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SAVE THE DATE by Mary Kay Andrews, Review and Giveaway (US Only)
Jun 22nd, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

SAVE THE DATE by Mary Kay Andrews

Publisher, St. Martin’s Press

Pub date: June 3, 2014

Pages: 448

Purchase here: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Audible

From Goodreads:18404093

A wedding florist finds love and trouble in this delightful new novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Ladies’ Night

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 Andrew’s trademark wit and keen eye for detail, mark your calendars for Save the Date.

My review:

Save the Date was pure delight. If you love weddings and novels that revolve around them, then this is THE novel for you. Savannah florist Cara Kryzik is struggling to keep her floral shop afloat and pay back her father the money she borrowed to help her business. Life hasn’t been easy. Her husband cheated on her, she faces some extremely demanding brides and mothers of the bride, and even a step-mom that will make you want to rip your hair out. 

As Cara struggles with her business, she experiences many challenges, including a competitive florist who is out for revenge when he loses a big wedding and Jack, a good looking, dog-nabbing guy who keeps bumping into Cara at weddings. Their chemistry is palatable and delicious. But they have plenty of challenges. One of the things I love about Jack is his profession. He remodels and renovates old buildings, and I love how Mary Kay integrated this into the novel.

Save the Date is filled with plenty of Southern charm. I had no problem imagining the lovely estates and the area where Cara’s shop is set. The description of her garden was easy to see in my mind, so much so that I could almost smell the flowers. Without a doubt, readers will cheer for and relish in the relationship between Jack and Cara. There are lots of fantastic secondary characters, many are brides, grooms, and others connected to wedding parties. Some are easy to deal with, others are nightmares, including Cullen Kane, Cara’s biggest competitor. It takes a special breed to deal with the kind of pressure that comes with putting together a wedding that makes all parties happy. 

Oh, and I can’t forget to mention Cara’s dog Poppy, a Goldendoodle, and Jack’s dog, Shaz, who also is a Goldendoodle. The fact that they both have the same time of dog leads to some pretty funny moments.

Definitely save some time to read Save the Date. It’s the next best thing to attending a wedding for someone you love. 😀 It’s a satisfying, enjoyable, quick read with likable characters!

Thank you so much St. Martin’s Press for the ARC copy for review.

About Mary Kay Andrews:

From her website:

Mary Kay Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Fixer UpperSavannah Breeze and Blue Christmas, as well as Deep Dish,Hissy FitLittle 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.A native of St. Petersburg, Florida (and a diplomate of the Maas Bros. Department Store School of Charm), Trocheck earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Georgia in 1976 (Go Dawgs!). She started her professional journalism career in Savannah, Georgia, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis ofMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. She left journalism after a ten-year stint as a reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.She is a frequent lecturer and writing teacher at workshops including Emory University, The University of Georgia’s Harriette Austin Writer’s Workshop, the Tennessee Mountain Writer’s Workshop, and the Antioch Writer’s Workshop.As a lifelong “junker” the author claims to know the location of every promising thrift store, flea market and junkpile in the southeastern United States, plus many parts of Ohio.Married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two grown children and a proud grandmother. After a brief hiatus in Raleigh, NC, she and her husband moved back to their old neighborhood in Atlanta, where they live in a restored 1926 Craftsman bungalow. She divides her time between Atlanta and her restored beach cottage on Tybee Island, GA.The New York Timesbestselling author is back with another page-turning beach read about a woman whose life is turned upside down when she discovers her husband cheating on her….

Find Mary Kay Andrews here:

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GIVEAWAY (US Only)

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LADIES’ NIGHT by Mary Kay Andrews – Mega Giveaway Celebration
May 7th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

Celebrating the paperback release of

LADIES’ NIGHT by Mary Kay Andrews

with a

MEGA GIVEAWAY — US Only!

By Mary Kay Andrews

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Paperback Release Date: April 29, 2014

LNGiveawayPack

What’s in the fabulous goody bag?

