by Freya North
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Harper (May 3, 2016)
“Rich, romantic, beautifully drawn and utterly compelling” Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author
Life is short. Sometimes you have to take a chance…
Two single parents, Scott and Frankie, meet by chance.
Their homes are thousands of miles apart: Frankie lives somewhat chaotically with her children on the shoreline of North Norfolk, while Scott’s life is in the mountains of British Columbia. Distance divides them – but it seems that a million little things connect them. A spark ignites, one so strong that it dares them to take a risk.
But fate has one more trick in store…
There are some truths about life and family we only learn when we grow up. There are some we never thought we’d have to.
“I have a friend who summed up Miles as little more than an annoying fly on the windowpane on my life.”
“Since yesterday, he’d undoubtedly became the most handsome man she’d ever met but it was the fact that she knew him, that she was herself with him, which thrilled her most.”
“Frankie didn’t lie to her children. Ever. She just manipulated language instead.”
“Of course it was doomed to fail, on paper – so the best thing to do was to tear the paper up, take a new sheet and write something different.”
“I’m so glad you’re here… I like everywhere so much more now that you’re in it.”
“Dads are just dads in my book. You have no say in who you get. But father figures – are more. In some ways, I think they choose you and you choose them.”
“Alone and out of sorts. Frankie thought how the death of the one she loved was an injustice so cruel, so abjectly wrong, so powerful, so beyond comprehension and any known cure, she had been left chronically injured. I’ll never properly heal…”
The Turning Point was my virgin voyage with Ms. North – I now plan to follow her like a bloodhound on a trail of a prison escapee. I was merrily sailing through her book while enjoying her complicated, likable, and quirky characters; I reveled in her relevant, entertaining, and interesting storyline – so full of feels; and I was intrigued by her writing and unique style… until something horrifying and dreadful happened. I was devastated when I realized there must be something wrong with her aforementioned lovely words as they had begun to elicit a strange and profound response. My eyes stung and burned until I could no longer see the page, my throat constricted and hampered my breathing, my nose started to run, and I felt an unusual flood of wetness on my face that just would not cease to flow. I was wrecked, gutted, devastated, ruined! I cursed the author and her evil pen, and was periodically forced to put my book down to sob, then an ugly cry, and then sob again. Is this Black Magic? What remarkable skills! While I still hold a bit of a grudge for her momentary theft of the control of my respiratory system – I must confess that I place myself in the running for head fangirl territory.
About Freya North
Freya North is the author of many bestselling novels which have been translated into numerous languages. She was born in London but lives in rural Hertfordshire, where she writes from a stable in her back garden. A passionate reader since childhood, Freya was originally inspired by Mary Wesley, Rose Tremain and Barbara Trapido: fiction with strong and original characters. To hear about events, competitions and what she’s writing, join her on Facebook, Twitter and her website.