by Rosy Fenwicke
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Pub Date 08 May 2017 | Archive Date 22 Feb 2022
SUPERPOWERS SHOULD NOT BE WASTED ON THE YOUNG
Euphemia Sage watched helplessly as Jane, covered in blood, clutched her precious jewelry and was bundled into the Mercedes. Just a few days earlier she’d discovered that Alison, her mousy receptionist at Sage Consulting, had been working as a loan shark on the side. And now Alison, her husband and those thick-necked men in the cheap suits wanted the money back.
When a desperate Jane had come to Euphemia, of course she had to help. After all, wasn’t this what she was supposed to do? Euphemia had waited more than twenty years to find out if the story in the mysterious letter she’d received on her thirtieth birthday was true. So when at 53 her first hot flush triggered a genetic switch and gave her unexpected powers, she felt more than ready to save Jane and deal to Alison.
But what had seemed simple suddenly became complicated when Alison produced a gun.
A Note From the Publisher
If you like The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, you’ll love Euphemia Sage in Hot Flush.
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I wasn't sure from the book blurb that I would read more than a few pages, but it hooked me in right from the beginning up until the end. It's full of great characters, excellent plotting and a story I couldn't put down. I can't wait to find out what Euphemia will discover next about her powers and what the villain's next step will be.
I really enjoyed reading this book - I was don't usually read super-heroine books (a.k.a fantasy), but Euphemia Sage was immediately likable and I could relate to her, so I found it hard to put the book down. The description and dialogue were just right and the "what will happen next" tension just perfect.
Rosy has created a new genre of crime-thriller-midlife-super-heroine. I can't wait for the next installment!
I love the idea of menopause bringing about something positive, or at least something more that hot flashes.! Hot Flush by Rosy Fenwicke explores the idea that Euphemia has inherited a biological switch that turns on at menopause and leads to super powers. Euphemia was left with her aunt when she was only 6 years old. The aunt has since passed away and left Euphemia a locked trunk and letters mailed on her birthdays. Euphemia has had a good, if dull, life, but all that changes with "the change". This was a fun book that I read in exchange for a review. I would definitely look for more from Rosy Fenwicke.
Funny in places, touching in others, full of gripping twist and turns! Believe me, some things you would never even expect to happen...DO!!! Just a super fun story i had to read from, start to fin8sh, a real page turner!!!
“Super powers should not be wasted on the young”
Rosy Fenwick has given new meaning to the “change of life” with this fast paced, page turner that tells the story of Euphemia Sage and the superpowers she inherits as she hits the menopause. A successful business woman, happily married with two grown up daughters, she is still haunted by the mother who abandoned her as a child. Guided by letters left to her by her late aunt, she discovers the truth behind ‘Rachel’s Switch’ just as her life is threatening to unravel around her.
Such a refreshing change to be treated to a positive and funny tale of a woman in her fifties. The book is packed with great characters and the promise of more adventures ahead. A great debut!
This was such a cute novel. Uplifting and funny. Recommend to anyone wanting a light read.
You don't have to be young to enjoy life and love comes at all ages.
This was a fun, comical, fast paced read. I truly enjoyed the main character's journey into discovering her super powers. This is one of those stories that leaves you wondering if the super hero should even bother rescuing her friend, but then when her dog is kidnapped, the situation becomes more urgent. The little dog was a real charmer in this story.
Oh, if only more of us women could hope to acquire "super powers" along with the hot flushes/flashes that come with menopause. It would definitely balance out the bad (night sweats, bright red flushes, erratic hormones...) with the good (super hearing, sight, strength...) . One can only dream but live vicariously through this book.
With a menopausal heroine in Euphremia Sage realizes that her receptionist was moonlighting as a loan shark, and her friend is behind on her payments, she’s certain that something must change, and she will be th one to make it. Two decades back, she had received a letter that predicted her developing super powers once she hit menopause, and now, surprise, surprise, that prediction has come to pass. So off she goes to find just what she is capable of, and all under the auspices of helping her friend Jane get out from under the ballooning loan payments.
There must be something in the water in New Zealand, as both authors that I have read from there have a completely unique view of the world, with a decidedly offbeat sense of humor. With Euphremia being so totally wonderful and fantastic, she’s the woman you want to know – loyal, sensible and generous, with a spoilt and gregarious dog, she’s never one to underestimate. From one twist to the next, while there is no real mystery (Jane owes the money, Annie will collect) the real twists happen as Euphremia explores her newly acquired powers, successfully and unsuccessfully, but always with a sense of fun.
Light, fun and quick to read, this story will grab you and entertain until suddenly it’s all over – and you look up. Perfect for putting a smile on your face this first in the series story promises plenty of fun to come.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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This was an enjoyable caper. Euphemia Sage and her menopausal superpowers kept me hooked until the last page, with a few laughs along the way. Euphemia was a relatable character, and I enjoyed finding out how she got used to her unbelievable super powers and used them to her advantage as her successful, but safe life began to unravel. Not sure I would have had the same patience as she showed her friend Jane though!
I received a Kindle copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Fun, smart fast moving mystery.
This book was a wonderful surprise! The premise of 53 year old Euphemia becoming a superheroine at menopause was genius. The story twisted and turned and held my attention till the very last page. I literally could not put this book down reading it in one sitting till the late hours of the night.