Signed copy of LADIES’ NIGHT in paperback
Set of 3 LADIES’ NIGHT recipe cards
LADIES’ NIGHT drink coasters
Cocktail umbrellas
LADIES’ NIGHT drink cup
Three different Mary Kay Andrews bookmarks
SAVE THE DATE magnet
Set of 3 SAVE THE DATE recipe cards
News about a special SAVE THE DATE pre-order gift

 

Find LADIES’ NIGHT HERE:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Books a Million
Indiebound

A note from Liza:

I’m a huge fan of Mary Kay Andrews and want to encourage everyone to read all her books! They characters are relatable, interesting, and the places you get to see from the page are almost as vivid as if you’re there in person. I recently finished reading an advanced readers’ copy of SAVE THE DATE, which is being published on June 6th. You can access my review on Goodreads! I recommend adding it to your to-reads list and pre-ordering it or reserving it immediately from your local library. It’s another winner!

 

ABOUT LADIES’ NIGHT:

Take a splash of betrayal, add a few drops of outrage, give a good shake to proper behavior and take a big sip of a cocktail called…Ladies’ Night!Grace Stanton’s life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool. Grace suddenly finds herself locked out of her palatial home, checking account, and even the blog she has worked so hard to develop in her signature style. Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal. So is attending court-mandated weekly “divorce recovery” therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality. When their “divorce coach” starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday “Ladies’ Night” sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined. Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there?Heartache, humor, and a little bit of mystery come together in a story about life’s unpredictable twists and turns. Mary Kay Andrews’ Ladies’ Night will have you raising a glass and cheering these characters on.

PRAISE FOR LADIES’ NIGHT:

“Andrews presents a delightful novel…A wonderful blend of action, repartee and offbeat characters in a just-plain-fun story. Humorous and witty, and as entertaining as a good night out.” —Kirkus Reviews“Her newest novel offers another engaging and satisfying tale of life, loss, and love.” —Booklist“Mary Kay Andrews’ novels have become a summer staple like a new pair of sandals. The New York Times best-selling author returns with the perfectly mixed cocktail of romance, mystery and comedy…” —Raleigh News & Observer“This is her best book yet, and it combines all of the strengths we have come to expect from this audacious and beguiling author.” —Huffington Post“A court-ordered therapy session is the site of the action in Andrews’s zesty, amusing latest…” —People

“Mary Kay Andrews blends heartache and hilarity in a story line filled with surprises.” —Southern Living

“If there were a literary genre dedicated to great beach books, the novels of Mary Kay Andrews would set its standard for excellence.” —Cape Gazette

 

About Mary Kay Andrews:

 
From her website:

Mary Kay Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Fixer UpperSavannah Breeze and Blue Christmas, as well as Deep Dish,Hissy FitLittle 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.A native of St. Petersburg, Florida (and a diplomate of the Maas Bros. Department Store School of Charm), Trocheck earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Georgia in 1976 (Go Dawgs!). She started her professional journalism career in Savannah, Georgia, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis ofMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. She left journalism after a ten-year stint as a reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.She is a frequent lecturer and writing teacher at workshops including Emory University, The University of Georgia’s Harriette Austin Writer’s Workshop, the Tennessee Mountain Writer’s Workshop, and the Antioch Writer’s Workshop.As a lifelong “junker” the author claims to know the location of every promising thrift store, flea market and junkpile in the southeastern United States, plus many parts of Ohio.Married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two grown children and a proud grandmother. After a brief hiatus in Raleigh, NC, she and her husband moved back to their old neighborhood in Atlanta, where they live in a restored 1926 Craftsman bungalow. She divides her time between Atlanta and her restored beach cottage on Tybee Island, GA.The New York Timesbestselling author is back with another page-turning beach read about a woman whose life is turned upside down when she discovers her husband cheating on her….

Find Mary Kay Andrews here:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

 

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