10 June 2014

Today's Read & Giveaway: Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews

What happens when an unromantic florist is asked to be a wedding planner / relationship saver? Can recently divorced Cara Kryzik meet the challenge?

Here are Cara's thoughts the first time she sees her new clients' plantation home:

Somebody, at some point in the Strayhorn family history had a puckish sense of humor. . . . Cara drove slowly down the bumpy, crushed oyster-shell drive. Age-blackened live oaks dripping with thick curtains of Spanish moss shaded both sides of the roadway, their trunks dotted with clumps of dark green Resurrection ferns. . . . A rail fence separated the drive from a vast green pasture, and a trio of horses grazed outside a weathered barn. At the end of the quarter-mile drive, a weathered cypress sign was nailed to one of the trees:

Slow down. Small children. Large dogs. Old men.
Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews (St. Martin's Press, 2014, p. 110, uncorrected proof)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: Savannah, Georgia; modern times
  • Circumstances: Cara has been tapped to be the planner for a high-profile wedding. If she can pull it off, her professional reputation will be set and she'll be on the road to financial freedom.
  • Characters: Cara and her assistant, Bert; Jack, a potential love interest; Brooke and Harris, the engaged couple; Cullen, rival florist and troublemaker
  • Genre: contemporary woman's fiction; beach read; humor
  • Themes: marriage, love, business, romance, family
  • About the author and other thoughts: Andrews is one of the queens of summer reading; despite the anticipated happily ever after, the plot has enough twists, fun characters, and good humor to keep you going; get out the sunblock, grab your beach chair, and get reading
The Giveaway

Thanks to the publicists, I'm pleased to be able to offer one of my readers (with a U.S. mailing address) a copy of Mary Kay Andrews's latest novel, Save the Date. All you have to do to enter for a chance to win is to fill out the form. I'll pick a winner via random number generator on June 21 (first day of summer!). Once the winner has been confirmed, I'll delete all personal information from my computer.


bermudaonion 6/10/14, 8:06 AM  

Andrews' books are always fun! I look forward to reading this one.

Laurel-Rain Snow 6/10/14, 8:40 AM  

I enjoy this author, and that first look was very descriptive. Loved it! Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “DON’T TRY TO FIND ME”

Laurel-Rain Snow 6/10/14, 8:41 AM  
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Nise' 6/10/14, 8:42 AM  

I will always pick up a Mary Kay Andrews book

Anonymous,  6/10/14, 9:03 AM  

Sounds great! And love Savannah!

Mine today is from One Lavender Ribbon:

Faith Hope and Cherrytea 6/10/14, 9:05 AM  

cover luv!
and great description interest -
Mine's my debut w giveaway

Kathy Martin 6/10/14, 9:47 AM  

I have been seeing this book everywhere lately. It still doesn't sound like the sort of thing I read. This week my teasers come from The Quick by Lauren Owen and Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore. I go from Victorian Vampires to futuristic zombies. Happy reading!

Juli Rahel 6/10/14, 10:50 AM  

I've read great things about this book and I love the description of that drive, it sounds almost Gothic! And that sign is epic! I'd join the giveaway if I didn't live in the UK! Thanks for sharing :)
My Teasers
Juli @ Universe in Words

Sandra Nachlinger 6/10/14, 11:12 AM  

This description made me think of Tara from Gone With The Wind! I've enjoyed other books by this author, and this sounds like another good one.
My Teaser is from LEAN ON ME.

Daryl 6/10/14, 11:19 AM  

i think she writes fun beach and airplane reading …. i am totally immersed in jojo moyes 'the last letter from your lover' … i love her writing/books

Heather 6/10/14, 2:45 PM  

Love the sign, sounds like a fun read. Mine: Rascal by Sterling North

Sheila (Bookjourney) 6/11/14, 11:42 AM  

I have to read this one soon! I enjoy her writing very much and it makes for good summer reading!

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