It's funny how a piece of paper can change your life-a diploma, a ticket . . . a plain, white envelope
For as long as I could remember, I was the girl with the plan. Good college, good medical school, good career. I would save lives instead of standing by helplessly, watching while they slipped away.
That was before my father called for the first time in fifteen years to tell me about the terminal illness stealing his life-an illness that might be stealing mine, too. It was before he gave me the name of a doctor and a plane ticket to Italy. Before I flew across an ocean. Before I realized how brilliantly bright life could be. Before I met Lucas.
He's everything I've always wanted, and the timing couldn't be worse. I can't do this to him-he deserves so much better. My head tells me I can't afford to fall in love with Lucas, but my heart won't listen. Lucas is fearless about the future, while I'm not even sure I have one. There's only one way to know what's ahead and it's waiting for me at home inside a plain, white envelope.
All I have to do, is open it . . . (90,000 words)
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Marie Meyer is a teacher who spends her days in the classroom and her nights writing heartfelt romances. She is a proud mommy and enjoys helping her oldest daughter train for the Special Olympics, making up silly stories with her youngest daughter, and bingeing on weeks of DVR'd television with her husband.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Turning Point is one of those books that you fall in love with, it's the type of book that you cant wait to pick up, but hate to put down! And I didn't, I read it in one sitting! It was really that good! I read books all the time. I'm a reviewer and that's what I do. This book grabbed me. I was so wrapped up I couldn't put it down! Sophia, is a young driven woman heading off to med school. Her father gives her a once in a lifetime trip to Italy and a horrible diagnosis that may end all her dreams. On this trip she fights the fear and hurt from her past and bumps (literally) into her future. This was such an awesome read! It was filled with pain, hope, love, and family. It was written so well you can't help but fall in love with it, I know I did! I fell in love! I love the characters, the story-line, the setting, I loved everything! The Turning Point hit so close to home for some reason. It just really had me, heart and soul!...Stormi
A compelling book about life and the power of love. Plus, the setting of this book was incredible. I want to go to Italy now!
3 - "Live a little." Stars! This is one of those books that you love and hate in equal quantities. I loved the story line, the writing and plot development was extremely well executed. The main issues I had unfortunately were with the lead characters Sophia and Lucas… Sophia was 22 going on 12, I struggled big time with her for the first part of the book Pre-Italy as I just found her attitude to be so childish and spoilt, but once she arrived in Italy and shook off the daddy issues and the 'woe is me' attitude a bit, the reading got a lot easier. "Misery loves company." On the whole I quite liked Lucas, he was a little more easy-going and took Sophia out of her head, which really helped with the immaturity issues I experienced with her at the beginning of the story. And due to this the middle 60% of The Turning Point book isn’t too bad at all, you get to experience the sights and sounds of Italy through their adventures all the while the relationship and attraction between them is building. "I’ve been in a dark place for a while, and all I want to do is step into your light." But you are lead to understand that Lucas is in Italy, due to something upsetting happening to him back in the US, and when it is revealed, I kind of felt like a deflated balloon, because it all just seemed a little overblown to me… I don’t know, I think the easy-going 25 year old guy versus the issues he was apparently in Italy to get away from didn’t really correlate to me, in the grand scheme of the story. Happily-ever-after might not be in the cards for me, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t have a happily-right-now. Especially if you take into account Sophia’s reasons for being in Italy, and the little they were actually referred to for the bulk of the book. In fact it’s only really the beginning and the end they were rolled out as an excuse for her to act out like a petulant child, with a side of cowardly-martyrdom thrown in just for good measure, as I said I really did struggle with her and he theatrics at points. "I’m sorry jumped to conclusions." This isn’t a bad book, if you want something light and not too heavy going to read. Which considering the subject matter, is a little contrived, but I suppose it highlights that the author kept the angst and drama to a minimum (for the most part). I just found myself frustrated at times, I really did enjoy the middle part, I just found the beginning and end a little too hormonally charged, and I kind of expect twenty-somethings to have gotten over that sort of behaviour. ARC generously provided via the New Adult Book Club in exchange for the above honest review.