I loved her family there were some interesting dynamics. I see this as a start of a promising new series. Rosy Fenwicke thank you for a wonderful read I hope you are working on book 2 right now!!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC I received from NetGalley.
I absolutely loved this book. Who of us, that is, women of a certain age, would not love to develop super powers with menopause, other than being able to start sweating at the drop of a hat. The characters were engaging, the story captivating, and it kept me reading to find out what was going to happen next. I am looking forward to the next book.
I received this free from NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review.
I wasn't really sure about this book after reading the excerpt but it was surprisingly cute and different. The author did a great job turning something that ends a journey in a woman's life into something unique and life affirming. The main character realizes that strength comes in several different forms, and true love is the most important thing of all. Thank you NetGalley and Rosy Fenwicke for allowing me to read this book and write a honest review.
This 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!)
This follows the story of a fairly ordinary woman who along with her hot flushes gets superpowers!! Made my friends giggle when I told them what I was reading! Really lightens the mood of any hot flush! Fantastic first book. What a great idea and written so well. Well envisioned characters, some emotional depth and a great adventure story.
Hot Flush by Rosy Fenwicke is a super hero book in a nutshell..
So different and unusual, fresh and delightful.
On her thirteth birthday Euphemia receives a letter from her aunt Maree telling her that when she enters menopause she will experience special powers. It takes another twenty years for Euphemia to realize exactly what her aunt was talking about.
Great read, very funny with many twists and turns it makes it impossbile to put down. Shows family dynamics and how her powers make impact on her whole family and put in motion some unbelievable things.
Very interesting read.
Finally, something I can hope for, the superpowers of menopause! Wow, that sounds really stupid, but this book is anything but. I loved the originality and countless twists and turns in this hilarious, yet suspenseful novel. Highly recommended for my friends "of a certain age" and the youngsters who still have a long way to go.
At 53, most women have left their midlife crisis behind and don't expect to excel in anything in particular anymore. Euphemia is different. She has known for years (but not really believed) that she would get superpowers as soon as her first hot flush hit her.
At first, she tries to explain away her special powers but soon realizes they are real. It takes her a while before she's confident at using them, but she needs them quite soon, when it turns out her receptionist has been involved in a scheme where money is lent to Euphemia's clients (without her knowledge). Eupemia becomes involved herself and must find a way to save her practice from getting a bad name.
Not altogether believable, but an easy and fun read.
"Hot Flush" was a quirky, quick read that follows Euphemia Sage as she learns that her life is not at all what it seemed; she discovers secrets about her family, herself, and her employees, and these discoveries make for a fun read. Overall, a very unique book.
This was such a fun book to read. I wish I’d been granted super powers so the menopause, I could imagine this so much as a very funny sitcom/drama. Loved it, cleverly written with great characters. Thanks gif the opportunity to read and review.
Such a good read, especially for women of a certain age, good humour and a good story line, lovedthe main character, look forward to more books by this author
Hot Flush is a fun read at any age, but particularly if you are going through menopause or have recently.
How could it not be? The story of one woman who receives letters telling her that as she goes through menopause, powers will be waking up inside her- but she can't take any hormones or supplements, because that will interfere with her powers! A fun read that affirms the worth of women over fifty (and makes you want to get in better shape).
I got a copy of this book to review from Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
Hot Flush is a fun book for anyone near menopause or peri menopause. Rather than just deal with all of the side effects of this change in life, the lead in the story, Euphemia Sage, discovers how she has enhanced abilities after she begins menopause. At the same time these new super skills appear, Euphemia learns of deception occurring at her company, by someone she thought she could trust. The story is a little complex with multiple plots, but they all come together at the end. This is the first in a series and I am curious to see what Euphemia uncovers in the second book.
Euphemism is waiting for me pause. Many women are, but she’s been told she will be gifted with some sort of power. Will she be able to fly? Leap tall buildings with a single bound? Stop bullets with her teeth? Or will her Gift be a bit less exotic? When the time finally comes, Euphemia is initially disappointed. She can hear better and run faster. But with a little time, she figures out what exactly her superpowers are and how best to use them.
An enjoyable lighthearted read. A mystery and super powers. A delightful change from the menopause bringing inconvenient life changes but bringing things in to tight focus, heighting senses and healing. A sequel would be a delight for a Sunday afternoon read following on from the main characters knowledge.
A wonderful read!!
Abandoned when she was only 3 years old on her Aunt's doorstep, Euphemia Sage, had been told she was special by her aunt her whole life; but she never believed it. After her Aunt dies, she receives letters on every big birthday, her 30th, 40th, and 50th from her reminding Euphemia about what to expect when she hits menopause. When she turns 53, A switch is flipped in her and things start to change big time; now she can't even doubt her Aunt's words. She has powers that defy her age, her hearing is super enhanced, her body heals itself, and she can force people to do things with just her voice; she feels like a superhero.
When an old school friend, Jane, is in trouble with a loan shark, that Euphemia discovers is her mousy secretary at the family's company, Euphemia refuses to be threatened nor bullied by anyone anymore. No one will take down her company or hurt her friend, no matter who they are.
A must read!