Thayer's latest is a humorous look at middle age. Five female friends join together to face issues such as menopause and men. The writing is fun and sassy, and this novel will appeal to women of all ages.

The Hot Flash five are the proud owners of the Haven, an exclusive spa near Boston. Faye is in a lackluster relationship. Alice enjoys caring for her granddaughter, despite her fear of having another heart attack. Shirley, bored with her current relationship, hopes to find a new man. Marilyn wants to marry Ian but fears he'll leave her for an old family friend from Scotland. And Polly is tired of playing second fiddle to her boyfriend's ex-wife.

As the women agree to house-sit for a client on Nantucket Island, they revel in the idyll of their summer vacation and develop some new and rewarding relationships while discovering some unique island history. (Ballantine, Jul., 333 pp., $21.95)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick