Book Club

Win a book club with Josephine Moon (Competition Terms and Conditions)

  1. ‘Win a book club with Josephine Moon’ (the competition) is a competition conducted by foodie fiction author Josephine Moon, PO Box 304, Cooroy Q 4563
  2. Information about the competition and how to enter are part of these Terms and Conditions

    Entry details, requirements and judging

  3. The competition is a test of creativity and skill. Entrants must submit a response to the statement “Share why you’d love Josephine Moon to host a book club for you and your friends and which of her books you’d like to discuss in 25 words or less.”
  4. For an entry to be valid the participant must:
    A. Respond to the statement in 25 words or less
    B. Post the entry in the comments section of the original competition post on Josephine Moon’s Facebook page
    C. Share the competition post on their Facebook page
    D. Submit their entry before the competition closing date of Friday, 12 May 2017 at 11.59pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time).
  5. The prize for the winning entry consists of:
    A. Josephine Moon attending a reading group or book club (for up to one hour) discussing and exploring the themes in her book The Tea Chest via Skype (or similar video conferencing tool) at a time that works for both parties
    B. Book plates (signed by Josephine Moon, of course) for each person in attendance at the winner’s Josephine Moon themed reading group or book club event
    C. A downloadable copy of Josephine Moon’s book club discussion points and questions
  1. By entering the competition, entrants (and if an entrant is under 18-years of age, the entrant’s parent or guardian) acknowledge that they have read, understood and accepted these Terms and Conditions.
  2. Entry to the competition is free and open to any individual in any location in the world. The winning entrant will be contacted by Private Message on Facebook and has five (5) days to respond to claim their prize and set up a mutually convenient time. If no response is provided by the winner within that period, another winner will be chosen. Josephine Moon accepts no responsibility, liability or loss for misdirected or unclaimed prizes.
  3. In order to claim their prize, the winner must have access to a computer with internet access and teleconferencing ability (such as a web cam and the ability to download an app such as Skype). Josephine Moon will not be held responsible for technical malfunctions or faulty internet connections on the part of the winner.
  4. The judging will by conducted by Josephine Moon and her decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  5. Josephine Moon does not accept any responsibility for late, lost, incomplete, incorrectly submitted, delayed, illegible or corrupted entries, whether due to error, omission, alteration, tampering, deletion, transmission interruption, communications failure or otherwise. She reserves the right not to accept any entry at her sole discretion and to disqualify and delete any response at her absolute discretion. Instances of this may include:
    1. Surplus or additional entries (limit of one entry per individual)
    2. Incomplete, indecipherable or illegal entries
    3. Any entry that Josephine Moon considers contains material that is objectionable, defamatory, profane or potentially insulting, inflammatory or defamatory or contravenes an applicable law or infringes any third party’s rights.
  1. Any individual that Josephine Moon considers has tampered with the entry process or engaged in unlawful or improper conduct designed to jeopardise the fair and proper conduct of the competition or is generally damaging to the goodwill or reputation of Josephine Moon
  2. Entries that Josephine Moon considers inappropriate for any reason
  3. Entrants name and entry (as defined by the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld)) may be collected, used and disclosed by Josephine Moon for the purposes of the competition, other incidental and associated functions and activities, including publication and broadcasting of the entry or any interview through the world by use of online, print and other media services and communication tools
  4. Josephine Moon reserves the right in her sole discretion to at any time cancel, vary, suspend or modify the competition, including, without limitation, circumstances where Josephine Moon in her own opinion believes the competition is not capable or running as planned because of infection by computer virus, tampering, technical failures or any other cause beyond Josephine Moon’s control. By entering the competition, each individual understands and gives permission for Josephine Moon to post their entry on any of her social media channels, online channels, other publications and for any other promotional uses by her.
  5. The prize shall not be redeemable or transferable for cash.
  6. Josephine Moon reserves the right to suspend her online attendance at a book club if (at her own discretion) she feels the situation is inappropriate, unsafe in any way or compromising of her beliefs. Josephine Moon accepts no liability for any actions or omissions of third party entities in relation to this prize.
  7. The cost of holding the book club, including purchase of books, refreshments, travel and any other cost, is the responsibility of the winner and their club and Josephine Moon accepts no responsibility for such.
  1. Josephine Moon will not be liable for any claim, loss, damage, injury, cost and expense suffered, sustained or incurred (including by note limited to indirect or consequential) as a result of, arising out of, or in any way connected with the competition or entry (or winning and the use of the prize if a prize winner) and claims made or sustained as a result of entering this competition. This clause survives the conclusion of the competition.
  2. Josephine Moon’s decision in relation to the competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into.





