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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345485513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739461587
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,482,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Hot Flash buddies Faye, Alice, Marilyn, Shirley and newcomer Polly beat the postmenopausal blues by chattering, complaining, shopping, eating and laughing their way together through the series' third installment (after TheHot Flash Club Strikes Again). Their would-be picture-perfect holiday season starts out at Shirley's Haven, a thriving spa serving mature New England women. Snowflakes fall and Christmas carols play as the friends decorate the tree. Then sweet-tempered Polly goes home to cook for her vegetarian daughter-in-law and nearly burns down the house; artistic Faye breaks her ankle rushing to pick her granddaughter up at the airport; practical businesswoman Alice finds her family expanding in spite of her misgivings; paleobiologist Marilyn struggles with caring for her elderly mother; and Shirley gives her young boyfriend money to self-publish his novel in the erroneous belief that he'll reciprocate with an engagement ring. More holiday fiascoes follow, from New Year's through Thanksgiving to another Christmas. Thayer creates sympathetic sexagenarians with adoring (if sometimes impotent) lovers, untapped talents and visions of future happiness. Cholesterol-laden binges make for sluggish prose, hot flash jokes pall and contrived scenes spill over with sentiment—yet who could fail to root for the five as they face aging with honesty, determination and a lot of help from their friends?
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From Booklist

In her third book in the Hot Flash series, Thayer returns to the original group of characters featured in the first book, The Hot Flash Club (2003). Shirley, Faye, Alice, Marilyn, and Polly (the newest member of the club, from the second Hot Flash group) are gathering to discuss the upcoming holidays when the novel opens. The five are preparing to negotiate extended and fractured families, lovers, and, of course, those pesky hot flashes. Faye is looking forward to the arrival of her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchild, but a tumble derails her carefully laid-out plans. For Polly, who is excited about a visit from her son, his difficult wife, and their child, it's a fire that brings havoc. Marilyn is caught off guard when her devoted but impotent boyfriend proposes to her. Shirley is hoping for a proposal of her own when she spots a velvet box among her younger boyfriend's things. And Alice can't shake the holiday blues. Readers who loved the previous books as well as those new to the series will enjoy the adventures of these spirited women navigating family, love, and aging during the holidays. Kristine Huntley
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Cute story; very light and entertaining read.
This book is an easy read, you feel like you are one of the group as you feel their pain and laugh with their times of joy.
I have become very attached to these characters - a very good compliment to the author!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on December 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Just in time for the holidays, Nancy Thayer brings out her third book in the Hot Flash series. Christmas finds the five friends gathered at The Haven, a successful spa that recovering alcoholic Shirley opened and that first brought the women together. All are planning festive and often complicated holiday celebrations centered on immediate and extended families. The best-laid plans are thrown asunder when Polly goes home to prepare a vegetarian Christmas dinner for her son and daughter-in-law and nearly burns her house down. Faye tumbles down the stairs and breaks an ankle on Christmas Eve just as out-of-town family are waiting to be picked up at the airport. The other Hot Flash Club members struggle and rejoice through Christmas, all the while giving moral support to their downed friends.

The book moves through the year, touching on holidays and their significance to each vibrant member of the club, with romances blooming and fading, families expanding, and health crises bringing poignant focus to the meaning of their lives.

A more disparate group of women you could scarcely find --- Shirley, the aging hippy who opened The Haven, is involved with a much younger boyfriend whom she supports financially and emotionally while he writes a novel, and she hopes for an engagement ring under the tree.

Type-A workaholic Alice, who inspired Shirley to go into business for herself, finds herself on the verge of grandmother-hood when her son marries a woman Alice believes is inappropriate for him. She also disapproves of Shirley's romantic partner and lovingly but forcefully inserts herself into the lives of her friends.

Paleontologist Marilyn, recently widowed, struggles with a new love interest who doesn't seem to fill the bill.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Kaplan on June 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This third entry in the enjoyable "Hot Flash" series brings back our buddies Faye, Alice, Marilyn and Polly, in a sequel that takes them through the year, from holiday to holiday.

We follow the women through various triumphs and travails, from the appearance of Marilyn's elderly mother Ruth (a wonderful new character), who has become just a bit dotty, to the birth of new grandchildren, unwelcome family changes, relationships begun and ended, and other realities in any woman's life.

The story, as always, is endearing, not too meaningful, not too heavy, not earth-shattering, but terribly sweet. I would like a lot less graphic descriptions of the characters' sundry hot flashes, and a bit more fleshing out of their grown children's strange (in many cases) relationships, but on the whole, I have no complaints.

A lovely, heartwarming read, nice for an evening alone in front of the fire, or while lounging in the shade on a summer's day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on November 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Remember the ladies from "The Hot Flash Club"? Well here they are during the holiday season, getting together at an exclusive spa. Sounds like it is going to be a great time.

Fate seems to be conspiring against them from the beginning. Most everything goes wrong. House fires, planes late, broken ankles, son problems, money worries ... You get the idea. Then one of the ladies has major health troubles. The ladies are about to learn that Fate has got nothing on Mother Nature!

**** I do not give spoilers, so my synopsis is vague and the name of the lady with the health trouble will not be told by me. You will simply have to take my word that you will thoroughly enjoy this tale. Keep the tissues handy, there are moments you will need them. This is the Feel Good Book of the season! ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on November 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Ho, Ho, Ho. Merry Christmas! The ladies from "the Hot Flash Club" are making a return visit for the holidays. They are getting together at Shirley's Haven (a spa for women of "a certain age.") All is merry while trimming the tree, and then life happens.

Polly, the newest member of the group almost burns down her daughter-in-law's house; Faye takes a fall while at the airport for a family reunion; Marilyn is caring for her mother, with all that puts on one's plate, and receives a surprise from her boyfriend; Alice's family is having their own issues; and Marilyn gives money to her younger boyfriend and thinks he's going to pop the question.

There are misunderstandings, miscommunications, big and small disasters and challenges to friendships just like real life. And that's what I like about Thayer's books. She's writing about life. Sometimes it feels like it's my own.

Thayer's books have numerous characters and storylines, and it helps if you've read all the books. I have and it makes following the characters and storylines easier. This is my favorite of the three books. It will make you smile, tug at your heartstrings, and you'll be happy you took the time to read Hot Flash Holidays.

Armchair Interviews says: Gift yourself a gift this Christmas. Read and enjoy Hot Flash Holidays. It's a hoot!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joann M. Clifton on March 14, 2013
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Had to give it 5 stars. These women are role models for all of us women in our 50's. It's never too late to find your passion or the someone to love. Can't wait for another installment. I am finding Nancy Thayer to be a wonderful author as I have now read a few of her other books as well
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