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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 t ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Createspace
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Beth
This is a fantastic coming of age story of a young lady who spends a month as an exchange student with a family in Turkey. This is a really sweet and fun read, delving into friendships, love, and cultural differences and similarities. I truly loved reading this heart warming story.

This copy was given to me by Goodreads First Reads and Saskia E. Akyill in exchange for an honest review.
Lubna
It was the cover of the book and the story line that intially gripped me. I knew I just had to read this book and I am so glad that I did. The cover incidentally is a design based on quilling work, the author sure is very creative. As the outline of the book is already described in GoodReads, I shall skip that. This book is so descriptive that I could actually feel the warmth of the Turkish host family, smell the salty sea breeze of the Aagean sea, hear the laughter of Rachel and her host sister ...more
Nina
I started the book excited because I went to high school with the author. Simple enough. Friend writes book, I read book. Then I found I was really enjoying the story. Not just, I knew the author enjoying but recommend to everyone, truly enjoying. Everytime I picked up the book I was transported out of the cold/rainy/snowy Pacific Northwest to a sunny summer village in Turkey. I felt like I knew the characters. Like I was tasting the food, seeing the stunning fabrics of the unfamiliar clothing, ...more
Dana Newman
Lovely YA-crossover book that takes readers into a whole new land and way of life! Inspires travel!!
Deniz Hunger
well done Saskia !! I love it !!
Maysam
can't wait to read it!!!!
Mary A.
Secrets of a Summer Village is a perfect summer read for middle school age youth and older. It tells the coming-of-age story of 17-year-old Rachel who ventures abroad to Turkey from her home in Washington state. Rachel lives for one month with her Turkish host family. There she has a 17-year-old "sister" named Aylen and an older "sister," Leyla. The family has moved to their summer home on the sea for their vacation. Most of the action during the story takes place in this summer village.

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Melissa

*This book was received as a free advanced reader's copy*

This was a charming book. Highly appropriate for middle school aged children and even high school children it tells a very relatable story of a young girl and her exchange student trip.

Rachel is all set to go to Mexico for an exchange program. The only problem, there is no room for her. But then at the last minute a spot opens up for a trip to Turkey. At first she's not sure if she should go, she knows nothing about the country and their c
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Ann Martin
Saskia Akyil and I met online when she asked me for photography advice regarding the cover she'd just quilled for her first young adult novel - the lovely Secrets of a Summer Village. Yes, a quilled design on a book cover! What a novel idea - pardon the pun - and close to my heart as I, too, enjoy quilling. (For those who aren't familiar with the term, it's the rolling of narrow strips of paper to create a design.)

All that to say, Saskia offered to send me a review copy; I'm so glad to have read
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Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Saskia E. Akyil, like many writers over the age of 25, began her art by keeping a journal and writing letters to her friends, pen-pals, cousins, and grandparents. After receiving a B.A. in International Studies from Emory University and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) from the University of Minnesota, her writing took on a more formal ton ...more
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