If you’re a true believer in beach reads and the magic of wedding season, Mary Kay Andrews’ latest annual summer offering, Save the Date, may be the novel to pack in your bag.
The bestselling author ( Ladies’ Night, Spring Fever) once again uses Savannah, Ga., as a backdrop, this time for a florist who’s in need of some good luck. Cara Kryzik’s life is a mess. Her flower shop is struggling — Cara’s father has imposed a deadline for repaying a loan. Her husband cheated on her and their marriage ended in divorce. A rival florist in town vows to destroy her business. The bridezillas and their moms (stepmoms, too) are beyond demanding.
But Cara is on the brink of becoming the go-to florist to produce magical society weddings. She has been hired as the wedding planner for Brooke Trapnell and Harris Strayhorn, whose nuptials are scheduled in six short weeks at the Strayhorn plantation in South Carolina. It will mean a big payoff for Cara but, naturally, there are a multitude of complications.
This being a romance novel, Cara and Jack meet cute ( awwww — they both have Goldendoodles) and sparks fly. Not bad for a woman who used to believe in happily ever after for everyone else, not herself.
Never miss a local story.
— Celeste Williams
SAVE THE DATE
by Mary Kay
St. Martin’s Press, $26.99
Macmillan Audio, $39.99; read by veteran narrator Kathleen McInerney.