Mother’s Day Giveaway

Mother’s Day Giveaway

To celebrate Mother’s Day, I’m teaming up with my Writers Ask Writers friends Amanda Curtin, Annabel Smith, Emma Chapman and Sara Foster to offer a great book giveaway. You could win a pack of ten books: a copy of each of our latest novels, as well as a book that each of us would give to our own mums for Mother’s day.


There’s also a bonus prize if the winner is from Perth: two tickets to see Jennifer Saunders discussing her recently released memoir, Bonkers: My Life in Laughs, at the Octagon Theatre on 28 April 2014, 7.30–8.30pm. Thank you to our great local bookshop, Beaufort Street Books, for sponsoring our giveaway.

The Books


Fractured by me, Dawn Barker and my choice, The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Shallow Breath by Sara Foster, and her choice, The Light Between The Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Whisky Charlie Foxtrot by Annabel Smith, and her choice, Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver

How To Be A Good Wife by Emma Chapman, and her choice, The View on the Way Down by Rebecca Wait

Elemental by Amanda Curtin, and her choice, Sustenance by Simone Lazaroo


How to enter

You can enter by signing up below to receive updates on news and events from my website, and then leaving a comment below telling me which book you’d choose to give your mum for mother’s day. If you already subscribe by email, then simply leave a comment!

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If you’d like more entries, just go to Amanda’s, Emma’s, Annabel’s and Sara’s websites and follow their instructions for entering. The giveaway ends at midnight on Tuesday 15th April. Each of us will draw a winner from our own subscribers/commenters, and then we’ll draw the grand winner on Thursday 17th April!

*Apologies to our international readers, but the giveaway is open only to Australian residents.

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My choice: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

imagesI have just finished listening to the audiobook of The Husband’s Secret. Liane Moriarty is an Australian author, and this novel has been a huge success all around the world. I loved it. In it, we meet a woman – a busy mother of three girls – who finds a letter hidden in the attic while her husband is overseas on business. The letter says:

For my wife, Cecilia Fitzpatrick. To be opened only in the event of my death.




Cecilia must then wrestle with the decision of whether or not to open it…

The book has other story threads running through it too, all concerning secrets and the lengths that families will reach to protect each other. The characters, particularly the mothers, are very easy to identify with (or were, for me, as I have three children young too) and Moriarty writes so well about family relationships and secrets. The writing is suspenseful and compelling , and had me in tears at times (even though I was listening to it while running!) My mum would love the page turning story and the emotional drama – as I did.

I’d love to hear which books you’d choose for your own mother. Good luck!


79 thoughts on “Mother’s Day Giveaway”

  • Thanks for this great chance to celebrate Mother’s Day with some beautiful books by brilliant authors! The book I’d give my lovely Mum for Mother’s Day is Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery, as it meant so much to me when I was a child — and I’ve shared it with my own daughters. I’m a Perth local, and would also love to see Jennifer Saunders on stage.

  • It’s such a hard choice as there are so many books I’ve loved that I want to share. I must admit I’ve entered this wonderful competition on a few of the other ladies’ pages, which means I’ve been able to pick more than one! I think my mum would have enjoyed Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty. A page turning novel full of suspense, I devoured it in a day and abandoned the housework I was meant to be doing. I hope she’d make herself a cup of coffee and do the same.

  • I would recommend The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce to my Mum. It’s a easy-reading story that touches on some difficult subjects (Alzheimer’s being one of them) that ends with a feeling of peace and that wonderful ‘everything is going to be ok’ sigh.
    Mel xx
    (Perth – Bayswater)

  • I just finished Ronan’s Echo by Joanne van Os, and it was unbelievably brilliant. I will recommend this book to everyone I come across, and most definitely would to my Mum if she was still with us.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win these wonderful books Dawn, I loved Fractured and can’t wait for your next one:)

    • Thanks for your kind comments about Fractured, Brenda! I do hope you enjoy Let Her Go too, when it comes out at the end of June! And I haven’t come across Ronan’s Echo before but I’ll definiltey look out for it – thanks for the recommendation…


  • Lovely prize, thank you! I’m a very happy Perthie at the moment.
    Like Liz, I’m thinking of different books each time (lucky Mum!) I’d love to introduce Mum to Haruki Murakami – I think she’d enjoy Norwegian Wood as it’s set in the period of her youth, plus it’s a beautiful love story. Then we could discuss one of my favourite books!

  • The Author I would recommend to my mum would be Fleur McDonald and the particular book I would choose is Blue Skies as it’s set in Esperance WA. I was lucky to have the opportunity to listen to and meet Fleur during a Author tour this week. Not only does she amaze me with her stories of the land in our rural state of WA she is also a genuinely lovely person and very humble about her success. My mum too shares a love of home grown WA rural literature.
    I am a Perth local.

