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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  12,843 Ratings  ·  1,170 Reviews
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 cele
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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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
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.
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,
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
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.
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
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.
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
Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
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
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
Liz Hoffman
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some fun chic lit combining wedding planning, historical construction, and the south.
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
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
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)
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys-arcs, re-read
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
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.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein Wohlfühlbuch voller toller Blumen und südstaatenflair 🌹🌷💐 mit viel Liebe und den nötigen Intrigen ❤💔 ...more
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
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
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.
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...
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Now that summer is in full swing this also means that wedding season is in full swing as well! My very own wedding is next month, so this book was quite a nice, relatable read for me. Savannah florist, Cara Kryzik, is struggling to keep her floral shop above water and pay back the money she borrowed to get the business off the ground. She hasn’t had the best couple of years: her husband cheated, she deals with some pretty demanding customers, and her stepmom is enough to send anyone running with ...more
Nicole R
Have I read Mary Kay Andrews before? I am not sure, but I was drawn to this one because the main character is a florist in Savannah and I think the cover is pretty. I am fickle.

Cara is not a Savannah native. Her Yankee accent is a dead giveaway along with the fact that she knows no one. Despite that, she has slowly built her floral business, Bloom, and has a solid reputation for her wedding designs. Yes, the southern belle brides -- and their mothers -- can be a challenge but she loves her job.
Luanne Ollivier
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My summer reading list would not be complete without the latest book from Mary Kay Andrews.

Save the Date is another wonderfully warm, funny, romantic read that's a must for your beach bag.

Andrews populates her books with lovable, quirky characters that you wish you could actually count among your friends.

In Save the Date, we meet Cara Kryzik, a florist trying to make a go of her fledgling business in Savannah. She lands one big society wedding that could make or break her reputation - and her
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
With SAVE THE DATE Mary Kay Andrews has added another gem of a novel to her body of work. This book, like many others, is set in Savannah, Georgia. The long history and many Southern traditions add the perfect tone and atmosphere for the plot.
Cara Kryzik is a strong woman, but her situation and circumstances are enough to push anyone over the edge. Her florist business is doing okay, but she needs to book more weddings to pay back a loan to her overbearing father and stay ahead of the bills. Jus
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another fun offering from Mary Kay Andrews!

Save the Date focuses on down-on-her-luck Savannah florist Cara Kryzick who specializes in weddings. She struggles to make her money stretch and cover all the unexpected expenses cropping up in her business. Things are not looking good right now and seem to keep getting worse. A new high society florist moves to town and feels threatened by Cara's talent. What all will he stoop to doing to get rid of the competition? Fans of Mary Kay Andrews will enjoy
Mrs Mommy Booknerd

I loved this book! What a great read!!!! Funny and spot on when it comes to how love and family can be both the best and worst of us. With humor and spunk this story is woven into so many aspect of the human spirit, from love, to family, to crazy life circumstances, to drama on many levels, to how life can be funny and amazing. When you mix this all up you have yourself an amazing story and when you add in wonderful characters what you have now is a brilliant read, which is perfect for summer an
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Everytime I read one of MKA's books I swear it's my favorite. And this one was no exception. I just fall right in to the southern locale, her attention to detail regarding the food, the architecture, her leading lady's affinity for all things vintage...this was a fun filled story that was as satisfying as shrimp and grits.
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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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