Author Diann Hunt pens the words of Hot Flashes and Cold Cream with both humor and honesty, as she describes a fifty-something woman in the grip of menopause. Maggie Haydn’s world turns upside down into a despairing heap of cellulite, as her search continues to find something that will spare her the pain of life change. Her pursuit accelerates into a full blown rat race.
Sipping her favorite beverage at the new coffee house makes a dent in her meaningless days of waiting for her overworked husband to return home. While the superficial makeovers never touch the deepest longing of her heart, she hardly expects her out-of-style elderly, widowed neighbor to strike a cord within her. Tired of running, Maggie pauses long enough to notice that Elvira, after all, is fashionably dressed in expressing God’s love to others. Maggie is ready for a real change!
Maggie’s husband Gordon and her best friend Lily nearly go out of their minds trying to help Maggie keep her balance in her topsy-turvy world. Her college age son and newly married daughter love their mom, too, but hope she doesn’t go completely over the edge.
I nearly ran out of breath trying to keep up with Maggie’s agonizing pace of going everywhere, never really getting anywhere. Finally, she comes to terms with her age, her appearance, and her attitude toward life. At times, I wanted to say, “We’ve heard this before!” It seems that was the author’s creative technique -- to wear out the reader as much as it exhausted her main character, so that, in the end, we could all breathe a huge sigh of relief.
I commend this book to the Maggie Haydens who are struggling with an empty stage of life. Hunt’s character Elvira will point the reader to Jesus Christ, at center stage in her own life. – Cheryl Cecil, Christian Book Previews.com
Midlife isn't a crisis for Maggie Hayden until the day a former classmate fails to recognize her. Then her world spins out of control. With an empty nest, a body heading south, and a marital spark that seems to be sputtering, she knows she has to do something. But what? A job, the gym, a romantic getaway are all distinct possibilities. But the real challenge, Maggie discovers, is learning to trust what she cannot see. That even while she's "wasting away" on the outside, with God's help she's being renewed inwardly day by day.