Putting Alice Back Together {+ a giveaway}

I’m not able to yell at the kids to clean their rooms or pick up their toys, about a million times a day, but being sick with the flu (and no voice) also has it’s perks.

Today, I am reading a novel… relatively undisturbed.

I don’t often have the time to read during the day. Sure, I skim through magazines and newspapers, but sitting down with a novel and letting myself be swept up in a story is a rarity.

I was sent "Putting Alice Back Together" by Carol Marinelli (a writer from Melbourne) a couple of weeks ago. Even with the best of intentions, I hadn’t had a chance to sit down a read it.


Now that I’ve had the opportunity to start reading it, I’m hooked. As soon as I finish writing this post, I will return to it.

Well… after I make myself a cup of coffee and maybe break the ears off of one of the kids Easter bunnies.
Alice is an imperfect protagonist and we follow her whirlwind journey of self-discovery and recovery. 
While it affectionately tackles the issues of a single woman living in Melbourne with a touch of humour, reminiscent of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones Diary – that's where the similarities end. 
This novel isn't afraid to address confronting and downright confusing issues that we so often wish we could sweep under the rug and hide in a tidy drawer.
Harlequin Books has the first chapter of “Putting Alice Back Together” available to read on their site – plus the chance to win a preloaded $500 debit card. I’ve entered. I’m sure I’d find something “useful” to spend the $500 on.

Just access this link and follow the prompts: http://www.harlequinbooks.com.au/puttingalice/
Thanks to the good people at Morey Media, I have a copy of “Putting Alice Back Together” to give away. If you’d like the chance to win just leave a comment telling me what you’re reading at the moment.

Terms and Conditions:

This giveaway is open to Australian residents only and the giveaway will close at midday on Sunday 15 April 2012 (AEDST).


The winner will be chosen randomly and announced here on my blog.


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  1. currently reading hmm well i actually not much of a novel reader i guess thats because i havent found the right book that gets me from the beginning.this book sounds very interesting

  2. I'm half way through Kathy Lette's 'The boy who fell to earth.' It's written from the perspective of a mum who has a son with Asperger's disorder. Very funny at times but also quite sad. Highly recommended!

  3. I am still working my way through the Elm Creek series and I have just finished Roald Dahl's biography. I love to read and would love to have a new book to take with me on holidays.

  4. I have just started reading " The Union Quilters" and browsing through a lovely book about the making of Downton Abbey. :)

  5. This would be perfect because I'm actually not reading anything at the moment!

  6. I've just finished reading the final book of the "Hunger Games" and have "The Seamstress" onmy bedside table within arms reach! Thanks for the chance to win a copy:)

  7. Wow! This sounds fantastic!!! ... I am in the middle of several (what's new?!!) books atm ... We're reading "Driven by Eternity" at our bible study, and just the other day I got Kindle copies (I use an app on my Mac to read them) of "French Children Don't' Throw Food" by Pamela Druckerman, and "Organised Simplicity" by Tsh Oxenreider. Both great books!! I have been reading one or the other when I get the time over this last weekend, and I am about 1/3rd of the way through both ... I highly recommend them too!!! Loving reading them!!

  8. Hope you get better soon Anorina,i only get to read mags now,i havent read a book for ages,though this one looks tempting,thankyou for hosting this givaway.xx

  9. ...just read the story of san fransico..a historical novel, but i got a new cookbook today... the fearless baker, so cant wait to get into that tonight.. i read alot.. allsorts, really,, but prob not science fiction or supernatural stuff!!

  10. i love to read anything thank you

  11. I'm reading this book called make the bread buy the butter. its great

  12. At the moment I'm reading The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo. Pretty gruesome, as are all Jo Nesbo novels, but very engrossing. I do love to read and would love to go in the draw.

  13. I'm trying to get into 'Lone Wolf' by Jodi Picoult, I'm finding it a little different from her usual novels.

  14. I'm stuck reading Zac Power books (attempting to get my 11 year son literate) - oh the joys of motherhood :)

  15. The Gathering... and it isn't what I expected at all. Not sure I'll finish it, and I wonder what the author was drinking when she wrote it.

  16. I am just about to start one of the Elm Creek novels - The Wedding Quilt.

    Always up for a good read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. not really reading anything at the moment still on the look out for something

  18. Susan Jeffers, "Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway."