Turning Point
Turning Point is a highly-charged, gripping novel from the world’s favourite storyteller about how suddenly life can change for all of us, and that we might find what we're looking for in the most unlikely of places . . . In Danielle Steel’s powerful novel, four San Francisco trauma doctors – the best and brightest in their field – confront exciting and exacting new challenges, both personally and professionally, when given a rare opportunity. Bill Browning heads the trauma unit at San Francisco’s busiest emergency room. With his ex-wife and daughters in London, he immerses himself in his work and lives for the little time he can spend with his children. A rising star at her teaching hospital, Stephanie Lawrence has two young sons, a frustrated stay-at-home husband, and not enough time for any of them. Harvard-educated Wendy Jones is a dedicated trauma doctor, trapped in a dead-end relationship with a married cardiac surgeon. And Tom Wylie’s popularity with women rivals the superb medical skills he employs at his medical centre, but he refuses to let anyone get too close, determined to remain unattached forever. These exceptional doctors are chosen for an honour and a unique project: to work with their counterparts in Paris in a mass-casualty training programme. As professionals they will gain invaluable knowledge, but as ordinary men and women they will find that the City of Light opens up incredible new possibilities, exhilarating, enticing and frightening. When an unspeakable act of mass violence galvanizes them into action, their temporary life in Paris becomes a stark turning point: a time to make harder choices than they have ever faced before – with consequences that will last a lifetime.

Turning Point Details

TitleTurning Point
Author
ReleaseJan 8th, 2019
PublisherDell
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary

Turning Point Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my, it's been years since I've had the pleasure of picking up a title from Danielle Steel and when seeing Turning Point I knew I had to read it. The story in this novel is definitely current as it deals with the violence in the world that we hear of all too often, shootings, bombings, terrorists attacks and those doctors that find themselves treating the wounded. Turning Point follows four emergency room doctors from San Francisco that are at the top of their field. Bill is divorced with his Oh my, it's been years since I've had the pleasure of picking up a title from Danielle Steel and when seeing Turning Point I knew I had to read it. The story in this novel is definitely current as it deals with the violence in the world that we hear of all too often, shootings, bombings, terrorists attacks and those doctors that find themselves treating the wounded. Turning Point follows four emergency room doctors from San Francisco that are at the top of their field. Bill is divorced with his children on another continent throwing himself into his work, Tom is the carefree ladies man only looking for one night stands, Stephanie the married mother of two failing in her struggles to balance work and home, and Wendy is the other woman, a mistress of six years wanting more for herself. Although each of the doctors have their own personal dilemmas they are still on top of things at work when traumatic events happen. When a huge tragedy happens overseas all four of the doctors are approached to form a task force to team with Parisian doctors training in emergency response spending a month in Paris before the team returns to the U.S. for training. After reading this one I couldn't help but compare it to Grey's Anatomy a bit as they are a bit similar in nature. Being a Danielle Steel title the story does focus more on the doctors and their lives and relationships than it does on the action that surrounds their jobs but there is just enough of those real life events to give it a dramatic edge to the romance just as with the television show. I think both long time fans and any newer readers will enjoy this one if picking it up with solid writing and an action packed drama filled plot. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    3*-3.5*I feel like a lot of the characters Danielle Steel creates come off unsympathetic and hard to like. For example, Stephanie is a very unlikable character. However, I read her books because they are generally a good story that can be quickly enjoyed. There is never much world building, and when you are a fantasy reader such as me, sometimes you just want a quick novel that is not a series nor involves complex characters or vast world building. That being said this is a story about four prof 3*-3.5*I feel like a lot of the characters Danielle Steel creates come off unsympathetic and hard to like. For example, Stephanie is a very unlikable character. However, I read her books because they are generally a good story that can be quickly enjoyed. There is never much world building, and when you are a fantasy reader such as me, sometimes you just want a quick novel that is not a series nor involves complex characters or vast world building. That being said this is a story about four professionals in the medical trauma field that get an opportunity to go to Paris for training program. Great professional opportunity but for some of the personal lives, it is not such a good thing. In short you get some quick drama, romance, and is a bit predictable but it is still a good story that you can read in one –sitting. My quick and simple overall: I did not like some of the characters but the story was good.
