Thursday, February 09, 2006

Diann Hunt's Hot Flashes and Cold Cream~Reviewed

Hot Flashes and Cold Cream
By Diann Hunt
Published by WestBow Press
ISBN 1-5955-4069-5

An eccentric best friend, a leaky Chihuahua, a teenager in trouble and a workaholic husband with a gorgeous new colleague. Those are the ingredients for Diann Hunt's wise and funny story about growing older with grace.

Midlife isn't a crisis for Maggie Hayden until the day a former classmate fails to recognize her—and her world starts to spin out of control. With an empty nest, a body that's heading south (generating heat waves all the way) and a marital spark that seems to be sputtering, she knows she has to do something. But what? Exercise? Romantic dinners? Herbal supplements? A job? She tries them all, with mixed success—but nothing seems to squelch that underlying worry that her best days are behind her.

Can Maggie come to terms with her new life and learn to trust what she cannot see? Can she reclaim her marriage and find a new sense of purpose? Can she discover a miracle cure for the aging process?

Well, two out of three ain't bad! And the fun of this particular journey is just the whipped cream on the double-shot mocha.

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.

Reviewed by Ane Mulligan

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