Thank you to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours and Pan Macmillan for the invitation to join the blog tour for One Good Thing by Alexandra Potter.
In life, nothing is certain. Just when you think you have it all figured out, something happens that changes the course of everything . . .
Liv Brooks is still in shock. Newly-divorced and facing an uncertain future, she impulsively swaps her London Life for the sweeping hills of the Yorkshire Dales, determined to make a fresh start. But fresh starts are harder than they look and feeling lost and lonely she decides to adopt Harry, an old dog from the local shelter, to keep her company.
But Liv soon discovers she isn’t the only one in need of a new beginning. On their daily walks around the village, they meet Valentine, an old man who suffers from loneliness who sits by the window and Stanley, a little boy who is scared of everyone, hides behind the garden gate and Maya, a teenager who is angry at everyone and everything. But slowly things start to change…
Utterly relatable, hilarious and heart-breakingly honest, this is a novel about friendship, finding happiness and living the life unexpected. And how when everything falls apart, all you need is one good thing to turn your life around and make it worth living again.
This is the first book I’ve read by Alexandra Potter and it definitely won’t be the last, I loved her writing style. I enjoyed meeting Liv, who has headed to Yorkshire after leaving London and her ex-husband behind.
Having adopted a couple of dogs, it was lovely to read about Liv meeting Harry. Harry helps Liv start to make friends in her village, other people who are facing challenges in their lives and who need ‘one good thing’ to happen to help them move forward.
This is one of the most uplifting books I’ve read in 2022, with some sad sections but many moments to make you smile or even laugh out loud (and often featuring Harry). The hardback, ebook and audiobook versions are available now and I’m eager to recommend this ‘hug in a book’ to you.
ALEXANDRA POTTER is the bestselling author of numerous romantic comedy fiction novels in the UK including CONFESSIONS OF A FORTY-SOMETHING FUCK UP, which is currently being developed as a TV series. Her books have sold in twenty-two territories and achieved worldwide sales of more than one million copies (making the bestseller charts in the UK, US, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Serbia).
Yorkshire born and raised, Alex currently lives in south-west London with Mr California and their Bosnian rescue dog, and when she’s not spending time writing or travelling, she’s spending far too much time on Instagram being reminded that she should be exercising regularly, drinking enough water, practising mindfulness and feeling blessed.
Follow her @alexandrapotter