“Frankie just wanted to listen, ‘You write soundtracks. Wow’ But Scott just shrugged, ‘And you write books. Double wow.’” So the two people we want to learn more about meet, and are instantly attracted in this quiet, absorbing novel by the best selling Freya North. There are difficulties, of course, the seemingly insurmountable fact that Frankie lived, with her children, in Norfolk, and Scott lived in the mountains of British Columbia. Could love survive such a distance? And what would Scott’s daughter, Jenna, who suffered from epilepsy, bring to the situation? Then, just to make the mix a little more fraught, Frankie’s ex-husband, Miles, returns to England, and wants to spend time with his children, and hopefully also with Frankie. Suffering from writers’ block, and longing to travel to Canada and Scott, Frankie is in no mood for this complication, though she does take advantage of it. Freya North is a fine story-teller, and she usually manages to add nice touches which bring the narrative to another level. In this case it is the character of Aaron, a lifelong friend of Scott’s and a native Lilwat.
Through this introduction the reader learns about a vanishing way of life, and its culture, tolerance of the difference, and acceptance of the current climate in this regard.
It is not great literature, it doesn’t pretend to be, but its characters (including Alice the focus of Frankie’s books for children) are credible, well drawn and in most cases, vastly appealing. Frankie says it all, as she remembers “I’m fortunate to have had a love that was life-changing – a crucial turning point in my own life and provided me with an innate knowledge of which way I wanted to go . The same love that guides me now , that shows me how to keep on going.” This particular story about a turning point would be an excellent choice for interesting holiday reading.
THE TURNING POINT by FREYA NORTH PUBLISHED by HARPER for a recommended $29.99