On Jill Morgan Storm's fortieth birthday, she declares she is through with love. A conviction well justified, considering her first husband didn't leave her for another woman; he became one! More recently, her love affair came to a screeching halt when her lover dumped her for a young undergraduate. To make matters worse, the teeny-bopper stole Jill's "well-seasoned" fryin...more
As if that wasn't enough, now single, her one aim is to find a way to fund her sons college. What is she to do? Well she sends ...more
I love Romantic Comedies, but in books I sometimes find them over the top and just too silly and so they aren't all that funny in the end. However, this one was just right. I literally laughed out loud in a few places and loved the survey and the answers that implied that absence made the heart grow fonder... yeah, just keep telling yourself that.
So, here is the set up. Jill's ex ...more
The main character's determination to find a husband so that she could ...more
"Birthdays are like a box of Tampax.
When the box is new, you thoughtlessly reach in and grab another but as the box empties you start worrying about running out before you're ready"
Seriously guys. Who would be able to put the book down after reading that?!? I was hooked and thus began my journey with Jill that had me laughing from beginning to t ...more
In the life of Jill nothing is simple: her ex-husband wants to become a woman, must fight with a teenage son who speaks only French, a nosy mother and one of her collague almost always drunk. On the business is quite fortunate, she is a chef at a prestigious restaurant but feels that something is missing in her life. Jill has almost 40 years and decided it was time for her to find the right man, her soul m ...more
I LOVED Hot Flash By Kathy Carmichael! I read it in one day. This book is so funny. Poor Jill thinks that at age 40 she needs a man to help pay her sons college tuition while only being "available" for about a week each month. She is experiencing hot flashes which may be the onset of pre-menopause. They come on suddenly and leave her in a wringing wet mess, with all the weird a ...more
Five days ago my son's house was hit by a tornado, and we've been busy moving them, cleaning, worrying. I went to the library and found this, with a first sentence as follows: "Birthdays are like a box of tampons."
It took zero effort on my part to be instantly immersed in Something Else other than my own prob ...more
Unfortunately, I had read a few reviews about this book prior to reading it myself and was concerned that it wasn’t going to be my thing.
I don’t know that I have ever been so glad to be wrong.
Jill and her girlfriends are hilarious. While they are older than my friends and I – it all sounds about the same!
Jill is divorced, her ex-husband is now an ex-wife, she has a teenage son, a meddli ...more
This of cour ...more
That being said, we meet Jill Storm, a sous chef working at a prestigious Las Vegas hotel. She is a single mom raising a moody, artistic, teenaged son. She tries to be supportive of her ex-husband who now goes by the name “Stormie” after a undergoing a gender change procedure. She is stressed about how to afford college tuition for her son. Not to mention she is turning the big 4-0 and ...more
With an opening like that I just knew I was going to love this book! This book had me laughing so much at one point my partner just gave a me a look that said "wth".
When Jill reaches her 40th birthday, her ex husband is now a woman and her son likes to speak in French, a lot. She sets out to find the secret to happy a marriage, so send off surveys to couples who have been married 25+ years and discovers a trend of happy marriages being the result of husbands w ...more
This is the first time I've read any books from Kathy Carmichael and I was truly impressed. She kept me reading, she kept me laughing, and *may have* induced a hot flash or two. Witty and real, Jill's observations on love kept me rooting for her to actually find her princ ...more
What impressed me most was that Kathy wrote this in a way where even as a 40+ married mother of two could understand some of the realness of divorce and what it would be like to try and manage it
all while knowing very shortly you ould also be an empty ...more
Jill, a 40 year old sous chef with a son preparing for college, has decided the best way to learn about staying married for years is to survey couples that have been married 25+ years. What her survey reveals sends her on a laugh out loud journey to find the perfect man. When she runs into her son's annoyingly single third grade teacher and sparks fly, she does all she can to run the other way. With her best friends in tow and her nagging mother trying to set her up at every turn, can s ...more
This was an amusing, quick read that made me long to hear more from Ms. Carmichael! If you like to laugh, you really need to read some of this authors books!
Hot Flash is a very well written story of the hardships of a single mom growing older, turning the big 4-0! Ms. Carmichael did a wonde ...more
While it took me a while to really get cooking with this book once I finally did it was an enjoyable, fun and light read. I read this in a weekend while I was trying to avoid the 4 million blooming things outside my apartment. This story of Jill the single mom chef made me laugh but in spots was all too real (as a single mom myself).....maybe I need to find a college professor to date so my little guy will be set! This is a good read. It's not really thought provoking but it's fun and provides p ...more
I worked in a restaurant for years so I found her job interesting and it was pretty accurate and oh so funny! This was my first book by Kathy Carmichael and it will not ...more
Is she past her prime? I know that I am not in my 20's anymoreand boy does it hit home some days. I can't imagine how it will feel when I'm not in my 30's anymore!
I don't know if I would search for a husband in that manner, but it sure made for some g ...more
If you’re in the midst of a divorce, looking for love, in your late 30’s/early 40’s or simply want a good laugh, THIS is the book for you! If you have NO sense of humor and can’t take things lightly, please, don’t read this book. I like to consider myself quite sarcastic at times and let me tell you, if I ever reach the point that Jill Storm reaches in Hot Flash, then I’m heading down the exact path she goes down when it comes ...more
The entire story is told in first person from Jill’s point of view. It’s about her frustrations in her job and searching for a husband. Her son Stephen is a senior in high school. Jill has no money to pay Stephen’s college expenses, and she doesn’t want to saddle him with student loans. She wants to marry a traveling salesman who will be gone a lot and provide money for college. ...more
Jill Morgen Storm is on the hunt for a man. Specifically a salesman so she can live by the adage that “absence makes the heart grow fonder” or some such folderol (think three weeks of travel and one week of Mind Blowing Sex ( Or MBS as Jill calls it)! True to the romance genre and its formula, Jill is down on men due to past relationships, is perky, cute, and funny and has lovely breasts and a teen-age son with issues but is brilliant in the arts. She has an interest ...more
She lives on Florida's west coast, along with her hus ...more