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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling 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.

©2019 Josephine Moon (P)2019 Penguin Random House Australia

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Gripping

I was captured by the characters in this thoroughly enjoyable story. It was equal parts interesting, intriguing and heart.

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Thought provoking

I really enjoyed this book up until the last half hour. I thought it became a bit far-fetched at that point which was disappointing because up until then it was very interesting. Didn’t spoil the book totally and certainly worth a listen..

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Too rambling and detailed

I found this book tedious, I was expecting it to move on into the story but it assumes we don’t understand the complexity of what life is like! I tried to persist with it but no thanks.

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An enjoyable easy listen about family&connections

Took me a bit to get into this book at first, once I worked out and got to know the characters, but I’m glad I stuck with it. It was an enjoyable easy listen with enough interesting plots to keep me wanting to listen. I kept forgetting Sally was the dog at first each time she was mentioned. There was a nice connection between the characters, it’s a story about family, the health struggles they face, life after loss, connection and believing in what some may feel is the impossible.

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Captivating

Josephine Moon is one of my favourite authors, yet I resisted reading this until now, fearing it would be too sad and (pardon the pun) heartbreaking. How wrong I was! This tricky subject matter is handled with sensitivity and I was enthralled with the slightly psychic tone of the writing. Having the story voiced by both the recipient and the donor’s wife was enlightening and opened my eyes to the positive impact being an organ donor can have.

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Lovely story

A lovely story. The narrator took a decent amount of time to find her groove. I felt the first quarter was a bit flat, but it got much better.

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Like the story, struggling with voice of narrator

The voice of narrator, has gone croaky/husky part way in. It is making it really hard to enjoy the book.

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