By My Side, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


One step can change everything... Cass Brooks wishes she could turn back time. She'd go back to that morning and retrace her steps.

Her boyfriend, Sean, would still be with her. Her mother wouldn't be nagging her to plan a new future when all she wants is her old life back.

But when Ticket, the most loyal golden Labrador, bursts into Cass's life, she dares to dream that she can be happy again, that maybe she has a future after all?

Charlie Bell is single. Why can't he commit? Following his latest break up, he finds himself sitting next to a young woman called Cass on a flight to Colorado.

She is unlike any woman he's met before...


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Every now and again, I like to let my literary hair down and read a nice, brainless chick lit novel where everything works out for the best in the end. And this one features a dog called Ticket, so how could I resist?So yes - Alice Peterson ticks all the boxes. Career girl with love life gone awry - small gang of male and female friends - eccentric but loving family - Mr Perfect right under her nose. A slightly more serious deviation from the standard chick lit formula is that Cass is left paralysed after being hit by a car, so has to adjust to life in a wheelchair (with the help of Ticket) while winning Mr Perfect. Peterson has obviously done her research into disability, but the references to Canine Partners, Back Up and Motability felt a bit clunky. Other than that, though, a pleasant, uplifting way to spend a few hours, with a sympathetic heroine and a lovely dog.