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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.
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.