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Hissy Fit: A Novel Paperback – July 10, 2012
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“Southern-fried romp...the furnishing descriptions are scrumptious and the love story’s sweet.” -- Entertainment Weekly
“Readers who enjoy books set in the South that deal with love, friendship, and getting even will find themselves laughing out loud at this latest novel by Andrews.” -- Library Journal (starred review)
“Sweet and light and fun.” -- St. Petersburg Times
“There’s plenty of substance here for fans of dark comedy and high-end interior design.” -- Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press
“Aimed at the shopaholics among us.” -- Memphis Commercial Appeal
“When Andrews throws a fun ‘Hissy Fit,’ just give up, give in...entertaining.” -- Star News (Wilmington, NC)
“A good old-fashioned romp with a modern Southern belle taking no prisioners...entertains on many levels. -- Nashville Tennessean
From the Back Cover
Keeley Murdock's wedding to A.J. Jernigan should have been the social event of the season. But all bets are off when she catches her fiancé doing the deed with her maid of honor at the country club rehearsal dinner. The wedding's off, too, as Keeley pitches the hissy fit of the century, earning herself instant notoriety in the small town of Madison, Georgia.
Now A.J.'s unscrupulous banking family is bringing financial pressure to bear on Keeley's interior design business. But a redheaded stranger in a vintage yellow Cadillac is riding to her rescue. Will Mahoney, the new owner of a failing local bra plant, is about to offer the designing woman just what she needs: a plum decorating assignment, a chance to clear her name, and a golden opportunity to give her cheating varmint of an ex-fiancé the comeuppance he so richly deserves.
- Publisher : Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (July 10, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060564652
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060564650
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 1.01 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #49,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Flowing throughout this story we learn that Keeley 's mother ran away when Keeley was young with a man whom she was having an affair with. All through the book she is trying to find out where her mother is.
The problem for me is that the book seemed all over the place, there was the revival of the bra factory, her mothers disappearance, her shopping sprees for the mansion that went on and on, Will wooing the woman he wanted. In all of this you hardly feel any great relationship forming between Keeley and Will. They kiss once in the beginning and then don't get together until the last 3 pages or so of the book.
The book focuses the most on the shopping and Keeley's mother disappearing. The shopping is way to detailed and long. The mothers disappearance is interesting but predictable. I did like her writing style but the flow just wasn't there for me. And when we find out what happen to the mother nobody is ever held responsible. I found this ridiculous too. Not that after 25 years the law couldn't prosecute but that Keeley and her father didn't even try to get the police to investigate. Just wrapped it all up with no satisfaction.
Over all worth the read but not as a romance. Not a page turner. But I'll give this author another try.
The good news is that I did continue to read and was pleased when the story evolved into one that was well paced, engaging and satisfying. Once we got past the “he done her wrong” part of the story, we were left with a woman trying to recoup from deep hurt and disappointment over her fiancé’s perfidy as well as a deeply affecting missing persons mystery. I was honestly surprised at how good the story became in the last 50% or so.
The story captures Southern cultural sensibilities and norms. The “kudzu telegraph,” the speech patterns, and the described relationships all resonate with anyone who knows the South with all of its charms as well as it’s unpleasantness. I have met some version of all the major characters at one time or another.
Bottom line: Apart from the aforementioned hissy fit and a couple of other juvenile pranks, this is a fun read. I would have preferred a slightly more sophisticated heroine and a little less detail on the shopping expeditions, wallpaper, paint and furniture placement discussions and considerations. Also, the initially anticipated HEA was quite honestly in doubt throughout most of the story but when it finally occurred, it managed to feel rushed and a bit out-of-the blue.
The author does what she loves most, making her lead characters an extension of herself.
One who loves antiques, shabby chic, and her lead characters are quite believably Quirky. Despite disappointment in their lives, they turn to making a life finding them, revamping them, and then using them in her home, design, business.
This Author's Actual Beach Cottage was shown in a 10-12 page photo spread / article in HGTV Magazine in 2014 or so. I loved her decorating style, and then checked out the author.. What a find.
I like to read her stories to amuse my mind, between reading murder mysteries.
However, I have a quirk in my personality that forces me to finish a book once I start it. In this case, I am glad I continued reading. The story and the details about the interior design of an antebellum mansion and the shopping for antiques made the book worth the read.
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All her characters live in the deep south of America and her main female characters are totally into old houses and secondhand furniture, the kind you find in "estate sales", markets, second-hand shops and salvage yards.
In this book Keeley the main character is an Interior designer, who discovers her fiance deep into her bestfriend in a cupboard at the rehearsal dinner. That's when the "hissy fit" takes place.There will be no wedding. Keeley picks her life back up with a lot of good honest hard work and some help from her gay best friend.
Although the book seems typical chick-lit land at first the story does go deeper and I found it a satisfying and enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend.
end. Luckily this author has written others like this one, which will keep me happy for ages yet to come. Thank you
Mary Kay Andrews you are a great find.