Small Blessings by Emily Brewin

Through the unlikeliest of friendships comes a second chance.


Small Blessings  by Emily Brewin



Rosie Larson doesn't trust people - and with good reason. Her violent ex-boyfriend, Joel, is out of jail and she's determined he won't find her or their eleven-year-old son.

For Isobel Hutchins, the cost of success is beginning to prove too high. Her impressive career and comfortable lifestyle can't protect her from the news her mother is dying or the need to face her past.

When tragedy strikes, Rosie and Isobel are thrown together despite their differences. In this difficult space, they draw strength from each other and form an unlikely friendship that may just see them through.

Small Blessings is a poignant and uplifting tale of secrets, motherhood, innocence and heartache, and ultimately what we're willing to do for love.


Our thoughts

I liked this book. Interesting, realistic and thought provoking. The story wasnt what I thought it would be, but I did really enjoy it.  You follow the lives of two different women in alternating chapters and their life journeys and their emotions and struggles.

Easy to read, well written and really enjoyable book.


Author Bio

Emily Brewin is a Melbourne-based author and educator.

Hello, Goodbye is her first novel. Her second, Small Blessings, is due for release with Allen & Unwin in February 2019.

She has been awarded an Australian Society of Authors Emerging Writers' and Illustrators' Mentorship for her fiction writing, and has been shortlisted for Hachette Australia's Manuscript Development Program and Varuna's Publisher Introduction Program. She was recently awarded a 2018 Moreland writer's residency and a 2018 Bundanon Trust artist residency to develop her third novel, The Piano.

Emily's short stories have been short listed for a number of literary awards, including the 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize, Alan Marshall Short Story Award, Overland's Fair Australia Prize and the Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards.


GIVEAWAY has ended thank you.  Congratulations Wendy and Maree.

Allen and Unwin have been so kind as to give us two copies to giveaway.

If you would like to take five minutes for yourself and enjoy this book then answer the following question in the comments below.

Winners will be notified by email upon conclusion on 10th March.

To enter:

Tell us in the comments below - What do you like to do when you have five minutes for yourself ?




Terms and Conditions: Australian Residents only.  This is a Game of Skill not a game of chance. Entries not answering the question will be deemed invalid, The winner will be chosen by originality and creative merit, by a non involved party. Judges decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Winners will be drawn 10/03/19 11.00pm AEST and notified by the 11/03/19. We will contact the winner via email. Winner will have 7days to respond or we will redraw. We will try our best to contact the winner but cannot be responsible should the winner not receive the notification within the time frame.

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0 # sara 2019-03-03 21:46
That looks like an interesting read.

a whole five minutes ? I'd shower, drink tea hot and eat something on my own.
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0 # jenny k 2019-03-03 21:48
I like to have a cup of tea in the garden if i have a few minutes. always very restoring.

thank you for the give away.
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0 # Maree Gray 2019-03-05 06:38
I'd enjoy a hot cup of tea while doing a few crossword puzzles in peace
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0 # Jennifer Filips 2019-03-05 09:39
I’d do a pretty dot-to-dot.
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0 # Samantha 2019-03-06 02:13
It’s rare - but I love to just sit on the patio and be quiet! Life is so busy and chaotic- to just sit and breath - bliss
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0 # sharyn heinl 2019-03-07 11:59
by following a joyful ritual that makes my heart and soul feel alive - I regularly have a cup of tea while watching a sunrise
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0 # Sarahmary 2019-03-07 12:32
A piece of chocolate and a cup of tea, I find somewhere comfy and rest my feet while I read a few chapters of whichever book I'm currently reading. Those moments keep me sane in a world filled with chaos
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0 # Wendy Hatton 2019-03-07 19:16
I'd wander about my garden, its variety and beauty never cease to amaze and rejuvenate me.
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0 # Anna 2019-03-14 09:38
I just love trashy magazine and a cup of tea for my few minutes of peace.
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0 # melody 2019-03-14 09:39
A have shows saved on foxtel that i watch when i have some time. I usually fold washing while i rest.
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0 # jen 2019-03-14 09:40
love you're giveaway a book. i love a surprise read! I like to walk down to street library see what they have for a break and then come home and readon my porch
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0 # asta 2019-03-14 09:41
I love to read. I like to go for a walk for my me time. around the block and getting exercise
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0 # kym 2019-03-14 09:42
I spend too much time on social media with my break time lol but i'd love a book to read. this looks like a good book
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0 # lisa adams 2019-03-14 10:05
five minutes before i go to sleep is all i get currently i like to look for fun things to make and do. thank you for this giveaway
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0 # Marie M 2019-03-14 10:06
I love a good read. great way to spend some time.
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