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Stepping Up

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This was such a wonderful, wonderful read!  I loved every second of it. 

It had an absolute amazing cast of characters who I loved and I definitely miss them.

It was sad at times, but the brilliant humour/banter made it more lighthearted.

I love how far Beth had come by the end of the book from where she'd started. 

I loved little Ted who was brilliant at providing some light relief and also Albert, the old neighbour, who was a gem! 

Thank you to NetGalley, Sarah and Random House/Transworld Publishers  for the chance to read this book.
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I really loved this book. I could not put it down and wanted to know what was going to happen. Would happily buy more from the author now I've read this.
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This book was heartbreaking and I cried more times than I can count, but I couldn’t stop reading. As the parent of a toddler, the scenes with Beth’s nephew Ted were a real punch to the gut. However seeing her develop relationships with the kids and start to take responsibility and flourish was heartwarming. Would definitely recommend, just don’t read it in public!
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I really enjoyed this book.  Had me laughing and crying.  Definitely the best book I have read this year.  Well done Sarah.  Already looking forward to the next one.
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I really enjoyed this book. Beth is going through life aimlessly, not really settling at anything and still living with her parents. That all changes when tragic events leads to her being responsible for her neice and nephew. 
I really enjoyed reading this and was sad when I had finished it. 
I liked the storyline about the neighbour and also how she struggled with keeping up with the house as well as the many needs and issues that the children had. 
The Jory storyline was a bit frustrating, why didn't she just ask him about the photo etc. 

I will be looking out for more books by this author.

Thank you to Netgalley for the advance copy of this book.
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I absolutely adored this book. I started reading it and found I couldn't put it down, I was sucked into the story and the heartbreaking start immediately. I just loved it. I've read other books by Sarah Turner and although I enjoyed them this was definitely my favourite.  I'm so pleased she made the leap to novels. I can't wait to read any future books by her. Highly recommend if you want a lovely heartwarming, yet also heartbreaking in places, beautiful book to read.
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I had a bit of a slow start with this novel because I was in a huge reading slump so it took me a while to really get into the story and the characters, but, once I finally did, I couldn’t put it down and I was up late at night to finish reading it. The story is emotional, heart-warming, and immersive and the characters are relatable and authentic. The protagonist is a young woman who goes from spending almost every night getting drunk at the pub with her best friend to trying to take care of her teenage niece and toddler nephew following a car accident in which her sister and brother-in-law were involved. I really enjoyed this character and her development throughout the story and I was captivated by the author’s writing style. Highly recommended.
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A gorgeous story that at times had be bawling my eyes out and other time laughing out loud. Its a beautiful book and I would not hesitate to recommend this to people that love this genre.
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A great read about family, friendship, grief, and love. This novel is a beautiful and heartfelt story about a carefree woman, Beth, who suddenly has to step up and take care of her sister's children, a teenager Polly and a toddler Ted. 

I found it hard to put the book down, because it is such an easy, and yet emotional, read. Beth and the rest of the characters have made me laugh and cry multiple times. I'd highly recommend it to everyone. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK for providing me with a free electronic version of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Beth has never stuck at anything - she's quick more jobs and relationships than she can remember and still sleeps in her childhood bedroom home. But, 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. It's time to step up.


This was nothing like I normally read but the front cover caught my attention on Netgalley and I’m so glad I read this! Told from Beth’s perspective, this is a beautifully written story of grief, family, love, friendship and navigating life after a loss. I cried, laughed and smiled throughout: a complete emotional rollercoaster. 

The characters felt real, relatable and well developed and this paired with the easy writing style made for a quick and enjoyable read. Beth really blossomed throughout the book, from being a real quitter with little to no responsibilities, to quite literally stepping up and learning to look after two little ones, whilst navigating her own grief. She was feisty, determined and strong and it was beautiful to see her blossom throughout the story. Need I say how much I loved Albert? (Iykyk) He is literally the neighbour I’ve always wanted - a heartwarming, wholesome and thoughtful elderly man who completely made this book for me! I highly recommend picking this up!

Thank you to Sarah Turner & publisher for an advanced digital copy of this book in return for my honest opinions.

