Save the Date (Signed Book)

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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 celebrate them. But when the bride goes missing and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must find the bride and figure out what she believes in. Maybe love really does exist outside of fairy tales after all.

Told with Mary Kay Andrews' ...

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Overview

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 celebrate them. But when the bride goes missing and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must find the bride and figure out what she believes in. Maybe love really does exist outside of fairy tales after all.

Told with Mary Kay Andrews' trademark wit and keen eye for detail, mark your calendars for Save the Date!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250063687
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 27,042
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Kay Andrews
Mary Kay Andrews
Mary Kay Andrews has been delighting critics and readers for years with a series of funny, breezy mysteries, which are quite different from the more hard-boiled detective novels of a certain Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Of course, as most fans of Andrews and Trocheck know, they are one-and-the-same.

Biography

In In 2003, a writer named Mary Kay Andrews burst on the book scene with an entertaining, lighthearted confection entitled Savannah Blues. Hailed as a promising debut, the book received positive reviews; but not everyone realized it was actually the work of journalist-turned-novelist Kathy Hogan Trocheck, author of a bestselling mystery series begun in 1990 and featuring ex-cop-turned P.I. Callahan Garrity.

Trocheck explained in an interview with Reading Group Guides.com the reason for adopting a pseudonym (derived, by the way, from combining the names of her two children): "Because Blues is so different from my Callahan books, I wanted a chance to try for a whole new group of readers, people who like women's fiction, Southern fiction, and still, mysteries. That Mary Kay is a pseudonym for Kathy Hogan Trocheck is not a secret from my fans."

Savannah Blues introduced readers to Eloise "Weezie" Foley, whose marriage to the wealthy Talmadge Evans III suffers a fatal blow when he announces he is in love with someone else. When Talmadge's mistress moves into his Savannah mansion, it's the backyard carriage house for Weezie, who soon begins to devise a plan to get revenge on her cheating hubby. Blues may have been a marked departure from Trocheck's grittier early work, but it was a rousing success on all fronts. Publishers Weekly hailed it as "delightfully breezy, richly atmospheric" and Kirkus reviews called it "pure fun."

Soon, Mary Kay Andrews had assumed a life of her own. A year later, she published Little Bitty Lies, followed in 2005 by the joyfully wacky New York Times bestseller Hissy Fit. Having revisited the world of her irresistible protagonist Weezie Foley twice more in Savannah Breeze and Blue Christmas, Andrews continues to craft her winning brand of witty, Southern-fried fiction -- much to the delight of her many fans.

Good To Know

When Andrews was a journalist at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she covered the famous "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" murder case.

As Kathy Hogan Trocheck, Andrews's mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity Awards.

When she isn't writing, Mary Kay Andrews lectures and teaches at writing workshops.

A few fun outtakes from our interview with Andrews:

"When I finish writing a book, I always celebrate with my favorite junk foods: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Wink grapefruit soda."

"I have no sense of direction and am incapable of reading a map."

"I'm a charter member of the Salty Dog chapter of the Andy Griffith Show Re-run Watchers club."

"I love afternoon naps, junking, reading, cooking with my husband, anything with avocados, English Setters, old movies, anything blue and white. I hate shopping for clothes, cigarette smoke, math, magic, mimes, scary movies, and Star Trek re-runs."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Kathy Hogan Trocheck (real name)
    2. Hometown:
      Atlanta, Georgia
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 27, 1954
    2. Place of Birth:
      Tampa, Florida
    1. Education:
      B.A. in newspaper journalism, University of Georgia, 1976
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    Another MKA winner!

    Enjoyed this story and its characters so much. Once again, this author made the people believable because they are not perfect. I liked that she made brief reference to Savannah residents from previous books, favorites BeBe and Weezie.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2014

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    Weddings, Florists, Brides, Dogs, Social Media and Lots of Drama!

    Mary Kay Andrews, is the Queen of the South, with her humor, mischief, and creative characters. Having read all her books, SAVE THE DATE took on a new twist into the world of weddings, flowers, and of course-- all the drama and chaos, which comes along with events, brides, and their crazy mothers, and families—all with an opinion.

    As emotions run high—Mary Kay incorporates all the social media with Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter—as Cara, the owner of a small florist shop in Savannah, GA, faces all sorts of problems and challenges. Number one her ruthless gay competitor (even trying to steal her assistant).

    Cara, not only unlucky in love, with her most recent divorce, she buys a dog name Poppy to keep her company, and is in debt to her demanding father who is threatening to call in her loan for her business. There are so many unexpected problems, she is having a hard time staying afloat.

    Her assistant, a gay gut Bert, always has some thrilling dating stories, get involved with the competition, causing more problems for Cara. Then she meets a good-looking guy who steals her dog by mistake, a hot apartment and shop with a dead landlord, and plenty of nasty clients.

    You can expect tidbits of design, and renovations, as the new guy is a pro with renovations of all sorts, helping her with the barns and other venues, as talented Cara pulls off the best weddings in town! Full of drama and humor, a predictable, light and easy beach read. Was not wild about the audiobook narrator, Kathleen McInerney--an influencer, when rating.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

    I Fun Summer Read!   I was a First Read Winner of this book and

    I Fun Summer Read!   I was a First Read Winner of this book and I really liked it. It was a fun read with likable characters and a good plot line. This book has it all, some emotional ups and downs for Cara, intrigue, money problems, lots and lots of flowers, crazy bridal parties, romance and 2 dogs. How can you go wrong with that? I only wish that the ending did not feel quiet so rushed, I would have loved more of Cara and Jack and maybe just a little less flower drama. But overall a great summer read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2014

    Blah.

    Blah. What's good about this is that it is a better read than the author's previous book 'Ladies Night.' Everything else is predictable. While the setting of a florist business in Savannah is good, and the floral descriptions engaging, the rest is tired. This is a book we have read before and can see the ending from the first few chapters. It is formula. There are a couple of 'blink and you'll miss it' winks to earlier characters Be Be and Weezie--who populated early novels that were a lot more engaging. A harmless time waster but very disappointed that Andrews has not had a really engrossing read since 'Spring Break.' Maybe there needs to be a longer period between novels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2014

    Absolutely loved this book. MK Andrews grabbed my attention with

    Absolutely loved this book. MK Andrews grabbed my attention with the first sentence and held it all the way through. Funny and smart, Save the Date is a must for a great summer read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    Lite fun read

    Great story, keeps your attention the whole time.

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  • Posted July 14, 2014

    Mary Kay Andrews is a keeper.   I didn't know anything about her

    Mary Kay Andrews is a keeper.   I didn't know anything about her, when I decided to read one of her earlier books, and I was hooked.  You can't help but laugh, and care, about her characters as the story  unfolds, I always look forward to the next novel.

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  • Posted July 14, 2014

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    My summer reading list would not be complete without the latest

    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 bank account. Can she pull it off? Or will fate conspire against her? Her landlord wants to sell her building, her loan is being called in and her trusted assistant is acting funny. Then a well known 'society' florist opens a shop in Savannah, determined to put Cara out of business..... And what about that builder that 'kidnapped' her dog? And why is he at every wedding she's working?

    I was captured from first page to last. All the elements are there - a main character you can't help but cheer for, a hunky guy, that will they, they won't they romantic storyline, an eclectic supporting cast and an antagonist you can't help but dislike! All of it is wrapped up in distinctly enjoyable dialogue and situations, making Save the Date a sweet, easy, breezy read.

    I really enjoyed some of the wedding ideas and descriptions and learned quite a bit about flowers as well. Andrews's books are set in the South, where she herself makes her home. Her descriptions of time and place make me want to visit the settings.(Or in the case of Tybee Island - move there)

    My usual fare is mysteries and thrillers, but I enjoy a good 'chick lit' book. Andrews always fills the bill - and for this reader, Save the Date was a really good read.

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    Loved this book! Nice story, great characters!

    Loved this book! Nice story, great characters!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Very Good Beach Read

    I love Mary Kay Andrews! Her books are light but very entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    I absolutely love Mary Kay Andrews books and this one was no exception. I have read everyone of her books and have never been disappointed. Her stories make you feel you are right there in the book with her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    loved it

    Quirky lovable characters

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Mary Kay Andrews does it again. Another great book. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    LOVE!

    This was seriously the cutest book i have read in a long time! I couldt put it down! Love love love everything about it!!

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  • Posted June 29, 2014

    Truly enjoyable!!

    Wonderful light read! Savannah, flowers, weddings, dogs and a blooming romance...everything to make for a delightful summer read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Highly recommend. Very entertaining

    Mary Kay Andrews is my favorite writer. Her characters are so much fun and always make me laugh. In this sometimes too serious world, we need more Mary Kay Andrews.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    Loved it!!!

    "Save the Date" was such a delight to read! MKA has such a way with words to make you feel that you are there in the book. I could "smell" the flowers at the florist...mainly because when I was a child, I would go to the local florist with my mother. As I read the book, those memories of the florist became real again. I highly recommend this book to the reader. I had the pleasure of meeting MKA, and I enjoyed hearing how she gets ideas for the books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Another great Mary Kay Andrews Book

    I have enjoyed all of the books written by this talented author. This book was no different. The characters were well developed and the plot was interesting. I think I enjoyed the earlier books that she wrote because they seemed to have had more humor in them. Still a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Recommend it, must check it out

    A fun read and keeps you on your toes

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

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    Could not put it down!

    Like all of her books this one is simply wonderful. I wish she would have a new book every week. Buy it (and all her books) today!

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