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The Gift of Life book club notes

From the bestselling author of The Chocolate Promise comes a colourful and heartwarming story that will delight your book club.

This profound and moving novel delves into the deeper mysteries of love and loss – and the priceless gift of life. Here are some talking points to get your group discussion started.

Discussion points and questions:

  • Discuss the ways in which Gabby’s new heart is a blessing and the ways it is a curse.
  • Do you think organ transplant recipients have a ‘duty’ to live their lives in a particular way?
  • What are your own views on organ transplantation?
  • Did you find it easy to sympathise with Krystal’s point of view?
  • What are some of the different forms of family support the characters in this book display?
  • How did you feel about Cam at the end of the book compared to the beginning?
  • Discuss the ways in which animals are therapeutic for various characters in the novel.
  • In what ways are Gabby and Luciano perfect for one another?
  • Josephine Moon’s books are often characterised by descriptions of beautiful settings full of colour and sensory detail. In which scenes did you notice this most strongly?
  • Do you believe in life after death?
  • What do you see as being the central themes of the book?
  • Discuss the importance of coffee in this story, and the place of food in general in this novel and others by Josephine Moon.

Feature Title

The Gift of Life
From the bestselling author of The Chocolate Promise and Three Gold Coins comes a colourful and heartwarming story about a cafe owner who is given a new chance at life after receiving a heart transplant – but her new life comes at a price.
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