I received an E-ARC of book via NetGalley and Random House U.K. in exchange for an honest review.
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…
Stepping Up begins like, admittedly, a lot of my weekends. Waking up with a heavy head and plenty of “what am I doing with myself” thoughts. However, things take a turn fairly quickly, leading to an emotional but also heartwarming tale.
Beth, like many of us, is stumbling her way through life. As we all know, though, life throws curveballs and it is exactly that – and how Beth deals with them – which is at the heart of Stepping Up.
It’s a typical day when Beth wakes up to heartbreaking news that turns the story, and her life, on its head. Initially, the book felt heavy and sad, as Beth grapples with a horrible situation and the burdens of guardianship (as well as some other stuff). As it progressed, though, there were tender and heartwarming moments.
Despite all the heaviness in the book, Turner presents characters you can’t help but warm to. I also really appreciated the romance, though predictable, as it broke through the heavier moments and proved there is good amongst the bad in life.
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