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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475217315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475217315
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,962,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jackie Pilossoph is also the author of "Jackpot!" and "Hook, Line and Sink Him." She is a freelance writer and newspaper columnist and is currently working on her fourth novel. Pilossoph holds a Masters Degree in Communication from Boston University. She lives in Chicago with her family. To learn more: www.jackiepilossoph.net.

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Jackie Pilossoph is the author of her divorce novel, DIVORCED GIRL SMILING, as well as her divorce novel, FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE (published in 2012) and romantic comedies, JACKPOT! (published in 2011) and HOOK, LINE AND SINK HIM (published in 2010).

Pilossoph is the creator of her divorce blog, DIVORCED GIRL SMILING (www.divorcedgirlsmiling.com), an inspirational, smart and funny site that aims to help men and women through divorce. Successful from the very beginning, the blog has led Pilossoph to a spot as a regular Huffington Post divorce blogger, as well as to television appearances on many news shows, including the Steve Harvey show.

Pilossoph, who holds a Masters degree in communication from Boston University is also a business features reporter and weekly columnist for Sun-Times Media local publications. She lives with her family in Chicago. Oh, and she's divorced!



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What a fun, enjoyable book to read!
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I could really relate to the characters, thier relationships, life problems and lessons learned.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Laura on October 5, 2012
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The story was a good one that had only a few errors (a real plus with a free kindle book) like half-massed instead of half mast. It carried me along and kept me reading but as it was starting to wrap up, everything came to a quick, perfect end. That was just too much. SPOILERS: What would have been wrong with leaving Emma with her salsa business? It was already unbelievable that she decided to sell her salsa and she immediately was able to get stores to carry it. Then she started getting orders "in her email"- from who? People who'd never even heard of it and can't just run to the store and buy some? But the story had to go over the top and have her ex-lover's company want to buy her business right after she started it (for quite a lot of money) and then they wanted to hire her too. That was just way too much fairy tale for me. I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it had just left her with her business, especially since she really enjoyed making salsa. The first three quarters of the story was fun; the last quarter kind of ruined it for me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Betsy J. Swanson on January 21, 2013
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The book was amusing at times. I got a bit annoyed with Emma for just running from one sexual encounter to another without really thinking about what she was doing, even with a woman. Downright stupid. Even her mom and conservative sister had to jump in bed with men they had just met. They all seem to think it's a wonderful idea. Yes, it is amazing for a woman to feel alive again after a long bad relationship., but you need to use a little caution and commonsense. The story was ok. There are still grammatical errors that bugged me as a teacher, but here I am trying to type on the kindle and having some difficulty.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Lynn on August 13, 2012
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Emma, a widow with a young daughter, has not accepted her husbands death or that the last words she said to him were "I hate you!" She has been a stay at home mom since Sam died in a car accident after their fight. Her stress relief is make different types of salsa,which becomes important later in the novel.

Laura, a successful doctor with a grown daughter, is married to a cheating husband, Alan. Alan soon files for divorce to marry his much younger girlfriend. This forces Laura to move in with Emma. Laura also starts going out on dates with many interesting men.

Laura and Emma's dad is cheating on their mother. Their mother soon moves into Emma's also to take a break from their dad and find out if she can forgive him or if the marriage is over.

All three ladies are suddenly single. They all start dating diffent types of men hoping to find someone to make them happy. The differences between Laura and Emma, as they both become single parents in their fourties, are so fun to watch. They are truly best friends and have each others best interests at heart.

Free Gift with Purchase is such a different story than Jackpot! But just as captivating. Although I'm not a widow, I could relate especially to Emma who went on dates with so many "bad apples", while already knowing the man she who can make her happy. Many of the "bad apples" made me smile and giggle, as I could relate. Laura's men are not so much "bad apples" but men that did not have the same life goals as she did. I loved how the sisters and their mother all supported each other with each failure or success they had. That made me really appreciate my sister and mom, who also support me daily with everything I do, whether they agree or not.

This is a novel that anyone with a sister or mother should read. It shows how a family, even when being put through trials, can and should stick together. The laughs and tears shared are truly uplifting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 15, 2013
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This book reminded me of a cruise on the Titanic. It started out as a fun trip and ended up sinking. The story starts off well enough. The main character is likeable and her relationship with her sister and her parents is quite believable. Unfortunately about halfway through the book the twists and turns in the plot become progressively unrealistic, and the introduction of a remarkable "otherworldly" character who manages in the course of just a few hours to completely turn Emma's life around is ridiculous. By the time I got to the last few chapters I couldn't wait for the book to end.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kathy H Muraviov on August 2, 2012
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Honestly, I could not put this book down. Jackie Pilossoph's characters are so relatable it's as we're right there with them living their dreams, sharing their most intimate moments, thoughts, fantasies. Jackie's simplistic writing- although the story is in no means simplistic- is rich and filled with thought-provoking situations that not only take the characters on a journey of self-discovery, in some ways it makes us evaluate our own lives. This book is a real page turner. A must read. I could not recommend it more.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By In Georgia on April 7, 2013
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In all of the wrong ways. Everything was way too much - it was though the author thought she had to beat us over the head to make her point. Spoilers ahead. Preston was TOO perfect, but TOO much of a playboy, her pregnancy was TOO ill timed and miscarriage TOO convenient. There were way TOO many Matts and all of their situations were so ridiculous. The one thing that wasn't over the top was Emma's total lack of self respect.

Seriously - a waste of $2.99 and a few hours of reading.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By rachel rosenberg on July 26, 2012
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I am a non fiction girl these days, and i felt like i was on vacation......it seems tough to find time to read, with 3 kids, work and life, but i woke up and went to sleep thinking about these characters, not wanting the book to end! you will love the honesty and love between the sisters and their mom....and all the different "characters" that come into their lives. Jackie's Pilosoph's books just keep getting better and better! I am honored that i was one of the lucky people that got the "gift" first!!!!
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