Discussion #2: Hissy Fit

Ready for discussion #2 of Hissy Fit? Ok then! Let’s talk about the next third of the book from pages 142-286, or through chapter 46. Again with the help of our handy-dandy ‘Reading Guide’ at the end of the book, let’s begin with:

  • Any thoughts on Keeley’s matchmaking skills in hooking up Will and Stephanie? Are they really a match?
  • So far, what part do you think antiques play in this story? Are Keeley’s questions about her own past reflected in her search for enduring old furnishings and her wish to create beautiful homes for her clients?
  • Is Serena a positive influence on Wade’s life? What about Keeley – is her Dad’s new relationship necessary in helping her let go of the past?
  • Overall, what do you think of the author’s writing style? Do you like this novel?

Any other insights you’d like to share? Tell us – we’re interested!

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6 Responses to Discussion #2: Hissy Fit

  1. maksbestfriend says:

    * Any thoughts on Keeley’s matchmaking skills in hooking up Will and Stephanie? Are they really a match?

    NO!!!

    Stephanie is so not a match for Will. I stand by my Keeley is going to wind up with Will. Come on how can we not suspect that? She is acting like she is starting to fall in love with the house, how long before she falls for the man.

    * So far, what part do you think antiques play in this story? Are Keeley’s questions about her own past reflected in her search for enduring old furnishings and her wish to create beautiful homes for her clients?

    I think that the antiques are both furnishing the home, which is necessary, but she is also trying find the remnants of her past and to fill the house with the love of a woman that she didn’t have in her childhood. Sort of compensating for the feelings of being wanted and loved that she didn’t have as a little girl. Sort of like rescuing strays. I wonder if that is why she is so close to Austin?

    * Is Serena a positive influence on Wade’s life? What about Keeley – is her Dad’s new relationship necessary in helping her let go of the past?

    I think that she is. She is helping him to move on from the past and give it the closure that he needs. I think that it is going to, in the end help her to do the same. I think that it is hard for her to see that her father, who has been devoted, or so it would have appeared to her as a girl, to her mother for all those years, is moving on to happiness. But I think deep in her heart she has to know that he deserves this in his life. He can’t live in the past, and neither can she or it will consume her.

    * Overall, what do you think of the author’s writing style? Do you like this novel?

    These pages are just turning and turning for me. I really do like her style. I love how it is told from Keeley’s point of view. Though filling the water bottle with toilet water was a bit over the top? But then again, that seems to be Keeley. Push her into a corner so to speak and heaven knows what she is liable to do! I like the book!

  2. * Any thoughts on Keeley’s matchmaking skills in hooking up Will and Stephanie? Are they really a match?

    Will seems to be trying to accept Stephanie’s superficial personality because he’s so set on the idea of marrying her. But in reality, I agree that Keeley and Will are the best match.

    * So far, what part do you think antiques play in this story? Are Keeley’s questions about her own past reflected in her search for enduring old furnishings and her wish to create beautiful homes for her clients?

    After what you just posted @maksbestfriend, I don’t think anything I comment could possibly hold a candle to it. AMEN!

    * Is Serena a positive influence on Wade’s life? What about Keeley – is her Dad’s new relationship necessary in helping her let go of the past?

    Another ‘AMEN’ @maksbestfriend, and I think Serena is the perfect person to set the wheels in motion for her Dad to find happiness again. Keeley and her father are stuck in a time warp, both needing to focus on the present/future rather than the past. Serena is a blessing in disguise.

    * Overall, what do you think of the author’s writing style? Do you like this novel?

    You know I’m loving the short chapters – so brownie points to MKA there. The other thing that I like about this book is the Southern setting. While I don’t usually warm up to ‘Deep South’ novels, this one is different to me with my sister living in Greenville, SC, a unique locale in its rich culture that I can relate to in this novel. (Kudzu!) I’m reminded of fond memories that I have of visiting my sis during spring breaks back in the college years.

    However, something that does bother me is reading about Keeley’s desperate search for her mother who doesn’t want to be found. (Another *bingo* thing I can attest to experiencing with my own father.) Yet Andrews writing style makes this an enjoyable read, despite the hardship that I would expect these characters to be enduring after the sudden loss of a loved one. A happy ending would make my day! *fingers crossed*

  3. Dory says:

    * Any thoughts on Keeley’s matchmaking skills in hooking up Will and Stephanie? Are they really a match?

    I think if you’d ask Keeley to *pick out* a woman for Will, Stephanie sure wouldn’t have been the one she’d pick. But since Will had picked her out – she really just tried to include Stephanie in everything and *woo* her with the house…. I do not think they are a match. I don’t think Keeley thinks they are a match.

    * So far, what part do you think antiques play in this story? Are Keeley’s questions about her own past reflected in her search for enduring old furnishings and her wish to create beautiful homes for her clients?

    I don’t necessarily think the antiques in particular are indicative of anything other then trying to recreate a certain period in this old plantation home. I think that is part of her job as an interior designer – to match the home > to the style > to the owner. I do think, however, the part about striving to make each home feel *lived* in and *loved* is partly because that is what SHE wants. What she feels is missing in her life.

    * Is Serena a positive influence on Wade’s life? What about Keeley – is her Dad’s new relationship necessary in helping her let go of the past?

    I think it’s a wonderful positive influence. Who wants to be ALONE for 25 years? I think that is a true testament to the kind of man that Wade is and I think… he DESERVES someone to LOVE him, also. And, YES, YES, YES – time to move on for Keeley too. She doesn’t have to like it at first – but…. they both need to move on with their lives and this will be a great turning point.

    * Overall, what do you think of the author’s writing style? Do you like this novel?

    I like it. It’s a fast read… entertaining while tackling some pretty weighty issues. Considering the subject matter (called off wedding, MIA mom, yada yada) it could be VERY heavy and depressing…. yet it really is not to me.

  4. Dory says:

    By the way, I finished the book last night. 🙂

    I like reading your perspectives …. I’ve been waiting to read them after I post mine so they don’t cloud my judgment. I can’t wait to hear what you guys think of the final portion.

  5. maksbestfriend says:

    I am not finished yet. I am less than 100 pages to go, please don’t leave without me! 😉 !

  6. @Dory – Great post! Always a joy reading everyone’s take on what we’re reading, and your comments are right on the money.

    @maksbestfriend & @Dory – I’m ready to post discussion #3 whenever you ladies are ready. The timeline shows tomorrow as the official start date, but that can be easily changed. Just say the word!

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