Hot Flush by Rosy Fenwicke

hot flushThis was such a fun read!

I was attracted to the book for two reasons: first it was about a woman whose arrival into menopause triggers special powers (this is my age demographic!) and there was a pug on the cover (have I mentioned my obsession with Doug the Pug?) Other than those two things, I didn’t know much about this book.

In a nutshell, this book is about Euphemia Sage. She is a 53 year old wife and mother. As soon as she gets her first hot flash of menopause, her special powers are triggered. She is taken on an adventure that she would have not thought she was prepared for. That’s as much as I will tell you. I think the delight in the book is not really knowing where it is going and what is going to happen.

This is really a fun, interesting, funny book that you will not want to put down. When I learned that this is the author’s first novel, I was shocked. It is really well written. It’s moves the story along at a quick pace, there is enough narrative to explain Euphemia’s past, and how and why she gets these special powers, but it all flows with the action of the story.

I don’t think there is some hidden message that the author is trying to convey. Or maybe there is. As a woman who is approaching the same period in her life as Euphemia, it’s pretty cool to read about someone who reaches her peak after 50. Yeah, I get that I won’t receive any special powers when I hit menopause – but it does give me (meno)pause to think that maybe the best is yet to come.

Also, as an aside, the pug  (named Petal) is basically my favourite character and possibly my spirit animal. She is totally all over everyone to pay attention to her, whines for snacks but when it’s time to go out for a long walk, she is somehow exhausted and wants to lie on the sofa. I feel you Petal.

I would highly recommend this book if you are looking for a light and fun read.

I rated this 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

Full disclosure: I received this eARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review. (Thanks NetGalley!)


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