Book Reviews,  Giveaways

Let’s get ready for Mother’s day with a giveaway! {CLOSED}

We still have rogue chocolate marshmallows lying around, Easter not yet forgotten, but I already have my sights set on Mother’s day! Reading and books have become a big part of the blog, so I wanted to give you guys an awesome Mother’s Day giveaway! I’ve teamed up with Pan Macmillan SA to bring you this giveaway to treat one lucky lady! Enter for yourself, your mom, your sister…just anybody you feel deserves this special treat on the 12th May!

I’m so excited, because there’s a bit of everything in this book hamper….

What will you win?

The Moon Sister – Lucinda Riley

The Moon Sister is the fifth epic story in the Seven Sisters series by the international number one bestseller Lucinda Riley.

After the death of her father – Pa Salt, an elusive billionaire who adopted his six daughters from around the globe – Tiggy D’Aplièse , trusting her instincts, moves to the remote wilds of Scotland. There she takes a job doing what she loves; caring for animals on the vast and isolated Kinnaird estate, employed by the enigmatic and troubled Laird, Charlie Kinnaird.

Her decision alters her future irrevocably when Chilly, an ancient gipsy who has lived for years on the estate, tells her that not only does she possess a sixth sense, passed down from her ancestors, but it was foretold long ago that he would be the one to send her back home to Granada in Spain . . .

In the shadow of the magnificent Alhambra, Tiggy discovers her connection to the fabled gypsy community of Sacromonte, who were forced to flee their homes during the civil war, and to ‘La Candela’ the greatest flamenco dancer of her generation.

From the Scottish Highlands and Spain, to South America and New York, Tiggy follows the trail back to her own exotic but complex past. And under the watchful eye of a gifted gypsy bruja she begins to embrace her own talent for healing.

But when fate takes a hand, Tiggy must decide whether to stay with her new-found family or return to Kinnaird, and Charlie . . .

The Moon Sister follows The Seven Sisters, The Storm Sister, The Shadow Sister and The Pearl Sister.

The Orchid and the Dandelion – W. Thomas Boyce

‘The Orchid and the Dandelion is based on groundbreaking research that has the power to change the lives of countless children – and the adults who love them.’ – Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet

Why do some people succeed and others struggle? Why are some people’s lives filled with satisfaction and happiness and others with frustration and despair? And why do some people die young, while others live into healthy old age? Is it simply chance and luck, or are there early patterns of development revealing potentially determinative pathways into bounty or calamity?

In The Orchid and the Dandelion, Dr W. Thomas Boyce – one of the world’s foremost researchers in the field of paediatric health – presents findings that children have two very different responses to their environments. While some children are like dandelions and can thrive in almost any environment, there are others who, like orchids, are much more reactive and susceptible to their surroundings. Now we finally have a scientific framework to understand people and how to address their unique needs to help them find their fullest potential.

This groundbreaking book draws on extensive research, examples and real stories that will re-frame how we think about orchid and dandelion children and the adults those children have become.

The Simple Secrets to Cooking Everything Better – Matt Preston

Every great home cook needs a go-to list of delicious, fail-safe recipes, from the perfect crispy hasselback potatoes to the ultimate roast pork with crackling and the foolproof cheesecake that will have people requesting the recipe every time. Nobody is better qualified than Matt Preston to bring you this kind of knowledge, to share with you the secrets to cooking everything better.

Matt reveals here for the first time the secrets and tips he has picked up over his many years food writing, TV presenting and working alongside some of the greatest cooks of our time – be they CWA matriarchs or Marco Pierre White. These are the building blocks for better cooking and they’ve never been easier to master.

How to enter?

  1. Comment on this post with which book you’re most excited about or even just who you’d like to win for.
  2. Make sure you’re following Pan Macmillan SA as well as An Ordinary Gal.
  3. Head to Facebook  and Instagram for a chance to get yourself some additional entries!
  4. Take note – You will get an entry for commenting here, and an entry per tag on Facebook and an entry per tag on Instagram. So you decide how little or how many entries you’d like to give yourself for a chance to win.


