Sunday, July 20, 2014

Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews | Audiobook Review

Published: June 3, 2014
Publisher: MacMillan Audio
Received: from publisher for honest review
Read by: Kathleen McInerney

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 Andrews' trademark wit and keen eye for detail, mark your calendars for Save the Date!

I adored this book from the very beginning. There is something about Mary Kay's writing that just makes you wish you were right there in Savannah with all of these great characters. Not only do you get so much wonderful description, it's not overwhelming like some novels can be, but you actually feel like you can picture every little flower and feel the summer heat. 

Cara is my kind of girl - independent and stubborn though extremely determined, thoughtful and creative, yet flexible to accommodate change. After a terrible divorce, Cara does not believe in love nor does she want to fall in love. She just wants to grow her business as a florist and enjoy her work. Funny enough, she becomes on of the top sought after wedding florists in Savannah (how ironic is that?). She creates stunning arrangements that you can picture so vividly and you can see the care and thought that she puts into each order. 

After swearing off men forever, she accidentally meets Jack twice in one day and each time their meeting leaves the other thinking not so great things about the other. Dog-napping aside - they seem to click when they finally have a chance to let their guard down and spend time together. I love that Jack is emotionally wounded and has his guard up too. It gives the perfect recipe for the two to push each others' boundaries and figure out how to love again. 

The mix of Cara, the wedding florist with an old school charm, and Jack, the restorer of old buildings, gives me a nostalgic feeling. They seem to have the same values in what is important in life and this lovely southern easiness to them. They are such a wonderful couple and you root for them the entire time. I was angry when they came upon some issues that needed resolving, I just kept telling Cara to stop being so silly and for Jack to grow a pair and say what he really means. 

The secondary characters in the book are wonderful too - from the crazy brides needing Cara's services to her flamboyant assistant and from Jack's sentimental family to Cara's father - the Colonel, you just can't get a much better group of supporting characters. Definitely a Southern story filled with big personalities. 

I will definitely by reading more books by Mary Kay Andrews as this was a quick and satisfying read. Honestly, I loved the narrator - she was perfect for the tone of the book. And so ya'll know, I listened to this audiobook while driving my lawn tractor and cutting our huge lawn. It made the time go by so quickly because I was pulled into this book from start to finish. 

If you are looking for a fun summer read than you've found the perfect book. I've already loaned my copy out and have a waiting list. 

About the Author:
Mary Kay Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Fixer Upper, Savannah Breeze and Blue Christmas, as well as Deep Dish, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies and Savannah Blues.

She also wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Her mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards.

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