Book Review: ‘Save The Date’ Paints A Humorous Picture Of A Small Savannah Florist

Review by Ann McDonald

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 but when the bride goes missing and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must find the bride and figure out what she believes in.

I have to fess up, I really liked this book, very much. I enjoyed this romp through the highways and byways of the South with Cara, our book’s heroine. She generates enough drama to keep a Shakespearean company happy. Cara lives in a house that contains her shop, tiny garden and upstairs accommodation for herself and her dog. The house is badly maintained and the a/c unit breaks down and she loses her flowers for a wedding and so it begins. Her gay assistant, Bert, helps her through some difficult times, especially when it comes to her horrible father. He is an appalling person who belittles her every chance he gets and I so badly wanted to write him out of the story altogether so that Cara could get on with her life.

Her landlady is a character straight out of Charles Dickens. Add in all the brides and their mothers and you have a great eclectic mix. Ms. Andrews creates some great characters, her villains being overly delicious, especially one character who is determined to put Cara out of business. Then she introduces us to Cara’s hero, who pounces on her and has no intentions of letting her go. They break up, then make up and break up again. Cara is a divorcee and has little regard for men, her father being a big heartache, her ex a slime-ball with the morals of an alley cat but when she tells her new guy, “No thanks”, it has no effect on him, he will stop at nothing to prove that they are meant to be together.

How Cara deals with the comings and goings, is a story that you will thoroughly enjoy. The story is tied up all neatly by the end because, after all, it is a fairy tale and the wicked queen winds up on the losing end. Highly recommended.

In stores June 3rd

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Ann McDonald

Book / Movie Critic at Red Carpet Crash
Ann is originally from Dublin, Ireland and currently lives in Dallas, Texas. She was the secretary to the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland for many years and is an avid book reader and reviewer.
Ann McDonald

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