SPRING FEVER by Mary Kay Andrews
Author: Mary Kay Andrews
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
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THE GIST: Ok, MK (I can call you that, right? I feel like we’re cool like that even though I’ve never met you, spoken to you or otherwise existed in your consciousness. I have, however, read all of your books, so I’m just going to go ahead and assign you a nickname.) MK- girl- I love your books. I really do; Summer Rental, Savannah Blues, Little Bittie Lies, I could go on, but I think you get it. I love your work. And maybe that’s why I’m not totally in love with Spring Fever. I may have set the bar too high.
[note color=”#c4f4fd”]THE SYNOPSIS: Annajane Hudgens is on the move, almost. She’s on the brink of starting a new life in Atlanta; new, apartment, new job, new musician boyfriend. It’s all right there for her to make the leap, but before she can leave her hometown and the life she has always known, Annajane decides to get closure by going to her ex-husband, Mason’s, wedding. At what should be her last (awkward) hurrah in Passcoe, North Carolina, Annajane watches her ex’s wedding fall apart and is suddenly faced with decisions and feelings she thought long settled. With help from her best friend Pokey (who also happens to be Mason’s sister) and revelations of small town secrets, Annajane revisits the fond memories and the old wounds she had with her ex and learns what moving on really means.[/note]
THE LOWDOWN: So, here’s the deal. I liked this book. I didn’t love this book and that’s what throws me. I usually love Mary Kay Andrews’ stories. If you haven’t read her other works before, I highly recommend doing so, just don’t start with this one. It may not be fair to compare one work to another, but this is an opinion so, who cares about fair. The protagonist, Annajane, doesn’t have the gumption or the wit that I’ve come to expect from a Mary Kay Andrews leading lady. She’s passive and wimpy and more than a little obtuse. It’s frustrating to watch her make choices that are obviously, and reasonably wrong. On the positive side, the supporting characters are lively, funny, and full of southern charm. The small town setting is expertly brought to the forefront and the story itself, though often predictable, is satisfying. I would say this one is worth the read, but don’t let it be your only experience with MK, she can (and has) deliver so much more.