Want to natter about Josephine’s books over a cuppa or glass of wine? Here’s a few questions to get you started.

[WARNING: Spoiler Alerts in these questions. Don’t read them unless you’ve read the book!]

The Tea Chest

  • How would you describe Kate Fullerton’s personality?
  • In what way would you say Kate’s character changed from her initial job as a tea designer selling her brews at local markets to being the developer and owner of The Tea Chest in London?
  • In “The Tea Chest”, Kate Fullerton arguably made a difficult choice to leave her family in Brisbane in order to set up the shop in London. Would you have made the same choice? What factors do you think influenced Kate’s final choice?
  • Describe Simone and Judy’s relationship in your own words.
  • Out of Kate, Leila and Elizabeth, which one would you most prefer to work with and why? Which one would you most like to have as a friend, and why?
  • In one scene from the book, Elizabeth discovers her mother’s secret unicorn collection. Her mother states “I just wanted a little bit of magic in my life”. Do you think we all need a bit of “magic” in our lives? What are some ways you think we can create magic in our own lives?
  • In “The Tea Chest”, Mark is undoubtedly a very supportive husband. Initially in the book, he appears to have some reservations about Kate’s ability to step up to the role of business owner for the London shop. What do you think were the main factors influencing Mark’s decision to support Kate to take on the project?
  • Is there a part of the book that you found particularly amusing?


The Chocolate Promise

  • What did you like most about Christmas Livingstone’s personality?
  • How do you think the settings of Tasmania, Paris and Provence contributed to your enjoyment of the novel?
  • At the beginning of the book, Christmas Livingstone has a strict “no romantic relationships” rule for herself. What do you think was the turning point in the story when she changed her mind about this rule?
  • How significant a role do you think Lincoln’s grandmother Elsa played in Christmas and Lincoln becoming romantically involved?
  • Did you have any food cravings while reading “The Chocolate Promise”? If yes, what were they? Was there a particular type of chocolate mentioned in the book that you would really like to try?
  • On page 182, Christmas’ customer Rosemary offers Christmas some advice when she says ‘You cannot control when or with whom you fall in love – and that applies to a man, a new friend, an Italian cheese, or a puppy. Your only job is to embrace each opportunity as it arises.’ Discuss your thoughts on this.
  • In the novel, Christmas gets the opportunity to fly to Paris and meet up with her pen pal, Mim, from her school days. What part do you think Mim played in Christmas’s character development during the time frame of the book?


The Beekeeper’s Secret

  • How do you think the relationship between Tansy’s stepson Leo and Petrice would have developed after the book finished?
  • In “The Beekeeper’s Secret”, Tansy changes her mind about not wanting children, even though she and her husband Dougal agreed to be childless. In a situation like that, do you think it is more important to honour your previous agreements or act upon your new feelings, wants and needs?
  • Tansy’s parents experience conflict in the novel when her father decides he no longer wants to go to church. This upsets Tansy’s mother greatly and leads her to temporarily leaving her husband. Why do you think this was such a big issue for Tansy’s mother?
  • What were the conditions that led to Maria believing she was the only person who could put an end to Father Peter Cunningham’s mistreatment of children? (See chapter 18).
  • Through Maria’s care of the bees in the novel she shares a lot of information about the nature of their work, honey and hives. Did your knowledge of and appreciation for bees change as a result of reading “The Beekeeper’s Secret”?
  • In the novel we never find out if Maria has to stand trial or what the result of that trial would have been. Do you think elderly people should be tried and held accountable for actions they may have committed decades earlier in their life?
  • Did the ending surprise you in any way?