Blog Tour: Menopause to Matrimony by @shellyhickman #review #giveaway
Date Published: November2014
The sequel to Vegas to Varanasi catches up with Anna and Kiran a couple of years after the event that brought the once “ugly duckling” high school acquaintances together. But will their romance continue to flourish in the face of a whole new set of insecurities brought on by middle age? First, there’s Kiran, who has an unexpected health scare. While his doctors assure no permanent damage has been done, there seems to have been some damage to his personality, as the normally respectful and reserved Kiran begins behaving erratically and overtly. Anna wants to hope that this is temporary, sparked by the visit of Kiran’s womanizing, free-spirited cousin, Seth. But is this just the midlife Kiran surfacing? Anna has midlife issues of her own. Now forty-eight, she’s navigating the onset of perimenopause and all the delights that come with it, from facial hair to mood swings to body temperature issues. On top of that, her two-year-old granddaughter is starting to show signs of a behavior disorder, bringing with it a whole other level of stress and worry.
Will Anna and Kiran finally find their happily ever after? Or end up stuck in a midlife mess in this romantic comedy of accepting change, and “the change.”
The phrase that comes to mind right after having read this is Laugh out Loud Funny. I found this novel to be so incredibly witty and fun to read. Its light-hearted enough but definitely has deeper emotional moments as well. I almost teared up a time or two. There are a lot of issues Anna and Kiran have to deal with, they may have found love, but they are still searching for their happily ever after. I liked the reality of this novel. Most if it felt like real life problems for real life women. Shelly Hickman has done a great job in a sequel as to stay true to her characters. She manages to progress the story without things feeling forced. This felt like a true next chapter in their lives.
There is a whole barrage of secondary characters that really lend depth to the novel as well.
Living in Las Vegas since she was two, Shelly Hickman has witnessed many changes in the city over the years. She graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor of Art in 1990, and in her early twenties worked as a computer illustrator. In the mid-90s, she returned to school to earn her Masters degree in Elementary Education. She now teaches computer literacy and media technology at a middle school in Las Vegas. She loves to write about people, examining their flaws, their humor, spirituality, and personal growth. Shelly lives with her husband, two children, and their dog, Frankie.