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The Turning Point Hardcover – June 4, 2015
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About the Author
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. To hear about events, competitions and what she's writing, join her on Facebook, Twitter or her website.facebook.com/freya.north@freya_northwww.freyanorth.com
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There is nothing I can say that would describe the sheer beauty of the writing, the imagery and the delightful protagonists - you need to read it for yourself. Keep a box of tissues and some chocolates handy...
The pace is fairly slow but that is acceptable in this novel, because Ms North takes time to show the reader great depth in characterisation of all the cast, including the children - even the dog who is a very special service animal. The storyline is uncluttered with drama - thank goodness - and devoid of contrary women who take umbrage (love that word!) at the slightest hint of things not going their way. The sexual events are not overdone and what there is, is tasteful. I found no jarring notes in the script, nor in the plot.
Imagery in modern novels tends to be overlooked, but in this work, the beauty of both Canada and rural England become part of the story, not "just" background to the main events.
This is a novel for the jaded romance reader, the one who is tired of cliches, tired of heroines who tantrum and tired of endless pages of explicit sexual antics.
I just loved it!
As they struggle to deal with the logistics and the distance, the doubts and the initial reticence of family and friends, Frankie and Scott throw themselves into the business of loving each other...and their love is intense and rich and beautiful. So many wonderful moments depicted, so many times when their frustration at the distance is palpable. And having been through nearly three years of a long distance relationship when I was in the US and the love of my life was in Sweden, I could relate completely to Frankie's longing to be elsewhere, even when she knew that staying in Norfolk was best for her children.
Heart-wrenching, beautifully written and packing an emotional punch that will resonate...the Turning Point is the sort of novel that doesn't leave you. I finished reading it a week ago and I am still thinking about Frankie and Scott. A fantastic novel, Freya North. I can't wait to read your next offering.
Certainly not a bad book - just not a page turner for me.
Breathtaking depiction of these stunning places, wonderful cast of characters, and a really great read.
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