Thursday 4 June 2015

Review: The Turning Point by Freya North

An unforgettably affecting story stretching between the Norfolk coast and the wild beauty of Canada’s British Columbia, The Turning Point is the new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Freya North. It’s a novel that tackles head on the whims of fate and the importance of seizing opportunities with both hands, no matter what the obstacles are.

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. It’s a miracle they even meet. Yet against all advice they decide to see where it might lead.

Over oceans and time zones they make sacrifices and take risks, discovering along the way the truth about love and family. For the first time in a long while, life seems good. But fate has a tragic twist in store, one that could destroy all that was believed in and hoped for. Sometimes we must seize happiness where we find it and trust that love will always find a way.

Poignantly written, Freya has once again delivered a sophisticated, thoughtful and moving novel that captures the very essence of how life is so very precious and not to be taken for granted.

Shona's review 5 of 5 stars

When I was offered an advanced copy I jumped at the chance without so much as looking at the blurb, all I saw was that it had been written by Freya North, I read The Way Back Home and loved it, not just the book but her writing style and I knew I would enjoy this book just as much. There's just something so comforting and completely familiar about North's writing, it makes you feel like you are sitting down with an old friend. And that's what I found when I opened up the book and slipped between the pages. 

By the time I had read 70 pages I was completely hooked. I found myself unable to step away, I was so compelled to read about Scott and Frankie's relationship that before I knew it I had been reading for 3 hours and was already over half way through the book. At this point I knew there was no setting this book down, I needed to see how things were going to progress. This book grabbed hold of me with both hands and wouldn't let me go until I had read it in its entirety. And read it I did.

This book is so beautifully written, filled with emotion and descriptive text that allows you to feel as though you are there alongside Scott and Frankie, looking out over the mountains in Canada, or walking along the beach in Norfolk. 

Claire's Review 5 of 5 Stars

Trying to sum this book up in a review is hard work. Once I had started it, although I loved the characters I found it very long winded in places, but I still found myself wanting to pick it up and carry on and read more.

To be honest I thought I had this book summed up, I thought it was predictable and that I knew exactly what would happen, just a few chapters in, but oh how wrong could I have been! I found myself open mouthed, and crying, in total and utter shock! The twist in this story completely blew me away, in fact I read for 4 hours straight one evening just to finish it as I needed to know exactly how it would end.

Was it my ideal ending? no, but that made it feel more real! and that makes it all the more better. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good, emotional read that sucks you in!

About the author:

A passionate reader since childhood, she was originally inspired by Mary Wesley, Rose Tremain and Barbara Trapido to write fiction with strong female leads and original, sometimes eccentric characters. In 2012 she set up and now runs the Hertford Children’s Book Festival. Freya is also judge for the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England’s ‘Rural Living Awards’ and Ambassador for Beating Bowel Cancer.

Author of 13 previous bestselling novels, Freya is one of the most enduring and popular women’s writers around. She was born in London but lives in rural Hertfordshire with her family and other animals where she writes from a stable in her back garden.

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