Monday, April 23, 2012
Spring Fever? Yes, Yes, YES.
It's no secret that I love author Mary Kay Andrews. I remember the first time I picked up one of her books (Hissy Fit) and she had me hooked from page one. If you love books with a Southern flair (and, yes, I capitalized Southern because that's how it's done here in the South), female lead characters that you will root for until the end, and enough sass to leave you yearning for a sweet tea straight from the Mason jar? Her books are exactly what you need in your life.
I recently received an early, not-yet-released copy of her newest novel Spring Fever. Mary Kay did not disappoint. I now want friends like Annajane and Pokey in my life and am searching for a cherry soda named Quixie. Want a little background on Spring Fever?
Annajane Hudgens truly believes that she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless. They've been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a new, terrific guy, and she’s ready to leave the small town where she and Mason had so much history. She is so over Mason that she has absolutely no problem attending his wedding to the beautiful, intelligent, delightful Celia. But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is literally walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to realize that maybe she’s been given a second chance. Maybe everything happens for a reason. And maybe, just maybe, she wants Mason back. But there are secrets afoot in this small southern town. On the peaceful surface of Hideaway Lake, Annajane discovers that the past is never really gone. Even if there are people determined to keep Annajane from getting what she wants, happiness might be hers for the taking, and the life she once had with Mason in this sleepy lake town might be in her future.
Where do I begin? I was automatically hooked upon opening Spring Fever and stumbling into Annajane's life. I never wanted to put the book down as evident by dog-eared pages and the dark circles beneath my eyes. Spring Fever is the perfect beach read, the perfect book to have on your front porch while drinking some sweet tea.
Living in a small, Southern town myself I laughed along with Annajane and just felt for her. Here she is, divorced from the town's wealthiest family's son, and working for her ex at HIS family business. Awkward? Very much so.
Annajane has found a new man in her life and has decided that she is leaving behind her loft, career and Passcoe, NC. Everyone in town is in her business about everything. I sympathized towards her in so much of the novel. Just to have to live with so many people breathing down your neck--and not to mention being on your ex's payroll was enough for me to want to pour her a glass of wine and be her friend.
Her best friend and Mason's sister, Pokey, is determined that Annajane and Mason were destined to be with one another. She has a feeling that Celia is up to no good and she keeps on with her impeccable match making skills. This is one pair of exes that Pokey knows they are meant to be together, not apart.
If you are looking for a new book to tote to the beach, lake or even just to your backyard, Spring Fever is the book for you. The plot is never slow and I never had the feeling of wanting the book to be over. In fact, when I got to the last page I was heartbroken that it was over as now I will have to wait one more year for her next novel to be released.
I have a feeling that once you have read one of Mary Kay Andrews' books that you will buying them all one by one. And when you do? Don't blame me for your late nights and tired mornings from reading into the wee hours of the morning. Add Spring Fever to your must read list this summer--once you discover Mary Kay Andrews your life will never be the same.
Spring Fever receives 5 out of 5 stars!
Where to Buy
Spring Fever will be released on June 5th--mark your calendars!
Pre-order at these stores:
Barnes & Noble
About Mary Kay Andrews
Mary Kay Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Fixer Upper, Savannah Breeze and Blue Christmas, as well as Deep Dish,Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies and Savannah Blues.
As a lifelong “junker” the author claims to know the location of every promising thrift store, flea market and junkpile in the southeastern United States, plus many parts of Ohio.
Married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two grown children and a proud grandmother. After a brief hiatus in Raleigh, NC, she and her husband moved back to their old neighborhood in Atlanta, where they live in a restored 1926 Craftsman bungalow. She divides her time between Atlanta and her restored beach cottage on Tybee Island, GA.
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St. Martin's Press 6/5/2012HardcoverISBN: 9780312642716ISBN10: 03126427176 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 416 pages
I received an advance reader's copy from St. Martin's Press in order to read the book and conduct my honest review. No other compensation was given.