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  • Published: 2 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143791997
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $32.99

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.

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

  • Published: 2 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143791997
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Josephine Moon

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 Beekeepers Secret, Three Gold Coins, The Gift of Life, The Cake Maker's Wish and The Jam Queens.

In 2018, Josephine organised the ‘Authors for Farmers’ appeal, raising money to assist drought-affected farming communities. She is passionate about literacy, and is a proud sponsor of Story Dogs and The Smith Family.

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.

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Praise for The Gift of Life

This story is a gift in itself.

Carina Bruce, Herald Sun

Reading a Josephine Moon novel is always a delicious treat.


Part mystery, part romance and all heart, Moon has crafted a great novel about the power of friendship, love and second chances.

Leanne Edminstone, Q Weekend

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

Better Reading

I read this book in a day! Wonderfully written, with characters you come to care about and root for, this was an engrossing novel that was difficult to put down.

Sally Hepworth

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

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

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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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.

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