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  • Sherri Thacker
    January 1, 1970
    What can I say? I’ve been reading Danielle Steel books since FOREVER so when a new comes out, I must read it!!! I enjoyed this latest book of hers. 4 stars
  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Turning Point by Danielle Steel takes us to San Francisco, California. Bill Browning is head of the trauma unit at San Francisco General Hospital. Since his divorce, Bill has thrown himself into his work. His ex-wife, Athena lives in London with her new husband along with their two daughters. Bill looks forward to his rare visits with his two girls. Stephanie Lawrence is married to freelance writer, Andy who stays at home and takes care of their two boys. Stephanie is a trauma doctor at UCSF whe Turning Point by Danielle Steel takes us to San Francisco, California. Bill Browning is head of the trauma unit at San Francisco General Hospital. Since his divorce, Bill has thrown himself into his work. His ex-wife, Athena lives in London with her new husband along with their two daughters. Bill looks forward to his rare visits with his two girls. Stephanie Lawrence is married to freelance writer, Andy who stays at home and takes care of their two boys. Stephanie is a trauma doctor at UCSF where she works long hours in her goal to become head of trauma. Andy resents her long hours and their bickering has been escalating. Tom Wylie is the charming emergency room doctor at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland and is popular with the female staff. Tom spends his free time at the local hot spots and has no interest in a long term relationship or marriage. Wendy Jones works in the trauma/surgical critical care center at Stanford and has had a six year relationship with the married Jeffrey Hunter. Wendy looks forward to their Wednesday evenings, but holidays are a lonely time for her. On Christmas, a fire breaks out in a major hotel flooding all their hospitals with victims. In Paris, which is San Francisco’s sister city, terrorists bomb luxury stores and a movie theater causing a massive number of causalities. In the New Year, these four doctors are given the opportunity to journey to Paris to participate in a four week mass-casualty training program. Four physicians from Paris will then come to San Francisco so the two countries can learn from each other. The four San Franciscan doctors bond immediately and look forward to their time in Paris. When a tragedy strikes a Paris school, it causes the doctors to re-evaluate their lives and the choices they have made. Turning Point is a realistic story that lets us see tragic events from the point of trauma doctors and emergency services. I thought Turning Point was well-written with a steady flow. I found Turning Point to be a compelling novel. I was drawn into the story wanting to see what choices the doctors would make. Going to Paris is a wonderful opportunity for each doctor, but two of them must make a sacrifice. Stephanie is leaving behind an angry husband and two distraught children. However, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it is an honor to be picked to participate. Wendy is giving up her Wednesday nights with her lover. She has made great sacrifices to be with him, but she is beginning to wonder if he feels the same way about her. I will admit that her whining did grate on me after a while. I could have done with less of Wendy waxing on about Jeffrey and their relationship. Tom is looking forward to the Paris nightlife while Bill will be able to see his girls every weekend. Tom is a charmer and his character provided levity to the book. Tragedy has a way of making people evaluate their lives as we see in Turning Point. It was interesting to learn more about the roll of trauma doctors and how emergency services operates in another country. I did find some of the medical information presented to be intricate and I would find myself skimming through that paragraph. Other medical knowledge imparted was straightforward and easy to understand. There is, of course, romance in the story but it is light. I liked the Parisian medical professionals and how their stories mixed with the doctors from San Francisco. It is amazing how chaos can bring about change. I am giving Turning Point 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). Those readers who are addicted to Grey’s Anatomy will enjoy reading Turning Point. I look forward to Ms. Steel’s next book which is Silent Night.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Mostly enjoyable. With eight main characters and several secondary players who are vital to the story, this book has a lot going on! I enjoyed learning more about emergency procedures and the characters, the setting, and the situations are all very realistic and relevant. I did feel the story was a bit lopsided with the bulk of it taking place in Paris and the remainder in the US (even though the doctors time was an even split). I found myself wondering how she could wind up this story in the la Mostly enjoyable. With eight main characters and several secondary players who are vital to the story, this book has a lot going on! I enjoyed learning more about emergency procedures and the characters, the setting, and the situations are all very realistic and relevant. I did feel the story was a bit lopsided with the bulk of it taking place in Paris and the remainder in the US (even though the doctors time was an even split). I found myself wondering how she could wind up this story in the last 60ish pages and felt it was a bit rushed. I admit, although predictable, I did like the ending.
