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  • By A. Vecchione on January 1, 2010

    I, too, embraced stepmother hood by moving away from a liberal mecca (Portland, OR) and moving to a place not unlike Austin, Texas - however - I have so many issues with this book. This whiny, selfish, horrid memoir posts a truly crappy representation of what a stepmother should be. Get over yourself!And some finer points that made me hate the book:For one, I'm disappointed about the kids who will read this book will feel when they read that their step mom wanted them out of the house just so that the step mom could eat a bunch of [...]?Second, really? Really? You told them to be quiet like a library!? For one -- that is so rude to the kids! And second, libraries are supposed to be loud these days. Get with the program!Third, how hurt could you really be that the kids didn't wish you a happy mother's day?I wish you a peaceful and less dramatic period of time, if not for your and your husband, but for the kids who probably roll their eyes with every dramatic sigh.

  • By G. Reeves on May 24, 2009

    foodrecipesfriendsfamilyin-lawsstep-parentsStep- MOMbasically the Momstep-kidsmarriagecareerlocationa California girland a Memphis gospel choiroh yes, and the catsIt sounds like the makings of a good southern novel, or a county music song.A few minutes ago, I read the last page of "The Package Deal - My (not-so) Glamorous Transition from Single Gal to Instant Mom" by Izzy Rose. Who of us cannot find ourselves some place in that mix-of-words title?Here's the link to the book on Amazon and here's the link to the short video promotion of the book.This book is Izzy's memoir. I have had the honor of watching this life story unfold from prior to the birth of 'the Tall One.' You see, I'm a friend of the 'mother-in-law.' Have you ever had the opportunity to read a book about the life of someone you know - someone you really know? It's a strange feeling, seeing life written on the page. We read fiction, we read biographies, we read autobiographies, but how often do we read about real people with whom we talk and laugh and cry and hug and interact?Izzy's style of writing keeps the reader engrossed in the page. I couldn't put the book down. I'm sure part of that was because I wanted to see how she would tell the family saga. But, her use of words had me laughing out loud (sitting in a room alone; that's a strange feeling to laugh out loud when no one is around) one moment, and wiping tears from my eyes the next. And I knew the basic story line! I knew what was coming next. And I still cried!I think I gave Hank and Izzy a cake stand as a wedding gift. It was one of those pastel stands from Williams Sonoma. I hope it was pink; I just don't remember the color. Perhaps it has had the honor of displaying Gram's Rum Cake (page 202).You have to read the book. Whether you are interested in the recipe for Gram's Rum Cake or the 21 Stepmom rules, there's something in the book for everyone.Izzy, what's next? I'm (im)patiently awaiting your next book...(from my blog post: [...]

  • By Guest on May 12, 2009

    Book review of The Package Deal: My (not-so) Glamorous Transition from Single Gal to Instant MomI saw this book after reading Izzy's blog, and was so happy that there was a kindle version. I downloaded it immediately and read it without putting it down until it was finished. In fact at one point I had to stop, plug the kindle in, and keep reading.This book is powerfully written. As a stepmom myself I found myself identifying with the main character on more than a few occasions. From her struggle to maintain her relationship with her husband to her relocation to another part of the country this character spoke to me. The transition her life took after she got married put her in a tailspin as everything was different. I laughed at some of the predicaments that she had to put up with..."Putting up with man smell in the house." I cried at other parts...her wedding and when her young stepson chose to go live with his mom. I felt like her sister when she described her first mother's day. It was very similar to my first mother's day, and I was very much conflicted by the avalanche of emotions I felt.I have something else in common with the author I have no bio kids myself. It makes the challenge from being a carefree girl in the city to wife and mother of 2 boys in the south especially exciting and challenging.I was even jealous that she got to live in Austin. One of my most favorite places in the world. I am an avid reader and probably read over 200 books a year. I have a criteria system that I use to rate books, and part of the criteria is whether or not I would like to go to lunch with the author. I identified so well with this story I already feel like the author is my friend. I hope that there is another book in Izzy because I want to be the first to read it.One other thing I liked about this book is that she didn't make it all about the bio mom and the struggles that can happen in a blended family. I think so often blended families get caught in that rat trap. This book was about her experiences as a stepmom and her relationship to her husband.The author also realized her career calling because of her experiences as a stepmom. I think that puts such a positive spin on situations that usually only get negative attention! What an inspiration for us all!This book is for you if you are a stepparent or you want to know what it is like to have to walk in the shoes of a stepparent. It also shows you that blended families do not have to mean fighting and court battles that everyone can get along and work out the issues that come up as close to amicably as possible.Unfortunately for me I have no friends that are stepmoms. If I ever have a chance to make some...I intend to buy them this book. They are going to need it!


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