Review: Turner’s Point by Gordon Osmond

Posted October 23, 2014 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 11 Comments

Review: Turner’s Point by Gordon Osmond
Turner’s Point

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Released on April 11, 2014
Pages: 191
Format: eARC

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Turner’s Point is a follow-up story to Slipping On Stardust. I was not disappointed with the ending of the first book and yet, as I read Turner’s Point, I was impressed with the fact that it was enjoyable to find out what happened after everyone ‘rode off into the sunset’ so to speak. It was also a story of redemption, second chances and new love. Who wouldn’t be charmed by that, right?

I noticed that the blurb touts this story a follow-up that can standalone. I suppose that is true as there was a great deal of page time put into flashbacks, but I feel the need to contradict that a bit and say that this story is enhanced as a reading experience by having read the one before it. The redemption and growth as characters of Eileen Brockway and son, Kyle Brockway along with Dan’s law partner, Raul’s bittersweet experiences that lead to his startling redemption and then the settled contentedness of Dan and Erin and the broken down shell that is the glittering actor Adrian were engaging and interesting because I knew how far they had come. All this wouldn’t come across to me as a reader if I hadn’t read the first book. I’d also argue that all the characters and situations can get confusing fast without the previous longer introduction and opportunity to know them better. All that to say, I’d advise reading the books in order.

The story has several plot paths that wind in and out of each other making a whole colorful and interesting tapestry. While the first story spotlighted Dan and maybe Raul as prime characters, this story shifted to Eileen with Kyle taking the lead with Raul a not so distant third. Eileen made a right mess of things when her mistakes and infidelity push her husband, Dan, into the arms of another woman and still, I felt sorry for her in the end. I was pleased to see her taking the reins of her own destiny in this one- both her and Kyle actually. I thought it was humorous and ironic that she got all the fame and acclaim that she had been scrambling for earlier right about the time she had decided that it wasn’t her priority anymore. Her New Woman restaurateur bit really worked. Kyle grew up from his experiences too and I like the side note on him finding love too. Regardless, mother and son set out to make things right with everyone they wronged and start afresh. It was a pleasure to journey along on this.

The story also checks in with Dan and Erin Brockway though in brief snatches. They got their happily ever after at the end of the last story and now their small story was just to show that even when someone works to destroy them, what they had was strong enough to withstand difficulty. Of the three in San Diego, it’s Raul’s tale that is still unfinished. His son leaves him a surprising legacy to appreciate beyond the loss of everything. Oddly, as much as he messed up his life, out of all the characters, it is Raul I connected with and I was happy to see what direction his life was taking.

My overall impression was satisfaction to see where things went for the large cast of characters. Some stories were happy and some not so much. The story is told with flashbacks and with multiple narrators. It did the job of updating each group and as I said earlier, offering redemption for some. The old movie and play references were a treat too.

However, I struggled to connect with this story. I like the author’s wit and assessment of character, his inclusion of universal themes to give reason and substance, but I felt the link that a reader gets with the writing was not always present. At least, it wasn’t in my case. Some characters were drawn with depth and their connection to other characters and their story fill out things so well that I was right there experiencing it all with them while others, not so much. I felt that Kyle’s story was one with which I wanted to connect particularly when he found love and his own slice of happiness, but I wasn’t given the opportunity because I was kept at a distance and I could have foregone Tash’s stuff to get more time with Dan and Erin or any of the others.

That being said, these people are real and the follow-up does the job of showing how their lives have progressed through humor, drama, spice and even error to find true family and what can make them happy. I would recommend this book and the one before to those who enjoy General Fiction, Contemporary Romance and even Romantic Suspense.

My thanks to the author for offering this book in exchange for my honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • When I read a book like this where the story is great but I feel disconnected with the characters, I question myself and dissect the story to pinpoint where the problem lies. you did a great job identifying the problems here, Sophia

    • Thanks, Braine! I did spend some time trying to figure out why plot threads that I really wanted to like just didn’t move me. It felt like the difference of being side by side with the character seeing, hearing, feeling, etc and then with other characters trying to see the story unfold from twenty yards away.

  • When I read a book like this where the story is great but I feel disconnected with the characters, I question myself and dissect the story to pinpoint where the problem lies. you did a great job identifying the problems here, Sophia

  • Oh interesting set up. That’s good to know about hitting book one first. I’m usually okay with skipping around in a series but when there’s so many characters taking part and I’m jumping in late it can be so confusing! With book one did you have that same disconnect?

    • Not really! But I did take a while to get used to the author’s writing style. It was different from anything I had read. The best way I can explain is to say that I felt the author’s personality and presence even more than the book characters even though I felt them too. Reading this author’s work is like the difference of watching a play turned into a movie like a Rodger’s and Hammerstein as opposed to a movie musical like Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Does that make sense? I’m really struggling how to get across his different way of writing and storytelling.

      The first one presented the same full cast of characters and changing perspectives, but I felt right there as their story was told. There’s more of an introduction into their backgrounds and what they mean to each other of course.

      • Oh how interesting. I’ve been hit by different styles like that before and a little jarring at first but something I ended up liking. Nice to really hear a different voice/see a different style in writing now and again.

        Ahh okay that makes sense. Thanks Sophia 🙂

        • LOL! I knew I screwed up that explanation, but thanks for being kind. I didn’t even finish the analogy that his are like the plays turned to movies- that feeling that you’re watching a play where you see both the play setting and all the stuff behind the scenes too so you’re always aware that its a play. There, now, I’ve thoroughly confused you. Haha!

          • ::snort:: you know the kinda scary thing? I totally knew what you’d been saying. lol

            • Oh man! It is scary. I honestly think that this is one of those books that won’t be for everyone b/c of the writing style and tone. Some stories have universality to them and appeal to many while others don’t. I want to really match up books with their right audience as one of my goals for my reviews, but sometimes I’m just not articulate enough when a book confounds me.

        • LOL! I knew I screwed up that explanation, but thanks for being kind. I didn’t even finish the analogy that his are like the plays turned to movies- that feeling that you’re watching a play where you see both the play setting and all the stuff behind the scenes too so you’re always aware that its a play. There, now, I’ve thoroughly confused you. Haha!

    • Not really! But I did take a while to get used to the author’s writing style. It was different from anything I had read. The best way I can explain is to say that I felt the author’s personality and presence even more than the book characters even though I felt them too. Reading this author’s work is like the difference of watching a play turned into a movie like a Rodger’s and Hammerstein as opposed to a movie musical like Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Does that make sense? I’m really struggling how to get across his different way of writing and storytelling.

      The first one presented the same full cast of characters and changing perspectives, but I felt right there as their story was told. There’s more of an introduction into their backgrounds and what they mean to each other of course.