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The Lovers by Vendela Vida

Title: The Lovers, Author: Vendela VidaThe Lovers. Finished 9-12-16, rating 2.5/5. fiction, pub. 2010

Unabridged audio read by Suzanne Toren. 7 hours.

Twenty-eight years ago, Peter and Yvonne honeymooned in the beautiful coastal village of Datça, Turkey. Now Yvonne is a widow, her twin children grown. Hoping to immerse herself in memories of a happier time—as well as sand and sea—Yvonne returns to Datça. But her plans for a restorative week in Turkey are quickly complicated. Instead of comforting her, her memories begin to trouble her. Her vacation rental’s landlord and his bold, intriguing wife—who share a curious marital arrangement—become constant uninvited visitors, in and out of the house.

Overwhelmed by the past and unexpectedly dislocated by the environment, Yvonne clings to a newfound friendship with Ahmet, a local boy who makes his living as a shell collector. With Ahmet as her guide, Yvonne gains new insight into the lives of her own adult children, and she finally begins to enjoy the shimmering sea and relaxed pace of the Turkish coast. But a devastating accident upends her delicate peace and throws her life into chaos—and her sense of self into turmoil.       from Goodreads

I listened to the majority of this in the car but followed along in the book.  I admit I didn’t felt a twinge of interest until page 68.  There were many discussion worthy storylines, but overall it just didn’t speak to me.

Yvonne is a recent widow who decides to go back to the place of her honeymoon, Datca, Turkey.  She rents a house and meets a few people who help her heal in different ways. As the days unfold we get the whole story on her marriage and children.  I enjoyed learning a little about the Turkish culture.

This might appeal to readers who like introspective international stories.

November 1, 2016 - Posted by | 2 1/2 Stars or Less


  1. I think I’ll pass.

    Comment by BermudaOnion | November 1, 2016 | Reply

  2. I read this but didn’t like it much at all!

    Comment by rhapsodyinbooks | November 2, 2016 | Reply

    • The only part that I liked was the boy and that lasted about a minute 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | November 2, 2016 | Reply

  3. I love the cover and the book sounds interesting.

    Comment by Vicki | November 2, 2016 | Reply

  4. The only Vida I have read is The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty. And I wasn’t too impressed. You have just confirmed my opinion of her writing.

    Comment by Lloyd Russell | November 2, 2016 | Reply

    • I’m done with Vida as well 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | November 2, 2016 | Reply

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