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  • Donnajo
    January 1, 1970
    I voluntarily read a advanced reader's copy of this book for a honest opinionTurning Point by Danielle Steel. I've always enjoyed this author's books and Turning Point didn't disappoint me. I enjoyed the settings and storyline. I pulled me in from the beginning and kept me going back for more.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it couldnt put it down..Danielle Steel did agine.
  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Overall, I enjoyed this - again, similar to my most recent Danielle Steel reviews, it's predictable and follows the Steel formula of romance, drama, choices, resolution. It works, and I don't fault her for that. It's why I read her stories. But this one had a few issues for me - it was overly predictable, from the instant I started reading. I would have liked at least a small twist that I didn't expect. I also struggled with a few of the characters being annoying and unsympathetic. But on the pl Overall, I enjoyed this - again, similar to my most recent Danielle Steel reviews, it's predictable and follows the Steel formula of romance, drama, choices, resolution. It works, and I don't fault her for that. It's why I read her stories. But this one had a few issues for me - it was overly predictable, from the instant I started reading. I would have liked at least a small twist that I didn't expect. I also struggled with a few of the characters being annoying and unsympathetic. But on the plus side, I enjoyed the storyline, found the subject of trading jobs and learning from another country's policies and procedures intriguing, and did appreciate some of the characters. I would have liked a little more detail once the group all returned to the United States - it felt lopsided with the time spent in Paris. And I felt like the ending was rushed - again, more focus on the group in the US might have helped that. It's a relatively short book, so there was room to expand the storyline, IMO. Bottom line - a decent 3.5 star read for me which had a few issues that I think could have been easily fixed with a little more length.Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Unseen Library
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of Turning Point from Pan Macmillan Australia to review.Rating of 4.5.Bill Browning, Stephanie Lawrence, Wendy Jones and Tom Wylie are four of the world’s leading trauma surgeons, all living in San Francisco. Each of these surgeons’ professional lives is near perfect, however their personal lives are a mess. Bill is all by himself, since his ex-wife and daughters are living in London, and he immerses himself in his work while desperately missing his children. Stephanie constant I received a copy of Turning Point from Pan Macmillan Australia to review.Rating of 4.5.Bill Browning, Stephanie Lawrence, Wendy Jones and Tom Wylie are four of the world’s leading trauma surgeons, all living in San Francisco. Each of these surgeons’ professional lives is near perfect, however their personal lives are a mess. Bill is all by himself, since his ex-wife and daughters are living in London, and he immerses himself in his work while desperately missing his children. Stephanie constantly puts her work above her family, barely seeing her young children and frustrating her stay-at-home husband. Wendy’s life outside work is defined by her relationship with her married colleague, and is constantly frustrated by his indifference to their relationship and his reluctance to end his marriage. Tom, an over-the-top womaniser, is the only one satisfied with his life, but deep down he knows his life lacks connections as he refuses to let anyone to get close to him.Tragic circumstances in two separate cities will have unexpected impacts on the lives of all four of these surgeons. Following a terrorist attack in Paris and a devastating fire in San Francisco, both cities’ respective governments organise a multi-week exchange of trauma surgeons in order to help both cities learn from each other’s experiences. Bill, Stephanie, Wendy and Tom are each chosen by their respective hospitals to represent the San Francisco delegation and travel to Paris, leaving their lives at home behind.Once in Paris the American surgeons find a deep friendship and camaraderie with each other and the French team, as they have the chance to socialise with those rare people who understand the personal challenges their medical careers can cause. As the San Francisco teams learn about the French medical and emergency response system, another terrible act of violence hits the people of Paris. As both the American and French teams deal with the consequences of these horrific actions, these surgeons find their lives impacted in unexpected ways. How will these events change them, and how will they impact those around them?I have to admit that this is not the usual sort of book I would check out, and Danielle Steel is not an author I would usually go for. I much prefer novels with a lot more action, violence or comedy than romance or intense drama. However, I have always had a bit of a soft spot for medical fiction, and I thought that the summary of Turning Point sounded fairly compelling. I also thought that looking into Turning Point would be an interesting change of pace for me, so in the name of broadening my horizons and mixing up my reviews, I decided to check it out. I have to say I did get into this amazing story, and enjoyed the dramatic narrative that unfolded within it.Click link for full review:https://unseenlibrary.com/2019/01/16/...An abridged version of this review ran in the Canberra Weekly on 10 January 2019:https://unseenlibrary.com/2019/01/10/...Or visit my blog at:https://unseenlibrary.com/
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  • Lynn Brooks
    January 1, 1970
