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One step closer to you

Peterson, Alice, author

Polly is a recovering alcoholic and single mum to her son Louis. He is getting to an age where he's curious about his dad. Where does he live? What does he do? Why doesn't he want to see his son? But life is about to change when Polly meets Ben in AA. After the tragic death of his sister, he is now looking after his young niece, Emily. Polly and Ben feel an instant connection and it's not long before Polly is teaching Ben how to plait hair and Ben is kicking a football about with Louis. It seems perfect. Then, Polly's past catches up with her and she has to decide if she is ready to face it

Paperback, Book. English. Love stories. General.
Published London: Quercus, 2014

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Statement of responsibility: Alice Peterson
ISBN: 1782061835, 9781782061830
Physical Description: 406 pages ; 20 cm

Author note

Alice Peterson has written two non-fiction books, a personal story called A Will to Win, which has been updated and republished as Another Alice, and a family memoir based on her grandmother's life in Rhodesia. Alice lives in London.


'Compelling from the very start, this book was almost impossible to put down' Handwrittengirl.||'Warm, and refreshingly honest. I couldn't recommend it more' Girlswholove2read.

'Wow! I absolutely loved this book! I almost missed my train stop, I was so engrossed ... I couldn't put it down. What a beautiful, uplifting, unconventional love story' Paige Toon.||'Alice Peterson at her best. Polly's story made me smile and made me cry ... Together with a cast of beautifully drawn characters, Polly's journey will keep you guessing and make you root for her with all your heart. A book that won't fade easily from your memory. More, please, Alice?' Daniela Sacerdoti, author of Take Me Home.||'A moving, sensitive and thought-provoking exploration of the nature of addiction and its impact on family life. It's also an uplifting love story with a vulnerable heroine who has looked for love in all the wrong places in the past and has to face up to her worst fears when the real thing comes along' Alison Mercer.||'A poignant book about addiction, romance and non-traditional families, but most of all it's an inspirational story' Woman's Way.||'I can only think of two other books I've ever read that struck me like this one. It was a fantastic, unforgettable read' Reviewedthebook.||'A very inspiring read that is heart wrenching at times and yet uplifting and sometimes humorous too. This is a beautiful read and I absolutely loved it' Rea book review.

Back cover copy

After Polly ends her relationship with the father of her young son, Louis, she is determined to move on. All she wants is to focus on her job, her friends and to be a good mum. No more looking over her shoulder. No more complications...

Then Polly meets Ben.

Ben is guardian of his niece, Emily. They become close, with Polly teaching Ben how to plait Emily's hair, and Ben playing football with Louis. Their friendship is unexpected. Polly has never been happier.

But when Louis's dad reappears in their life, all Polly's mistakes come back to haunt her and her resolve weakens when he swears he has changed.

Will she give herself a second chance to love?

A heart-warming and touching novel, this is Alice Peterson at her emotional and uplifting best. For fans of Lucy Dillon and Jojo Moyes.