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Win 1 of 3 copies of The Wonderful Thing About Phoenix Rose

To celebrate its official release on April 18, we teamed up with Penguin Books Australia for your chance to Win 1 of 3 copies of The Wonderful Thing About Phoenix Rose by Australian author Josephine Moon, her most heart-warming tale yet!

Phoenix Rose, a 35-year-old neurodivergent teacher, is at a crossroads in her career and in her relationship with her boyfriend, Zack. But when she receives an urgent plea from a friend in Tasmania who needs to rehome her beloved animals, Phoenix, who has always led with her heart, spontaneously decides to help. 

Author Josephine Moon Credit: Anastasia Kariofyllidis

When she suddenly finds herself the custodian of an eccentric dog, two cats, a clutch of chickens and a geriatric pony, she makes another snap decision – to provide a new home for them all herself. The trouble is, she will have to drive the menagerie all the way back to Brisbane in time to return to Zack and her job – and she cannot do it alone.

She enlists the help of Lily – a colourful younger woman who is also neurodivergent – as well as resourceful members of their online community. Together the new friends must navigate unexpected twists, setbacks and moments of heartbreak and triumph as they both move towards a new identity and understanding of themselves.

The Wonderful Thing about Phoenix Rose is a joyful and moving tale of a woman’s commitment to fulfilling a friend’s dying wish, while finding her own inner strength and power and sharing it with others along the way.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Australian
Trade Paperback, 352 pages (also EBook & Audiobook)
PublisherPenguin Books Australia, Imprint Michael Joseph
, 18th April 2023

RRP: A$32.99 from all good book stores and online. 

Head to to learn more (where you can read an extract) or find the list of stockists.


Josephine Moon
 was born and raised in Brisbane, and had a false start in Environmental Science before completing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and then a postgraduate degree in education. Twelve years and ten manuscripts later, her first novel The Tea Chest was picked up for publication and then shortlisted for an ABIA award. 

Her bestselling contemporary fiction is published internationally. Her books include The Tea Chest, The Chocolate Promise, The Beekeeper’s Secret, Three Gold Coins, The Gift of Life, The Cake Maker's Wish and The Jam Queens.

She now lives on acreage in the beautiful Noosa hinterland with her husband and son, and a tribe of animals that seems to increase in size each year. She wouldn't have it any other way.

*** Win 1 of 3 copies of The Wonderful Thing About Phoenix Rose by Josephine Moon ***
(Total Prize Pool: $99.00)


1) Like our post (20/04/23) + Facebook page and/or our Instagram Account

2) Animals play a huge part in this story and the lives of many of the characters so tell us* "what makes the relationship between yourself and your companion animal(s) so special?" via the Australian Dog Lover Facebook page or Instagram page.

* creativity matters so please share your own story; photo / video entries highly regarded).


1. This Competition opened on Thursday 20th April 2023 (4pm) and closed on Sunday 30th April 2023 (11:59pm, AEST). Open to Australian residents only. 
Congratulations to our winners this week: @simob11 (via Instagram), R. Simpson & A. Prenzler (via Facebook).
Please allow 2 weeks to receive your book directly from the Publisher.
2. To Enter, Like our post (20/04/23) + Tell us "what makes the relationship between yourself and your companion animal(s) so special?via the Australian Dog Lover Facebook page or Instagram page.
3. This Promotion is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner.
The entries will be judged by the Australian Dog Lover team. The winning entries will be selected based on the most creative, informative or useful statement.
4. Entrants in the competition can only enter once.
5. Prizes not claimed within 48 hours will be redrawn.
* Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of all terms and conditions.

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