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The Turning Point: A breath-taking novel of love, deceit and desire Paperback – 25 Apr 2013
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Praise for Judith Lennox's novels: 'A fast-moving, complex story (The Times)
A beautifully turned, compassionate novel. Judith Lennox's writing is so keenly honest it could sever heartstrings (Daily Mail)
Great, old-fashioned storytelling in the best sense (Daily Express)
A definite contender for Rosamunde Pilcher's crown (Bookseller)
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The Turning Point makes for an intriguing read, intricately weaving together multiple story threads and characters that seem to connect together quite flawlessly. At times it may seem like the story has changed direction and is heading another way, however, everything comes together in the end, unsolved mysteries and unanswered questions finally revealed.
This is very much a character driven story, Lennox not only painting a vivid picture of her characters, their strengths and weaknesses, their vulnerabilities, but also sometimes delving into complex backstories that help give further layers to her characters and enable the reader to truly get beneath their skin, understand what really drives them and what their darkest most fears are. As such the story itself can sometimes seem a little slow-paced in terms of action, however, the interactions and dynamics between the characters are compelling. Pharaoh and India in particular are intriguing, and contrasted well with the much more sensible and principled Ellen. My personal favourite though was Riley, the steadfast, quietly intelligent and dependable police inspector whose heart Ellen captures early on in the story.
Throughout the story there lurks a certain sense of mystery and intrigue, the opening chapters at Gildersleve having that undercurrent of tension and all not quite being as it seems. Later in the story Lennox vividly portrays life on the Scottish Isle of Seil, capturing the remoteness and wildness quite brilliantly; and the scenes with Ellen staying at Kilmory House with Alec and his mother almost have a slightly menacing quality. I particularly liked the fact that even Ellen, practical and scientific to a fault, finds herself questioning the supernatural, and how in that setting she's less confident of her own beliefs.
All in all this makes for an engaging story, with a wonderful mix of mystery and romance; it is a story about the turning points in life, choices that can have profound consequences for the future, and how the past can never really be escaped, but will always be there behind you when you turn to look over your shoulder, waiting to catch you up.
Judith always writes about interesting independent women and with roles and experiences so connected to the period.
I am looking forward to the next story, thank you Judith.