by Nancy Thayer

November 2005
ISBN: 0-345-48551-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Ballantine Books

The Hot Flash ladies are back with a warm hearted look at not just Christmas, but a year's worth of holidays. The friends plan their perfect Christmas at their spa, but instead of Martha Stewart style holidays several of the women deal with some serious issues and accidents.

The ladies show through all their support and misadventures that romance is still possible at any age. At the same time, they find it is still easy to be charmed by smooth operators. Shirley is thrilled to have a much younger lover until she discovers his schemes could undermine all she and her close friends treasure. Marilyn realizes than often hard choices must be made between romantic and family love.

It is refreshing to have heroines with whom we can feel empathy if we are middle aged ourselves. Women of all ages will be charmed by these special ladies who must deal with universal concerns. The author does a fabulous job of showing us more about our favorite characters from the previous two books in the series through a potent mix of humor and tenderness. The reader meets new characters who become like old friends thanks to authentic dialog and a lively narrative.

Hot Flash Holidays will make a wonderful gift to a friend or yourself for any holiday.

Reviewed in November 2005 by Roberta.

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