Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Spring Fever = summer fun

Several years ago, a friend handed me a book by Mary Kay Andrews and said, "Try this, I think you'll like it." The book was Hissy Fit, a funny tale about a young woman who'd be done wrong by her fiancee. At their rehearsal dinner. With her maid of honor. Understandably, she pitched an epic, and title-worthy, hissy fit. I enjoyed it and have ever since counted on Mary Kay Andrews for fun reads in the summer. Her latest, Spring Fever, uses her well-established formula to bring exactly what I was looking for in a summer read.

Here's the thing: if you want a surprise, don't read Andrews' books. They follow a formula. Feisty heroine who doesn't always recognize her own worth? Check. Bad boy  who turns out to be better than he seems? Check. Funny foil of a best friend, often with some familial tie to the bad boy? Check. A rich Southern setting, often paired with a failing family business and/or interior design? Check. Misadventures, misunderstandings, and missed opportunities? Check, check, check. But I don't read Mary Kay Andrews for surprises. I read her because she writes fun, amusing books perfect for a sunny day and a tall, cold glass of lemonade.

If you've never read her, start with The Fixer Upper or Hissy Fit. Her Savannah series, starting with Savannah Blues is fun as well. I highly recommend her for fans of Katie Fforde, Marian Keyes, Lorna Landvik, Sarah Strohmeyer, and Janet Evanovich. Happy summer reading! 

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