Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: The Gift of Life Author, Josephine Moon’s Mother’s Day Message

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: The Gift of Life Author, Josephine Moon’s Mother’s Day Message

About Josephine Moon:

Josephine Moon was born and raised in Brisbane, 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 novels are published internationally. They include The Tea Chest, The Chocolate Promise, The Beekeeper’s Secret, Three Gold Coins and The Gift of Life. 

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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Words // Josephine Moon

The Small Stuff

When my son Flynn was three years old, he went through a ‘flour angel’ phase.

He discovered these amazing substances in the pantry—rice flour, icing sugar, and on one expensive occasion, a whole kilo of organic raw cacao powder. He delighted in tipping the lot onto the floorboards, lying down in it on his back, and scissoring his little arms and legs in and out in the classic ‘snow angel’ motion.

He usually did this while he was ever-so-briefly unattended, swiftly choosing his opportune moments. When I came back, I would find him delightedly staring up at me, my little creative angel, or perhaps having finished that design, now flipped to his belly to ‘swim’ through the products on the floor. On the occasion of the cacao powder, he’d had his way with it while wearing a white Bonds onesie, then walked it all through the cottage—one end to the other. I did put supposedly childproof locks on the doors, but he was a smart child and they held no power.

This was a short-lived phase, and I never went mad on him. I could see it as a beautiful exploration of artistry and took the time to grab the camera and take many snaps for memory before I succumbed to the frustrations of having to vacuum and mop the whole house, as well as bath Flynn and possibly a dog or two as well. People would say to me, ‘I don’t know how you’re not losing your temper!’

I can’t say the clean-up was fun, but I truly treasured it too. There seemed no point in sweating the small stuff. These days, Flynn is six and I am achingly aware that it really is all small stuff and it is precisely the small stuff I will so desperately miss once it’s gone.

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                      Publisher details

                      The Gift of Life
                      Author
                      Josephine Moon
                      Publisher
                      Penguin
                      Genre
                      Fiction
                      Released
                      02 April, 2019

                      Synopsis

                      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.
                      Josephine Moon
                      About the author

                      Josephine Moon

                      Josephine Moon was born and raised in Brisbane, 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 novels are published internationally. They include The Tea Chest, The Chocolate Promise, The Beekeeper’s Secret, Three Gold Coins and The Gift of Life. 

                      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.

                      Books by Josephine Moon

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