The synopsis of Saskia’s debut novel Secrets of a Summer Village reads…
When she doesn’t get a place in a Mexican study abroad program, Rachel anticipates another summer behind the counter of a coffee shop until an unexpected opportunity to spend a month with a family in Turkey drastically changes the course of her summer. This intercultural coming-of-age novel is full of exotic tastes, summer heat, promises, and love. In a summer village on the western coast of Turkey, you’ll meet Rachel, who doesn’t know what she wants; Aylin, who doesn’t know if she wants the one who wants her; and Leyla, who knows who she wants, but doesn’t know if she’ll get him. Love and romance are secret pleasures in the summer village, which only make them more exciting.
Can coffee grounds tell your future? Will fate bring you to your soul mate thousands of miles from home? Would the evil eye dare stop two souls on their paths to each other? Travel with Rachel on her journey far from the comforts of home, to a place that will captivate her and leave her changed forever.
Secrets of a Summer Village is a novel in which modern, middle-class Turkish culture is seen through the eyes of an American teenager. In the 91,075-word novel, Rachel learns that many aspects of Turkish culture are different than her own, but that family, friendship, and love are universal.
Saskia E. Akyil lives in southern Germany with her husband and two young children. She enjoys cooking, writing, reading, tennis, listening to public radio, spending time with family and friends, and gardening. She wishes she could say she liked to exercise and clean the house. Saskia speaks five languages relatively well, none of them perfectly, and once upon a time spoke two more, which she’s mostly forgotten. She used to be an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, but is taking a break from that while her children are small and intense.
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