MWF, now officially 42, loves long walks on the beach and laughing with friends ... oh, wait. By day, I'm a mid-level university administrator reluctant to be more specific on a public forum. Nights and weekends, though, I'm a homebody with strong nerdist leanings. I'm never happier than when I'm chatting around the fire, playing board games, cooking up some pasta, and/or road-tripping with my family and friends.
I studied psychology and then labor economics in school, and I work in higher education. From time to time I get smug, obsessive, or just plain boring about some combination of these topics, especially when inequality, parenting, or consumer culture are involved. You have been warned.
"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."
Opening Line: "From her seat in the sanctuary of the Church of the Good Shepherd,
Annajane Hudgens wondered if there had ever been a more flawless day for
I seem to be saying or at least implying this a lot lately, but meh. I expected fluffy chick lit, sure, but it wasn't particularly original or exciting at that. It's pretty obvious from the very beginning that Celia will turn out to be evil and Annajane and Mason will get back together, and sure enough, they do. The means by which they get there aren't especially novel or entertaining. In short, Summer Rental was much more fun. I came away from this one mostly feeling like I'd read variations of this story many times before.