I really would like to recommend Mary Kay Andrews' Save the Date as this year's beach read. However, at 400 pages, you might get tired of lugging it to the beach, unless, like me, you sail through it because it's so much fun. In that case, you'll end up with sunburn because it's hard to put this book down. Saying that, Save the Date is a perfect June book with its wedding theme, a fun romance, and a couple disobedient dogs.
Cara Kryzik is a Savannah florist whose shop Bloom specializes in weddings. She creates gorgeous wedding arrangements. It's too bad she's cynical about love. After a nasty divorce when she was thirty-five, she judges each couple when they wed.Now, not only is her personal life lousy, she's having a hard time arranging her business life. As successful as her business appears, she owes money to her father who wants to call it in, her cooler is on the fritz, her assistant is acting a little strange, and she might wind up arranging the wedding that will keep her in business. She doesn't need the added stress of her runaway dog.
When Cara's golden doodle, Poppy, escapes, she tracks her down. But, Jack Finnerty, a master carpenter who specializes in historic restorations, insists the dog he has in tow is his dog, Shaz. When they both call the police, the cops tell them to work it out. Unfortunately, Cara doesn't have time to deal with it, with a wedding to handle. And, running into Jack, who turns out to be best man at that wedding, just makes matters worse. Jack and Cara clash from the very beginning.
Cara is determined to save her dog, her career, and her shop, no matter who she has to confront. As she plans delightful events, her world spins out of control. It's going to take some hard work, some luck, and, in the end, some people who care about her, to keep Bloom as a bride's first choice.
Once again, Mary Kay Andrews' latest novel is fun and refreshing. It's filled with optimistic couples, wit, and some cynicism, but "the course of true love never did run smooth." So prepare for Cara's turbulent world in Save the Date, a novel of love, family, and moving forward. Those four hundred pages? All delightful.
If you'd like to hear an excerpt from the audio, read by Kathleen McInerney, check it out here - https://soundcloud.com/macaudio-2/save-the-date-audiobook-excerpt
Mary Kay Andrews' website is www.MaryKayAndrews.com
Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews. St. Martin's Press. 2014. ISBN 9781250019691 (hardcover), 400p., or Macmillan Audio, 978-1427239402
FTC Full Disclosure - The publicist sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.