"Hot Flashes and Cold Cream" By Diann Hunt.This book is hilarious. It has all the things that every woman thinks when going through menapause about herself and husband. This is a good book for discussion in a "Book Club". I know you will get a kick out of it and learn so much.
After reading the reviews I ordered this book for the church library. I was disappointed, and did not find the laughter I'd hoped/expected to find. I agree with Pamela who wrote a review Feb. 07. It has redeeming qualities - Jade, for example - but I cannot give it top rating.
I love Diann Hunt! She is absolutely wonderful. Although this book comes before "Hot Tropics and Cold Feet", you really don't have to read them in order. The characters in this book are so relatable, and fun. I enjoyed this book so much and I highly recommend it.
Very good book about how we women tend to perceive ourselves as we grow older and also how we over sometimes make "mountains out of molehills" in our lives.Starts a little slow, but definitely ends up a good read!
I highly recommend reading this book. I laughed out loud which drove my husband nuts as he didn't have a clue. I'm currently reading HOT TROPICS AND COLD FEET. The adventures of Lily, Louise, Jill and Maggie fill my reading time with joy.I so hope Diann Hunt continues to write this series.
So I'm not a baby boomer. In fact I'm pretty much the same age as the kids of the main characters in this book. You'd think I wouldn't enjoy it because of the generation gap. WRONG. I totally enjoyed this fun and humorous book that women of all ages will enjoy. What I found most interesting about the book was how insecure most women, even Christian women, really are. It seems that everyone is afraid about losing their husband to someone who is younger or who they think looks better than them. Women are always comparing themselves and therefore creating low self esteem. Of course men don't help out with this, as Gordon doesn't really reassure Maggie that he doesn't go for the blond type. The writing is top notch, I felt like I was a part of the story. I also really enjoyed seeing Maggie's relationship grow with Lily. And it was cool to read a mom drinking frappachinos and ending up working behind the counter in a coffee shop. I also love the Chihuahua who pees when nervous! I think it'd be cool to have her as a mom. There are some times where I would get frustrated with her actions, like her getting ticked at her daughter for being friends with her mother in law or when she stalks her best friend while she's dating. But then I realize that Maggie is having empty nest syndrome and is therefore frustrated with her life. It makes me want to learn to make sure to take time to enjoy my own life, and not just focus it on others so that way I know that I am meaningful. Excellent mom/lady lit book that everyone will enjoy.
This book does capture the insecurities of menopause very well. However, I found that at times the humor spilled over into something close to self-loathing, becoming definitely un-funny if not agonizing. Some of the book is very good, though: particularly the story of Jade, the description of Maggie's sweet, sad little dog, and the saga of Maggie's new job at the coffee shop.
Diann Hunt uses humor and zany situations to make us laugh at aging. Maggie Hayden gets herself into one scrape after another with her misguided caring. Hunt drew me into this story so well, Maggie became real. I cared about her. So much that there were times I wanted to slap her. She drove me nuts with her inability to get a grip, yet I laughed all the way. Besides having a wonderfully intriguing title, Hot Flashes and Cold Cream is a page-turner of a book. You can't wait to see what Maggie gets herself into next. Thanks you, Diann, for this hilarious romp through aging.
This book had me laughing aloud, reading parts aloud to my husband, and left me with an uplifting feeling! It's awesome. Even though I'm a good decade younger than the character, Maggie, I related to her--laughed and cried with her ups and down. The characterization is BEYOND excellent and I so enjoyed visiting Charming, the world in which Diann created for the reader to immerse themselves in. I'm mailing my copy to my best friend--the friendship between Maggie and Lily literally had me missing my best friend something fierce. GET THE BOOK! I give it my highest rating! :)
At last there's something for us boomers! Hot Flashes and Cold Cream has a heroine I could relate to. Think of the antics of a middle aged Lucy and Ethel. I totally related to everything Maggie was going through when she looked in the mirror and didn't recognize the girl she saw looking back. While the book is hilarios, it held a lot of subtle truth about image and self worth. Don't miss this one!