Item description for Hot Tropics & Cold Feet by Hunt Diann...
When the going gets tough, the tough hit the beach.
After years of being single, Lily's about to head down the aisle again. But just as she's about to take the plunge, she gets cold feet--ice cold.
To calm her pre-wedding jitters, Lily and her girlfriends take off on a getaway to Siesta Key, Florida. Harkening back to younger days, they stalk Donny Osmond, get tattoos (henna!), and turn the heads of local studs. But not far from any of their minds are the challenges of midlife: grown children coming home to roost, husbands in midlife crisis mode, and--could it be?--a first-time pregnancy at forty-five.
The "girls" all have their baggage in tow, but the salty air and laughing with friends is just what the doctor ordered--if they can weather the hot flashes until wedding bells ring!
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Format: Large Print
Studio: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11" Width: 8.25" Height: 0.68" Weight: 1.61 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2000
Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN 1595545557 ISBN13 9781595545558
Availability 0 units.
More About Hunt Diann
Diann Hunt writes heart-warming stories with a rose-colored view of the world. Author of 25 books, many of them award winners, Diann lives in Indiana with her husband Jim. Visit her website at diannhunt.com. Twitter: @DiannHunt
Diann Hunt currently resides in the state of Indiana.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Hot Tropics & Cold Feet?
-- Apr 18, 2009
Maggie thinks everything is going as planned with her friend, Lily's wedding--until Ron calls, concerned that Lily might be slipping away. He begs Maggie to do something, anything, so he doesn't lose his bride-to-be. Maggie gathers her friends and they decide a girls' time out would be just the thing.
Jill offers her cabin in Siesta Key, Florida, and the girls head off, excited because Donnie Osmond and his family are vacationing there. Maggie hopes to get a few pictures, and even orders tickets on-line so they can hear them in concert.
Even though the ladies are on vacation, family pressures are never far from their minds. A son had quit college and returned home. A husband is going through mid-life crisis. And one of the four women is facing a first time pregnancy at 45. Will they be able to get Lily married, and settle all their other difficulties?
HOT TROPICS AND COLD FEET is not the first lady lit I've read by Diann Hunt, but it is one of the best. I think she's improving with every book. Maggie could be you--or the woman next door. She's sweet and sassy and full of spunk. Her friends too are realistic. Lily is concerned about getting remarried. Jill is the fitness guru of the bunch, trying to get even Maggie on the move. Louise loves to cook and would bake up a storm if anyone would eat it.
While I'm not exactly at the point in life as these ladies, I felt I could be their friends. Or their daughter. I could identify with some of their issues--or imagine myself in their place. It was fun to read about how they all handled their problems differently, and I was cheering for them all. Pick up HOT TROPICS AND COLD FEET for a warm, cozy read that will warm even the coldest of toes. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book as well as a sample chapter of RV There Yet, Diann's earlier book. $14.99. 314 pages.
A MUST read for anyone who loves good fiction writing. Sep 15, 2007
Hot Tropics and Cold Feet is probably the best book I've read. The Story introduces you to 4 friends who embark on a vacation/adventure in an attempt to help one of the friends figure out if her coming marriage is what she truly should do. Their escapades are the kind that makes you wish you could be a part of this awesome adventure and friendship. This book has the most fun, real, lovable, relatable characters I've ever read. I laughed my head off as I read, getting to know their special characteristics, quirks and yes, even flaws!!
I happen to be a Donny Osmond fan and he is mentioned in the book as the girls attempt to "stalk" or find him wherever they go. Not only did that make the book all the more fun for me, but for anyone who has had a huge crush on a celebrity, the happenings that surround that side of the story line are truly the funniest things I've ever read!! I laughed until I cried.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough!! Diann Hunt has truly become an absolute favorite author and no library should be without her books, especially this one!!
