My summer reading list would not be complete without the latest book from Mary Kay Andrews. Save the Date is another wonderfully warm, funny, romantic read that's a must for your beach bag. Andrews populates her books with lovable, quirky characters that you wish you could actually count among your friends. In Save the Date, we meet Cara Kryzik, a florist trying to make a go of her fledgling business in Savannah. She lands one big society wedding that could make or break her reputation - and her bank account. Can she pull it off? Or will fate conspire against her? Her landlord wants to sell her building, her loan is being called in and her trusted assistant is acting funny. Then a well known 'society' florist opens a shop in Savannah, determined to put Cara out of business..... And what about that builder that 'kidnapped' her dog? And why is he at every wedding she's working? I was captured from first page to last. All the elements are there - a main character you can't help but cheer for, a hunky guy, that will they, they won't they romantic storyline, an eclectic supporting cast and an antagonist you can't help but dislike! All of it is wrapped up in distinctly enjoyable dialogue and situations, making Save the Date a sweet, easy, breezy read. I really enjoyed some of the wedding ideas and descriptions and learned quite a bit about flowers as well. Andrews's books are set in the South, where she herself makes her home. Her descriptions of time and place make me want to visit the settings.(Or in the case of Tybee Island - move there) My usual fare is mysteries and thrillers, but I enjoy a good 'chick lit' book. Andrews always fills the bill - and for this reader, Save the Date was a really good read.
Save the Date : A Novel
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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.
St. Martin's Press
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Mary Kay Andrews
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Cara Kryzik is determi...
Cara Kryzik is determined to make her boutique flower shop a success, and she is going to do it on her own. No more borrowing money from her dad or accepting help from anyone. It's the wedding season and business and business is good. What could possibly go wrong? As it turns out, quite a bit. Financial troubles, difficult brides, a missing puppy, a previously reliable assistant that's now slacking off and another florist trying to ruin her reputation and her business. Set in Savannah, the book oozes southern charm. Vivid descriptions, colorful characters and snappy dialog keep the plot zipping along. Even the Goldendoodle puppies have engaging personalities. There are a multitude of subplots and crises to keep the reader turning the pages. This was an easy read that was charming and captivating; not always realistic, but this is a book you read for fun and entertainment. I cheered for underdog Cara and wanted her to have that happy ending. A perfect summer read: Weddings, flowers, and romance with a too-good-to-be-true guy.
Once again Im all cau...
Once again I'm all caught up on reading Mary Kay Andrews books and so sad that it will be awhile before she puts another one out. I love books set in the South, it makes for a peaceful read no matter where you live, and even better when there is over 2 feet of snow on the ground! This book had all the trappings of the gorgeous weddings that went on and the description of the flowers and food and its plot of characters were great! The refurbishing of the barn in the story, the detail, just made the book too interesting to put down
Save The Date by Mary ...
Save The Date by Mary Kay Andrews Like the authors other works and know I will enjoy this one also. Starts out with the florist that mainly handles weddings, Kara waking up and in her shop she's discovered everything is fine, as it should be. The wedding to go off tomorrow, the mother of the bride wants a different color for the candles, at this late date... The cooler, no longer working, has destroyed all the flower arrangements for the next day...her father wants her monthly payment for the loan he took out, which he's not received in many months....the dog runs out of the building... We learn that her ex husband is back in the area....unhanded competitor florist troubles... Story also follows the grooms brother, Jack and his past life with his wife, and his now carpenter jobs, who also owns a dog just like Kara's. Kara attempts to be a wedding planner, coordinating everything, to get out of debt... She helps him get work and she takes on being a wedding planner-all of the details, NOT just the flowers. Steamy sex scenes. His ex wife is also back in the area. Love the travel, the wild ponies that I hope to see one day for myself and all the details of a big wedding, one I didn't have. Love how they do things for one another and how it's appreciated... I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
SAVE THE DATE by Mary...
SAVE THE DATE by Mary Kay Andrews One of the best writers in the "women's romantic fiction" has written another winner. Floral designer Cara has a morning full of disasters including a supposed dognapping, and then discovers an archrival is opening a competing store in her small town. Interesting characters, a quickly moving and believable plot keep the action rollicking on. You will guess the ending long before you get there, but you will enjoy the book anyway. 4 of 5 stars
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