Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews

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Spring Fever by May Kay Andrews starts at a wedding. So far, so good you think, everyone loves a wedding. However, the wedding turns out to be that of Annajane Hudgen’s ex-husband, Mason Bayless, to his new fiance, with Annajane in attendance!! (Seriously, she attends her ex-husband’s wedding. Most people I know who have separated would happily attend their ex-partner’s funeral, but their wedding? Really??)

However, suspend your disbelief, because this is a novel. Annajane attends her ex-husband Mason’s wedding, which is the biggest, fanciest wedding of all time. Sure enough, Annajane is sitting in a pew with Mason’s sister when she notices Mason’s jaw twitching as he waits at the altar, a sure sign that he wants to be anywhere else in the world than getting married to Celia, the fiancee his mother loves. Annajane’s impulse is to jump out of her seat and stop the wedding, but when Mason’s daughter Sophie becomes violently ill Annajane doesn’t have to.

As the story evolves you learn that Annajane has been working for Quixie, a soft drink company started by Mason’s father. Annajane actually started working for the company as a teenager, and had a memorable stint as the company mascot, “Dixie, the Quixie Pixie.” Her romance with Mason has been on and off again since then too. (If I was giving Annajane advice, I would tell her that an on again, off again romance is probably not going to work out in the long run, but since she is not real I don’t have to worry about interfering in something that is none of my business).

The story goes back and forward to tell Annajane and Mason’s back story as their present day romance starts again. The re-kindling of their romance is complicated by all sorts of problems, beginning with Mason’s current bride-to-be Celia, who is very keen to re-schedule her wedding to Mason. Annajane also has an easy going musician groom-to be of her own, who is loving and kind and generous, but somehow, not Mr Right. Then there is Mason’s daughter Sophie, who was born very soon after Mason and Annajane separated (another bad sign for the romance working out you ask?), and Mason’s mother who blatantly prefers Celia to Annajane. There are loads of other skeletons in the cupboard for Annajane and Mason to deal with too.

I don’t think I am giving anything away if I tell you there is a happy ending, because that is exactly what readers want and expect from novels with cheerful cover art and sweet names like ‘Spring Fever’.
The enjoyment of reading Spring Fever is in the journey, following the twists and turns to find out how Annajane and Mason overcome the problems that caused them to separate in the first place. I’ll happily read more books by Mary Kay Andrews when I’m in the mood for a happy ending and don’t want my brain to be too taxed getting there.