Mature chick-lit. Four women, in that stage of life, meet at a party for a retiring acquaintance. Faye, Shirley, Alice and Marilyn, all over the hill by most standards, and all managing to abandon dreams they once had in favor of either getting by or the status quo. Ranging from dead broke to comfortable to wealthy, their serendipitous meeting results in the Hot Flash Club, a mutual-aid society that brings their abandoned dreams to life. And some of those dreams are very interesting. All in all, a good beach read. A 4, although tough times yielded way too easily to the good ones.