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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  15,690 ratings  ·  1,345 reviews
Can this wedding be saved?

Up-and-coming floral designer Cara Kryzik is about to score the wedding of a lifetime—one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for Savannah society nuptials. The only problem is, life seems to be conspiring against her. Cara's implacable father, "The Colonel", doesn't believe in Cara's business savvy and is about to call in his twenty-t
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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Jennifer
Save the Date is a standalone, women's fiction/chick lit novel written by author Mary Kay Andrews. This is the first time I have ever read a book by Ms. Andrews, and overall, I liked it. I enjoyed the romance, the dogs, the light humor, and I loved that this story was set in Savannah, Georgia. And Cumberland Island being included??? Oh my heart ♥.

If you have never been to Savannah, then go! It's such a beautiful town with an age that is felt through its historical preservation. And while you ar
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Victoria
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I think I may have outgrown this frippery, it was an entertaining easy read, but after I finished it I felt as if I’d consumed a bag of chips and had nothing to show for it but empty calories. And guilt.
DeB MaRtEnS
I'd forgotten that Mary Kay Andrews is a cheerful, chick /women's lit writer of such considerable talent, until I met again after considerable absence in SAVE THE DATE. For a moment, I recognized the first chapter - an introduction read from a previous novel- but quickly realized that I'd only just nibbled at the charm of this upbeat frolic.

Cara is divorced from a cheating husband, a Yankee finding her way with a new flower shop business in Savannah, Georgia. Everything that could go wrong does,
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S. Hartley
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wait impatiently for June to roll around each year so that I can read the newest Mary Kay Andrews Novel! I grab it the day of its release and then devour it, which leaves me feeling sad that I read it so fast… ‘Save the Date’ is a fantastic read! IF you are a fan of Southern Belles, Chick-Lit, Romance, and/or Drama, then you have to read this one. And if you have never read any of her books – you must! Her books are the perfect little cocktails of humor, love, friendships, family, and drama, w ...more
Erin
Jun 15, 2014 rated it liked it
This dragged along, with a lot of typos in the Kindle edition. Had about 100 pages been trimmed from it, it would have been great. I live in Savannah but even I got bored with the constant naming of places. It seemed like she was getting paid per word, instead of for a book. I don't know much about flowers, but if you do I guess you'll like the many descriptions of them. I prefer her other books set in Savannah.
Neyly
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
I did like Save the Date but, gosh, shallow much. The characters just blow with the wind or rather whichever way the author needs them to blow on that particular page. This becomes more and more obvious the closer you get to the end of the book.

Two particular points drop the book's rating from three to two stars:

1. An error or two over the line of okay - from simple typos to Libba becoming Lillian for a moment - well, not really becoming Lillian but definitely having a name-change.

2. The big mi
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Lloyd Russell
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it
You all know that I read, and enjoy, romances - erotic, suspense, and plain-old. We have a number of romance authors in our area that I read and like a lot - Jasmine Haynes/Jennifer Skully (erotic/non-erotic), Joan Swan, Virna DePaul, Elisabeth Barrett, Marina Adair, Jennifer Ryan. But, I have to admit, that I typically don't go looking for romances outside my scope of local authors. In this case, Save the Date, Mary Kay Andrews' 12th novel, and my 1st, was sent to me unsolicited. I figured, wha ...more
Paige  Bookdragon
Nov 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
I changed my mind.

I put this one on-hold a few months ago because I love the blurb even though I was bored the hell out of the actual story. After reading this for the second time, it's safe to say that Mary Kay Andrews is not for me.
Miranda
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm usually a huge Mary Kay Andrews - her annual book release is the highlight of my summer reading and Savannah Blues is one of my all time favorite books. When I learned that Save the Date was set in Savannah, I was pretty excited about reading it.

As you can see from my rating, it left me feeling only "meh" about the story.

Before I get in to the parts I didn't like, do know that Andrews does a wonderful job at describing her characters and settings, though this book did a little more telling t
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Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Genre: Womens Fiction & Chick Lit

Mary Kay Andrews has been one of my favorite authors since I began reading adult books. This is simply because each of her books have a unique plot and her writing style is flawless. Even more, her novels exude southern charm at it's finest, which is something I really love. With that being said, I felt no different when reading Save the Date and I adored this book to pieces. Cara, the heroine of the story, felt like a close frien
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Dianne
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This may be the perfect beach read, but beware! If you are anything like me you will become so engrossed in the lives of the characters that you will forget yourself and burn to a crisp. I had forgotten how much I loved this authors earlier works and I am so glad to have read this book.

The story is a typical Southern one with plenty of back-biting, back-stabbing and 'bless her hearts' to go around. Wonderful main characters, truly interesting secondary characters and a 'plot' that won't let you
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MB (What she read)
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Do you like bitchy florists, dogs, selfish heroines, shelter porn mags? Southern drama?
Later: Came back to drop my grade on this because I still hate Cara 2 years later upon remembrance.

