The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again: A Novel
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The fabulous women from The Hot Flash Club are back in top form, welcoming the stressed-out and pampering-deprived through their discreet spa doors–as Nancy Thayer returns with a witty, sexy, and heartwarming novel. The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again also introduces four new women, ready for massages and seaweed wraps, each struggling to reconcile her secret dreams, biggest fears, and deepest feelings as topsy-turvy events shake up her life.
After eighteen years of trying to make peace with her husband’s cold-as-ice mother, Polly vows to be the perfect mother-in-law: loving, accepting, and determined to keep her mouth shut. Then her son marries Amy, a Birkenstocked gal whose organic farm and family ooze a rather creepy serenity. Ever the optimist, Polly puts her best foot forward . . . so why does it end up in her mouth?
A shy and brilliant professor-to-be, Beth has lived a sheltered life. Then she meets Sonny, a rugged, sexy carpenter who sweeps her off her feet. The problem? Beth may not survive his loud, affectionate, athletic family–especially when the very beautiful and earthy woman everybody wanted Sonny to marry is still hanging around the family dinner table.
Heiress to one of New England’s oldest paper companies, Carolyn is the driving force behind the brand. Now, at thirty-seven, the workaholic executive is finally pregnant with her first child, and high blood pressure is forcing her to do something totally alien: relax. But how can she let down her guard when her seventy-something father has gone and eloped with a young bank clerk named Heather, whose rather plain looks and unassuming nature still manage to fill Carolyn with suspicion.
A free-spirited photographer, Julia has married a man she loves, but he’s come packed with baggage. Tim is a widower with a young daughter, and Julia has bravely stepped up to the plate, doing her best to provide maternal support. But as if being pinned down by the child’s slightly manipulative ways and (dare Julia say it) spoiled behavior wasn’t enough, there’s Tim’s ex-mother-in-law, whose meddling is getting nastier by the week.
For Polly, Beth, Carolyn, and Julia, the time has come to stand up for what matters–for their passions, their hearts, and themselves. As they maneuver through family drama and embrace unexpected change, they come to find that life is much easier (and a lot more fun) when you’ve got friends, wine, and chocolate along for the ride.
From the Hardcover edition.
bluntly reminded her. Shirley added, “She wouldn’t want you to sit at home just waiting for her to phone you! She’d want you to be happy.” “Not to mention, you’re still a role model for her,” Marilyn said. “You know something?” Shirley pointed her finger at Faye. “You need an attitude adjustment.” “Where do I go to get it?” Faye joked. “Well,” Shirley proposed, thinking aloud, “how about this? We have so many celebrations in this culture to mark passages of life. Weddings. Funerals. Baby
Those kind words made her nearly break down and blubber. The rest of the recital passed with the speed of a tortoise as far as Julia was concerned. The other groups were older, more graceful and accomplished, but none of the other girls could compare with Belinda. Finally it ended. All forty-three ballerinas came out onstage, arranged by height, so Belinda and Carter were in the first row. Julia couldn’t clap while she was filming their bows, so she stomped her feet, hooted, and slapped her leg
first few months, Tim was patient. The loss was so devastating, so unfair, he seldom felt like speaking himself. Why shouldn’t a child react to such injustice, such a loss, with some kind of powerful, life-altering emotion? She would speak again, he was sure, because Belinda had been a normal and, for the first few years of her life, even a slightly advanced child. Because Annette and Tim read to her so much from the moment she was born, Belinda had developed a large vocabulary. She’d loved
we thought she might become a professional skater, but she had a nasty fall when she was fifteen. Broke her ankle. Ended that career.” “Oh, how terrible.” Beth studied the next few pictures. “Is this Suze, playing field hockey?” “Yes. She was able to play her junior and senior years in high school. Developed a taste for it, and now she’s the girls’ field hockey coach at Methuen High.” “Good for her!” The next photo drew Beth closer. Squinting, she studied the color photograph of Sonny in a
Carolyn could reply, he stood up. “This is all the time I want to spend on this unfortunate interrogation. I’m taking Heather to our quarters now where we can turn our thoughts to happier matters.” Carolyn sighed. “Good night, then, Father. Good night, Heather.” “Good night,” Aubrey and Heather replied in sync. Carolyn watched the pair leave the room, so closely entwined they moved as one. She was exhausted, vaguely embarrassed, and still not entirely satisfied. Her pulse hammered in her