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This book is one of the best I've read in a long time! I have never read any of the 'Unmumsy Mum' but Sarah Turner's novel 'Stepping Up' is really fresh and engaging and made me laugh out loud and cry in equal measure. 
The novel is about how Beth Pascoe, an early 30s member of the  'boomerang' generation, living at home, lurching her way from one job/hangover/failed date to the next until a tragedy strikes her close-knit family and she finds herself the sole care-giver to her fourteen year old niece and toddler nephew.
The characters are brilliantly drawn and I could picture myself at their dinner table and rolling my eyes along with Beth at her mum's interfering comments and finding comfort in her dad's words of wisdom and solid support.
I thought the ending was very good although not the one I was really hoping for! 
Overall it weaves love, family, romance and friendship with a heartwarming deftness that makes the book almost unputdownable. I could have easily devoured it in one sitting but had to settle for three, even taking my kindle with me to supervise my lunchtime duty!
I look forward to reading more of Sarah Turner's novels in the future.
Many thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for an advanced release copy in exchange for an honest review.
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I really enjoyed this book! It was fun, fabulous, easy to read and follow and I loved the characters. Would definitely recommend!
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I absolutely adored Stepping Up and found it to be an emotional and moving read. Beth still lives at home at the age of 30 and is known in her family for never sticking to anything when a family tragedy forces her  to become guardian to her niece and nephew. I loved how the author explores issues of grief and loss, parenting and love with a light touch and some humour but also with real sensitivity, depth and humour. I enjoyed the parallel plot lines exploring Beth's relationship with her childhood friend Jory and neighbour Albert and was rooting for Beth throughout. A moving and hopeful read.  Highly recommended and I can't wait to read more from the author.
4.5 stars
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this digital ARC.
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Wow this was a great book, it showed how life can change in a heratbeat and how you cna adapt to a new life, lots of ups and downs, a good insite to family relarionships some of which i could rememebr from my childhood. Loved it
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Thank you to Netgalley for my ARC.

I have listened to the Unmumsy books and Sarah is very funny. This is her first novel and I had to request it to see if her humour continued into her fiction.

However, this is nothing like her other comedies. This is a typical work of fiction that focuses on Beth's life and how it is turned upside down when her sister and brother in law are involved in a car crash. I was worried that I had picked the wrong book to read on holiday but I was quickly taken in by the plot line and any worries I had about how sad the novel would be were put to one side.

The emotions in this book are carefully dealt with, so that you will be laughing and crying in equal measure. Where else would you find a family tragedy coupled with a toddler needing a number 2 in the middle of the woods with a new-to-parenting Aunt in charge? 

Beth has been so used to spending her spare time in the pub or enjoying long, relaxing baths. It is no surprise that she really struggles when she suddenly finds herself looking after a sullen teenager and a three year old. Who will teach her how to change nappies? and what is the teenager hiding because she is acting really strangely? 

Bring into the mix a mother that clearly does not think she's up to the challenge along with her own barbed comments and 'suggestions', an octogenarian neighbour that is navigating his own mourning and a platonic relationship with her eldest male friend and it is no wonder that Beth questions herself time and time again if she is up to the challenge. 

This is one of those books that sweeps you up and before you know it, you've read it in just two days!

I can really see Sarah having a very long and successful writing career. This is a wonderful novel and I hope that it does well.
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I was expecting to enjoy this book but it really is an excellent piece of romantic fiction.  I have read a lot of this genre in recent months and this debut stands head and shoulders above many.  Beth is reputedly an irresponsible big kid; the wild, free-spirited younger sister and well-meaning but slightly distant auntie. However, when her sister is in a serious car accident, she suddenly has to ‘step up’ and look after her niece and nephew.  Forced into a responsible role, Beth begins to discover more about herself through new experiences and friends old and new. I loved the characters in this book and felt so invested in them and the story - it made me both laugh and cry.  Definitely a five star read for me and I can’t wait to read more from this author.
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I requested this book as I had read the authors previous book and needed a good laugh. What a mistake! It starts wkth a pretty traumatic event and then I thing I cried for most of it!
The book focuses on Beth and how she is forced to "step up" after a traumatic event as well as focusing on her relationships with friend and family. 

The book is really well written with characters you can warm to and does have snippets of humour in it but is also very sad!
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This was a great read. A realistic, funny emotional rollercoaster that covered several difficult topics very well
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I have just finished this book and I am desperate for a sequel! 
A heart-wrenching read full of delicate themes and delightful characters. Albert is an absolute delight. 
Beth plods through life moving from one job to the next, living for her trips to the pub with her long time bestie Jory, whilst residing in her childhood bedroom at her mum and dad's. That is, until tragic life events see her take on the role of guardian for her niece and nephew. 
Absolutely brilliant.
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I have been meaning to read this since approved by NetGalley, so when this came up as a Book Club read, I couldn't wait! Stepping Up has got to be one of the heart wrenching rom coms I have read in a long time.

Sarah has created a handful of phenomenal characters within this tale; Arthur is an absolute gem, Jory is a dreamboat, and Beth herself is a fantastic leading lady! A storyline of love, loss, life changes, and self-discovery are just some of the topics touched on by Sarah Turner. Although this could have been draining, I am delighted to say it wasn't!

Most of us within the book club failed to keep to the reading schedule and inhaled this at an alarming rate, as it was just so moreish and addictive and hard to put down. I can not recommend this enough, and no matter what review I write, I will not do this any justice at all.

The only review I can give is - READ THIS BOOK!
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