Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Save the Date
Author: Jenny B. Jones
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: February 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Year/Setting: Present day, Charleston SC
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Jenny's Website/Blog: www.jennybjones.com
Ms. Jones has combined a heartfelt story and a lovely romance, with the funniest, most sarcastic, witty dialogue that I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a long, long time.
Our novel wraps around the life and times of Lucy Wiltshire. She’s on top of the world when we begin our story; she’s planning on starting up a residential home called Saving Grace, that will provide women over the age of eighteen with jobs, a safe place to lay their heads at night, an education, and even Christian counseling and prayer to see that they have a chance at a wonderful future. Not only that, but Lucy has the perfect boyfriend. His name is Matt and he’s stable, reliable, hardworking, handsome – all the things that a woman dreams about. However, on the one night that Lucy truly believes that she’s about to become engaged, her white picket fence shatters along with her heart, as Matt walks out of her life.
Two years later, Saving Grace is open and, unfortunately, about to lose one of the biggest chunks of funding that it has. Lucy is so upset, it’s not even funny. This poor woman grew up with a fantastic mom who cleaned for the rich of Charleston, and Lucy had to put up with the teasing and the taunting from the wealthy aristocrat’s kids during her school years; the SAME aristocrats who own Sinclair Hotels - the corporation that’s now suddenly pulling their annual check from Saving Grace’s hands. What to do? Lucy heads out to the annual swanky dinner to beg Sinclair Hotel board members to change their minds. Who she runs into, however, is Alex Sinclair. Alex is one of the people who teased her incessantly when Lucy was a kid. He’s also the one who was a famous NFL player until he blew out his knee; and is now running for Congress.
Through a variety of scenes – with the most funny, dry dialogue that I’ve probably ever read – Alex and Lucy come to an agreement that will help them both succeed in what they’re trying to do. If Lucy will pretend that she’s Alex’s fiancée – simply because the "common" people of Charleston really like her – than Alex will give Lucy the funding she needs in order to keep Saving Grace alive.
Insert a Grand Dame of Charleston called Clare Deveraux who, funnily enough, is the woman who put Lucy’s deceased mother through "heck in a hand basket," and a young man named Julian, who is Clare’s aide and just about the funniest character in the world, and, suddenly, a wealth of secrets begin to be uncovered. Because of the fake engagement, Lucy not only finds out what really "changed" her mother so long ago, but she also ends up getting etiquette lessons from Clare – the one woman she can’t stand.
Every single aspect of this book is beyond charming. There are also some very heartfelt storylines that include a brother who is missing overseas, as well as a young woman who is trying desperately to fight to keep her own brother alive, and her family in one piece. These two separate storylines are intriguing, and really do show that no matter how much money a person has in the bank – they can still have huge emotional difficulties.
I can go on and on here, as you see from the length of this review, because I simply can’t say enough about the great job this author has done. If this doesn’t become a bestseller, than I am sad to say that the readers out there in America need a lesson on what good, fun, unforgettable literature really is. Bravo, Ms. Jones! This is your best novel to date!
Until next time,
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