Read of the Week

Turning Point

Danielle Steel

Pan MacMillan

Review: Pearl Piet

Four of the best trauma doctors from San Francisco experience exciting challenges, both personally and professionally, when they are chosen to go work in Paris on a project in a mass casualty programme in Danielle Steel’s Turning Point.

Bill Browning heads the trauma unit at San Francisco’s busiest emergency room.

His ex-wife and two daughters live in London. He spends most of his time at work, and the little time he can spend, he visits his daughters in London.

Stephanie Lawrence is a trauma doctor at one of the leading hospitals in the city. Her husband Andy, who was a freelance journalist and writer at the Chronicle, volunteered to be a stay-at-home husband and dad. He looks after their two sons and Stephanie hardly has time for any of them.

Thomas Wylie works at the trauma unit at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, the largest private medical center in the East Bay. He is single and very popular among the nurses. He has never been in a serious long-term relationship and has no desire of being in one or getting married.

Wendy Jones works in the trauma/surgical care programme for adult and pediatric trauma patients. She is trapped in a dead-end relationship with a married cardiac surgeon for six years.

When in Paris, their lives reach a turning point. They all face a time where they have to make hard choices – choices with consequences that will last a lifetime.

While Turning Point started off slowly, once you get into the book it’s quite interesting to see how each one’s life pans out.

It’s an easy, relaxing read by one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold, that I will happily recommend.