  1. This competition is only open to readers residing in South Africa.
  2. The giveaway will run until midnight, on Sunday, 5th of May 2019, with a winner being selected at random shortly afterwards.  I will announce the winners of my giveaway on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so make sure you follow me on all 3 social media platforms so you don’t miss the announcement.
  3. If no reply to my email has been received within 72hrs, a new winner will be selected.
  4. Ensure you complete the necessary steps to validate your entries. I have no choice but to disqualify any incorrect entries received.
  5. Please allow 2 to 4 weeks for delivery.

I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife...obsessed with my family, makeup and books!


  • Nasika baijnath

    Looking forward to the moon sister. Have read awesome reviews
    Thank you for the giveaway
    Happy mothers day to you too ☺💖💖💖

      • Nikiwe Dlamini

        I would love to win this hamper for myself because I love reading and have read all the books in my bookshelf so a few new books would be such an amazing win.

    • Donna Moodley

      For someone who used to be so into reading in a long time I’m excited about your giveaway Moni.
      I would actually love to win The Orchid a d the Dandelion.
      Sounds very very interesting from what you’ve put on here.
      Awesome giveaway 😘
      Ps. I know you’ll have a fab mothers day 💙

      • Julia Ashford

        The Simple Secrets to Cooking Everything Better – Matt Preston 🍝🍛🥘
        This year I’ve decided that I would love to do more home cooked meals! I love learning new things when it comes to cooking and I think this book would definitely come in handy!
        Happy Mother’s Day for the 12th Simone ❤️

  • Lisa

    I would love to win The Orchid and the Dandelion to possibly learn how better to help my eldest daughter live her best life, she’s a bit of a challenge and I’m often stumped🙈😁

  • Seshnie Govender

    I would most love The Simple secrets to cooking everything by Matt Preston… I’m my happiest when I’m in the kitchen preparing goodies for my family.. I get my son in to help and we bond that we.. Also I love Matt’s recipes.. It’s easy to follow and yummy good

  • Nicole Scharnick

    I would love to have The Simple Secrets to Cooking Everything Better by Matt Preston – I’ve loved watching him on Masterchef Australia and also liked his simple dishes during the cooking class on the show.

  • Manjoo Rughunandan

    Simple secrets to cooking Everything. love to give this to my daughter as she is a new mom, wife and needs to learn more. Awesome giveaway. I’ll share this hamper with them. FB name Manjoo Rughunandan. Instagram @gaithreer


    Oh my gosh this is such an epic giveaway.
    My oh my absolutely amazing I love love love The Moon Sister By Lucinda Riley (No 5 of The Severn Sisters Series)

    This is about Tiggy and the story of her search to find her family. Tiggy discovers her connection to the fabled gypsy community of Sacromonte who were forced to flee their homes during the Civil War, and to ‘La Candela’ the greatest flamenco dancer of her generation.

    From the Scottish Highlands and Spain, to South America and New York, Tiggy follows the trail back to her own exotic but complex past. And under the watchful eye of a gifted gypsy bruja she begins to embrace her own talent for healing.
    What a phenomenal book,I would really love and be honoured to have all these beautiful novel’s.

  • Anusha Naidoo

    Love the review on The Moon Sister and it will be a absolute delight and pleasure to own and read this book.
    Thank you

  • Deidre Potgieter

    The Moon Sister ! Have heard great reviews & I haven’t had a chance to enjoy a book in a while ….. the joys of motherhood !

  • Sarah Bibi Essa

    As a Psychologist and expecting mum, I am most intrigued by The Orchid and The Dandelion. As a Masterchef Australia fan for many years now, I am excited about Matt Preston’s book- especially knowing that easy, fuss-free cooking and cheat recipes are his forte. So excited!

    Thanks for the great giveaway 🙂

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