Just to make things interesting there is a school reunion coming up. Most of us can relate to how they make us feel - a mixture of excitement at seeing old friends and apprehension about how we will measure up. For Maggie the prospect of seeing her old teenage flame Dan Ireland is more exciting than it should be for a married woman. This is complicated by the fact that Dan himself is a married father. To add to her stress Noah has become increasingly restless and her hasty decision to invite a troubled young woman to stay looks like it was a big mistake.
As the name implies there is a lot of small tensions brewing in Calingarry Crossing, which when combined have the potential to shake the sleepy town to it's foundations. Maggie is a likeable main character, although as other reviewers have noted she is somewhat frustrating at times. As the character was developed, however, I came to understand her more and could empathise with the stresses she faced and the decisions she had to make.
Simmering Season is told in the same easy-going, engaging style as HFAS and leaves the reader with the same warm, contented feelings when it draws to its satisfying conclusion.