Stepping up – Sarah Turner


Release date: eBook and Hardback 3rd March 2022, paperback 2nd March 2023


Beth has never stuck at anything.

She’s quit more jobs and relationships than she can remember and she still sleeps in her childhood bedroom. It’s not that she hasn’t tried to grow up, it’s just that so far, the only commitment she’s held down is Friday drinks at the village pub.

Then, in the space of a morning, her world changes.

An unspeakable tragedy turns Beth’s life upside down, and she finds herself guardian to her teenage niece and toddler nephew, catapulted into an unfamiliar world of bedtime stories, parents’ evenings and cuddly elephants. Having never been responsible for anyone – or anything – it’s not long before she feels seriously out of her depth.

What if she’s simply not up to the job?

With a little help from her best friend Jory (purely platonic, of course …) and her lovely, lonely next-door neighbour, Albert, Beth is determined that this time she’s not giving up. It’s time to step up.

This is a story about digging deep for strength you never knew you had and finding magic in things that were there all along.

My review:

I loved Sarah’s ‘Unmumsy mum’ books and couldn’t wait to read her first dip into fiction and she really didn’t disappoint.

I didn’t actually read much about the book before I started it so wasn’t expecting to be in tears before I got to the middle of the 2nd chapter. WOW!

The writing in this story was really heartfelt – I know Sarah lost her own mum when she was younger so I wonder if she drew on her own teenage grief for the character of Polly – and I’m sure we all recognise a bit of Wilf in young Ted.

The next door neighbour Albert was adorable – and reminded me of my 85yr old nan (who I also taught to text and use emojis this year!) – and really felt Beth’s pain. The writing was so authentic.

I’ve already pre-ordered an actual copy of the book to give to my mum and sisters when it comes out.

A great first novel, not predictable and a real uplifting tear jerker. This will be a huge hit when it comes out and will be *the* book next summer. Bravo Sarah!

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