19 November 2021 | Uncategorised

Giveaway – books to win!

I have been generously supported by the writing community recently – in particular, Kate Forsyth, Nova Weetman, Emily Gale and Bren MacDibble.

So I am giving away a copy of their books! I have my own copies of their books – and I think you should as well!

  • Elsewhere Girls by Emily Gale and Nova Weetman – middle grade. This is the story of two swimmers living in different times. Fanny Durack is from the Sydney of 1908 – she lives over a pub with her parents and eight siblings and regularly escapes the chores of skinning rabbits and washing bedlinen by hand to swim instead. Cat Feeney lives in Sydney, 2021, getting up early every morning for squad training, even though she’s not as committed as she should be. Thanks to an old timekeeping watch, they somehow swap bodies and timeframes. While both are swimmers, their lives are different and each girl has a greater understanding of her own life while living someone else’s.
  • The beast’s garden by Kate Forsyth – historical fiction (adult). Ava is a young German, living in Berlin during the Second World War. She is deeply concerned about her closest friends, who are Jews, and does what she can to look after them. She marries a Nazi officer, Leo, in order to save her father. Ava abhors everything Leo supposedly stands for, but falls deeply in love with him at the same time. As Ava does what she can to support an underground resistance movement, she gradually discovers that Leo is not as he seems – he is doing his part to stop Hitler. Their lives, along with their friends and family, descend into madness and chaos, as the war progresses. Ava uses all her courage and intellect to help Leo out of the brutality of war.
  • How to Bee by Bren MacDibble – middle-grade. This is set in a dystopian world, where nine-year-old Peony is desperate to become a ‘Bee’, someone who climbs the trees, waving a wand to collect the honey. She lives and works on a farm with her sister and grandfather. But trouble arrives in the form of Peony’s mother, who wants to take Peony away to a different life. Peony’s voice is strong and compelling and whisks readers away into her world where you just want everything to work out for her because she is such a hard worker and so determined to support her family.

To enter, please leave a comment below – tell me about a book you’ve read recently and loved. Three winners will be drawn out of a kitchen bowl next Thursday, 25th November and each sent one of the three books mentioned above.

Good luck!

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A book I loved recently is:” Into The World” by Stephanie Parkyn.
It is historical fiction based on the true story of Marie-Louise Girardin
who disguises herself as a man and joins a voyage of exploration to find the missing explorer La Perouse in 1791. I found her story of hardship and determination to complete the journey amazing.

November 19, 2021 at 10:50 am


I enjoyed Songbirds by Christy Lefteri, author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo.

It is a beautiful but very sad book about women from different countries who leave their own children behind to become nannies/maids to wealthy women in Cyprus. When Petra’s nanny, Nisha disappears, no one seems interested in finding her. Petra’s daughter is distraught and Petra realises how much she depended on her nanny and how little she knows about her.

November 19, 2021 at 4:04 pm


I just finished reading Devotion by Hannah Kent and absolutely loved it.
Historical fiction is my favourite genre, would recommend.

November 25, 2021 at 1:40 pm


I recently enjoyed David Baldacci’s Gambling Man which relates the early story of one of his main characters Archer. A detective story set in early years of LA Hollywood, showcasing some great imagery, exciting action and fascinating characters. Won’t disappoint.

November 25, 2021 at 1:42 pm

Kris Thompson

Most recently I ready ‘Honeybee’ by Craig Silvey. ‘Jasper Jones’ is a family favourite, so I was desperate to read his next novel. I absolutely loved it! It was a poignant and a gripping tale right to the last page. I think Craig Silvey captured the journey of a young vulnerable teen negotiating transgender and coming of age beautifully. Highly recommend.
– Kris

November 25, 2021 at 3:05 pm

Lee Siefken

Great book recommendations Karen. I read Robert Green The Laws of Human Nature and I LOVED IT. Make me think about me, the people in my life and inspired me to try to be more aware people do what they do for a reason.

November 25, 2021 at 7:19 pm


Your reviews and recommendations are much anticipated, Karen – Friday’s are the best.
‘Beast’s Garden’ by Kate Forsyth is a favourite of mine, thanks to your prior recommendation of Kate’s ‘Bitter Greens’. A 2021 favourite has been ‘The Nightingale’ by Kristin Hannah. It is a wonderfully rich and evocative tale of two sisters navigating life in occupied France during WWII. Can’t resist also mentioning ‘The Authenticity Project’ – brilliant.

November 25, 2021 at 9:39 pm

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