Monday, July 14, 2014

Save the Date - Mary Kay Andrews - Review AND Giveaway!

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.

Get a taste - read an excerpt of Save the Date. I've also listened to Mary Kay Andrews titles. Save the Date is available on audio as well. The reader is Kathleen McInerney, and she's great. Hear for yourself -  https://soundcloud.com/macaudio-2/save-the-date-audiobook-excerpt

You can keep with Mary Kay Andrews on Facebook and on Twitter.

Thanks to the generosity of St. Martin's Press, I have a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader. Open to continental US only, no PO boxes please. Simply leave a comment to be entered. Ends August 2/14.

20 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I thought this book was a lot of fun!

Katelynn Clark said...

This book sound super cute!

Katelynn
www.literarychameleon.blogspot.com

Charlotte said...

Love all the books that have been written by this author.
CABWNANA1@bellsouth.net

scottsgal said...

I enjoy this author - thanks for the review

lag123 said...

I have read all of Mary Kay's books and I look forward to this one!

lag110 at mchsi dot com

cheryl c said...

This sounds like a perfect beach read!

traveler said...

An ideal summer book. Thanks. saubleb((at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

I enjoy this author. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Virginia Pierce said...

Sounds like a great book. I'd love to read it!! Thanks for the info on it.

Anonymous said...

I love MKA & look forward to her summer book each year!

Maureen said...

I am looking for a great vacation read.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Karen B said...

"A sweet, easy, breezy read" - just what I'm looking for!

kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

Mary Jo Burke said...

Sounds great and love the purple background on the cover!

maryjo(at)maryjoburke(dot)com

Carl Scott said...

I've read quite a few books set in the South over the last few years and yet I've never visited there. Maybe that should be our next trip. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of Save the Date.

Myra C said...

This sounds like a good summer read. Thanks for the giveaway!

mdcast1972 at gmail dot com

Ellen said...

I love Mary Kay Andrews Books. Would love to win the new one. I am a book addict.

Sue Farrell said...

Sounds like a fun summer read---I enjoy books set in Savannah.
suefarrell.farrell@gmail.co

Michelle Boltuch said...

Mary Kay Andrews is a wonderful writer! I had an opportunity to read the first two chapters before the publication date and I've been so anxious to read the rest of Save the Date since then. Such a great beach / pool read! I would love to own this book! Thank you for the opportunity. mboltuch(at)gmail(dot)com

Anita Yancey said...

I love Mary Kay's books, and this one sounds like another winner. I would really enjoy reading it. Thanks for having the giveaway.

ayancey1974(at)gmail(dot)com

Jennifer Huelsebusch said...

Set in the south and about weddings.....my kind of book!
Jhuelsebusch@sbcglobal.net