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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 393 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (April 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312978626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312978624
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,941,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Francis Ray characters and stories that we all love to read about. her stories are written from the heart. Definitely recommended."--Eric Jerome Dickey

"With flair, Francis Ray gives each character immense heart and humanity as she take us step by step through their flaws, their hopes, their conflict, and their dreams...an engaging novel about family. It deserves a coveted spot on every reader's bookshelf."--Yolanda Joe, author of This Just In...

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Francis Ray creates characters and stories that we all love to read about. Her stories are written from the heart. Definitely recommended.

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Congratulations to Ms. Ray on a job well done.
Sean D. Young
The secondary characters really helped to make the story a fast-paced enjoyable read.
Crystal Hayden
The Turning Point shows that with unconditional love, we can overcome any.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on May 24, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lilly Crawford is a young wife who has long since forgotten what it is like to truly live. Living in a small east Texas town, Lilly is frantic to leave an abusive marriage. When the only person who has ever truly loved her -- her husband's mother -- passes away, Lilly sets out on her journey to be free of her husband and her painful past. On a backroad in Louisiana, Lilly's car breaks down, and with little to no money, she's desperate to find something, anything to get her moving forward...enter Adam Wakefield, a prominent, successful neurosurgeon, who has recently been carjacked and as a result, has lost his eyesight, whether it's temporary or permanent still lingers in the air. By luck, Lilly is hired as Adam's caregiver, and thus lays the tracks for the thick, literary treat, "The Turning Point," by Francis Ray.
This novel is beautifully written, and Ray writes vividly, quickly bringing the reader into the upper-class, luxurious lifestyle of the Wakefields. Her description of scenery is vibrant, and the story reads so smoothly, you quickly flip through the 392-paged novel.
I fell in love with the characters, each drawn out realistically. Not only is the relationship between Lilly and Adam written in a poignant and sweet manner, but Ray's subplots (the burgeoning love affair between Adam's mother and a family friend & Adam's sister's relationship with her "suspicious" boyfriend) are done in a tight, concise manner, interwoven wonderfully throughout the main plotline and overall story.
The Turning is a beautiful love story, but it's so much more than that. It's a testament to the human spirit, reminding us that even through the most horrific circumstances, with love and faith, we can overcome and shine brightly.
Reviewed by Shonie
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 23, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Following the death of her beloved mother-in-law, Lilly Crawford decides she no longer wants to remain married to her abusive spouse Myron. Though they live three hours from Houston, Lilly heads to Louisiana hoping to regain the dreams Myron crushed. However, her aging, dilapidated car breaks down forcing the penniless Lilly to need employment rather quickly. She accepts a job as caretaker to bitter, depressed Adam Wakefield.
The former California based neurosurgeon Adam is blind due to a violent carjacking. He is acrimonious and angry, taking out his fate on everyone including Lilly. She struggles not to flee into the night as his temper is too close to what she recently left in East Texas. Still, as Lilly and Adam become better acquainted they begin to heal one another through love.
THE TURNING POINT is a well-written relationship drama starring two individuals suffering from life's battle fatigue syndrome. The fast-paced story line could have turned melancholy yet sugary. However, Francis Ray makes the plot move quite quickly forward through her lead characters. They will receive empathy from readers that will pray the duo find happiness.

Harriet Klausner
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sean D. Young on April 4, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lilly Crawford was in a very abusive relationship. After the death of her mother-in-law, Lilly decided it was time for her to get out of the marriage. Taking care of her mother-in-law was her only happiness, now she was gone and there was no reason to stay. She packs a few things and leaves the house. She had to hurry, because her husband Myron was very well known. Lilly heads toward Lousiana to start a new life, but her car breaks down. Lilly wonders to a house near by and ends up accepting a job taking care of a man that seems to hate life and everyone around him (Dr. Adam Wakefield).
Adam was a victim of an awful car jacking. Instead of Adam giving his car up, he resisted and ended up blind. He hated life and tried to keep himself locked up in his room. The once confident and prominent neurosurgeon felt he would never really live again, just exist. When Lilly started to care for him, she didn't know how to get him to eat and regain the confidence he once had as a neurosurgeon in California. Her first reaction was that he had just as bad a temper as Myron. Lilly was determined to help Adam despite the bad temper.
The Turning Point was a poignant story about some of life's hardest battles. The story makes you wonder what it would be like to be blind and abused by someone. Some of the trials of life will make you want to give up. In this story, you immediately hope the characters in the story find the happiness they deserve.
Francis Ray shares with her readers her own testimony about her brush with the possibility of blindness. She has always been a master storyteller. Her characters are so well written you feel you know them. I think she has succeeded in making the transition to mainstream fiction writing. Congratulations to Ms. Ray on a job well done. But, when I think about it, I couldn't have expected anything less from her.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. T. Hailstock on May 4, 2001
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Francis Ray has captured many levels of love in THE TURNING POINT. On the surface Adam Wakefield has lost his sight and is totally angry about the forced changes necessary in his new life. Lilly Crawford forced herself to grasp at a chance for a new life. Neither were on the path to each other, but their paths crossed. Together they show us that whether we're sighted or not, we see more with our hearts than our eyes. The love that grows between Adam and Lilly is first companionship, then friendship, then love. They have seen each other at their worst and their best.
The cast of supporting characters are rich in their depiction of other types of love. Dr. Delacroix and Adam's mother prove that love survives the ages, letting us know that what Adam and Lilly have will stand the test of time. And Kristen, looking for love in all the wrong places, eventually discovers that she has great role models to pattern her search after. Even Nicole's quest for the right man tells us a story. And what a story.
All I can say is, I wish I'd written this book. Congratulations, Francis, THE TURNING POINT delivers.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Francis Ray is a native Texan and lived in Dallas. INCOGNITO, her sixth title, was the first made-for-TV movie for BET. Her literary fiction series-Taggart and Falcon, the Invincible Women, Grayson Family of New Mexico, and Grayson Friends have consistently made bestseller's lists, and are enjoyed by readers world-wide. She has written fifty-four books. Awards include Romantic Times Career Achievement, EMMA, The Golden Pen, Atlantic Choice, Borders 2008 Romance Award for bestselling Multicultural Romance for NOBODY BUT YOU. IF YOU WERE MY MAN was selected as Written 2010 Book of the Year, African American Literary Award 2013 for Best Romance, Best in Romance Building Relationships Around Books 2013 Woman Literature- WHEN MORNING COMES, the FRANCIS RAY LIFETIME LITERARY AWARD named in her honor from BRAB and Multicultural Romance: REVIEWERS' CHOICE BEST BOOK AWARDS from RT Book Reviews for ALL THAT I DESIRE.

Coming: The Francis Ray collection volume one: A SEDUCTIVE KISS, WITH JUST ONE KISS and A DANGEROUS KISS. The Francis Ray collection volume two: ALL I EVER WANTED, ALL THAT I NEED and ALL THAT I DESIRE.

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