#BookReview: Meno-What? by D G Kaye @pokercubster #Menopause #womensissues

Hi everyone! Today, I have a book review for a favourite writer of mine, D G Kaye … an author many of us know and love >>>

22881637About the Book:

“I often found myself drifting from a state of normal in a sudden twist of bitchiness.”

From PMS to menopause to what the hell?

D.G. adds a touch of humor to a tale about a not-so-humorous time. While bidding farewell to her dearly departing estrogen, D.G. struggles to tame her raging hormones of fire, relentless dryness, flooding and droughts and other unflattering symptoms.

Join D.G. on her meno-journey to slay the dragons of menopause as she tries to hold on to her sanity, memory, hair, and so much more!

My Review:


I have read this author before, and her humour in adversity shines through every time. This knack makes what could be a depressing read into an inspiring one, and Meno-What? doesn’t disappoint. At 66 Kindle pages, this is a quick yet informative read.

I would say this is a must-read for all women going through or approaching a certain stage of life: the menopause. I might go so far as to say that their loved ones should read this too! … Although, when I made the same suggestion to dear hubby, I received a noncommittal grunt in reply, lols.

The author tells us that “major body trauma or surgery can ignite the process.” Tick!
And … “Those meno dragons can creep up on you like the night.” Tick! (Love that imagery.)
And … “If you can’t laugh, there’s no fun in existing!” Tick!

Some comments show the massive differences between healthcare in the UK and that in the US. For instance, many of us over this side of the pond can’t imagine having our own dermatologist or gynae person to go to at need. Apart from this difference in health care provision, the book and its examples is highly relatable.

As an amputee, I’m experiencing a whole new level of fun living with a false leg during hot sweats. Just yesterday, after the supposedly-tight-and-skin-gripping liner slipped off my residual limb three times in half an hour, and took my prosthetic with it mid-step, I decided to give myself a break and had a wheelchair day. As the author advises, seeing the funny side sure does help!

Reading this book had me chortling away throughout, as well as nodding in recognition. Honestly, I wish I’d read this a few years ago! While each experience of menopause is individual, there are some common truths that hold for us all, and this book is a wonderful reminder that we’re not alone, as well as offering some general advice from a lay perspective. This treat of a memoir gets a solid five stars from me.


NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER β€” Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! β€” An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS β€”Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA β€”Lots of issues with this book.

I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚


For anyone interested, here are the Amazon links …

UK … https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08R8XRTB2/

US … https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08R8XRTB2/


20 Comments on “#BookReview: Meno-What? by D G Kaye @pokercubster #Menopause #womensissues

  1. The night flashes were the worst! First you throw off the blankets, then you wake up freezing and pull them back up (can’t cuddle hubby, he doesn’t appreciate my freezing fingers and toes), then wake up feeling like I fell into a sauna, sheesh! I don’t miss those days, at all!
    Great review, Harmony. This sounds like a fun read πŸ™‚

  2. Harmony, I’m ecstatic that you both read and reviewed my book. I know well your rating system and I’m humbled at your five stars, so thank you. Also, I would like to add in comment, regarding yours about the difference between your NHS and US healthcare, I am a Canadian, so we too have free healthcare, and despite irregularities in the system, we are blessed to be able to decide who we want as our doctors and specialists. Thanks again, and I’ll be sharing. Hugs xx

  3. I also wished I’d read this book a few years earlier than I did, Harmony. Menopause thrashed me, and I don’t think I even had it that bad, except for 10 years of hot flashes… so far. Great review. And many congrats to Debby!

    • Yup, I’m in the so far not so great category, lols πŸ˜‚ Thanks, Diana πŸ™‚

  4. Lovely review, Harmony! Nice to see this book of Debby’s being featured here. I confess, I am SO far past menopause, I haven’t read it. (Something in me doesn’t even want to be reminded of those days! 😱) But I feel very comfortable in recommending to others younger than I, and am sure Debby does a wonderful job of handling this subject. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, and Debby, congratulations on such a great review! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

    • I don’t blame you for not wishing to revisit this! Lols. Thanks, Marcia πŸ’•πŸ™‚