Everyone deserves a new beginning. But sometimes fate isn't on your side....
Over one short weekend, when Canadian musician Scott Emerson and British children's author Frankie Shaw meet by chance, a profound connection is made. Their homes are thousands of miles apart: Frankie and her children live by the coast of North Norfolk while Scott's roots lie deep in the mountains of British Columbia. Against all advice, they decide to see where this might go.
Over oceans and time zones, they make sacrifices and take risks, discovering along the way new truths about love and family. For the first time in a long while, it seems life could be very good. But fate has a tragic twist in store, one that could destroy all that was hoped for.
Poignant, engrossing and moving, The Turning Point is a novel about the importance of seizing happiness and trusting that love will always find a way.
©2015 Freya North (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Praise for Freya North:
"Brimming with emotional drama and packing a huge twist, this story will keep you guessing until the very end." (Heat)
"I was gripped from the start and raced through to the end in one long sitting." (Sara Lawrence, Daily Mail)
"A lovely read that keeps you anticipating a twist that is nicely unexpected...I couldn't put it down." (Sarah Broadhurst, Lovereading.co.uk)
"A very telling and enjoyable take on contemporary life." (Woman and Home)
"Skilfully written, and full of interesting characters." (The Lady)
"If you like emotional family dramas with a twist you'll love this." (Daily Express)
I have hugely enjoyed many of Freya North's previous titles - she has, as one of her characters says, 'a way with words where [she] can condense so much into powerful brevity'.
The Turning Point does nothing to diminish North's reputation as an accomplished, accessible wordsmith but, if you're after a bit of escapist oomph, it is rather missing the power aspect.
The pace and plot is rather plodding. It's a mild and thoughtful tale of a single-mother unexpectedly and wonderfully finding great love which deepens as the book continues. The sticking point is geography - she lives in Norfolk, he lives in Canada. The book centres around navigating, and to some degree, integrating their two worlds.
To avoid any spoilers - something irrevocable takes place about three quarters of the way through and the remainder of the book is a slow and gentle integration of this happenstance.
The characters are all likeable and well-drawn and I generally enjoy a gentle soulful exploration of human emotions but this certainly wasn't one to set pulses racing.
I am bed-bound and was listening to this during a particularly pain-filled and desperate stage of a long and frightening illness so I was in need of absorption and uplifting diversion. This didn't quite provide but I'm sure many will enjoy it as a tender, thoughtful, if slightly tepid, meditation on a deep love that encounters sorrow but endures nonetheless.
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