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The Gift of Life by Josephine Moon
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it was amazing
bookshelves: chic-lit, australian-fiction

The Gift of Life is the fifth contemporary book by Aussie author, Josephine Moon. I have enjoyed Moon's previous novels and her latest release is her best to date. Set in Melbourne, this is the story of two protagonists; Gabby and Krystal. I thoroughly enjoyed going back to Melbourne and being able to envisage the the simple things in life such as tram trips! Gabby and Krystal have distinctive voices as they tell their stories in the third person through alternating chapters. Using these characters, Moon explores a variety of issues that are relevant to readers today; heart transplants, family, friendship, animal therapy, old age and life after death to name just a few!

Using research and emotion, Moon delves into the world of a heart transplant recipient with Gabby McPhee. A divorced woman, Gabby has been given the gift of life with Evan's heart. She has much to live for as a mother of three children; Summer, Celia and Charlie. Her sister, Pipa, provides much needed support and advice while her father, Monty, is the male role model in his grandchildrens lives. Unexpected romance comes knocking as Gabby contiues to be the proud owner of The Tin Man Cafe, with its name bearing personal connotations. Despite all the goodness in her life, Gabby is struggling... is she leading the best life she can with a second chance? Why is she dreaming and having visions that appear to belong to someone else? Should she persue a relationship when statistics show transplant recipients only live for ten years? It is only when Krystal walks into her life, that the pieces start to come together for Gabby.

Krystal Arthur is Evan's widow and a mother. She is a mother to two children, young Olly and Jasper. Krystal's friendship with her best friend, Roxy, has helped her through her darkest hours. These darkest hours involve dealing with Evan's rich family, in particular his siter, when heart breaking decisions need to be made. Krstyal too, has many unanswered questions that she is striving to answer since the death of Evan, the primary one being why wasn't Evan in Melbourne when he died? The answer seems obvious to the reader and it appears that Krystal is in denial for much of her personal journey. Things aren't what they seem though, and the answer is an uncliched surprise as Moon uses it as an opportunity to bring legal issues to the forefront.

The Gift of Life is THE book to read if you are looking for something thought provoking and that will leave you pondering after you have finished the last page.

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Reading Progress

April 17, 2019 – Started Reading
April 19, 2019 – Shelved
April 19, 2019 – Shelved as: chic-lit
April 19, 2019 – Shelved as: australian-fiction
April 19, 2019 – Finished Reading

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