Turning Point book 2
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
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Publisher: Supposed Crimes
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Bisexual
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 36-45
Tropes: Coming Out Later in Life, Families/Raising Kids, Find Love and Come Out, Hurt / Comfort, Office / Workplace Romance
Word Count: 75000
Setting: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
Brenna Lanigan pulled up to the curb just outside the entrance to Pacific Heights High School. It being just after
seven in the morning, she was not the only parent delivering her sons to the new semester.
"What time tonight?" she asked as she stretched her right arm over the space between the front two seats and
looked squarely at Thomas, next to her in the front passenger seat. At age seventeen, he was beginning to chisel
and thicken in the chest. James, a little rounder and softer at fifteen, was pulling his book bag together in the
back seat. Both were turning away from her already, their doors open.
She grabbed Thomas' shoulder before he could get out of range. He didn't look back as he answered, "No need.
I've got orientation with FIRE. I'll catch the city bus when it's over."
She released his shoulder. "James?" she directed to where he stood outside the vehicle.
"I've got stuff planned with friends," he answered.READ MORE
"Will I see either of you for dinner?" she asked. Thomas paused, but without turning back to look at her, he
shook his head. She glanced at James and saw that he was looking at her, though she couldn't interpret his dour
"I'm making Chicago deep dish," she offered. "All the toppings you like."
James shrugged. "Sorry, Mom. I won't be in 'til curfew."
"That's a big meal. We having company?" Thomas hazarded a glance toward her. His eyebrows drew together
briefly, betraying his anxiety, before he assumed a bland expression.
Brenna had been thinking of inviting her new lover, Cassidy Hyland, and her son Ryan. She missed the blond
woman terribly. The last time they had all been together, Cassidy had come over for New Year's Eve. Thomas
and James had gone off to the Palisades neighborhood park, reluctantly taking Ryan with them. At the time, it
had been wonderful, giving Cassidy and Brenna time alone together. But any ground she thought had been
gained in her sons' adjustment to her new relationship was short lived. Up before dawn most days, both boys
then stayed gone all day for the remainder of their holiday.
Any time Cassidy's name came up, Thomas and James acted as if they didn't hear a word Brenna said, and the
last time she'd tried to talk to them about it, she'd ending up getting upset. The school driveway was no place for
a scene, so Brenna reluctantly said, "It'll be just the three of us."
After a moment Thomas said, "I should be home by six."
"Thank you. James?"
Something near the building caught his eye, and his response was hurried. "I'll reheat. Catch you later."
He slammed the back door and she watched as he ran to catch up with someone.COLLAPSE
Turn For Home is the sequel to Turning Point (which was reviewed last month). The book begins after the holiday break for Time Trails, the sci-fi series that both Cassidy and Brenna star on. Trying to find time to continue building their relationship is full of pitfalls: not only do Brenna’s sons give her the cold-shoulder, but as well-known actresses, trying to hide from the reporters and photographers on their tails is all but impossible. When Cassidy’s abusive ex-husband, Mitch arrives on the scene, the doors are thrown wide-open, leaving the women to face the challenge of surviving under the microscope of Hollywood.
Compared to its prequel, Turning Point, Turn for Home moves at a much faster clip. This is an action-and-reaction based storyline, as opposed to the relationship discovery of the first book. When their relationship becomes public, Brenna and Cassidy must both face shocked and angry people in their lives. When Brenna is forced to give a statement to the press by the show’s producers, she experiences first-hand the animosity that some have toward gays and lesbians. For Cassidy it hits even closer to home as she once again must deal with her conservative, self-righteous father and passive mother. Zielinsky demonstrates that with the bad comes the good, as support comes at the hands of not only cast and crew on the show, but in smaller figures as a patient rights advocate. Brenna’s relationship with her sons and their activities is another focus of this book. While it becomes a nice plot device to bring Cassidy back into the boys’ good graces by having her act as the go-between for Brenna and her younger son, James, I found the sequence of events seemed more to tie the characters together neatly towards the end than any other reason. The active storylines overshadow most of the romance and emotion that was evident in Turning Point, but I believe still presents a relationship that is building itself in the face of adversity and self-recognition for both Cassidy and Brenna.
Turn for Home is an fast but engaging read. While not as romantic as its predecessor, it is one that will pack a punch for those who pick it up. It is a book of a new relationship that has to survive many obstacles, and many will recognize the love – or the pain – to connect to from their own experiences.