"When Gabi and Jay met in Copenhagen long ago, it had been love at first
sight. But thirty years later, Jay’s drinking had driven a wedge between
them that she could no longer live with, and they were living apart. So,
when she returned to his home to take care of Jay after his cancer
diagnosis, she never expected to fall in love again."
Advance praise for Love’s Journey Home’
I just loved this book! This is a wonderful memoir…the way the author describes love—she did a stunning job.
A compelling and honest memoir covering the history of a marriage where passionate love is lost and found. Each character comes alive on the page, demanding respect and sympathy, with scenes that evoke both laughter and tears.
What a wonderful book! Gabi Coatsworth brings this tale of love and loss--and love again--to life. Reading it, I felt as if I was right there in the room, experiencing all the sorrow and sweetness, the heartbreak and joy, of real, lasting love.
Love’s Journey Home is a moving love story, a memoir of a marriage, and a tribute to a caregiver and her patient, who rediscover the depth of their love as the hour of final separation approaches.
Readers' guide / Book club questions
I hope these questions provide food for thought for you and/or your book club.
- What surprised you most about the book as you were reading it?
- Do you believe in love at first sight?
- Gabi and Jay met in the 1970s. Do you think the social upheavals of the time contributed to their instant attraction?
- What effect do you think the frequent separations had on Gabi and Jay’s romance? Does absence make the heart grow fonder?
- Letters formed a huge part of the way Jay and Gabi really got to know each other though they were thousands of miles apart. Have you ever written a love letter? Do you have any love letters, either of your own or of an older generation? Do you wish you had?
- Gabi left England in 1979, expecting to be away for six months. Would you like to do something similar?
- How do you think the losses in Gabi’s life affected her emotional journey?
- What could she have done differently to improve the marriage? What would you have done?
- Many people have experienced cancer and or alcoholism in their life, either directly or via people they know. If you have, how did that affect your reaction to the book?
- Do you believe that this book has a happy ending after all, or is it tragic?
- What about this book has stayed with you?
Thanks for reading the book!