    Realistic characters, gritty settings and compelling drama! It's rare not to be drawn into a Danielle Steel novel within a few paragraphs of the first chapter and her latest release is no exception! With well-crafted words, we're transported quickly into the minds of four doctors, all working in trauma departments at different hospitals around San Francisco. Descriptive settings take us into a day in the life of each doctor without portraying it in a gruesome fashion that might detract from your Realistic characters, gritty settings and compelling drama! It's rare not to be drawn into a Danielle Steel novel within a few paragraphs of the first chapter and her latest release is no exception! With well-crafted words, we're transported quickly into the minds of four doctors, all working in trauma departments at different hospitals around San Francisco. Descriptive settings take us into a day in the life of each doctor without portraying it in a gruesome fashion that might detract from your enjoyment of the book.  They are all drawn together to be part of a dual-city mass injury training venture with four doctors in Paris. The romance is light since there are multiple characters to center around, but the drama is spot on to carry you throughout the book. Really enjoyed it! Bill Browning heads up the trauma unit at San Francisco's most volatile emergency room. With his ex-wife raising his daughters in London, he throws himself into working around the clock and dreams of those moments when he gets to visit with his girls. This trip will bring him to their side of the world for a few weeks and he's beside himself with happiness about that. Stephanie Lawrence is on the fast track as a trauma doc at Mission Bay. She has two young sons and a work-from-home husband who grows more frustrated with the time she spends at the hospital every day. All she's ever dreamed of is so close she can taste it, she just needs to stay on track to lead it all one day. This training trip is going to be a sore point for her family. Wendy Jones is a leading trauma doctor at Stanford but her personal life is in a rut that she doesn't seem to be able to overcome. She's boxed herself into a corner as the mistress to a cardiac surgeon who seems to have gotten comfortable having his lady on the side while having his wife at home instead of following through on all that he promised her in the beginning. Tom Wylie is a love 'em and leave 'em player of a doc at Alta Bates, but he's the type of guy that everyone loves. Upbeat and always smiling, Tom is the life of the party. He has no plans to settle down and isn't ashamed of the parade of women he has marching through his bed.These four doctors are chosen as the top of the city to travel to Paris to train with a team of their counter-parts in mass-casualty situations. It's fashioned to be a huge learning experience for both cities, and along the way they learn more about themselves and each other. When a severe attack happens, they find themselves thrust full force into the terror they are training for, making decisions that will change lives!
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  • Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from a Netgalley.com in return for an honest review.In true Danielle Steel fashion there is something for almost everyone in this book. The subject matter is current, real and true. Four American Doctors are invited to France teach and learn from their four French counterparts. The setting is one we are sadly all to familiar with these days. I write this as a terrorist just shot up a Christmas village in Europe and there is an international man hunt for him. I enjo I received a copy of this book from a Netgalley.com in return for an honest review.In true Danielle Steel fashion there is something for almost everyone in this book. The subject matter is current, real and true. Four American Doctors are invited to France teach and learn from their four French counterparts. The setting is one we are sadly all to familiar with these days. I write this as a terrorist just shot up a Christmas village in Europe and there is an international man hunt for him. I enjoyed almost everyone in the book. The 2 characters I found not only annoying, but that they in some way detracted from the story were Stephanie and Gabriel. Other than being good medical professionals they have no likable qualities. She is dismissive of her husband and his "little" job, absolutely thinks she is better than he is, believes that because she lived through her dad being a dr and never being around that it is fine for her boys too and that they'll "be fine" and won't even remember her not being around. And she gives so little credit to her husband for picking up the slack. Just because her father was never around and she is "fine" doesn't make her behavior or mothering okay. I see lots of therapy in their future and few visits to their mom when they are grown men. Does her job save lives yes. Does it give her the right to be so dismissive no. To be treated equally doesn't require that she has to take on the persona of a 1950's man. Gabriel is an opportunistic unlikable man. He is honest and that goes in the plus side. He wants her to give up everything. Her life in the US, her ability to practice medicine and he doesn't want to divorce his wife because that "isn't the way the French do things" Seriously. They actually deserve each other and Stephanie's husband deserves better. Aside from those two I adored the book. The characters all interesting and smart. We get to see them transform from chapter to chapter in lovely ways. They grow as people as friends and as doctors. Even with two awful people it is a book worth reading. It isn't often that there are detestable characters in her novels and if there is they usually come out the other side better or healed. These two did not. Fortunately the rest did and made it well worth the read.
