Eh. Probably 2.5 stars? I didn't really get the point of this. I didn't get why I was supposed to care about Andy or Emily. Their husbands are bland.Eh. Probably 2.5 stars? I didn't really get the point of this. I didn't get why I was supposed to care about Andy or Emily. Their husbands are bland. Miranda isn't scary like she's supposed to be. (I guess the "revenge" part of the title is what Miranda does in the last 20 pages of the book, but even that was kind of rushed and not at all Miranda-esque.)
I think this is an example of when the first book by itself is excellent, and that whole story should just be closed and left alone. Bleh. That's my overall feeling. It wasn't terrible, it was just bleh....more
My Kindle tells me I'm 34% in. This is Lancaster's worst work to date, so far. Lissy is so awful that I'm having trouble liking anything about the booMy Kindle tells me I'm 34% in. This is Lancaster's worst work to date, so far. Lissy is so awful that I'm having trouble liking anything about the book. It's just... mean.
On finishing... I really only liked the last 10-15% of the book, when things turned nicer. At that point it felt rushed and extra contrived. This wasn't a good experiment for my otherwise favorite writer....more
In general, I have a bit of a problem with Christian fiction of the romance/chick-lit variety. I get tired of the wooden, stereotypical characters, thIn general, I have a bit of a problem with Christian fiction of the romance/chick-lit variety. I get tired of the wooden, stereotypical characters, the unrealistic holiness, and the too-good-to-be-true heartthrob. (And let’s not even get started on that other creature, Amish fiction. Ugh.) So I’ve vowed a hundred times that I’ll never read Christian romance/chick-lit again. Well, let’s just say I’m very glad I broke my own rule with this one.
I puffy cartoon hearts adored this book. I know, that doesn’t sound very professional or Book Reviewer-ish, but it’s true. Start to finish, every single word, I loved Save the Date.
Lucy has had some hard knocks in her life. She grew up poor, the only child of a house-cleaning single mom. She worked her way through college and has been on her own since her mother’s death. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina, and runs Saving Grace, a home for young women who have aged-out of the foster system but still aren’t quite ready to be out on their own. Her best-friends are a group of self-described science fiction nerds. Things seem to be going okay for Lucy. She’d been dating Matt, a reliable but boring accountant. Just when Lucy thought Matt would propose to her, he broke up with her and moved away.
Fast-forward and Saving Grace loses most of its funding. Lucy is lonely and worried about Saving Grace, wondering how she’s going to keep it all afloat. But then Alex Sinclair comes along. He’s an old classmate from Lucy’s childhood, a former NFL quarterback, and a congressional hopeful. He also happens to be irrevocably tied to the foundation that’s just cut Lucy’s funding.
What happens next seems implausible but is completely believable in the hands of Jenny B. Jones and her gift for storytelling. And I’m not going to tell you what that something is, because the book is so good you should read it yourself. It’s often laugh-out-loud funny, incredibly sweet and endearing, and more than just a little romantic.
What I love the most about Jones’ writing is her characters. She has quite a knack for creating fully-formed folks you think you could know. I want to be friends with Lucy. I want her to be real! And call me crazy, but I had a hard time not picturing Eli Manning as Alex. I mean, come on.
Save the Date strikes that perfect balance between secular and Christian romance/chick-lit. It’s not profane as some secular offerings are, and it’s not at all sickly-sweet as some Christian ones are. It’s instead a delightful read full of delightful characters from an author whose other books I’ll now seek out and gobble up. ...more
Kat, Carla and Elise are all 45-year-old women who have been best friends since childhood. They're reaching middle ageAnother win from First Reads! :)
Kat, Carla and Elise are all 45-year-old women who have been best friends since childhood. They're reaching middle age, and in different ways, all their lives get turned upside down. There are some funny scenes and some touching scenes, and there are also a few obvious plot points that are easy to see before they come. I was expecting it to be crass in sexuality and language, and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it wasn't. I guess this is "grown-up chick lit." Overall, I enjoyed it, and I'm interested in reading more from this author who I hadn't heard of before this book. Discovering new authors to read is one thing I really like about First Reads!...more