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The Turning Point by Freya North
  

The Turning Point

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April 2016 Book of the Month.

An expressive, moving novel with the ability to reach out, connect with and yet bruise hearts. Frankie and Scott, both in their forties, both with children, meet and fall in love at first sight (well, perhaps second), their positivity obliterates the distance between Norfolk and the west coast of Canada as their romance blossoms. If you've read and adored the author’s earliest novels you'll expect the lightness of touch, but perhaps not the intensely hard hitting depth of emotion contained within this beautifully readable book. This change in direction opens the door to a whole new audience, yet the unmistakable sweet spicy tone will be recognised by existing fans. Freya North has a wonderfully distinctive writing style, she has a real gift for bringing thoughts and emotions to life, so that they feel real, feel known and understood. Descriptions of the ordinary somehow become special moments, while the complex and complicated are so simply yet vividly expressed. This is a gorgeously eloquent and touching novel, it is also a celebration of the wonderful glory of love and life. ~ Liz Robinson

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Freya North by Mary Hogarth.

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Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Nicola Kingswell - 'A rollicking rollercoaster of a love-at-first-sight romance.'
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'A must buy, must read. Freya North books just get better and better'
  • Lucy Bunce - 'I'm so happy to be reading Freya North again! I thought I'd "grown out" of her books in my 20's but this is a deeper and more emotional novel. Loved it!'
  • Sue Burton - 'Feel good read and different from the author’s normal books.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'Beautifully written, a book for curling up with.'
  • Glenda Worth - 'A poignant story of a single mum, writers block and a long distance relationship. Cleverly twisting around a novel waiting to be written by Frankie and the tragedy that strikes.'
  • Maz Tucker - 'Great book, well written, with lots of twist and turns.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Oh this was so very comfortable to read but a little bit more of a meaty plot would have made it very good.'
  • Alison Bisping - 'I loved this book from the beginning to the end - it was compelling and kept me wanting to know 'what would happen next'.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'My heart broke and soared, I smiled and I howled with tears but one thing is for sure I will never forget it.'
  • Linda Hill - 'To say I enjoyed reading The Turning Point would be an understatement. I adored it.'
  • Sarah Harper - 'A story of family, friendship, love and loss, this emotional journey will warm your heart.'
  • Angela Hunt - I loved this book, the writing was beautiful and the characters really touch you. Freya gets into the mind and soul of the reader, tugging at every emotion through the course of the book.'
  • Helen Clare - 'Emotional and well written, was drawn completely into characters lives with a tear or two shed. 4 stars.'

Synopsis

The Turning Point by Freya North

There are moments in life that define us. What matters is how we choose to carry on. Life is short. Sometimes you have to take a chance...Two single parents, Frankie and Scott, meet unexpectedly. Their homes are far apart: Frankie lives with her children on the North Norfolk coast, Scott in the mountains of British Columbia. Yet though thousands of miles divide them, a million little things connect them. A spark ignites, a recognition so strong that it dares them to take a risk. For two families, life is about to change. But no-one could have anticipated how.

Reviews

'A moving and poignant novel...will draw you in so deeply
Heat

'A stunning read about an impromptu meeting that alters two destinies'
Daily Record

'From the initial spark and through the unfolding drama, it is joyous but understated...the great cruelties that life harbours are not forgotten...full of warmth.'
The Lady

'A deeply moving tale about never taking life for granted'
Stylist

'An emotional tale about finding love in unexpected places'
The Herald

'Thoughtful and moving...a story you won't want to put down'
Sunday Post

'A richly drawn weepy'
Sunday Mirror

'Keep the tissue close...A gripping love story'
Good Housekeeping

About the Author

Freya North

Freya North was our Guest Editor in June 2014 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Freya North 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. A passionate reader since childhood, Freya was originally inspired by Mary Wesley, Rose Tremain and Barbara Trapido – fiction with strong female leads and original, sometimes eccentric, characters.

In 2012 she set up, and now runs, the Hertford Children’s Book Festival. She is also a judge for the CPRE Rural Living Awards, and also an ambassador for the charity Beating Bowel Cancer. She is the author of 13 bestselling novels which have been translated into many languages.

To connect with Freya and hear about events, unique competitions and sneak previews of what she’s writing, join her on Facebook, Twitter or her website.

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Freya North by Mary Hogarth.

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Book Info

Publication date

24th March 2016

Author

Freya North

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Publisher

Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Books of the Month
Family Drama
Relationship Stories
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780007462308

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