Stepping Up – Sarah Turner


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.


It’s difficult to leave a review about this story that will do it justice, it was simply excellent.

It’s a story about grief, family, friendship, working things out and love. It’s incredibly emotional but at the same time a breeze to read.

Beth had me laughing and crying. I was incredibly invested in her journey and was left a blubbering mess at the end (and many times throughout).

A true emotional rollercoaster and a massive 5/5 stars!


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