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  • Kathy Miller
    January 1, 1970
    I literally read the first chapter and fell into the storyline! I was intrigued by the plot of 4 San Francisco doctors, from different hospitals, going to Paris for a month to learn and watch new techniques and ideas to bring back home to their own hospitals on how to deal with emergencies and terrorist procedures.Sadly when the 4 Americans went to Paris, a school shooting took place and they saw the operating procedures first hand, as children and teachers were murdered and maimed.Each American I literally read the first chapter and fell into the storyline! I was intrigued by the plot of 4 San Francisco doctors, from different hospitals, going to Paris for a month to learn and watch new techniques and ideas to bring back home to their own hospitals on how to deal with emergencies and terrorist procedures.Sadly when the 4 Americans went to Paris, a school shooting took place and they saw the operating procedures first hand, as children and teachers were murdered and maimed.Each American had their own issues before leaving for Paris. Stephanie had a stay-at-home husband who took care of their 2 boys and the household and was bitter about his wifes success. Tom couldn't wait to get there to check out the bars and the single scene. Bill was reeling from a bitter divorce and missed seeing his 2 daughters but hopefully he could visit them in London while he was in Europe. Wendy was a mistress that felt used by her boyfriend of 6 years, who was married, and usually only visited on Wednesday nights.While there they each had a "turning point' or revelation while visiting, they decided to come home and change the course of their lives.Then it was time for the Paris team of 4 Doctors to visit San Francisco and find out what they could learn in a different environment about emergency procedures and techniques.What a combustion when the 8 Doctors got back together with their life changing events. After surviving a major medical emergency, it was like a wake up call, they knew what was important in each of their lives and how to go about it and make the change a reality.I could hardly put this book down, it made me see what truly mattered in our lives and to appreciate what we have.This touching book would be a great gift for yourself or someone you love. READ it today and enjoy!
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  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    Turning Point by Danielle Steel will keep you turning the pages until the very end. It is about four trauma doctors who go to France to participate in a mass casualty training program. What happens while there will change the lives of all invilved.Stephanie is a trauma doctor at UCSF. She is married to Andy who is a stay at home dad to their two little boys. As she tries to be the very best in her field she is putting her marriage in peril. Wendy is at Stanford. She is in a telationship with a m Turning Point by Danielle Steel will keep you turning the pages until the very end. It is about four trauma doctors who go to France to participate in a mass casualty training program. What happens while there will change the lives of all invilved.Stephanie is a trauma doctor at UCSF. She is married to Andy who is a stay at home dad to their two little boys. As she tries to be the very best in her field she is putting her marriage in peril. Wendy is at Stanford. She is in a telationship with a married doctor. She is beginning to realize this affair is going nowhere but does she have what it takes to end it. Bill is at SF General. He is divorced and his ex-wife lives in London with his two little girls. He lives for the time he can spend with his daughters. Tom is at Oakland medical center. He is determined to remain single and has become the love them and leave them doctor.Upon meeting four of their counterparts in France lives change. Danielle Steel's books have real people in real situations dealing with current situations. I hope you give this book a chance. You will not regret it.
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  • Torie
    January 1, 1970
    I usually don't read books centered on medical staff or hospitals but I love everything Danielle Steel writes so I gave this book a try. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down..Four trauma doctors are chosen from San Francisco are chosen to go to Paris for a month. They are going to paired off with doctors over there to learn how they deal with terrorist attacks. Then after that the doctors will come to America to see how it is done here.The trip to Paris changes all the participants. "It's I usually don't read books centered on medical staff or hospitals but I love everything Danielle Steel writes so I gave this book a try. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down..Four trauma doctors are chosen from San Francisco are chosen to go to Paris for a month. They are going to paired off with doctors over there to learn how they deal with terrorist attacks. Then after that the doctors will come to America to see how it is done here.The trip to Paris changes all the participants. "It's amazing how long you can hold on to a mistake.""Some days he was too empty after work to even talk to another human being. You gave everything you had to give at work, and the people at home felt cheated."I connected to that last quote on a personal level. That is exactly the way I feel when I leave work every morning I am only a nurse but that was spot on.I connected to all the doctors and genuinely wanted the best for all of them. This book was realistic and touching.
