THE HOT FLASH CLUB, by Nancy Thayer

The first in a heart-warming, light-hearted-but-serious series that spawned a gazillion support groups! Four independent 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 not-exactly-comfortable 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. A feelgood novel of friendship and making dreams come true. A 4.