Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Book Review: Save The Date

Save the DateAuthor: Mary Kay Andrews
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

A wedding florist finds love and trouble in this delightful new novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Ladies' Night

A Savannah florist is about to score the wedding of a lifetime—one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for society nuptials. Ironically, Cara Kryzik doesn't believe in love, even though she creates beautiful flower arrangements to celebrate them. But when the bride goes missing and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must find the bride and figure out what she believes in. Maybe love really does exist outside of fairy tales after all. 

Told with Mary Kay Andrew's trademark wit and keen eye for detail, mark your calendars for Save the Date!

Weddings were her business, not her pleasure, she told herself.

“Today,” she muttered. “But all that can change in the blink of an eye. These brides are all incredibly fickle. Everybody wants the next cool, hip look. And if I don’t stay right on top of my game, I’ll be yesterday’s news.”

“Well…I loved all those hydrangeas. So old-fashioned. But Brooke is a very modern girl. I’m not sure she’d share my opinions.” (Hydrangeas are my wedding flower!)

Now that summer is in full swing this also means that wedding season is in full swing as well! My very own wedding is next month, so this book was quite a nice, relatable read for me. Savannah florist, Cara Kryzik, is struggling to keep her floral shop above water and pay back the money she borrowed to get the business off the ground. She hasn’t had the best couple of years: her husband cheated, she deals with some pretty demanding customers, and her stepmom is enough to send anyone running with their tail between their legs. Cara lands a pretty big wedding, sure to be the talk of the town, and faces many challenges along the way. Jack, the guy who stole her dog and claimed it was hers, keeps turning up at all the weddings she is working on and she can’t seem to stay away from him, something she both loves and hates at the same time.

I loved the wedding scene that this book provided. I could picture everything that was happening, all the way from Cara’s floral shop to the weddings she helped design and decorate. Mary Kay Andrews is one of my absolute favorite authors, and with completely good reason. This book takes place in Savannah, Georgia and won this southern belle over right from the start. With all the talk of high society weddings and with all the crazy, raged mother of the brides I felt right at home. Southern women like nice things and they are not always easy to please!

Readers will definitely root for the relationship that sparks between Cara and Jack, even though at first it does not seem that it will ever happen. They are not into each other right from the start, but this is sometimes my favorite thing when reading a romance novel. Cara and Jack have also had their share of failed relationships so they are actually able to connect more than they thought possible. Cara is a bit of a mess, but so is Jack. Their road is definitely rocky, and I will not tell you that their love life will be anything comparable to smooth but that’s what makes this book so absolutely amazing!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at St. Martin’s Press in exchange for my honest review***

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