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Spring Fever: A Novel Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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“Andrews deftly combines a winsome love story and compelling family drama, and the idyllic small-town setting and surprising twists and turns are tailor-made for laid-back summer pleasure reading.” ―Booklist
“Andrews delivers a satisfying read that will leave a taste as tangy, delicious and sweet as an ice-cold bottle of Quixie soda.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“...a book you will want to sink your teeth into.” ―Atlanta Journal-Constitution
About the Author
MARY KAY ANDREWS is the New York Times bestselling author of Summer Rental, The Fixer Upper, Deep Dish, Blue Christmas, Savannah Breeze, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies, and Savannah Blues. A former journalist for The Atlanta Journal Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Annajane Hudgens has been divorced for five years, but it’s not until she sees her ex-husband standing at the altar, minutes away from saying “I Do” to another woman, that she realizes she’s still in love with Mason Bayless. When the wedding does not go off as planned, Annajane and Mason are given another chance, but will they squander the opportunity?
Jeez, these two characters were so pitiful! Annajane continued to work with her husband for five years after he broke her heart, pining away like a 7th grader with a crush on Justin Bieber – how pathetic. And Mason? Well, Mason Bayless needs to be force-fed a mega dose of calcium to shore up that wimpy backbone of his. I don’t want to tread into spoiler territory here, so I’ll just say that Mason’s reason for ending his marriage to Annajane was downright lame, and he was so easily manipulated by everyone around him – what a sad sack.
It’s hard to enjoy a book when the two main characters grate on your nerves, but there were elements of this story that I did like. Mason’s sister “Pokey” was a delightful character and the town of Passcoe, North Carolina sounded quirky and charming. I enjoyed reading about the refurbished Pinecone Motor Lodge and its owners Harold and Thomas. The author writes well, smooth and professional, and the dialog is nicely done. It’s too bad that the wishy-washy leads soured this one for me, but there’s always another MKA charmer waiting in the wings.
Occasional swearing/strong language and some (non-explicit) adult content.
This book had additional weaknesses -- a key element of the story is left unresolved (I'm trying to sidestep a spoiler), and it strains credibility that a divorced couple can work and live in close proximity for five years yet never resolve what drove them apart. In a couple of places, the narrative detours into cheap romance-novel territory. And finally, it may seem trivial, but it really annoys me when a best-selling author (or her editors) can't correctly form the plural possessive of a family name ending in "s" -- and good grief, "Mason," the expression is "Hear, hear" -- not "Here here."
Andrews again draws you into her characters and by the time you finish the book you give a big sigh and say "whew". But, then you knew she would do it again.
My only complaint was that the book came from the publisher with some stray ink marks on too many pages, but Amazon graciously took care of this in their customer service department.
I really enjoyed this book. I was glued to it and it had just the right amount of angst (light angst, not depressing angst) I was looking for as well as some humor and the trademark MKA southern "feel". It was well written and when I got to the last page I felt uplifted. Okay that was the good news.
The bad news is that there were too many flashbacks and the characters were difficult to like, specially the "hero", Mason. What a spineless guy; he was a hottie but really how can one respect a guy who seems to have no ability to stand up for himself and not enough smarts to figure out he is being conned? Who turns over the running of their company to someone without even checking on their background??? I much preferred the heroine's fiancé and was sorry he was dumped. Also, there were plot lines which just seemed gratuitous and strange: for example the business about the mother-in-law's behavior the day her husband died. The villains in this book were truly villainous and ended up getting their just desserts but they didn't feel real. Finally, the whole way in which H/h divorced was just strange: they never even talked about some of the problems??? There were a number of inconsistencies and behaviors which were clearly just obstacles to keep the story going but which were not plausible and didn't bear too much scrutiny.
BUT this is a fairy tale and the author makes that crystal clear, so taking that into account and the fact that I enjoyed it while I was reading it, I think this book is a definite 3 and 1/2 stars.