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  • Grace Kydes
    January 1, 1970
    Too predictable. Great analogy on the relation between self, partner, off spring and work ethics and time knowledge,and your love,of a career that is so consummuningmthatbyourmarelikely to,get eaten alive and then in a brief nano second realize all,this sacrifice nd long hours nut loving evader endiorfine it gets charged up and then sit for a second and wonder is this enough to Want and feel fulfilled?When does career, sense of self, human partner,pet,knowledge, with a love of career so strong t Too predictable. Great analogy on the relation between self, partner, off spring and work ethics and time knowledge,and your love,of a career that is so consummuningmthatbyourmarelikely to,get eaten alive and then in a brief nano second realize all,this sacrifice nd long hours nut loving evader endiorfine it gets charged up and then sit for a second and wonder is this enough to Want and feel fulfilled?When does career, sense of self, human partner,pet,knowledge, with a love of career so strong that it becomes a undesired life goal.this begins to create conflict.,You sit back and ponder, is this what I worked for, the American dream? Concept or reality?Choice, becomes more often than not,destructive for a well,balanced life where career needs all of your being for the uprising millennium..
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  • Shari
    January 1, 1970
    This story pulled me in from the very first page.. Being that I'm in the medical field, I'm always intrigued on medical stories and this one did not disappoint me. Four Emergency/Trauma doctors from San Francisco travel to Paris to gain knowledge are faced with much violence. This story also delves into their personal lives and what a true commitment that they have with their careers. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, they were all very likeable other than Stephanie. She put her career firs This story pulled me in from the very first page.. Being that I'm in the medical field, I'm always intrigued on medical stories and this one did not disappoint me. Four Emergency/Trauma doctors from San Francisco travel to Paris to gain knowledge are faced with much violence. This story also delves into their personal lives and what a true commitment that they have with their careers. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, they were all very likeable other than Stephanie. She put her career first over her family, but I was happy with her decisions. Loved Bill, such a good dad to his daughters. Poor Wendy, always the other woman. Then you have Tom, the playboy. What a cast of characters!! It has been a few years a few years since I have a book from Danielle Steel but this one stole my heart and I could not put it down. I highly recommend this story.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I always love reading her books because she makes the plot so interesting. This book is about eight people coming together to learn about hospital situstions. Four travel to Paris and learn how they deal with hostage situations. And then those four travel to San Fransico to learn about earthquakes and other natural disasters that affect the hospitals they work in. Their lives become interwined and hearts will fall in love. One relationship will end starting a new one. One will be tested and be r I always love reading her books because she makes the plot so interesting. This book is about eight people coming together to learn about hospital situstions. Four travel to Paris and learn how they deal with hostage situations. And then those four travel to San Fransico to learn about earthquakes and other natural disasters that affect the hospitals they work in. Their lives become interwined and hearts will fall in love. One relationship will end starting a new one. One will be tested and be renewed because of a life or death situation. Another young man will change his life for love. This is a must read. You will keep reading just to finish and see how it ends. Danielle has done it again.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Turning Point is about four American Trauma Surgeons who are chosen to go to Paris for four weeks to learn how they deal with mass casualties. Then they return with their four counterparts to train in San Francisco. Turning Point took on a subject that although a horrible reason to have to get training in this world at this time it is so necessary. The writing is excellent, the characters believable and well developed and the story was interesting. I must say I've been reading Danielle Steel boo Turning Point is about four American Trauma Surgeons who are chosen to go to Paris for four weeks to learn how they deal with mass casualties. Then they return with their four counterparts to train in San Francisco. Turning Point took on a subject that although a horrible reason to have to get training in this world at this time it is so necessary. The writing is excellent, the characters believable and well developed and the story was interesting. I must say I've been reading Danielle Steel books for years and I've loved them all. Turning Point is her latest book and it is another great one. I look forward to reading more of her books in the future. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book through NetGalley.
