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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (644 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Thayer Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hot Flash Club Series Release Date: August 2004 ISBN: 9781415921272
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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.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Frank and entertaining. The New York Times A Guilty Pleasures Pick
  • Funny stuff . . . Thayer’s characters are nicely drawn and sympathetic. The Boston Globe
  • Warm, lively, wise, and as much fun as a girls’ night out. KRISTIN HANNAH, author of Between Sisters
  • “Nancy Thayer’s gift for reaching the emotional core of her characters [is] captivating. Houston Chronicle
  • “Thayer tackles her subject with gusto and infectious joie de vivre. ELIZABETH BUCHAN, author of Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman
  • “Warm, lively, wise, and as much fun as a girls’ night out.”

    Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of Between Sisters

  • “Thayer tackles her subject with gusto and infectious joie de vivre.”

    Elizabeth Buchan, New York Times bestselling author of Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman

  • “Frank and entertaining.”

    New York Times

  • “Nancy Thayer’s gift for reaching the emotional core of her characters [is] captivating.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Funny stuff…Thayer’s characters are nicely drawn and sympathetic.”

    Boston Globe

  • “[A] charming sequel…A warm, engaging read.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 2/17/2014

    " The second book in the HFC series. Very much like the first book in that it is light, funny and there are the original women. However, there are 4 new women that are introduced that all become friends as well. I really am enjoying this series and it is very believable in that all of the situations are things that can happen in life, and there probably is at least one that you can identify with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb Heart | 2/5/2014

    " A fun read - keeps you laughing, crying, frustrated at some charachters, happy for others, and empathetic towards many. The four older (hot flash originals) connect with another group of four women but this time three are much younger with a whole new set of issues. All the individuals are so totally different making it a good read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/5/2014

    " I found the 2nd book in this series just as good as the first. If you're a woman over 55 you can't help but LOL while reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne-Marie | 2/4/2014

    " I love great "fluff" and this is it! Four books in the series, two down two two to go! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie Stanton | 1/26/2014

    " Pure fluff, but fun reading nonetheless. This is the second of the HFC series, and adds three younger women to the mix. The theme here is mothers-in-law. A smile/laugh on nearly every page, this is a novel those of us over 50 can clearly relate to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathie Hagen | 1/26/2014

    " I love this series! Must start at the beginning. Read 2 out of order. Just love the characters, discussions, foibles, romances, trials & tribulations of this group of women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyns | 1/26/2014

    " Hysterical! Loved it! A fun 'guilty pleasure' read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarahb. | 1/17/2014

    " very cute! Nice continuation of characters with new ones added in. A good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryAnn | 1/16/2014

    " This series of books can stop now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 1/12/2014

    " It was good. There were a lot of characters to keep track of, but in the middle it all came together. Good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 12/28/2013

    " Not as good as the first one but still a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelleen Toland | 12/17/2013

    " listened to this on audiobook. Very funny! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 TX Poppet | 12/15/2013

    " Not just a sequel. A sequel setting up for yet another sequel. Very unsatisfying but had some funny set-ups. I'll skip the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 9/27/2013

    " While not quite as good as the first in the series, I still really enjoyed it. On the down side, several of the plot lines were the same as in the first book. On the up side, there were several laugh out loud moments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheri Hewko | 8/10/2013

    " A fun book! You'll laugh out loud! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 8/1/2013

    " Another fun sequel to the original book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 6/5/2013

    " I listened to this and had never read the first one. Although it is fine as a stand-alone, there were just enough tidbits about the original characters that I wish I had read that one first. Fun, light listening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 3/27/2013

    " good book. enjoyed the 4 new characters added. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Collins | 2/8/2013

    " "If you are middle age woman you will love this series! " "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Corsello | 11/5/2012

    " Too many characters but funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 9/25/2012

    " LOVE the narrator on this series of audio CDs!!! The characters are wonderful but the narrator really does a fabulous job of bringing them to life! I didn't enjoy this one as much as the holidays or the "chills out"... but it was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 8/18/2012

    " I really enjoyed the first of these novels. This one is not quite as good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 8/8/2012

    " I really enjoyed the characters and the story line. This was a fun "listen". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Neely | 6/1/2012

    " Again a funny book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 3/5/2012

    " 4 new women are added, who have toxic relatives in common "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 8/23/2011

    " Loved it!! Maybe it is just the timing or who knows what. But this absolutely made me smile. Reminded me a bit of the Ya Yas. I didn't read the first book. But now I just might. Worth the quick read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mimi Kackley | 8/12/2011

    " Just keep getting better! Wonderful! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/22/2011

    " Was hoping for more with the main characters from the first book. In this book, our 4 heros are back, but the focus is on 4 new characters. I missed the originals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 4/17/2011

    " LOVE the narrator on this series of audio CDs!!! The characters are wonderful but the narrator really does a fabulous job of bringing them to life! I didn't enjoy this one as much as the holidays or the "chills out"... but it was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarahb. | 3/4/2011

    " very cute! Nice continuation of characters with new ones added in. A good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 2/2/2011

    " Pure fluff, but fun reading nonetheless. This is the second of the HFC series, and adds three younger women to the mix. The theme here is mothers-in-law. A smile/laugh on nearly every page, this is a novel those of us over 50 can clearly relate to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelleen | 10/19/2010

    " listened to this on audiobook. Very funny! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn/QuAppelle | 5/6/2010

    " Just cute and fun. Not great literature, and most likely forgettable, but it entertained for a few hours. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathie | 2/7/2010

    " I love this series! Must start at the beginning. Read 2 out of order. Just love the characters, discussions, foibles, romances, trials & tribulations of this group of women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 1/30/2010

    " good book. enjoyed the 4 new characters added. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 9/22/2009

    " Too many characters but funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 4/26/2009

    " Loved it!! Maybe it is just the timing or who knows what. But this absolutely made me smile. Reminded me a bit of the Ya Yas. I didn't read the first book. But now I just might. Worth the quick read!
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 1/2/2009

    " New characters are abrought to life at the Haven: Julia, Beth, Polly, etc. Fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 12/31/2008

    " Another good read by this author. I like the group of women
    she assembles for this series and I am already casting it
    in my head....more please! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loretta | 8/10/2008

    " +-9*
    A sequal that brings new women in to the mix, while getting you up to date on what the orginal Hot Flash Club members are doing. Not quite as good as the original, but okay. Liked the new gals, but would have liked to see mnore of the old timers. Fun read. "

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About the Author
Author Nancy Thayer

Nancy Thayer is the bestselling author of The Hot Flash Club, The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again, Hot Flash Holidays, The Hot Flash Club Chills Out, and Between Husbands and Friends. She lives on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.