I really enjoyed this book. Nancy Thayer made her characters appealing and entertaining. They made me feel as though I was myself a member of the club. This book should be interesting to the 50 and above crowd. On the other hand, it should also be appealing to anyone interested in being a true blue friend to others who share an interest in their lives. I am looking forward to continue reading the rest of the books in this series.
I enjoy a good laugh and expected to get it with this book. While it brought out some humorous moments, I didn't find this a particularily side tickling book. In fact, as an unofficial member of HFC I identified with every one of these 4 women in one way or another. It seems that the author has been living inside my body without my permission! I'll read more about the HFC but not for the humor - but for some insight!
I was able to enjoy this book as long as I remembered not to expect more than it could offer: fun, funny, often heart-warming, and easy to read, it's an unsurprising women's friendship book. But I couldn't help getting sidetracked by the glib, stereotypical characters and rather predictable plot, and probably won't read more of the series.
This book is wonderful, wittty, inspiring and funny! If you are going through the "hot flash" time in your life you will enjoy this book even more and perhaps learn some secrets as to getting through these difficult times in our lives with more of an open mind & brighter out look on life! I have just recently started reading books by this author and find her books so far to be excellent!
It was entertaining but had way too much sex related conversations in it for me. I would not buy the sequal for that reason. The idea of it was great and the stories of the lives being lived was enjoyable.
A friend recommended this book as being very funny. I guess everyone has a different idea of funny. The title of the book certainly makes you think it will be a thousand laughs. But it really is a lot about the women's lives, with a lot of drama, and only a little humor thrown in. I didn't hate it, but I won't be reading the rest of the series.
The beginning of a series about 4 women that form an impromptu 'support group'.They develop great friendships and solve each other's problems. Women over the age of 35 will relate to the characters.I wish we had a local 'Hot Flash Club'!!
This was a fun, easy read. There may be a bit too many "extra words", but all in all it kept me coming back, night after night. I could identify with several of the ladies in the book too, and that made it even more interesting.
This is such a wonderful story of finding friends; sharing and supporting each other as 'older' woman and the issues they face. I laughed out loud! I have not read Nancy Thayer before but will be on the lookout for more of her work.
If you are feeling "over the hill" here is the book to revive your outlook. Four "mature" women find that life is wonderful at any age. It all depends on your outlook. A must read for the over 45 hot flash group.
From the bestselling author of Between Husbands and Friends and An Act of Love comes a wise, wonderful, and delightfully witty âcoming of ageâ novel about four intrepid women who discover themselves as they were truly meant to be: passionate, alive, and ready to face the best years of their lives.
Meet Faye, Marilyn, Alice, and Shirley. Four women with skills, smarts, and secretsâ"all feeling over the hill and out of the race. But in a moment of delicious serendipity, they meet and realize they share more than raging hormones and lost dreams. Now as the Hot Flash Club, where the topics of motherhood, sex, and men are discussed with double servings of chocolate cake, they vow to help each other . . . and themselves.
Faye, the artist. A determinedly cheerful widow and connoisseur of control-top pantyhose, she's struggling with creative block and an empty, lonely house. Now she's got a tricky problem to bring to the club's table: how can they catch her perfect son-in-law cheating on her only daughter Laura?
Shirley, the healer. Though her yoga-slender body belie her years, decades of dating losers and the strain of being broke make her feel her age. Shirley has a secret dream: a wellness spa that nurtures body and soul. But first she needs to believe in herself, in her abilities, and in her friends at the club.
Marilyn, the brain. A paleontologist who has spent so many years looking at dried-up fossils, she's almost become one herself. Worried that her brilliant but nerdy son is about to marry the very wrong woman, she gets some help from the HFC, who transform her from a caterpillar to a butterfly, with amazing results.
Alice, the executive. Black and regal, she soared to the top of the corporate ladder. Now her shoes are murder on her arthritic back and the younger jackals are circling in for the kill. But as the inspiration behind the HFC, she's about to discover something extraordinary: contentment.
For Faye, Shirley, Marilyn, and Alice, the time has come to use it or lose itâ"be it their bodies, their brains, their spirits, and their sense of fun. Together they realize that they can have it all, perhaps for the first time in their lives. And though what sags may never rise again, feeling sexy has no expiration dateâ" and best of all, with a little help from her friends, a woman can always start over . . . and never, ever, give up what matters most.
Great! Parts of the book move slow especially as you first meet the women and they draw together but if you are on the verge of menopause or in it there are quiet a few moments of "yep, been there" and some laughs.
This was a fun easy read book. Four women meet by accident and share their thoughts in a fun and open way. They become fast friends and support each other in a big way. I suggest this book for anyone that wants a feel good book to read.
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Very quick read about 4 women who become friends and name their group the Hot Flash Club. All four find a way to help one another with specific problems and get together weekly to compare notes. When I was convinced nothing bad would befall these women, things did go wrong for them. This was a very positive and uplifting story about the power of friendship.
At first I was skeptical of this book thinking that it was going to be full of moaning about menopause and the hassles of aging and as a 30-something I wouldn't be able to relate. I was pleased to find that there was an entertaining (albeit predictable) storyline - the ages and experiences of the women were, in the end, a nice change from the standard heroine. I'm even considering reading the sequel!
Enjoyable book 4 about women who are feeling over the hill. They meet at a party and decide they have a lot in common and they form the Hot Flash Club. They each have a problem and they decide to help each other. One found her husband and a with a grad student, and they were not studying, one is overwhelmed about her company merging with another and fears a younger woman is after her job, one wants to open up a resort and the other one's daughter's husband is having an affair with his secretary.
This is the BEST book I have read in a long time and certainly one of the most cleverly written books. Nancy Thayer Introduces the reader to each the four women in a separate chapter. The next four chapters set up the situation in each woman's life which will bring them together in one place. They end that evening by pigging out on chocolate and forming THE HOT FLASH CLUB. The way each of them addresses a concern in her life with the help of the other members of the HFC is clever and unique. There were times I laughed out loud, times I cried, and times I was just D*** mad! I will DEFINATELY read the rest of the series.