Friday, June 14, 2013

Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews - REVIEW


The New York Times bestselling author of Summer Rental delivers her delicious new escapist novel about small towns, old flames, and deep secrets.

Annajane Hudgens truly believes 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.
My Thoughts:
5 Stars!
I LOVED this book! I loved this book SO much, I actually read this book last Spring, 2012, and I forgot to write the review, but I remember this book detail by detail! There is nothing better than reading a Mary Kay Andrews book EVERY Spring/Summer! At least that is how I feel, which IS what made me think to look and make sure I wrote the review!
I LOVED this book! LOVED it! I look forward to reading this year's book, and the next, and the next after that, etc.! I love Mary Kay Andrews' writing!
I do have an issue with the cover of this book. It's colorful and has flip-flops on it that makes it look like a fun and chick-lit crazy beach read, and at the top of every chapter, there are also a black and white photo of flip-flops. The flip-flops have NOTHING to do with this story at all, so why are they there? That drove me crazy all through the book! So the flip-flops are misleading and they have nothing to do with this story. You 'think' it's a 'beach read' but I did not feel that way at all. I felt this story had a lot more to it than a beach read, say more like Contemporary Fiction. I guess you can say, "Don't judge a book by it's cover", and that is true with this book. 
Maybe the publisher wants us to believe this is a good beach-read story? I don't know. I think to read this on the beach would be a great loss because there is a lot going on in this book, and it's a FABULOUS story! When I think of a beach-read, I think of something fun and 'light', like Chick-lit because it's too easy to get distracted on the beach. With the full story this book has, and if I read it on the beach, I would have gotten lost! This could be a story for ANY time of the year, not just summer which is an attractive quality of this book.
One other thing. In the description of this book up above, it states Annajane may have been given a second chance at love with her ex in the beginning of the story at the wedding when it gets called off because Sophia gets sick. I feel that is wrong. I've read some other reviews that state the same thing, that Annajane may think it's a second chance at love, but I did not feel that way. 
Annajane has already moved on with her life, she is in love and is engaged, and loves her life the way it is. She has no desire to become reunited with her ex at all, and the only reason attended Mason's wedding is because his 5 year old daughter Sophia asked her to come, and little Sophia really puts on a show at the wedding, interrupting it quite well! That gave me a good laugh, but made Celia pretty angry! Yes, this daughter appeared about 5 months after Annajane and Mason's divorce. Hmmm? Lies and secrets. Not good! Think about it, though. Little Sophia felt close to Annajane, and Celia is not a mother figure and doesn't want little Sophia, she wants Mason, so it's only fitting she would want Annajane there.  
For all Annajane cares, Mason can have Miss Celia, the crazy, air-headed, bubbly  southern belle! The only thing Annajane and Mason have in common currently is Mason's family's soft drink company they both still work for called Quixie that makes a red pop which no one can seem to refuse to drink. There was a scene in the book where Annajane opens a bottle and says no matter how many times she drinks it it's still great!
Annajane has a best friend called Pokey, who happens to be Mason's sister, and they are a riot together. No! The divorce did not break up this relationship!
Yes, this story takes place down south. Lots of drama, lots of fun, but with such a good story to it. 
Celia, the crazy, air-headed fiance of Mason's may not be all that she comes across as. She really may be up to more bad than good, so she's one to watch out for, but I don't want to spoil the fun of it! You'll love the characters and the humor the author brings to this story with Celia! 
I felt this story was the perfect length, no fluff added, everything had it's purpose, and was a lot of fun to read. I really enjoyed this book the best out of all the books this author has written so far. This book is one NOT to be missed! I look forward to reading this author's new book every spring/summer! 
I received this book for FREE from the publisher, St Martins Press through NetGalley in exchange to read and write a review about it. It is NOT required for this review to be either positive or negative, but of my own honest opinion. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to read this book nor to write this review, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255,

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Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews
Print Book: $11.56
Ebook:       $  8.55

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