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Out of Warranty Hardcover – January 22, 2013

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When her husband dies suddenly in his sleep, Cassie is faced with spending the rest of her life without the only man she ever loved. Struggling with her own health issues, she goes to see a specialist who might be able to turn her life around, but the bills keep rising, and the treatment is definitely going to cost her. Without decent health insurance and with only a fraction of the life insurance money left, Cassie decides she must remarry before she goes broke. Of course, finding love the second time turns out to be a lot harder, but that’s where Jack comes in. Jack is facing the same medical problems as Cassie, and the two get to know each other in the specialist’s waiting room. He’s gruff and taciturn, but in a seemingly uncharacteristic act, he sets out to help Cassie find the second man of her dreams. A light but enjoyable tale full of laughter and hope, Smith’s (Wife-in-Law, 2011) newest story of strength and friendship is sure to please fans and new readers alike. --Cortney Ophoff

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“Full of laughter and hope, Smith's newest story of strength and friendship is sure to please fans and new readers alike.” ―Booklist on Out of Warranty

“A laugh-out-loud novel.” ―Night Owl Reviews on Out of Warranty

“Whether this is a marriage made in hell or heaven depends on whether they can stick to the long list of rules and whether they can admit their growing fondness. In Smith's sure hands, this funny tale of unlovable misfits is a gentle, romantic surprise.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Out of Warranty

“Smith . . . once again proves herself a devoted champion of middle-aged women who confront and overcome devastating domestic situations.” ―Booklist on Wife-In-Law

“As usual, Smith deftly evokes strong women becoming stronger as they face heartbreak and loss.” ―Richmond Times-Dispatch on Wife-in-Law

“Smith's zesty read-in-one-sitting romp promises to delight loyal fans and garner new ones.” ―Booklist on Waking Up in Dixie

“Smith gives readers a lovely comedy with poise.” ―Publishers Weekly on Ladies of the Lake

“Haywood Smith knows what the readers want, and doesn't hold back.” ―A Romance Review on Ladies of the Lake

“Smith's fizzy exploration of enduring friendship and family signals more changes ahead for Georgia, her family and the red hat matrons. Fans of the series will enjoy and look forward to the next.” ―Publishers Weekly on Wedding Belles

“An engaging ode to the lasting bonds of southern sisterhood and life-begins-at-50 optimism.” ―Kirkus Reviews on The Red Hat Club Rides Again

“It's hard to keep good women down, as The Red Hat Club's bestseller status proves.” ―Publishers Weekly on The Red Hat Club Rides Again

“A joyous, joyful ode.” ―Booklist on The Red Hat Club

“A tribute to women who emerge victorious through divorce, menopause, spreading waistlines, and other tribulations.” ―Chicago Tribune on The Red Hat Club

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250003520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250003522
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
This novel, for me, was a first. A fictional tale centered around a health insurance claim. (Well, that is not all, but I am not going to revel much more.)

Sounds boring right?

Wrong. It is anything but boring. It is funny. It is full of easy-to-relate-to LIFE episode.

It is believable fiction, and every page that gets turned has a welcome surprise.
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Some fortunate baby boomers have their health, spend a great deal of time with their children and grandchildren, and have put away enough money to feel financially secure. There are retirees who travel, take classes, play bridge, or join clubs. Others continue to work and/or volunteer. Cassandra (Cassie) Jones falls into none of these categories. In Haywood Smith's bittersweet and quirky book, "Out of Warranty," fifty-five year old Cassie, who is a part-time first-person narrator, suffers from a rare form of arthritis ("I had the joints of an eighty-year-old by the time I was forty"). She has had twenty-four surgeries and four joint replacements and is plagued with such severe allergies that she must live in a fungus and mold-free environment. Her physician, Dr. Patel, informs her that she has a chronic fungal infection and orders her to take expensive medications and follow a special diet. To make matters worse, she is a recent widow who is bereft without the husband she adored. Her medical bills and the cost of renovating her house to make it safe and livable are so astronomical that she is barreling through her savings at an alarming rate.

The author understands all too well the particular problems that her heroine faces. Cassie is lonely, fearful, and resigned to spending the rest of her days with no one by her side. Yet she refuses to yield to depression; she bravely tackles her problems one by one and even decides to start dating again. In addition, she strikes up an unlikely friendship with a curmudgeon named Jack Wilson, who is even sicker than she is. He has a severe case of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease that is exacerbated by his cluttered and allergen-filled home.

With compassion and insight, Smith elicits our sympathy for her central characters.
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Haywood Smith's novel, OUT OF WARRENTY, is heartwarming and funny. I never imagined a story about two middle-aged people with serious health issues could be so entertaining, but Ms. Smith has proven what a versatile writer she is with this surprising tale. I quickly became engrossed in the lives of newly widowed Cassie Jones and curmudgeon Jack, whose penchant for collecting stuff is killing him. They're an unlikely pair with nothing in common but the fact they are being treated by the same doctor. The twists and turns of their growing friendship will have you laughing out loud.
More than entertainment, this should be required reading for anyone with similar health issues and for doctors everywhere. Like Cassie Jones, I was diagnosed with a sensitivity to mold by an Indian/American doctor after my symptoms confounded several others. If treated early, the damage to joints can be avoided completely.
Thank you, Haywood, for writing OUT OF WARRENTY. Your book just might be a lifesaver for some unfortunate soul.
Darlene Blasing
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What a delight to dive into Haywood Smith's latest "Out of Warranty" and her character, Cassie Jones is a laugh a minute!! Some of the scenes were so easy to relate to that I felt a kinship with her!! This is a book that will have you laughing out loud no matter where you might be reading!! Way to go - Haywood Smith - Way to go!!
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I'm a big fan of this author. And she didn't let me down. I was laughing and shaking my head, as she has nailed the health care industry perfect. And the story of two people who are totally different, yet the same, was great!
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The only thing Jack and Cassie have in common is the same doctor who is treating them for rare and potentially fatal mold allergies. The treatments are expensive and Cassie's insurance is being uncooperative with her coverage. Plus it will cost thousands for her to make her house into a safe and livable environment.

Jack lives alone in a house that needs even more work that Cassie's. He's gotten used to his way of life - he's grouchy and proud of it.

From their first meeting he finds her irritating and too talkative. She thinks he is rude and pretentious. But eventually, against her better judgment, she finds herself offering to help him with his house and he finds himself trying to find a husband for her - someone with some much needed health insurance coverage.

I enjoyed the unfolding of the friendship between such an unlikely couple. The first eleven chapters were a little hard to read with the focus mainly on the diseases Cassie and Jack are fighting and the great "mold" war but it also made me realize the great problems some people are facing. These allergies were not the product of this author's imagination.

So all in all, this book was informative, funny and a great read.
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I love Haywood Smith; met her in person and she is gracious, well-spoken and has a remarkable sense of humor. All of her characters are believable and fun to explore. This is a great book for people looking for an optimistic reading experience.
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