Children's book author Frankie is stuck in a rut. As a single parent, Frankie's life revolves around her children, Sam and Annabel. Finding love is not very high on the priority list. Getting the kids off to school and figuring out the plot of her next book are all that Frankie can think about.
Musician Scott, also a single parent, spends more time worrying about his daughter, Jenna, than romance. Jenna wishes her father's focus was elsewhere. But he can't. Jenna has epilepsy and Scott can't help but worry constantly about her. More than anything Jenna just wants to be a normal college student, focusing on her friends and her grades. More than anything Jenna wants her father to have a life of his own. She just might get her wish.
Canada-based Scott journeys to London to finish composing the score to a movie. Frankie, who lives on the English countryside, heads to London to put her editor at ease about her next book. As fate would have it, Frankie and Scott meet in a train station. No, the sparks don't fly then but neither realizes they've just met the person who will change their lives. Later in the day at the hotel bar, sparks do fly.
In just a few chapters, Frankie and Scott's relationship blossoms from infatuation to love. I would call it a mature love. There's no games. They both know what they want. Both understand what it's like to be a single parent. Both worry how their children will respond to a new person in their lives Late-night giddy phone calls and texts, sound like something young kids in love do but it works for Scott and Frankie. Even with thousands and thousands of miles separating them, Scott and Frankie still manage to have a deep connection.
The latter half of the book tugs at the heartstrings. It takes a lot to make me cry. To date, only one book drew tears, My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Ms. Picoult is one of my favorite authors. Considering some of the praise for The Turning Point compares Freya North to Jodi Picoult, it makes sense that this book got me a little misty. I would definitely read another book by Ms. North.
Note: I received a copy of the book from the publisher (HarperCollins) as part of blog tour with TLC Book Tours.