Tuesday, May 20, 2014

'Hot Flashes and Cold Lemonade' with Book Giveaway

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.

Photo Source: Amazon

I sometimes get asked to do book reviews.  Usually, I say no because I'm right in the middle of something for school that takes up so much time!! So, what do I go ahead and do? Purchase a book I've been curious about, carve the time out to read it, and now write up a review.

I've been a fan of Susan's for quite awhile. Her writing is always thoughtfully done, and she's pretty 'punny' too. You can see what I mean by visiting her blog here (I Think; Therefore I Yam).

On to the book! When I first opened 'Hot Flashes & Cold Lemonade' it took me all of a few minutes to be completely immersed in the life of Pearl, a happily married gal with a nice family who is starting to see life through less than the rose-colored glasses she's always had on (not a bad thing). In fact, I took my Kindle with me in the car when we went out to eat the night I started reading it, because I didn't want to put it down.  Hubby asked me what I was reading and I said, "Oh something for the blog." Little did I know when I picked it up again it would be on audio, and clearly announce in the small car, "Hot Flashes and Cold Lemonade," hahaha.  Hubby raised his eyebrows and kept driving. ;)

The book and its characters are oh so easy to relate to, yet it delightfully takes you back to yesteryear as well.  There are several scenes that brought my beloved, and very close to my heart grandparents to mind, and I remembered them singing together and my grandmother dancing all over the house.  There are also some very modern day scenes that make you happy, emotional (make sure you've got tissues close by), involved, intrigued, and even sometimes mad. The ring scene gets me fired up, let me tell you, but I'll not provide a spoiler. Lots of twists and unexpect-eds in the book, and some funny things too (no, I did not do the pencil test, but I sure thought about it), but nothing at all unrealistic (in fact, the ability for the book to resonate with readers everywhere is part of the book's great charm). And of course, the writing is superb.

You can learn more about Susan by visiting her blog. You can also follow her on Twitter.

The book, which is worth every penny and more, can be purchased here.

I'm going to give one away, Kindle or Hard Copy, winner's choice. 

263 comments:

  1. This one has been on my Reading List for a long time. I would *Love* to win a copy.

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    1. If you need me to point out a non-giveaway post that I have commented on, I can come back and scroll for one. I think the Lego Day was a non-giveaway post. There are too many for me to choose... :D

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    2. It was on my list too, and I'm glad I read it. That's a really good book! Thanks for visiting/entering!

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    3. Nope, no need. I know you have visited on a non-giveaway post. :)

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  2. She has a great blog indeed at her feed. Heard the book was great, on my list

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    1. You know, I probably found Susan's blog as a direct descendant of yours somehow. :)

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  3. Haha! Loved the part where it announced the name of the book out loud, lol. This book sounds awesome!

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    1. lol, silly Kindle voice feature. ;)

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  4. That sounds like a great book that I can totally relate to. I will have to check it out - hopefully I will win a copy!

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  5. Sounds like a great book- I am going to get it for my mother.

    Thanks

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  6. It sounds like a great read. I only read during the summer at the beach and I have been looking for a new book:)

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    1. Ah, summer reading on the beach. That.is.the.life!!! Agreed!! :)

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    2. I have never read on a beach. I think I need to do that this summer! However, aren't you distracted by all the noise and stuff going on? A private beach...now THAT is the life.

      I have never heard of this book or the author. I, actually, haven't read anything in quite a while. That makes me very sad. I need to get back into reading. I miss it dearly.

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    3. I was thinking beach hammock, or private cottage, private beach. But in reality... hahahaha, yeah, the last time I read on a beach was over 20 years ago (it was nice enough that I remember it though). :)

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  7. Thanks, Rosey. I'm thrilled you enjoyed my book, and am honored to have you mention it here and feature it in one of your famous giveaways. You have officially made my day.

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    1. That's a great book you've got there, Susan. I was thrilled to write about it. I wish you luck w/your sales!

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  8. Oh, this sounds like a great read! I'll have to check it out :)

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  9. I adore Susan's blog and I have been a follower of hers for sometime... I am sure I would love her book as I am always entertained by her blog... :)

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    1. She's got good stuff going on over there, agreed. :)

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  10. Hi Rosey, thanks for the recommendation and I'm always looking for a good book to read. Have a nice day.
    Julie

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    1. Thanks, Julie. Nice day to you too. :)

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    1. And a good author she is too know. ;)

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  12. I am always in the market for a good book. I will add this to the summer reading list.

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    1. It's a good book, I hope you like it too. :)

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  13. Sounds like a good read indeed. A walk down memory lane if you will.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  14. I've never heard of this book but it looks and sounds wonderful! can't wait to check it out!

