I intended to read this book one day next week; however, when I took a sneak peak by reading the prologue, I found myself entranced and read the entire story last night. Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones was such a delight! I'm thrilled I had the privilege to read and review this sweet book...it won't be available until February 1st.
The characters were so endearing to me. I could hear Alex Sinclair's deep voice with assertory statements, and Lucy Wiltshire's pithy retorts to his overly-confident demands. (Although, I'm gonna tell you...the girl on the cover of this book does NOT match the Lucy in my mind). Claire Deveraux is the epitome of Southern Matriarch. Her sidekick, Julian, steals the scenes. He's hilarious! Did I mention all of Lucy's Sci-Fi friends? We all have a Sanjay in our lives, and it was fun to meet him on the pages of Save the Date.
Set in Charleston, a town in which I'm very familiar, I was completely enraptured by the story. Lucy runs a non-profit organization, who has learned her funding is about to be cut. Alex Sinclair is a wealthy former-athlete who has just thrown his hat into the ring of politics. Those seemingly unrelated incidents throw these two people together, and make for a fabulous story.
Here's an excerpt from the back cover:
"When the funding for Lucy's non-profit job is pulled, she is determined to find out why. Enter Alex Sinclair, former professional football star and heir to Sinclair Enterprises--the primary donor to Lucy's non-profit organization.
Both Lucy and Alex have something the other desperately wants.
Alex has it all...except for the votes he needs to win his bid for Congress. Despite their mutual dislike, Alex makes Lucy a proposition: pose as his fiancee in return for the money she desperately needs. Bound to a man who isn't quite what he seems, Lucy finds her heart--and her future--on the line."
The plot keeps moving, and the characters are so charming, I found myself captivated throughout the entire book. It's an easy read, as I finished in just a couple of hours. If you're looking for a light-hearted read that will make you laugh aloud several times, you'll enjoy Save the Date. Don't mistake it's blithsome banter. There is an important underlying message woven into the story that all women need to hear: Learning to love yourself without allowing the opinions of others to undermine your self-worth.
Save the Date is definitely worth a read. I'm on my way to find other books by Jenny B. Jones. I think I've found a new favorite. :o) Want to see what else she's written? Check out her website: http://www.jennybjones.com/
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