    • Hi Bec,

      I saw your email address come through a few times so there should be an email in your inbox to confirm the follow? If not, let me know and I’ll redo it – but I love how you and your mum share the same interest in books. That does make it easy!

      Good luck in the giveaway!


  • The book I would recommend is Sweet Damage by Rebecca James. It’s a psychological thriller centered around a withdrawn character, Anna London who lives alone in a Sydney mansion. My mum is intrigued by mysterious houses and enjoys a good thriller.

    Based in Perth.

  • Hi Dawn
    Thank you for the wonderful opportunity for an avid Perth reader. I no longer have a Mum or Gran but would choose ‘Let Her Go’ for my daughter.

  • The Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty, it sounds like an exciting and suspenseful story, I bet my mum would love this and wouldn’t want to put it down. ♥

  • Dawn, I recently finished Fractured, and found it so earnest and intensely thought-provoking that I’m tempted to make it my choice for mum. However, I know she’ll find it just as heart-wrenching as I did, so since this competition is about the day where I want to make her feel warm and fuzzy, for a lighter read on her day I’ll choose to give her Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project. Then after that if I’m very lucky I can give her the copy of my other choice from the giveaway!

  • I would give my late mum one of Di Blacklock’s books, my favourite being Almost Perfect! Of course I would have given her your book Dawn, but the ending would make her too sad 🙁

  • My Mum was a librarian, and is book obsessed, a voracious reader and usually my inspiration for a good read! So it’s difficult to choose anything for her, as she’s usually read it already!
    However, I’ve just finished reading ‘An Unnecessary Woman’ by Rabih Alameddine, which is a beautifully written book about another book-obsessed woman.
    I’m enjoying these comments – excellent suggestions for my next read.

  • I would give my mother “The Light Between Oceans”. My mother was a singular person and would have related to the story broadly. She also had rules about what to talk about and what to ignore and this story especially would show her the importance of speaking the truth gently with love and it’s likely results. And she was attracted to romantic tales and this one surely would have appealed to her!

  • My Mother has such eclectic tastes, so pretty much any book I chose would be most welcome.

    I’m thinking a biography or autobiography would be a great choice. Someone political – she is a political animal. She has been looking back over her life & even writing down snippits of her life, so I’m thinking a biography about Winston Churchill would win the day.

  • I would like to recommend Elizabeth Gaskells North and South to my mu. it is a book that means a lot to me and i’d love for mum to see what i always ramble on about!

  • The Husband’s Secret sounds so intriguing my mum would be so excited to read this book. The title alone is enough to attract anyone to this book.

  • Thanks for this competition, I selected Elemental by Amanda Curtin to give to my mother at mothers day. She would love the fact that it is written in perspective of a changing world. Plus the underlying message of about the life you make from the life you are given is so true. My mom already appreciates this and made it her motto.

      • Hello. What an exciting competition. I would choose Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. So many reasons why… Mum and I would often debate over our favourite character as this novel took us to a time and place that is polar apart from ours. Yet in some ways it was so similar, I grew up in a female predominate household with our matriarchal mum we identified and loved each character. We celebrated with Amy, Meg, Jo, Beth…and cried loads. Mum loves a book that makes you feel a ray of emotions and this beautifully written book achieves this

  • Thank you for the chance of your lovely giveaway!
    My mother would love these books as she is always hunting for new material, however her favourite books always will be by Catherine Cookson. I’m hoping she’ll come to have some new favourites as these sound like great titles.

    Many thanks for the entry!

  • I couldn’t choose one as I would love to give her the whole pack! My mum was the one who brought me up on books and helped create the passion for books I have today. As time has gone on and life gets busier, mum has stopped reading due to lack of time. I would love to reignite her passion for reading with this gift and inspire her to get reading again! After all, she was the one who got me reading, so I would love to return the favour!

  • I couldn’t choose one as I would love to give her the whole pack! My mum was the one who brought me up on books and helped create the passion for books I have today. As time has gone on and life gets busier, mum has stopped reading due to lack of time. I would love to reignite her passion for reading with this gift and inspire her to get reading again! After all, she was the one who got me reading, so I would love to return the favour!

  • Mum loved How to be a Good Wife after initial Andre at me for the title so I would give her The View on The Way Down. The title would intrigue her and she I know she’d love it. I can’t confirm at the moment as I have no wifi access.

  • Hi Dawn, I will be buying my mum The Midnight Dress by QLD author Karen Foxlee. I stumbled across it last year (I work in a library) and it is absolutely beautiful. A story about female friendship, connection to the rainforest and some of the most lush and sensuous description I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums!