Thursday, February 17, 2011

Review- Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones

When it was announced that Jenny B. Jones would be releasing a new novel during one of the gloomiest months of the year I began to salivate like Pavlov’s dog outside the Vatican on Easter Sunday. Nothing cures the mid-winter blues like a romantic giggle fest, and Jenny B. Jones has provided just that in her latest novel, Save the Date.

THE SITCH

Lucy Wiltshire is a determined young woman with a penchant for vintage clothes and science fiction books, movies, and memorabilia. Now serving as the director of Saving Grace, a non-profit home for girls who have aged-out of the foster care system, Lucy has found both a mission and a sense of purpose. But although she has built the home into a successful, beautiful haven, Lucy is still plagued by feelings of inadequacy -- feelings only intensified by a suitor’s rejection and a financial emergency which threatens to close down her home for girls.

Enter Alex Sinclair, Congressional Candidate and the bane of Lucy Wiltshire’s private school years. A former professional football player who sidelined as an underwear model, Alex is also the son of Saving Grace’s biggest corporate sponsor – the sponsor whose generosity has taken a sudden downturn.

Alex is a confident bit of man-candy with movie-star good looks and, in Lucy’s estimation, a “Body chiseled by years on the field, hours in the gym, and possibly a handshake with the devil.” It would seem Alex has everything going for him, but the polls say differently. He’s lagging behind his political opponent and just can’t seem to catch a break -- until the night he’s photographed with Lucy Wiltshire.

As rumors of Alex’s romantic attachment to poor, do-gooder Lucy grow, so does his political ranking. When Alex devises a proposition that could solve both his – and her – problems, Lucy is shocked and outraged by his farcical proposal of… marriage, but she is desperate to keep Saving Grace open. Eventually, Lucy decides she has no other option and agrees to Alex’s proposal to rescue Saving Grace. What neither Lucy nor Alec expect, however, is that their disdainful banter and fake engagement could result in a very real romance.


HOW IT HIT ME

Like a red-velvet cupcake with tart lemon filling. This story was sweet and buttery enough to make me feel like a glutton after consuming it in less than twenty-four hours; but sharp notes of sarcasm peppered every page, giving the characters a quirky sort of depth which made this novel oh-so-pleasing to the palate.


WHAT MADE ME SQUIRM

I consider myself to be edgy, hip, and cool most of the time, so it pains me to admit that I got every one of Lucy’s Sci-Fi/Star Trek/LOTR references. (And if you don’t know what LOTR stands for, look it up, cuz I’m not telling.)


TO READ, OR NOT TO READ: THAT IS THE QUESTION

Unless you are giving up laughter for Lent, you should read this book. But I give you fair warning: if you are easily embarrassed when you snort out loud, you might just want to find a private place to do your reading.


AND FINALLY, IN THE WORDS OF INIGO MONTOYA:
“No, there is too much. Let me sum up.”

Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones is a satisfying, giggle-fest romance that will make you laugh, snort, sigh, drool, and maybe even become a little more socially conscious. Complete with a smart, spunky heroine and tasty bites of man-candy, Save the Date is sure to chase your gloomy winter blues away.

Serena's rating:







Reviewed by contributor Serena Chase
Follow Serena Chase on Twitter @Serena_Chase

8 comments:

  1. Serena!!!


    You wrote one kick butt review, girlfriend! :)

    I am definitely not giving up laughter for Lent, but I'm considering passing all the reviews to you. LOL.

    I completely agree with what you wrote. This was a fantastic book, and is an early favorite for my best of the year list.

    I wanted to say, in addition to the hilarious writing, I thought Lucy's come to Jesus moment was fresh and original. It was powerful without being heavy handed and some of the most organic writing I've seen in Christian fiction.

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  2. Wow. Omigosh.
    Wow.
    Thank you.
    One of the best reviews evah.

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  3. Oh, this so perfectly says what I think of this book! Sooooo good!! I loved it, this review made me laugh and remembering the book, it just might make my 2011 best list! Fun, fun, fun! And yes if you don't like your snort, find a nice quiet room to read. :D

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  4. Ok....I LOVE this review! I am sooo excited because I JUST ordered this on my IPAD and you have made me soooo excited and salivate ;)

    Seriously, Can't wait! But I guess I will have to look up LOTR!

    About the questions you asked me for Vanessa Millers books. I would say they are not strong on romance. More on womens issues than romance!

    Have you considered changing your "no comment blogger" to adding your email so that when you comment on blogs or ask questions they can reply directily to your email? It is so nice to just be able to respond directly that way!! Just a thought :)

    Have a blessed weekend Joy! and THANKS so much for this review!

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  5. @Jenny- Thanks for stopping by! I agree, Serena did a great job with the review, but you kinda made it easy with the book. :)

    @Casey-Hi friend! :)

    @Loren- I will look into it again, but I have intentionally not put my email address on this blog b/c I get sooo many emails as it is, I'm afraid I will be over-run if it's attached to my profile. Though I have a spammy email I use for contests so maybe I could attach that one. It would probably save me some time b/c I do find I revisit blogs a lot looking for responses to the comments I left. LOL.

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  6. Great review... but now I'm hungry...
    You really need to leave stuff like "Like a red-velvet cupcake with tart lemon filling" out or I'll never stay on my diet!!

    Anyway - I'm off to add another to my TBR list... and find a snack.

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  7. Thanks guys for the sweet reviews of my, uh, review.

    Jenny--so nice of you to drop an "evah" in my ear!

    And Gina: sorry about the temptation thing. Lots of cupcakes in my world lately and now they're spilling out into my reviews! I think it's a side-effect of watching one-too-many episodes of Cupcake Wars! Sorry!!!

    Thanks again, gals for your kind comments!

    -Serena Chase

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  8. Okay that review was almost as funny as the book...:P

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