Canada is like a bird, it likes to soar freely. (Unknown)
Imagine being far from the hustle of London, the bustle, the tube, constant traffic and streets full of people. Frankie Shaw has escaped the city and moved to North Norfolk with Sam and Annabel, her children, and Alice, the character of her children’s book series.
For Scott Emerson, London is a business trip. His home is far in the Canadian mountains in Pemberton, British Columbia.
He has his roots in the First Nation communities, with the Squamish and Lil’wat. The closest city, Vancouver, is a short flight away.
And yet, the two meet and seem to share something that won’t waver through time zones. Even though Frankie just uprooted her family to move to Norfolk and is settling into her home and Scott has to think of Jenna at all times, they are not ready to give up on their chance at happiness.
Life is complicated though. Frankie has a job and two young children. A mother. An ex. Scott has to cross a continent and the Atlantic Ocean to be with her. He has a job. And he won’t leave Jenna or his house in the Canadian mountains.
Even for a long distance relationship, Norfolk to British Columbia is very far. It seems a miracle they met – or maybe fate. But what else does fate have in store for them? They enter the relationship without looking too far ahead and savouring the moments of the time they have; Scott extends his business trips in Europe, Frankie escapes to London when he is there. He gets to know Annabel and Sam and Norfolk life, she goes on a trip to Canada to explore the world Scott lives in. She takes in all the scenery on her way up from Vancouver to Pemberton and meets Scott’s friends and family. And then? Every relationship has rocks thrown in its way and challenges to overcome. Is distance going to be their only challenge?
I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of this book a few weeks ago and I won’t give anything away. Sorry. You will need to wait it out, but believe me, it IS worth the wait. You will be going through all emotions, the highest highs and the lowest lows (get the tissues ready) and in the end, there is a life lesson. I didn’t know what hit me after reading this. All I know is that even with Freya North’s 14th novel, you have to expect the unexpected!
The Turning Point, by Freya North
First published 2015