Chocolate and more chocolate Aug 3, 2007
I love reading new authors that I haven't read before. Diann Hunt's book "Hot Tropics and Cold Feet" was funny, page turning and a joy to read. I related well with Maggie as she always has a funny/humourous way of looking at things and dearly loves her chocolate as well as food in general. When the author had Maggie mention MnM's, I was sold!!! LOL.
This book is about friendship, life issues and how to deal with them with a little prayer, and humor. I didn't realize that this was the 2nd book that included these characters. Apparently Hot Flashes and Cold Cream is before this book. I still will read that book along with "RV There Yet?" I've been telling my friends about this book and writing down a list of who wants to read it after I'm done. God Bless.
This won't stop readers from enjoying another zany adventure of the Latte Girls. Jun 5, 2007
If you like good, clean, mid-life chick-lit fun, then you'll enjoy HOT TROPICS & COLD FEET, the sequel to RV THERE YET? and HOT FLASHES & COLD CREAM.
The four "Latte Girls" are back, trading barbs and wit and coping with midlife. Maggie Hayden's living-back-home-again college-age son Nick seems to have a future only as a professional video game player, and he's making Maggie and her husband Gordon crazy. Nick eats them out of house and home, leaving a trail of clutter in his wake.
Her friend Jill, the fitness queen, is suddenly (and annoyingly) after the women to shape up and eat right. And although Jill is married, her "casual" friendship with a fitness trainer is raising question marks in everyone's mind. And why is the most toned of the foursome feeling a little off? Is something wrong with Jill?
Louise maintains her size-10 figure and well-maintained look while pushing Mary Kay cosmetics on everyone ("...Mary Kay skin products can keep your face as soft as a baby's bottom.") But Louise's husband's new conversion to Christianity is driving her crazy; "he's acting all superior and self-righteous." She's not sure how to cope.
The cold feet in the title belong to the widowed Lily, who is engaged to Ron ("Captain"). Her future daughter-in-law is kicking up a fuss, however, and Lily is having second thoughts. Should she come between a dad and his daughter? And is she marrying Captain because he reminds her of her first husband? Or does she really love him?
When the Latte Girls have difficult problems to solve, they like to hit the road. This time it's Siesta Key, where they do the expected things people do in Florida and a little bit more: jet ski, pedal a surrey, parasail, rollerblade, get henna tattoos, have their hair cornrowed, and make the rounds of the local tourist attractions. Maggie gets a chance to indulge her Donnie Osmond fixation at a concert, which threatens to become a full-blown obsession. Anyone who grew up listening to "Puppy Love" will relate.
When the reasons for Jill's odd behavior finally surface, the menopausal women are in for a shock. "This being friends thing can work havoc on the nerves," muses Maggie.
The plot of HOT TROPICS & COLD FEET moves along through lots of dialogue and banter. All the midlife issues are here: hot flashes, second marriages, adult children living at home, unwanted facial hair, mood swings, coffee and chocolate. Diann Hunt keeps up a running patter of jokes and asides that will tickle many readers' funny bones.
Maggie's musings on exercise provide some of the best moments: "It takes me a good fifteen minutes every day to twist, tug, bend, and work my panty hose all the way up to my waist. Trust me, once those babies are on, I've surpassed my target heart rate."
There are some Christian insider jokes ("you could be another Chondra Pierce") and a few groaners ("I redistribute my weight and can almost hear the bag groan [the suitcase, not Lily])." Sometimes, the text feels a little instructional, such as a section on sea turtles or a preachy page or two on the importance of annual exams. But, although the pacing slows toward the end, this won't stop readers from enjoying another zany adventure of the Latte Girls.
--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby
Hot Tropics and Cold Feet Mar 23, 2007
Great book, characters are wonderful, full of life, very believable! Fun loving and funny too. I'd like to find them and make them my best friends.
Neat descriptions of the plot location.
This book is just a real treat to read. Light and joyful, with some sadness thrown in - however don't despair it has a happy ending!