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Dinner With The Smileys is the heartfelt true story of a wife and mother’s yearlong experience inviting one new guest (from senators to school teachers, artists to professional athletes) to dinner for each week that her husband was deployed overseas.

“Uplifting” – Oprah’s O Magazine

But Dinner With The Smileys isn’t really about dinner. And it’s not about the military either. It’s about 250 strangers who came together to help raise three boys (one on the cusp of adolescence) in the absence of their father. It’s a love story about marriage, motherhood, and the importance of community in all of our lives.

“All heart” – USA Today

Inside this personal story are the universal issues of loss, grief, loneliness, regrets, sacrifice, and, ultimately, unexpected joy and finding one’s own strength.

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