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  • Great book, fun read, easy beach read

    Heather Wardell's books are always a great light read, and a welcome escape, and this one is no exception. Wardell does an excellent job capturing the emotions of each of the characters as they work to relate to each other and the circumstances in which they find themselves as it relates to the challenging menopause transition. The women, who all find themselves in a state of menopause at various ages, have different reasons for being in the support group. What does it mean to no longer be able to have children, to have prioritized work over a family life, to have your dreams ripped away? The women come to terms with their new reality, together. Wardell helps the reader feel the emotions of the characters - their anxiety, pain, challenges - and ultimately their ability to empathize, support, and lean on each other. Sometimes, you can find help where you least expect it, and those who need the help the most are not the ones you'd expect. A fun, light beach read makes this one a great escape and makes you feel like you're among their group. This book is part of a series but can be read alone. But I'd start at the beginning if you're an avid reader. They're a breeze to go through, and you'll soon be eagerly awaiting her next book. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review.

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  • Enjoyable read for women of any age

    Brenda, Ellie, and Michelle each have a different reason for attending the Menopause support group. Young or older these women have the common connection of being in Menopause, having those pesky hot flashes along with other symptoms, and having to live their daily lives with them. As the group meets these three start to figure out just how much they have been emotionally and mentally affected by this time in their lives. These female characters and personalities are well thought out and developed. Their actions and attitudes through the story may have you not liking them very much or may have you feeling compassion for them, but as they learn more about themselves and why they are acting as they do you will find yourself cheering for these strong women. I received an arc copy of this book and voluntarily have left this review.

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  • Great read for all ages

    I recently read Heather Wardell’s latest book The Menopause Support Group. I have been a fan of Heather Wardell’s ebooks for years as they have been relatable and encompass a wide age range. When I was given the opportunity to voluntarily review an advanced reader copy of this book I did not hesitate to accept. The Menopause Support Group does not fail to deliver. Again, she is able to incorporate women from various age groups, express multiple viewpoints, and the interactions that take place between each character. By starting each chapter from the perspective of a specific character assists in the flow of the story and makes it a page turner.

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  • Loved it!

    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. I loved it! Great story and very entertaining, funny and emotional. I didn’t want to put it down. You become invested in all three main characters. I love that the narrative of the book goes back and forth between the three main characters point of view, it helps you relate and really get to know each.

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  • Amazing Novel About Menopause

    Menopause is something that happens to every woman if she makes it to a certain age, yet it is kept quiet, rarely discussed among women or with our care providers. Menopause and perimenopause have so many components to them: physical, mental, and emotional—and each of the components are multi-faceted. This book does a fantastic job capturing what this sometimes turbulent period in a woman's life can be like. It is told from the perspectives of three women of different ages who are all going through menopause (or, technically speaking, perimenopause, because menopause itself is just one day): one due to a radical hysterectomy because of cancer, one who's having it naturally early at the age of 39, and one woman who is just passed it at 63. The core focus is around what the title of the book is, a menopause support group run by the local hospital. So we see each of these women on their unique journey, both hormonally and in the rest of their lives. The youngest woman’s story is particularly heartbreaking as all Emily ever truly wanted was to be a mother, and this was taken away from her in her twenties. She found out about it at her preconception doctor's appointment. Michelle, the 39-year-old, has been focused on her career, but now that the possibility of children has been taken away, all she can think of is babies and how much she wants one; of course, it is difficult when she sees pregnant women or infants. The older woman, Brenda, is not letting on to the support group that she has now had her last symptoms as she takes some of her identity from being a helper in the group. While this book is not always emotional, it certainly is in places, swinging between the extremes. Brenda is an unreliable narrator as most people see her as more of a nuisance and a busybody than helpful. But she doesn't see that herself, of course. Her utter blindness to this made for a few laugh-out-loud moments, literally, as she interprets others’ reactions to fit within her framework. Emily's section brought me to tears more than once. The author has done an excellent job of making her pain so raw and so real. I'm most identified with Michelle because I went through menopause early naturally as well at the age of 42. It was a true shock. Looking back, I had perimenopausal symptoms starting in my early 30s but didn't know to call them that as no one had ever talked to me about perimenopause. I also identified somewhat with Emily, as I had not yet been able to have children because of fertility issues, and then menopause locked that door forever. I think this book is very brave and kind of awesome! How wonderful to bring a topic that is not often discussed into the full light, even if fictionalized. I wish we as women and our care providers started talking about this when we’re in our twenties and thirties because you never know when it is going to happen… only that it will. I could totally see this book as a movie. The women are that real and their stories are that compelling. I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.

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