The Turning Point Paperback – 25 May 2015
- Publisher : HarperCollins - GB (25 May 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 000746231X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007462315
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
- Customer Reviews:
‘Beautifully drawn and utterly compelling’ Jane Green
'A stunning read about an impromptu meeting that alters two destinies' Daily Record
‘Gorgeously eloquent and touching…a celebration of the wonderful glory of love and life’ Lovereading.co.uk
‘A moving and poignant novel about long-distance love…will draw you in so deeply’ Heat
‘From the initial spark and through the unfolding drama, it is joyous but understated. And the great cruelties that life harbours are not forgotten, either’
‘Keep the tissues close…a gripping love story’ Good Housekeeping
‘Thoughtful and moving’ Closer
‘An emotional tale about finding love in unexpected places’ The Herald
‘Get your tissues out for this one’ Woman and Home
‘A richly drawn, romantic weepy’ Sunday Mirror
‘Thoughtful and moving…a story you won’t want to put down’ Sunday Post
‘[An] outstanding contemporary love story eschews a traditional happily-ever-after ending, but is no less romantic for that… readers will immediately be reminded of the great loves in their own lives… [and] will find it impossible to put down their five-hanky story until the last page is turned.’ Publishers Weekly (Starred)
‘If you cried at Jojo Moyes’ “Me Before You”, get your hankies ready.’ Booklist (Starred)
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This book may seem to be a bit on the slow side at first, but believe me, it's well worth staying with it for the whole journey. The book is beautifully written and really packs a powerful emotional punch. One of those rare books that stayed with me for days afterwards, and even though I read it a couple of months ago, (from the library) I found myself lying in bed last night thinking about the characters and the story again. Think I'll I'll have to look for some more of Ms North's books. Highly recommended.
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Her family and friends are firmly set against their escalating relationship. They say it cannot survive long-term and she will come out of the relationship heartbroken. They are worried about her. His family and friends are amazed by the change in him and are very keen to meet Frankie. They are happy for him and supportive. All this changes when they holiday in each other’s homes. Frankie’s family see how right they are for each other and Scott’s family fall in love with Frankie, just like he had, because although they are physically divided by space and time, so they are united by their deep commitment to each other, their mutual love of nature, music and so much more. They take a chance on love and this story tells of how their lives and the lives of their children are about to change beyond belief.
I was totally amazed and delighted by this beautiful novel. I will never forget it. It absorbed all of my thoughts and time and I really didn’t want it to end. In my mind the story flows on because I cannot leave it behind. The storytelling was superb, the descriptions almost lyrical and the actual route of the novel was extraordinarily well conceived. It was a total emotional rollercoaster with a heart-stopping twist, totally unexpected but full of empathy and compassion. I cried tears of joy and sadness and was totally invested in the journey right from the beginning and way beyond the end. The characters were so believable and true to life that I loved them all, Scott in particular. He was such a nice man and he and Frankie fitted together like a cosy pair of gloves, one useless without the other. I loved the insight into their lives and stories and I was totally awed by the massive amount of research and vision into the various aspects of the story, adding greatly to the impact of the storyline.
This is an absolute gem of a novel and it’s a definite all round and well deserved 5* review in my opinion. I’ll be highly recommending it to anyone who will listen to me and I’m so glad I finally picked it out from my pile of ‘to be read’ books.
Canadian film-score writer Scott meets British author Frankie while they’re both on business trips to London. There’s an instant attraction, a connection that they both want to explore & carry on, despite the distance & their commitments. He is a single dad with an epileptic daughter, Jenna (very interesting to learn what they go through with her condition - well done to the author for tackling this), & she’s a single mother of two children, so they do have things in common.
I’m writing this partway through Part 4. The “Turning Point” - the shocker has passed. As the title (on Kindle) says it’s a “breathtaking twist”; I truly did not see it coming. This is a very upsetting moment in the book - very emotional - & I think the author has dealt with everyone’s feelings sensitively & realistically (having gone through something similar myself not that long ago).
I have loved this book & really enjoyed sharing each character’s journey & growth; their ups & downs; their sorrows & joys. I wish the main characters had their HEA. Scott was just the perfect man! Jenna is so lucky to have found Kyle, who is so like her dad. Freya North has put so much detail in her writing. She’s researched the places & described them so well that I want to visit British Colombia, although the journey sounds quite horrendous & I wouldn’t ever dare to drive abroad. Despite the swearing, couple of love scenes & occasional typo, I award this book 5*.