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Review: Spring Fever

August 2, 2012

Annajane Hudgens is in church for the wedding of her ex-husband, Mason Bayless, and her ex-friend Celia.  Annajane has been best friends with Mason’s sister since she was five years old and has worked for Quixie, the Bayless family’s soft drink company, for years.  Annajane says she’s over Mason now, so it’s time to move on, and she plans to do just that, after the wedding.  Things don’t always turn out the way you plan, though.

Spring Fever, by Mary Kay Andrews, is just plain fun!  Set in the fictional town of Passcoe, North Carolina, it’s full of Southern charm and wit.  Passcoe is pretty typical for a small town with one big employer – the owners are almost like royalty.  The Bayless family is in just that position – some of them enjoy the privileges of the position and others, like Mason, feel the responsibility.  Passcoe is such a big part of the book, it almost becomes a character.

Speaking of characters, they’re great too.  Mason’s sister, Pokey, is like many Southern women I’ve known  – she appears to be a marshmallow, but deep down inside, she’s as strong as they come.  Annajane and Mason are wonderful characters as well.  Celia brings a great dimension to the book since she’s the character everyone loves to hate.

I’ll admit Spring Fever is pretty predictable, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.  I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a lighter book or a story told with humor.  It’s the perfect book to pack in your beach bag!

I listened to the audio version of this book.  It’s narrated by Kathleen McInerney and I thought she did a terrific job!  She did mispronounce a few words (or at least didn’t pronounce them the way Southerners do) but her Southern accent is pretty good and she added a fun element to the book.  I think her narration added to my enjoyment of the book.  The audio book lasts approximately 15 and a half hours.  You can listen to an excerpt here.

Review copy provided by Macmillan Audio.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
29 Comments leave one →
  1. August 2, 2012 7:40 am

    I have to admit that mispronunciations on audio recordings drive me insane! (however, as my husband the sometimes golfer would say, “that’s no drive, it’s a short putt!”)

  2. sandynawrot permalink
    August 2, 2012 8:41 am

    Generally I don’t notice mispronunciations (although I did with The Last Child) but if you do notice them, then it becomes a distraction. I did think this book sounded fun, with a light attitude and a great location.

  3. August 2, 2012 8:42 am

    I have to start reading more southern type of fiction. I always get all excited when something takes place out here as it is.

    Beth ^_^
    http://sweetbooksnstuff.blogspot.com/

  4. August 2, 2012 10:10 am

    I’m finding I can really enjoy the light, fast and fun books on audio that might irritate me in print. This sounds like a cute story!

  5. zibilee permalink
    August 2, 2012 10:18 am

    This does sound great, and I really enjoy a little light southern fiction every now and then, so this is one that I am going to be thinking of on audio. I loved your enthusiasm for this book, and it will be interesting to see what I think of it. Great review today!

  6. August 2, 2012 10:38 am

    Just finished this book this morning and waited until my review was written to read yours. I love Mary Kay Andrew’s books.

  7. August 2, 2012 10:39 am

    Love MK’s books. I recently finished this book and enjoyed it too.

  8. August 2, 2012 10:51 am

    I’ll keep this one in mind, since i’m going on vacation in 2 weeks.

  9. August 2, 2012 11:22 am

    I can’t figure out why I’m not a huge audio fan. One of these days I will find one that I just need to try.

  10. August 2, 2012 12:30 pm

    I can’t believe I’ve never read or listened to a Mary Kay Andrews book. I enjoy light mixed in with my books. Thanks for sharing this one. Oh, mispronunciations drive me batty, but the south can be difficult. Not everyone can be a Joshilyn Jackson.

  11. August 2, 2012 1:53 pm

    I’ve never read Mary Kay Andrews either, but this one sounds like fun. I think the mispronunciation takes place all over, don’t you? But sometimes, it can drive you crazy and yes, be a distraction. Even tho it wasn’t audio…I just read Gone Girl and the name of the sister drove me crazy. It was Go. Short for Margo, but still…it distracted me. And it was a great book!

  12. August 2, 2012 2:27 pm

    This does sound like a fun, light read. I like it when the books setting is well written too.

  13. bookingmama permalink
    August 2, 2012 3:11 pm

    I read this one but thought it was light and cute!

  14. August 2, 2012 3:50 pm

    If I listened to the audio I wouldn’t know anyway 😉

  15. Beth Hoffman permalink
    August 2, 2012 4:12 pm

    Mary Kay always writes such fun novels, plus, she’s a fantastic person and I’m glad to be her friend.

  16. August 2, 2012 4:26 pm

    Sound like fun..and a good one for the audio format, mispronunciations and all.

  17. August 2, 2012 5:20 pm

    I really enjoyed the one novel I read by Andrews…I think this one sounds like another winner.

  18. August 2, 2012 5:21 pm

    Kathleen McInerney is one my favorite narrators for kids’ books because she has a great narrative voice and can create young characters convincinly, but I’m glad she’s getting more work in “grown up” books, too. She’s also a very good friend from graduate school where we performed in many plays together. Hope you’ll seek out more from her!

  19. August 2, 2012 6:15 pm

    It was nice “light” read for the summer, before we have to go back to reading the educational books we have to start reading because school is starting soon!

  20. August 2, 2012 9:10 pm

    This sounds like a fabulously fun book to listen to! Terrific review, as always, Kathy!! 😉

  21. August 2, 2012 10:16 pm

    This does sound fun, how does on go to one’s ex’s wedding? I’m sure some fune should ensue. I’m not much on listening to books, but I’m still trying hard.

  22. August 2, 2012 11:03 pm

    Sounds fun and nice and I am sure with a few surprises as well.

  23. August 2, 2012 11:31 pm

    Looks like a great one for the car. Mispronunciations always have me checking out whether I’m saying it correctly, LOL.

  24. August 2, 2012 11:42 pm

    I’ll have to find this one. I trust you for authentic Southern novels. After all, you were so right about Joshilyn Jackson.

  25. August 3, 2012 1:15 am

    this one is going on my books I want to read list 🙂

  26. August 3, 2012 10:19 am

    Predictable doesn’t bother me too much when it comes to light, beach reads. I read Deep Dish a few years ago and really enjoyed it, so I’d like to read more by her.

  27. talesofwhimsy permalink
    August 3, 2012 10:19 am

    This sounds totally presh. I should check it out. Thanks for your review.

  28. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    August 11, 2012 10:09 pm

    You sold me. I will try this author again on audio!

  29. boardinginmyforties permalink
    August 31, 2012 11:14 am

    Predictable and set in the south sounds comforting to me right now.

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