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    1. I really liked this book, Cindy. Really good writing.

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  15. I love the title of the book - it's so catchy!

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    1. Agreed. I like the cover pic. too.

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  16. Sounds like a fun read! I love something light and girly on a rainy day.

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    1. Bring tissues, it's not light all the way through. It is wonderfully well written though and a very good book!

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  17. When I first started reading this I was shaking my head up and down. I have a book to review, and a million other things on my plate. It's an interesting subject to me to.

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    1. Oh my gosh, time goes by so fast. Especially when you need extra time for something, then it gets really hard to carve out.

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  18. I love a fun book like that! I will definitely be checking it out!

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  19. Would love to win a copy for my wife - she would love it!

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    1. Good luck. Thanks for entering. :)

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  20. Sounds fantastic. I love stories like this.

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    1. This one was hard to put down, that's my favorite kind (of book). :) Thanks for the visit!

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  21. That looks like a great read. I love the title.

    Michelle F.

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  22. Hello! As I'm smack in the middle of perio-menopause, I would LOVE to read this book. It sounds happy, sad, and everything in between. Lovely! Thank-you for this review & giveaway!

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    1. That's a term I've been hearing a bit lately (and it's new to me), and now you've said it too, lol. Funny how that happens!!

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  23. I've not heard of this book but might just add it to my list! I used to be so good about reading quick but sadly I've been known to start a book and finish it .... never.

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    1. I used to be a reading machine!! That's been a long time ago now though... still one of my favorite parts of being a kid though. ;)

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  24. So sweet of your to offer a giveaway on a book you love! It's great to see bloggers blog about books they truly enjoy because they want to!

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    1. Thanks, Christine. And thanks for the visit!

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  25. This sounds like my kind of book! I love books that draw you in emotionally ad make you "feel" something! Looking forward to reading it after I finish my current book!

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    1. Def. a feeler, Henrietta. I hope you like it!

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  26. This does sound like a book I would love to read at some point--if I ever get through the ones I have already promised to read and review----will put it on my tbr list!

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    1. You go through so many, I'm always impressed with your list! Thanks for the visit. :)

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  27. sounds like a book that makes you think, look forward to reading it!

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    1. Thanks, Darci. It does leave you thinking, I like that too. :)

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  28. Sounds like a very good read, thanks for the chance, and good luck all

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  29. Book reviews can be challenging to write, because I know for me I always stress over getting the synopsis accurate. It's hard sometimes to summarize. Sounds like an interesting read.

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    1. I'd stress if it was for pay, hahaha. Really, I probably would. But since it's my blog, I just feel free to say what comes to mind about it, and this book was really good! :) Thanks for the visit!

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  30. Ok, it totally sounds like it would make for such a fun summer read. I can't wait!

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    1. Perfect summer time reading. Remember to have Kleenex handy, just in case. ;)

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  31. I think this sounds like a really fun book. I'm totally looking for a few good books for summer reading!

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    1. I hope you get it, and I hope you love it. :)

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  32. The title is so cute! I would love to read this one.

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    1. It's a good one. There's a Kindle version or hardcopy. I used to prefer the latter, but am finding the Kindle pretty convenient these days. :)

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  33. I have, and love this book. And the author is pretty special too.

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    1. Hurrah, happy to hear you've read it and loved it too!! :) Thanks for the visit. I'm headed over to your blog. :)

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  34. Sounds like a great book! I always read more during the summer (not sure why) and will have to check this out.

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    1. Summer's more laid back around here too (and I love it!). :) Thanks for the visit.

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  35. Sounds like it would be a great read during the summer, I really need to check this out.

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    1. Sounds like there's lots of summer readers out there, woohoo! :)

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  36. I am adding this one to my reading list. Looks great

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    1. Thanks, Debra. I hope you like it. :)

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  37. I love a good book that you get sucked into from the first chapter on. This sounds like a touching story.

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    1. It was a very touching story, but in ways you don't usually find in a book. It's just really well done all the way around. :)

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  38. This sounds like a good one. The title alone is awesome.

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    1. I thought that was a good title too, and very suiting for the book. :)

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  39. The title of this book alone is enough to make me read it! Thanks for sharing!

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  40. Sounds like a great book. I will definitely put it on my reading list.

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  41. I enjoy a good book. this one sounds enjoyable will add to my reading list.

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  42. Sounds like something I would love to read. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. I was intrigued with the title of the book, i thought it's a cream brand hehe.

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    1. Oh my gosh, Shey!! I thought I was the only one, I love the cover, but if you glance at it fast it does look like a bottle of lotion!! Or at least it does to me. :)

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  44. It sounds like a great read to me - superb writing and a story that you can't put down! I must check this one out!!

