6 Jul 2015


Book Review / The Turning Point by Freya North

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.

Published:     4th June 2015
Publisher:  Harper Collins
Author Website:  Click here
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Review Copy from Publisher 

My Review

Wow!!  Freya North is a brand new author to me and I just love it when I find a new author that I instantly love their writing!  I just know I am now going to be purchasing all her books and marathoning them!!!   Normally I split my review into what I liked and what I didn't like.  With this book, I just loved everything!  For me, this book was more about the two main characters (Frankie and Scott).  You have Frankie who is struggling a bit with her writing (she's an author) and raising two kids and then you have Scott who has an older daughter but she suffers from epilepsy.  Both have a lot going on in their lives not to mention the fact that Frankie lives in England and Scott lives in Canada!  I really enjoyed following these two characters and watching how they get to know each other, get to know each other's families and discover what it means to try and be together when they are countries apart.

What I had not been expecting was the twist nearer the end of the story.  I was expecting a twist but not the one that you get when reading this story!  I have to say that it was a twist that actually made me put the book down and take a moment.  I won't go into too much detail about that but the twist was so powerful I had to take a moment before I could continue reading.  I really didn't see that coming at all!!!

What I liked as well about this book was the fact that it was based in England and Canada, both countries I don't seem to come across much in books.  I really liked that aspect.

Obviously this is the only book I have read by Freya North so far (and I will definitely be picking up any more soon!) but if this is anything to go by I can't wait to read what else she has to offer!

About the Author
From Goodreads

Freya North was born on 21 November 1967 in London, England, UK. She gave up a PhD scholarship to write her first novel, Sally. For 4 years she turned deaf ears to parents and friends who pleaded with her to ‘get a proper job’. 

She went on the dole and did a succession of freelance and temping jobs to support “writing days” every now and then. In 1996 she approached one of the UK’s top literary agents, Jonathan Lloyd at Curtis Brown Ltd. Lloyd took her on and put her work up for auction. 5 publishers enter a bidding war for Freya’s books. 

A three-book deal for a six figure sum is the result. Published since 1996 to great acclaim. She lives in London with her family. In 2008 Freya won the Romantic Novel of the Year award by the Romantic Novelists' Association with Pillow Talk.