Everyone deals with sadness, guilt and stress in different ways: some work out, some eat, and some listen to music. Emma Bloom (nee Bricker), on the other hand, makes unique, creative salsa (and LOTS of it!). Still struggling a year after losing her husband, Emma finds herself with unexpected houseguests in her sister, Laura and mother. Together, Emma and Laura embark on the often humourous adventure that is dating in your 40s (not that dating at any age is without those cringe-worthy moments). Along the way, Emma meets several people who shape her life in unforeseen and glorious ways as she discovers the person she was always meant to be.
Jackie Pilossoph is the kind of author who epitomizes accessibility and “girl next door,” and this translates into the well-rounded, warm-hearted and inspiring novel, “Free Gift With Purchase.” Emma is the kind of woman you can easily see yourself being friends with; her realism allows you to feel her anguish and relish in her joy. Ms. Pilossoph allows her characters to simply be who they are, without judgment, which results in the reader being able to appreciate them for their imperfections. I enjoyed the relationship between Emma and Laura, particularly how they complimented each other and pushed one another.
At the heart of this wonderfully written novel is a story about the powerful relationships women develop with their female family and friends. At their best, as we see with Emma and her counterparts, these relationships are supportive, uplifting, and encouraging. What I truly loved about this novel is the inspiring message about finding the inner strength to embrace positivity and being the catalyst for creating your own destiny. There is a sense of empowerment that comes with taking control of your life and this is clearly demonstrated through Emma. On a subtler level is the concept that even though you may feel that you’re going through hell on earth, there is a reason for it all; embrace it as a gift leading you exactly where you’re supposed to be.
Other than a few minor grammatical/spelling and punctuation errors near the beginning, I do not have any criticisms. As I was given a pre-published copy, these errors should now be gone. The story flows well and I spent the whole day reading because I simply could not put it down. You will not be disappointed when you read this gem. Get your copy today and discover life’s free gifts along with Emma!
Thanks to Jackie Pilossoph for the book in exchange for an honest review.
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