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  • Deanna Stevens
    January 1, 1970
    I have read most of Danielle Steel's books. I have to admit her early work is still some of my all time favorites. With that said, I did enjoy this book. It had some very predictable sub-stories, but overall it was a good book. With enough action, human emotions and actions. Danielle does write very good characters. I felt we got to know each character in depth as we read through the book. I like this better than an author giving us a character blurb at the beginning. I would recommend this book I have read most of Danielle Steel's books. I have to admit her early work is still some of my all time favorites. With that said, I did enjoy this book. It had some very predictable sub-stories, but overall it was a good book. With enough action, human emotions and actions. Danielle does write very good characters. I felt we got to know each character in depth as we read through the book. I like this better than an author giving us a character blurb at the beginning. I would recommend this book to friends. I received an advance copy from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    This was a wonderful Danielle Steel book. It was aboiut 4 American trauma doctors and 4 doctors from France. The Americans wentt to France to learn their procedures and in the middle of their visit a school shooting happened and it was horrible but handled as well as it could be. During the visit all of the Americans became friends with or started a relationship with a fellow docor. Most had relationship issues from home. The doctors from France came over for 4 weeks to learn our procedures. As This was a wonderful Danielle Steel book. It was aboiut 4 American trauma doctors and 4 doctors from France. The Americans wentt to France to learn their procedures and in the middle of their visit a school shooting happened and it was horrible but handled as well as it could be. During the visit all of the Americans became friends with or started a relationship with a fellow docor. Most had relationship issues from home. The doctors from France came over for 4 weeks to learn our procedures. As usual in a Steel book, peoples lives intertwined and resolved perfectly. I got this book from NetGalley for an honest review. Highly recommend
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Why the title? Well, it's because each of the eight characters in this novel face a turning point in their lives and make decisions about where to go next. Four American physicians travel to France to learn different techniques- and each has chosen to do so for a different reason. Unfortunately they find themselves assisting after a school shooting. The French physicians then come to San Francisco for four weeks, hoping to learn something new as well. You might, like me, see things coming- who w Why the title? Well, it's because each of the eight characters in this novel face a turning point in their lives and make decisions about where to go next. Four American physicians travel to France to learn different techniques- and each has chosen to do so for a different reason. Unfortunately they find themselves assisting after a school shooting. The French physicians then come to San Francisco for four weeks, hoping to learn something new as well. You might, like me, see things coming- who will end up with who, who will split from their partner and so on- but it's still a good read. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This felt more topical and immediate than the usual Steel.
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  • Linda Smatzny
    January 1, 1970
    This book has four main characters all doctors from the San Francisco area who are chosen to study how trauma is handled in Paris. The doctors are Bill Browning who works constantly because he still harbors anger over his ex-wife, Stephanie Lawrence who also works constantly which is causing problems in her marriage and taking care of her children, Wendy Jones who is in a dead end relationship with a married surgeon and Tom Wylie who seems to be only interested in how many females he can have se This book has four main characters all doctors from the San Francisco area who are chosen to study how trauma is handled in Paris. The doctors are Bill Browning who works constantly because he still harbors anger over his ex-wife, Stephanie Lawrence who also works constantly which is causing problems in her marriage and taking care of her children, Wendy Jones who is in a dead end relationship with a married surgeon and Tom Wylie who seems to be only interested in how many females he can have sex with. They go to Paris and meet four people who will change their lives as the Americans change the lives of the French four. The book was a quick easy read.
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  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    Danielle Steel does not disappoint with her latest book Turning Point. Packed with romance when four American doctors are selected for a special conference on Emergency Medical Management where there is sharing of knowledge by these highly trained medical professionals that is held in Paris for four weeks. Romance flourishes, and continues when the four physicians from Paris return to the United States for another four weeks. The story moves fast, and is one that all Danielle Steel followers are Danielle Steel does not disappoint with her latest book Turning Point. Packed with romance when four American doctors are selected for a special conference on Emergency Medical Management where there is sharing of knowledge by these highly trained medical professionals that is held in Paris for four weeks. Romance flourishes, and continues when the four physicians from Paris return to the United States for another four weeks. The story moves fast, and is one that all Danielle Steel followers are sure to enjoy!Addendum: Many thanks toNetgalley and Ballantine books for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for my review.
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  • Janilyn Kocher
    January 1, 1970
    Turning Point is the latest Danielle Steel novel. It's about four San Francisco doctors who embark on an exchange program with French doctors. While in Paris they aid in a deranged shooter situation and one of the doctors starts a furious affair. I got lost in the medical stuff. My least favorite character was Stephanie. I thought she was rather spineless and vacuous. Although it's a decent read, this one lacks the usual vibrancy of Steel's normal writing and the characters seemed mechanical. Th Turning Point is the latest Danielle Steel novel. It's about four San Francisco doctors who embark on an exchange program with French doctors. While in Paris they aid in a deranged shooter situation and one of the doctors starts a furious affair. I got lost in the medical stuff. My least favorite character was Stephanie. I thought she was rather spineless and vacuous. Although it's a decent read, this one lacks the usual vibrancy of Steel's normal writing and the characters seemed mechanical. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance read.
