Book Review: Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews

Spring Fever
Mary Kay Andrews
St. Martin’s Press, June 2012
ISBN 9780312642716
Hardcover (e-ARC)

From the publisher—

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.

In the past, I’ve really enjoyed Ms. Andrew‘s books, whether they were mysteries or good ol’ Southern fiction, and Spring Fever is no exception. Family issues, as is so often the case, make simple decisions fly right out the window and the nosiness of certain people about certain other people is so typical of small-town life that you have to wonder how anyone expects secrets to be kept.

Still, Annajane does have secrets and some of them are so deep she kept them from herself. When she agrees to attend her ex-husband’s wedding to the beautiful but rather unpleasant Celia, she thinks it will be a fitting end to her life in Passcoe, NC, as she prepares for a new beginning in Atlanta with a man who’s totally “not her type”. Unfortunately, things don’t go exactly the way she or anyone else planned—when do they ever?—and, when Mason asks for her help with his daughter and the family business, she finds it awfully hard to turn him down.

Greed, criminal goings-on, romance, humor, Southern charm and small-town life all come together in a nice blend and I thoroughly enjoyed spending a little time with Annajane, Mason, Pokey and even the villains of the piece.  Ms. Andrews entertained me as she always does and now I’m going to go see if maybe I’ve missed one of her books, something to tide me over till the next hilarious outing.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, August 2012.