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.