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What They’re Saying

“Here’s to Izzy Rose and The Package Deal: clearly, she’s turning into not only a Fairly Good Mother (the most any of us can really hope for)–but even more important–a Fine Southerner as well! Her ‘jump-on-off-that-cliff’ bravery and her ‘might-as-well-laugh’ attitude are all the proof I need.”
–Jill Conner Browne, THE Sweet Potato Queen

“In her sweet, funny, and immensely engaging book, Izzy Rose reminds us what it means to be a true family. I wonder if she’d adopt me.”
–Cathy Alter, author of Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over

“You don’t have to be a step-mom to love The Package Deal. Even if you’ve ‘shot a tiny human out of your birth canal,’ every one of Izzy Rose’s hilarious observations will ring true, every nugget of her hard-earned wisdom will be treasured. As funny as it is tender, as idiosyncratic as it is universal, The Package Deal is a sweet tart of a Valentine to all mothers who cobble together families as best we can.”
–Sarah Bird, author of How Perfect Is That

“The Package Deal zips along with insight and wit and raises the timeless question–How much can we change for love? And is it worth it? In Izzy’s case, the answer is ‘A lot!’ and ‘Yup!’ Vivacious and honest, she doesn’t tout unrealistic perfection but a do-able heartfelt accommodation–her book is a must for anyone even contemplating step motherhood, and for anyone who wants a good laugh and cry and some of that Texas Rotel dip!”
–Laura Shaine Cunningham, author of eight books, including the memoir Sleeping Arrangements

“The Package Deal is a wonderful read. Not only is it wickedly funny, Izzy Rose’s memoir contains great wisdom about how to embrace the unexpected and remake your life. You don’t need to be a stepmom, or even a mom, to enjoy this fabulous book.”
–Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O’Neill and Julia Stone, authors of Babyproofing Your Marriage

“An unvarnished and ultimately reassuring look at the terrors and triumphs of creating an instant family. Soul-baring, brave, and genuinely hilarious. Highly recommended!”
–Jennifer Marine, author of No One’s the Bitch

“Izzy Rose’s memoir, The Package Deal, captures the bittersweet life of moms and stepmoms with wit and wry humor…a poignant story every woman can relate to!”
–Jane Porter, author of Easy on the Eyes and Mrs. Perfect

“If you are a stepmom, are about to become one or know one, you simply must read this hilarious and heartfelt memoir. Even if you’re not a stepmom you’ll enjoy it thoroughly—it’s that good. The Package Deal by Izzy Rose offers a glimpse into the brave heart of a woman who takes on another woman’s children with courage, honesty, and humor. Pour a glass of red wine, dish up a slice of gourmet cheese, and curl up with The Package Deal—the perfect tonic for any stepmother’s soul.”
–Jacquelyn B. Fletcher, award-winning author of A Career Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Stepmom

“A laugh out loud memoir packed with good advice…a much needed resource for the fledgling or soon to be stepmother.”
–Sally Bjornsen, author of The Single Girl’s Guide to Marrying a Man, His Ex-Wife and His Kids

“Izzy Rose nails how it is and what it feels like to be a new stepmom. There’s nothing like that shocking first year! She moved from an exciting career in a perfect location with built in best friends to WHAT? -a strange place with no friends, no family and the expectation of raising someone else’s half grown kids. Like many of us, Izzy was uprooted by love, and she portrays beautifully the strong love between her and her fiancé. It’s that force that propels them to the next level of connection and confidence that makes it all worthwhile.”
–Susan Wisdom, author of Stepcoupling

“The Package Deal is good comic relief from a master of poking fun at herself and lightening the often bizarre challenges of stepmotherhood with humor.”
–Cherie Burns, author of Stepmotherhood: How to Survive Without Feeling Frustrated, Left Out, or Wicked

“The Package Deal is the quintessential step-dating story and resonates with so many women dating dads, trying to balance the extended relationships while maintaining romance, harmony and sanity.”
–Sheena Berg, Blended Family Coach and contributing writer at Blended-Families.com

The Package Deal “will make you laugh, cry and nod in sympathetic and hilarious agreement.”
–Brenda Ockun, publisher of StepMomMag.com

“The Package Deal will have you literally cracking up [and] is a book that every new stepmom must add to her must-haves.”
–Kela Price, creator of BlendedFamilySoapOpera.com

“This is a book that is #1 on my recommended stepmom books to read.”
–Claudette Chenevert, Stepmom Coach, www.coachingsteps.com