Author: Mary Kay Andrews
Title: Save the Date
Genre(s): Women's fiction; Chicklit; Romance; Fiction
Relatable and inspiring story of perseverance and love
If you are looking for a book that will make you laugh out loud, feel frustrated, feel hopeful, cry, and feel inspired then look no further. Save the Date is an expertly written tale of a woman who has faced much adversity and still manages to strive for purpose and success. The main character, Cara Kryzik, has experienced significant loss in her life in a variety of ways. However, she shows such strength as she pushes through the tragedies and maintains focus on her goals. Her character is strong-willed, passionate, kind, insightful, and inspiring. If you enjoy reading about women who push through anything and everything that comes their way then I think you will find Save the Date and Cara's character to be right up your alley.
The setting of this book takes place in Savannah, Georgia. This happens to be one of my favorite cities, so I found that aspect of the plot to be fun. Mary Kay did the southern lifestyle justice with her authentic perspective of ladies who lunch, southern belles, and handsome gentlemen. Her description of the city itself was spot on as well, which made the novel feel more genuine...almost as if I was truly watching a scene unfold in the historic district of downtown Savannah. The supporting characters were such a hoot and added a lot of depth to the plot. Mary Kay's portrayal of southern brides and their mothers was right on the dot. It was hysterical to read about the situations Cara encountered as the florist when it came to pleasing her privileged brides. For the entirety of the book, I found myself rooting for Cara and hoping she would find love that would lead to her own wedding. Her relationship with Jack Finnerty will keep you entertained and hopeful. He has his own turmoil to navigate through, but his southern charm and desire to please Cara made him a winner in my book.
The thing I did not like about this book...Over the years I have read a lot of Indie books from authors who I know could not afford expert editing. However, those same authors paid a lot of attention to minor mistakes and developed novels that were edited in a way I could expect for a professionally published novel to be. There were so many grammatical mistakes and oversights that Save the Date had that I could not go without saying. This rating would have been five stars if it were not for those mistakes. I will note the majority of them were towards the last quarter, but they were significant enough that I would have to reread a paragraph because the error changed the entire meaning at times. For me, this is unacceptable and frustrating when I spend money to purchase a book that was not given enough attention to detail.
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.
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