Hot Flash Holidays
By Nancy Thayer
(Ballantine Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780345485526, 320pp.)
Publication Date: October 31, 2006
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The intrepid women of The Hot Flash Club are back for the holidays, soothing jingled nerves and stressed shoppers in their exclusive spa and celebrating the joys of the season. In her witty and delightfully wisecracking prose, Nancy Thayer tells a heartwarming tale packed with fun, secrets, romance–and an ample dose of good cheer.
When the Hot Flash friends gather at the spa to trim the Christmas tree, they share steaming mugs of hot chocolate, a few laughs, and a vow to make this holiday one to remember. And it is–but not in the cheerful, ho-ho-ho way they expected. Instead, Christmas brings family conflicts, household accidents, plane delays–and that’s just the beginning.
After a hazardous holiday season, the women make resolutions that they intend to keep . . . in a perfect world. But life–and their friends and relatives–cause complications. Shirley lends financial support to her boyfriend’s schemes, which infuriates Alice, whose own son commits an act she’s not sure she can accept. Marilyn travels to Scotland and falls in love, but her octogenarian mother needs her at home. And when Polly and Faye find themselves pitted against each other by a younger woman, an they overcome this clash to make a new, entrepreneurial dream come true? Then real disaster strikes, bringing new challenges and surprising revelations.
Just as every month of the year throws new problems at us all, so too does the end of the year give us the chance to reunite and put these problems
into their proper perspective. And when the Hot Flash Five get together for the holidays, we should expect nothing less than the unexpected.
Nancy Thayer is the nationally bestselling author of The Hot Flash Club, The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again, and Between Husbands and Friends. She lives in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Praise for Nancy Thayer
The Hot Flash Club
“Frank and entertaining.”
–Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Warm, lively, wise, and as much fun as a girl’s night out.”
–Kristin Hannah, author of Comfort & Joy
“Nancy Thayer’s gift for reaching the emotional core of her characters [is] captivating.”
The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again
“Thayer has the knack of creating likable characters who grapple with problems that will strike a chord with many readers.”
–The Boston Globe
“Thayer’s writing often reminds me of Elizabeth Berg, Jeanne Ray, and Anne Tyler.”