Review 6/7/14:
Main character not particularly likable, (particularly pg. 243* and on), but floral and decorating details semi-interesting in a shelter-porn kind of way.

*pg. 243 rant follows:(view spoiler)
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Jan
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it
If you like your chick lit to be of the Southern variety, then Mary Kay Andrews is definitely an author you might want to read. I've read everything she's written, well except for a few short holiday ebooks, and have enjoyed most of them. The stories will always include a number of very funny and quirky characters, some kind of mystery or calamity, and a heroine who always finds love with mister right by the end of the book. Light, fun, and breezy reads, and always a good way for me to take a re ...more
Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Mary Kay Andrews. You did it again. And in my humble opinion. You did it best. I loved this high drama wedding story.
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What is it about weddings? I love them. Love reading about them. Going to them. Vicariously planning them. I think I should have been a wedding planner some days 😂. But then I remember...I don’t like people that much and unfortunately they are a requirement in the profession.
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The characters were incredibly likable and who doesn’t love a sweet dog meet cute?
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This story takes place
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Liz Hoffman
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some fun chic lit combining wedding planning, historical construction, and the south.
Lesa
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 wedding
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Liza Wiemer
Mark your calendars for June 3, 2014 - You want this book!

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 ha
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Karen
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
I love Mary Kay Andrews. Her new book each year kicks off my summer reading season. Unfortunately, "Save the Date" is a complete bummer. Where's the sass? The fun? The funny? The rollicking adventure? Not with this one. All the characters were not interesting, at all. I found the book maddeningly sad and desperate. I would recommend you put this in the bottom of your summer reading list.
Amy
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've really enjoyed listening to this book on audio CD while driving the past few weeks. I like the author's books because of their setting and this one was primarily located in Savannah. Cara is a floral designer who has had a run of bad luck in life, love and business. Just when things have started to pick up for her, it seems like everything is crashing down again.

I admire her character very much and how she treats others, even those who have wronged her. The other characters such as her ass
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Yvonne
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cara Kryzik wants nothing more than to make her Savannah floral shop a success, but she hits obstacles every way she turns. Her father, the Colonel, is demanding she immediately pay him the money she owes him or return to live with him in her hometown of Ohio. Her two-timing ex-husband Leo wants to give their marriage another try. Her assistant is slacking off on the job. Her landlord isn’t answering her calls even though her shop (and her apartment above it) is as hot as can be and in desperate ...more
Vera (Bookaholic Diva)
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this read I don't want to spoil it but it's a very good book.
Susan
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I admit it! I read chick lit and I like it! But I am very picky about what I read because my mind warps easily. Mary Kay Andrews writes above-average, easy-reading, fun-to-read books that are a break from all the deeper genres. Save the Date was one of her better books even though it followed the usual plot line of "single woman runs her own business in spite of diabolical person against her; woman meets handsome man who aggravates her but ends up her soulmate in the end." I don't mean to make f ...more
Myrna
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it
3.0 to 3.5 TICKLED PINK STARS!
Cute and well written book. Liked reading more about Savannah and Cara's personal struggles than the wedding and floral details. Perfect read for June – the traditional wedding month.
Susanchitter
Jul 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Always a fun read from this author. Good when all you want is to curl up with a hot drink and a comfy blanket and relax.
Millicent Rogers
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
The ending was a little bit too wrapped up for me....too close. Otherwise very cliche' chick lit...
Jessicasavage
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book...well written...wow
Tgordon
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun fun! That’s what I think of when I read this author! I love deep and challenging novels but sometimes just need to keep it fun a lite. That’s what this author gives with southern satisfaction!
NayNay
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Save The Date by Mary Kay Andrews was a really enjoyable read, although I will say it was very predictable but not in a bad way. There were no real surprises, just a simple, fun, relaxing read.
stacie
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
A predictable book about a flower shop owner who is in the midst of decorating for several summer weddings who has daddy/men issues. It tells how she manages her summer, her financial and employee issues, and dating. It was an ok book - and a decent summer beach read with lots of fluff.
Elle
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fabulous little story. I love the main characters and the southern charm of this book. Cara was adorable and quirky and had just the right amount of sass, I would hire her to be my wedding planner any day. Of course she would have to bring her cute little dog poppy and sexy Jack too!
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Mary Kay Andrews is the pen name of American writer Kathy Hogan Trocheck, based in Atlanta, who has authored a number of best-selling books under the Andrews pen name since 2002.

Trochek graduated from the University of Georgia with a journalism degree in 1976. She worked as a reporter at a number of papers, and spent 11 years as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before leaving to wri
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