them and served her in bed. Then he had told her that he had something special planned for them today—a special place for them to visit.

“Not yet,” Alistair said as he gripped her waist. Their chariot went over a bump which caused him to pull her to him even more tightly. She smiled at the feel of his secure embrace; even after this short time it still caused butterflies in her stomach.

She felt the chariot continue to move down the smooth path with a little rocking here and there as the wheels found imperfections in the road.

“We’re almost there, I promise,” he assured her. His voice was close to her ear and it gave her warm chills. She thought of the feel of those lips on her neck. There wasn’t much time to daydream, though, because, true to his word, it wasn’t much longer before she felt him slow the horses and still the chariot.

“Ready for your surprise?” he asked.

“Yes!” She feigned exasperation.

Only then did he reach up, untie her blindfold, and let it fall. “The great Library of Alexandria.”

And it’s there at the Library of Alexandria that my favorite part of the book takes place. Because, amid a sea of gods from her own Greek heritage and her new Egyptian home, Ismene meets the One True God, Jehovah. I loved everything about this aspect to Ismene’s story – from her initial encounter with the Jewish scribe to the epilogue. It’s not preachy and it doesn’t overwhelm the story, but it adds so much to Ismene’s character.

Bottom Line: The General’s Wife is more than just a historical romance. It’s a tender picture of falling in love, as well as a compelling suspense novel in its own right. Between the lines and across the pages, it’s also a beautifully done story of finding the God Who Sees, the God Who Saves. Sara R. Turnquist is an author I’ll be keeping on my radar from now on!

( I received this book for free from Goddess Fish Promotions. No review was required, favorable or otherwise, and all views expressed are my own.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3.5 – WILL forget to breathe on more than one occasion

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about the author

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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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September 30: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
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What about you? What grand gesture would speak to you of true love?

Carrie

41 Responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The General’s Wife by Sara R. Turnquist”

  1. JACKIE MCNUTT

    Great review Carrie. I am looking forward to reading all of Sara’s books and have added her to my list of new to me authors.
    Love the gift of the library to !!!
    Thank you

  2. Debbie Clatterbuck

    I would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

  3. clojo9372

    Thank you for your candid and well-written review! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  4. Lucy Reynolds

    Enjoyed the review. A grand gesture that would speak to me of true love is, just all the little things my hubby does. TY for the chance.

  5. Donna B

    I would love to have a large library of my own! Thanks for the review and giveaway. My mom already thinks I have too many books. I told her I could never have too many!!

  6. Andrea Stephens

    Good honest review Carrie! I like that you say it’s not overly dramatic.

  7. Michael Bratek

    Do you ever get writers’ block and what do you do to get past it?

    • Sara Turnquist

      I do get blocked from time to time. When you look at writing as a career, you’re not going to feel like writing every day and there will be times you are blocked. Those days, it’s important to sit down and “prime the pump”. You have to start writing something…maybe a writing prompt (you can just search “writing prompt” to find some fun ones) or start on your scene, even if you know you won’t keep what you’re writing. After you get started writing, you’ll find that it begins to flow more easily at some point, in my experience.

  8. Mai T.

    Halloween is coming up. Are you planning to go all out with decorating and costumes?

    • Sara Turnquist

      I do a LOT of decorating for fall. And my children, being of right combination of gender and young enough age, have decided they want to be the PJ Masks (it’s a Disney Jr show). And so, my husband and I are going to dress up as two of the villains from the show. It’ll be super fun!

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