OUT OF WARRANTY
Smith’s fans have come to expect witty banter, clever writing and heartwarming situations in her books. Out of Warranty provides all that and more. Healthcare is an issue that is challenging to every American in one form or another. In a time when it can be anything but funny, the author deals with the situation the only way she can — with humor. With the humor comes a lot of heart, and you’ll find yourself feeling more than you bargained for, just like her lead character Cassie does.
To quote Cassie Jones: “If you have anything weird wrong with you in this country, you’d better be Canadian.” That pretty much sums up her problems. With medical costs skyrocketing, she has too much money to qualify for Medicare, and not enough money for proper health insurance. She decides she must remarry in order to get health insurance. When dating goes badly, she comes up with another logical solution: Grouchy, withdrawn and one-legged fellow patient Jack could be the answer to her problems. And she could provide the answer to a few of his, too. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jan., 352 pp., $25.99)