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Book Review: Save The Date by Mary Kay Andrews

Worth a Read:  Save The Date by Mary Kay Andrews

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Can this wedding be saved?

Up-and-coming floral designer Cara Kryzik is about to score the wedding of a lifetime–one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for Savannah society nuptials. The only problem is, life seems to be conspiring against her. Cara’s implacable father, “The Colonel”, doesn’t believe in Cara’s business savvy and is about to call in his twenty-thousand-dollar loan. Then, on the morning that someone steals her dog, Cara’s refrigerator goes on the blink, turning twelve thousand dollars’ worth of gorgeous blooms into road kill. And if that’s not enough, the dog-napper, Jack Finnerty, turns up at her latest wedding and then mysteriously leaves her stranded on the dance floor.

All this turmoil will be solved if Cara can pull off the lavish Trappnell-Strayhorn wedding. The payday will solve all her problems–even the looming problem of a celebrated florist named Cullen Keane who is moving into her turf from Charleston. But the wedding is in six weeks, the bride is acting strangely (even for a bride) and the stepmother of the bride is becoming Cara’s biggest headache. What Cara needs is to focus, but that’s not easy when Jack is turning up at every wedding in Savannah (the man seems to know everybody), with Cara in his sights and seduction on his mind.

When Brooke Trappnell spirals into a shocking crisis and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must come to the rescue and figure out what she really believes in. Is it love? Is it her own strength? In the end, for everyone, “Save the Date” has more meanings than one. Told with Mary Kay Andrews’s trademark wit and keen eye for detail, Save the Date is one you won’t want to miss.

This week, I needed something light and fun, so I turned to Mary Kay Andrews.  I’ve read two of her books before and though they sometimes go into R-rated turf I’m not terribly comfortable with, the characters are likable and the stories are fun and compelling.  Save The Date was no different.

The main character (Cara) is extremely relate-able.  She’s moved with her husband to Savannah from Ohio.  While still trying to make friends and become a local, her husband cheats on her and her marriage ends.  She focuses on her business and trying to grow it in a place where she’s still regarded as an outsider.  This made me feel extremely connected to Cara:  having moved from California to Texas 5 years ago, it took a while to feel like I belonged here.  Though, I must say, Texans are much friendlier than the neighbors described in Save The Date (because Texans rock).

While romance is a part of the story-line, it’s not the main part, which I like.  I’ll probably get my girl card revoked for this, but chick flicks and Nicholas Sparks books make me gag…a lot.  So the fact that the romance of this book wasn’t front and center made me happy.

All in all, Save The Date was somewhat predictable, but it was well written enough that it wasn’t an issue. It’s a lightweight book (emotionally) and the perfect read for me right now.  If you’re looking for something feel good and uplifting, I highly recommend it.

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