Every Five Minutes by Bronwyn Elsmore

Every Five Minutes by  Bronwyn Elsmore

Every Five Minutes

Every Five Minutes

“We are proud to announce that EVERY FIVE MINUTES by Bronwyn Elsmore is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!”

Gina, if that is her real name, wakes to an autumn morning and, against her better judgement, selects a light dress to wear to work. Deliberately, she misses the bus and walks into the city, then turns and walks back home. This is not a day for work. Today she will spend with a white dog and a remarkable man.

About Bronwyn

Readers say:
“Bronwyn Elsmore has crafted a beautiful story in a unique way.”
“A very unique read to be sure, but her writing brilliance showed on each page as she pulled it off.”
“I hated the story to end. Read it and you’ll see. It’s a lovely, lovely book.”
“A masterpiece! To find that it is perfect in its style and delivery has left me a little breathless.”
“Thank you for the opportunity to read this wonderful story! I love, love your book!”
“This is a love story, NOT a romance, and it’s beautiful.”
“A feel good read. A joy not to be missed.”

Bronwyn Elsmore has written over a wide range of genres, fiction and non-fiction, and is the author of a large number of published works – short stories, articles, and books. She has won several short story and playwriting competitions, and earned other writing awards. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand, where she is a full-time writer, now preferring to write fiction and play
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By M. Thornburg on August 2, 2014

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

This is one book that truly deserves five stars. I’d give it six if I could.

“Every Five Minutes” is a love story, told from the female narrator’s point of view, addressed to the man she loves. The story is told in short sections, at five-minute intervals during one long day, as Gina recalls the slow growth of the couple’s relationship from its beginning, when she was so hesitant about entering into a relationship of any but the most superficial kind that she preferred to think of their times together as “meetings.”

This is Gina’s story, the story of how a woman who has closed herself almost completely from everything but a cold, impersonal business existence slowly allows herself to be known to, and to know, another human being. Early on, when the man tells her that he has a dog (“Electra,” who becomes an important character as the story progresses), Gina says lightly that she is “a cat person” – although she doesn’t have a cat. The quality she admires in cats is, in fact, the quality she most values in herself: an independent aloofness, the ability to keep her distance from others, to remain detached and uninvolved. And the relationship she describes is very much like the relationship between a wary, frightened cat, one who’s been hurt and has gone feral, and the human being who persists gently and delicately in attempting to gain the cat’s trust.

There are mysteries in the story that are hinted at but never revealed, and this is as it should be. There’s a mystery that is at last discovered, one whose solution I guessed near the beginning of the book from hints the author very adroitly gives to the reader.Read more ›

By Kiw1 on May 5, 2013

Format: Paperback

Every Five Minutes is a love story, but not a `Romance’, thank goodness. It is a book to read right before bedtime so you can go off to sleep with positive ideas of what a love, a relationship, a marriage should be like, a book to influence your dreams along the same lines. A woman with hang-ups from a past we never really learn about meets a sensitive, intelligent man who loves her. She slowly, almost painfully learns to love him. (Sigh, with a sappy smile on my face.)
Bronwyn Elsmore writes in the second person and, honestly, this is the first book written in the second person I’ve read that is totally appropriate. Our protagonist is speaking to her love every five minutes. And I hated the story to end. Read it and you’ll see. It’s a lovely, lovely book.

By David Wind on March 12, 2015

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Quirky, Unique and exceptional is the only way I can explain ‘Every 5 Minutes’. This is an excellently written, perfectly paced intimate look into the guarded mind of a turtle-like woman—a woman who spends a good part of her life hiding within the shell of her daily routine. The woman, ‘Gina’ is shadowed in several mysteries the author does not share with us; however, the references to Gina’s seemingly mysterious past ‘issues’ only adds to the strength of the story.
This novel is a love story written in 5-minute bursts of fear and of hope, happiness and sadness. Bronwyn Elsmore has written a gift of a story, one that should read with as careful an eye to the wording as the author gave to its creation.

By indieBRAG on March 17, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

We are proud to announce that EVERY FIVE MINUTES by Bronwyn Elsmore is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!

By Susan Tarr on June 19, 2014

Format: Kindle Edition

EVERY FIVE MINUTES by NZ author Bronwyn Elsmore
Kudos for New Zealand Author. A masterpiece!
Would it be absurd to call this work brilliant? A masterpiece? I don’t think so. I have never read a book written in this way. And to find that it is perfect in its style and delivery has left me a little breathless – at least my heart rate picked up as I neared the end. This is not some sensationalised love story. In fact it is quite the contrary. I adored this little book. I adored the simplicity in the writing style, in the plot, in the delivery. I simply adored this little book, and will be forever changed by what I have read within its covers.I was gifted a copy of this work for an unbiased review.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful

By Sheri A. Wilkinson on February 6, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

Every Five Minutes by Bronwyn Elsmore

A well written (very) original story about a woman named Gina. She decides to skip work and enjoy her day. She chronicles her feelings in a “diary-type style” prose, written in five minute intervals. We hear of her life, love, her dog and her “man”. She is cheerful, intense, loving life. Anything goes and many topics are mentioned.

A pure delightfully uplifting read. I highly recommend Every Five Minutes to those who love a unique, joyful read that will brighten your day. Grab a cup of tea (if you wish), snuggle up in a cozy blanket and relax with a brilliant, fun-filled, heart-warming read!

By Heather Balog on April 11, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

I still have tears in my eyes. This book was not like anything I’ve ever read; snippets of the author thinking about the man she loves over the course of the day. Throughout the course of the novel, we learn about the woman and her past and how the man came into her life and healed her. I agree with everyone else’s assessment that this is NOT a romance…if you’re looking for romance, skip this. This is a real love story where neither party was perfect but they figured out how to love each other anyway. While the ending was exactly what I thought from page one, it was unexpected how closely it resonated with me.



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