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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.

You’ve been given the gift of life, now go live it.

Gabby McPhee is the owner of The Tin Man, a chic new cafe and coffee roasting house in Melbourne. The struggles of her recent heart transplant are behind her and life is looking up – until a mysterious customer appears in the cafe, convinced that Gabby has her deceased husband’s heart beating inside her chest.

Krystal Arthur is a bereaved widow, struggling to hold herself and her two young boys together since Evan’s death, and plagued by unanswered questions. Why was her husband in another city the night he died? And why won’t his spirit rest?

Krystal is convinced that Gabby holds the clues she needs to move towards a brighter future. Gabby needs Krystal to help her let go of her troubled past. The two women must come together to try to unlock the secrets in Evan’s heart in order to set free their own.

By the internationally bestselling author of The Chocolate Promise, this is a profound and moving novel about the deeper mysteries of love and loss – and the priceless gift of life.

‘A lovely Australian novel from an accomplished writer.’ Good Reading


I was really surprised at the direction this story took. The plot was interesting, allowing characters to show a genuine human fragility and compassion . . . A lovely Australian novel from an accomplished writer.

Esther Perry, Good Reading Magazine

[A] moving novel about family, grief and hope . . . Josephine Moon is a vivid, direct storyteller who grapples with big life questions with subtle grace. She gives her two complex heroines complicated histories and distinguishing quirks, making their journeys particularly gripping. The novel offers a moving exploration of the joys and difficulties of family and motherhood.

Apple Books

A truly moving tale about loss and love and connection, with a wonderful cast of well developed characters, with layered storylines.

Better Reading

The Gift of Life truly is a gift to any reader . . . It is moving, uplifting, intriguing and life affirming.

Amanda Barrett, Mrs B's Book Reviews

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  • Trade Paperback


    April 2, 2019

    Michael Joseph

    384 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook


    April 2, 2019

    Penguin eBooks

    384 pages

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  • Audio Download


    April 2, 2019

    Penguin Random House Australia Audio

    RRP $26.99

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‘So, it’s been a year since The Tin Man opened?’ the journalist asked, checking her notes. She was young and shiny and chirpy, which gave Gabby hope the article would be a correspondingly positive one.

‘That’s right,’ Gabby said. She nodded to the glass wall that separated the front of house from the back of house, through to the roasting machine that was currently in action, her new coffee roaster Luciano efficiently pouring a big bucket of green beans into the hopper right at that moment. ‘Now we’ve launched our own specialty roasting service, with three signature blends.’

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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.