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    1. It's all that and a bag of chips. :)

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  45. I feel like this is something my mom would like :) I'll pass it onto her!

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  46. I know how you are- - - Same way here, no time to read... and I think that this summer would be worse for me. How awesome that you are doing this giveaway for someone

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    1. Yep, summer's have less time, for sure! That's okay, I like the kids home and I like the warm weather. :)

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  47. Sounds like a fun book. I always struggle with book reviews and the balance of explaining without oversharing. I will have to pick this up! Thanks

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    1. This one is a great one to pick up. I hope you like it! And thanks for the visit. :)

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  48. Sounds like a really interesting book. I would add it to my reading list, but it's already so long and I seem to have no time! I really need to carve out more reading time.

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    1. Reading time is nice!! Especially if it's for 100% leisure...or just because you wanna. :)

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  49. That is a funny and catchy title. It definitely sounds like a fun book to read

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  50. Very cute one. My mom would really love this, but I think I would, too. I'm getting older and there are so many changes no one warns you about!

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    1. Right, we could write a book on that, lol. :)

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  51. Sounds like a fun summer read. I have quite a few on my list, but if I finish them, I'll check this out.

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    1. Woohoo! It's really a touching story that stretches the characters (and the readers) in a good way.

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  52. This sounds like a fun one. I like to find new books for the beach.

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    1. And if you start crying at one point (not that I did or anything ;) ) you can just jump in the water and play and no one will be the wiser. :)

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  53. I love a book that I can relate to the characters

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  54. ha. nice title...smiles....sounds like a delightful book...
    i read just about any thing that is well written...so will check it out

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    1. She did a really good job with it. Thanks for the visit. :)

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  55. The title certainly caught my attention! :P

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. That title ties in well with the story too, in more ways than one. :)

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  56. Im always looking for books to read. Thanks for the review - I will have to add this to my list.

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    1. Thanks, Janell. I hope you get to pick it up. :)

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  57. When I read the title, I thought it was a self-help/how-to/health book. Can't judge a book by its cover!

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    1. Nope, it's not a self-help, it is an engaging read though. :)

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  58. I usually pass on book reviews too, unless it's a great children's story or a good cookbook. This one does sound like a great read though! The title alone would make me pick it up!

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    1. I'm a sucker for children's books too. :)

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  59. I love books that are hard to put down! As soon as I finish the Divergent series, I will have to check this one out.

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  60. This looks like a good one. I'm always looking for another book to read!

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    1. Reading is a nice way to wind down. :)

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  61. Wow! I like the author's sense of humor. The title of this book is so funny made me think of something like menopause and you drink lemonade to feel better. Lol

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    1. It's just an appropriate title. It's really about so much more, family, growing, seeing things as they really are instead of how you perceive them to be... As for lemonade curing menopause symptoms, wouldn't it be great if it was that easy??? :)

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  62. This sounds really good. I'll have to put it on my book list.

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  63. ha! this looks right up my alley. i LOVE puns.

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    1. This book was so good, Brett! I was glad I read it. :)

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  64. This sounds like a wonderful summer reading book!

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    1. It is a pleasant way to spend some time. And summer reading rocks. :)

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  65. What a fun book! Thanks for the review as I had not heard of the book or author!

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  66. The tell-tale sign of a good book is when no matter how hard you try, you can't put it down until it's finished! That or accidentally staying up all night to finish it only to realize it's 5 am and you stayed up all night!

    Been there, done that xD

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    1. I did put it down to sleep (because it was the weekend and I was exhausted), but I picked it right back up when I woke up early the next morning. :)

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  67. I love to read! My reading list is growing longer and longer, there isn't enough time in the day to read everything I want.

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  68. I enjoy books with a good amount of humor. I need to check my reading list. - Jenn @ The Rebel Chick

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    1. Thanks for swinging over Jenn. This is a really good book!

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  69. This book sounds like a great read. I love deep characters like the protagonist and the captivating storyline.

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    1. The main character really was easy to relate to, but she sure did come across some surprises in her every day living. That was one of the elements that made it so interesting to read, I agree. :)

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  70. This book sounds interesting. I love reading too but I prefer it to be ebook or electronics which is portable enough that i could read it even outside the house.

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    1. I got this one in e-form and did take it with me in the car. :)

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  71. I'm like you! Once I find a good book, I don't want to put it down. Sounds like fun!

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    1. Yep, that's the best kind of book to come across. :)

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  72. enjoyed the plot! cover and title alone makes it a perfect summer read by the pool. hope to get a copy!

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    1. It really is a good book. :) Thanks for swinging over. :)

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  73. No time to read I'm afraid. Just more work.

