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I ended up truly enjoying this story. The reason I didn't give it a five star rating is because I wasn't completely into it for a little bit. When it finally caught me I stayed hooked until the end.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Literally just finished listening to this. What a story! Not at all what I was expecting and it didn't go where I was expecting either! But as a big fan of Freya North (I absolutely LOVE the McCabe sister books), this book really has to be right up there.
I'm less familiar with Frankie's location, but we had the most wonderful time in the area of Scott's location some years ago and could just see, feel and smell the locations as the descriptions were so accurate.
I definitely feel those &quot;mourning&quot; feelings you get when you finish a really good book with well described, genuine characters that you just want to hear more about. DEFINITELY recommend this book!