Spring Fever

Spring Fever, by Mary Kay Andrews, is a novel that took it’s time developing. From the first page I was thrust into the world of Annajane Hudgens and Mason Bayless. What I knew from the beginning was this: Annajane and Mason had been married. They were divorced. Mason was about to remarry. Annajane and Mason still loved each other. What happened next was the unraveling of Annajane and Mason’s story; and it was pretty good.

The first half of Spring Fever was captivating. I loved the dynamic characters Andrews created. Each one contributed to this novel and made it enjoyable to read. From Mason’s family to Annajane’s, each member was unique and played their part in moving the plot forward. As much as I enjoyed the first half, the second half failed to make me fall in love. The plot went from original to clichéd, and it did not sit well with me.

Annajane and Mason’s story is unfolded through flashbacks throughout the entire novel. Just when I was getting confused, or curious, as to what happened between the two, Andrews added in a nice flashbacks to Spring Fever. I really loved these moments when I was seeing a younger Annajane and Mason; especially earlier on in their romance. I really felt their connection and was heartbroken to see what led to their divorce. What I didn’t enjoy (nearly as much) was Annajane and Mason’s story in the present time. Spring Fever took on clichéd story plots, and failed to standout as excellent.

Although Annajane and Mason were loveable in flashbacks, in the present they drove me crazy and made me beyond frustrated. I really wanted them to get it right and stop running away from their problems. Some of the story plots Andrews threw in were unnecessary. Unfortunately, this is why Spring Fever did not meet my high expectations.

A novel that started off amazing, yet wound up just average in the end.

Book Blurb for Spring Fever

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.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2012 3.50