by Diann Hunt

November 2005
ISBN: 1-5955-4069-5
Reviewer Graphic Button WestBow Press
Trade Paperback

Maggie Hayden develops a severe case of mid-life crisis on the day when a former school mate doesn’t recognize her. Her world spinning out of control, Maggie doesn’t know whether to invest in stock for the local coffee house down the street (where she spends every waking hour) or get a job. Or maybe she’ll stalk her best friend, Lily, who is trying to find a mate after her husband’s tragic death.

When Maggie’s husband, Gordon, seems to be having an affair, Maggie is convinced that life as she knows it is over. How will she ever manage two grown kids, a sputtering marriage, and a dating best friend without going completely insane? And why is that the local Amish have their lives in control and hers is spiraling completely off course?

Hot Flashes and Cold Cream is the latest and greatest by Diann Hunt. I couldn’t really relate to anything Maggie experienced because I’m not exactly going through menopause—or midlife crisis—yet. Nevertheless, the book is funny, and I couldn’t put it down. I had to find out what misadventure Maggie would experience next.

Hot Flashes and Cold Cream reminds me in a way of Lucy and Ricardo on the television sit com I Love Lucy. Maggie’s relationship with Lily and Gordon, reminds me of Lucy’s relationship with Ethel and Ricardo. It is funny reading.

Reviewed in December 2005 by Laura.

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