One Good Thing

by Alexandra Potter

Relationship Stories Feel-Good Fiction Family Drama Sharing Diverse Voices

LoveReading Expert Review of One Good Thing

This gorgeously emotional feel-good read is about self-belief, second chances, and love in all its different guises.

Discover a hugely squishy, compassionate, and affectionate hug in book form. After her divorce, Liv leaves London behind for the Yorkshire Dales and discovers new beginnings aren’t that easy to find. While main character Liv narrates her own story, we also enter the lives of other characters from across the generations, and in dog form. Their stories surround Liv and as friendships begin to blossom, I fell in love with all of them (particularly Harry who rather steals the show!). Life in all its impossible, heart-breaking, fabulous glory sweeps across the pages, and took me with it. I love how Alexandra Potter balances different themes, characters, and the plot. You’ll greet dementia, grief, aging, teenage angst, fear, courage, friendship, autism, and love. I laughed, cried, raised my eyebrows, kept my fingers crossed, and basically felt as though I was a part of this little gang. For the feel-good factor alone I would have chosen this novel as a Liz Pick of the Month, but there’s more than that to discover within the pages. With oodles of warmth and charm One Good Thing is a lovely, thoughtful, and rewarding read.

Liz Robinson

One Good Thing Synopsis

One Good Thing is the new heartwarming, hilarious alternative love story, from the author of Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up, Alexandra Potter

In life, nothing is certain. Just when you think you have it all figured out, something can happen to change 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.

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Alexandra Potter Press Reviews

Wise, warm, witty and wonderful. Captivating and charming, a book to warm the cockles of the heart. A book that makes the world look like a better place- a must read! -- Milly Johnson

Assured and accomplished. Pacy, absorbing, witty and tender. She made me laugh out loud and swallow back tears in the space of a single page. Her characters are written with a light touch and full hearts, I absolutely loved it. -- Karen Swan

Say hello to a book that will have you laughing with every page, whether you're twenty, forty or eighty -- Heat on Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up

Funny and moving, Alexandra Potter is fast establishing herself as the Queen of Comfort and this is a tale you'll delight getting lost in. -- Mike Gayle Enchanting and uplifting. It's a big warm hug in book form. . . It's exactly the novel we need right now -- Chris Manby

A must-read for 2022 . .. Inspiring, heartwarming and set against the beautiful backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales. One Good Thing is one GREAT thing. -- Laura Price

Funny but layered, light-hearted but surprisingly deep, this is a perfect and inspiring new year read -- Red magazine on Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up

The new Bridget Jones for our Covid-ridden times -- Celia Walden on Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up - Telegraph

Feistily funny . . . and so relatable -- Fabulous magazine on Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up - Sun on Sunday

A warm, very funny read -- Bella on Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up -

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ISBN: 9781529022858
Publication date: 28/04/2022
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781529022865
Publication date: 28/04/2022
Format: Paperback

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About Alexandra Potter

Alexandra Potter was born in Yorkshire. Having lived in LA, Sydney and London after university, she finally decided to settle where the sun was and lives full-time in Los Angeles. She has worked variously as a features editor and sub-editor for women's glossies in the UK and now writes full-time.

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