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    1. Work's good for ya. Builds character. ;) :)

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  74. This sounds like such a good read! :)

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  75. It sounds like a great read. I love those kinds of books that make you emotional on different levels like that. Funny and sad, all at the same time.

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    1. It was fun and sad too, but not in a bad way sad, if that makes any sense. :)

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  76. This sounds like a fun read. I would love to win a copy of this and read it this summer while I am on vacation.

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    1. Def. a great way to spend some reading time while relaxing on vacay!

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  77. Sounds like a book my grandma needs to read. LOL Thanks for sharing

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    1. Def. good for grandma's, moms, and anyone with parents. ;)

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  78. This sounds like a fun read! I will be passing this on!

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  79. I need to read this. I love books that are romatic or make me laugh.

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    1. Thanks for the visit, Dina. I hope you get a chance to read it, it really is a great read!

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  80. This sounds like a fun book. I would like to read about Pearl too.

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    1. Pearl is the kind of friend everyone wants to be/have. Great character!

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  81. Sounds an interesting story... cant wait for winning the #Giveaway. purchasing it right now... thanks for the review BTW

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  82. Thanks for the review. The title alone had me intrigued!

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  83. I'm adding this book to my TBR!! It sounds funny, and heart warming! You're so lucky your husband lets you read on the way to dinner! haha

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    1. He reads his homework when I'm driving. :)

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  84. You had me hooked with the title. What a great name for a book. Can't wait to check it out.

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I hope you like the book!

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  85. Looks like a good book for the beach! Putting it on my summer reading list!

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    1. Hurrah that it's almost time for the beach (it's slowly getting there here anyway). :)

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  86. This sounds great. If you think it's good enough to actually consider then it must be! Better check it out!

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    1. It's really heartwarming, Lexie. I loved reading this book.

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  87. Sounds like a really great book! Thank you for the tip!

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    1. Thank you for reading about it. :)

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  88. This sounds like an interesting book. My mind keeps flashing to visions of your contest winner sitting on the beach, sipping lemonade and reading the book.

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    1. NOT a bad visual at all!! :) I'd like to be sitting on a beach, sipping an ice cold water, and reading the book. :)

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  89. ^^^^That (What Janeane Davis said) is exactly what I am gonna do if I win-- and probably if I don't either. Sounds like a great book to add to my summer list.

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    1. She did have the right idea, and made me dreamy for the beach!

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  90. I like to read and this sounds like a good book. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Yep, this one's a good one. Thanks for visiting/entering!

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  91. haha. I tend to shy away from book reviews. I'll give it all away and reading and thinking of writing what I read/thought isn't fun. I like to just enjoy my book :)

    But like you if I find a book and read it for the love of it, then I'll naturally want to share.

    Oh Rosey, you said 'she is punny too.." I supposed you meant funny? :)

    You my dear is a very good reviewer. I'd have given it all away :) You on the other hand, makes me want to go pick it up!

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    1. She's funny and punny. :) I went and put quotes around the 'punny' so people would know I meant she's good w/the use of a pun. :) Thanks for the heads up.

      This is a good book, Colette. Susan did a wonderful job with it!

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  92. The book and its characters sound really interesting. I like books where I can relate to the what is happening in their lives and it warms my heart when it takes me back to my past.

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    1. The characters were great, and very realistic. :)

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  93. Thanks for the review! If you couldn't put it down on your way to dinner, it MUST be a great book :)

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    1. Right! You know it's good when you want to take it in the car! :)

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  94. I love the name of this book... kind of been there done that with the hot flashes.

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    1. I haven't yet, but I did recently ask my mom about it and she said she hasn't gotten 'em. My gram didn't either, so I'm crossing my fingers and knocking on wood that holds true for me too. ;)

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  95. I have an idea for using this book in a book club :)

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    1. This book would lend itself very nicely for a club read!

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  96. Love the title, can't wait to read this book. Sounds like one I can relate to.

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    1. It's such a good book to read! I hope you get a chance to pick it up. :)

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  97. I've been dying to read Susan's book; she's one of my favorite bloggers :)

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    1. Her posts are always good, agreed. :) I hope you entered the giveaway! :)

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  98. Hehehe - I'm pretty sure I know what the pencil test is. I'll refrain from telling you whether or not I've done it...

    This is on my to-read list fo' sho'!

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  99. I also thoroughly enjoyed laughing and crying my way through Hot Flashes & Cold Lemonade! What a wonderful review that made me fall in love with Susan's delightful characters all over again! Not only is Susan a talented author, but I'm proud to call her a friend!. I'm so glad that she sent me over to meet you Rosey, and whoever wins Hot Flashes and Cold Lemonade is in for a real treat.

    Julie

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