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  • Tiffany Faw
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting premise but I felt like the story was rushed and left me with questions at the end. I honestly hated half the characters in the book. They might have been stars at their job, but most of them were shallow and oblivious to things around them. At the halfway mark I was really dreading where I thought Steel was going with the storylines of different characters, I am so grateful she didn't do what I thought she was going to! Phew!Overall, decent book. Just left me wanting more and a more Interesting premise but I felt like the story was rushed and left me with questions at the end. I honestly hated half the characters in the book. They might have been stars at their job, but most of them were shallow and oblivious to things around them. At the halfway mark I was really dreading where I thought Steel was going with the storylines of different characters, I am so grateful she didn't do what I thought she was going to! Phew!Overall, decent book. Just left me wanting more and a more overall concise ending.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I love Danielle Steel books and always get them once they come out. I loved this book! Doctors who are trauma doctors do an exchange with doctors in France to learn trauma and terror techniques. They do a month long exchange in each country and learn from each other. When i Paris the doctors are exposed to a real terrorist attack and have to put their education to use. Besides their lives as doctors they also have personal lives that can be affected by this experience as well. This book is a pag I love Danielle Steel books and always get them once they come out. I loved this book! Doctors who are trauma doctors do an exchange with doctors in France to learn trauma and terror techniques. They do a month long exchange in each country and learn from each other. When i Paris the doctors are exposed to a real terrorist attack and have to put their education to use. Besides their lives as doctors they also have personal lives that can be affected by this experience as well. This book is a page turner and one that you will like!
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Four American doctors, working in 4 different trauma centers in San Francisco are invited to Paris, to share their emergency procedures with their counterparts in France. Their lives are forever changed by the months long partnership.Steels characters are realistic, the settings (Paris and San Francisco) are authentic and captivating and the drama is catch-your-breathtaking. While there is romance, after all this is a Danielle Steel book, it is not another character in the story. I liked this on Four American doctors, working in 4 different trauma centers in San Francisco are invited to Paris, to share their emergency procedures with their counterparts in France. Their lives are forever changed by the months long partnership.Steels characters are realistic, the settings (Paris and San Francisco) are authentic and captivating and the drama is catch-your-breathtaking. While there is romance, after all this is a Danielle Steel book, it is not another character in the story. I liked this one better than lots of her others.3/12 stars
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    In Danielle Steel's early books, San Francisco was her main setting. She now bases most of them in Europe now. This book combines both worlds, 4 trauma doctors from various SFO hospitals travel to Paris to and spend a month examining their crisis management along with 4 Paris based doctors. After 4 weeks, the Americans head home & their counterparts arrive a few weeks later for a month in SFO. During the time in Paris, there is a terrorist attack and the group of 8 grow closer as they experi In Danielle Steel's early books, San Francisco was her main setting. She now bases most of them in Europe now. This book combines both worlds, 4 trauma doctors from various SFO hospitals travel to Paris to and spend a month examining their crisis management along with 4 Paris based doctors. After 4 weeks, the Americans head home & their counterparts arrive a few weeks later for a month in SFO. During the time in Paris, there is a terrorist attack and the group of 8 grow closer as they experience the same terror. A fast read....
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  • Sheila Penwell
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a really great read. You really had to pay close attention to all the characters who were all renowned Trauma physicians in California. Bill, Tom, Stephanie and Wendy. Bill was divorced with 2 children in England , Tom was single and liked lots of women, Stephanie in a not happy marriage and 2 sons and Wendy was single involved with a married man. They were asked to represent their hospitals for a month in France and the story takes off. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Sara Kiplinger
    January 1, 1970
    I usually will pick up books by this author without hesitation and this was the same. I enjoyed most of the stories and most of the characters, minus Stephanie and Gabriel's story...but I think it was supposed to be unlikable. I just found her to be a moron. :) Anyway, this is a typical Steel book...contemporary romance, easy to read, and interesting storyline. I have already recommended to family.
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