cover image Save the Date

Save the Date

Mary Kay Andrews, read by Kathleen McInerney. Macmillan Audio, unabridged, 11 CDs, 14.5 hrs., $39.99 ISBN 978-1-4272-3940-2

Cara Kryzik, a transplant from Ohio to Savannah, Ga., is struggling to make a go of it at her floral design business. Everything is going wrong: her shop’s cooler conks out, ruining thousands of dollars worth of elaborate flower arrangements and leaving her with nothing for the huge wedding she’s doing the next day; her father is demanding that she repay the money he lent her to open the shop or he’ll shut it down; her landlady decides to sell the building without telling her—and wants to sell it to Cara’s biggest competitor; and then there’s handsome-but-exasperating contractor Jack Finnerty, whom she meets when he accidentally steals her dog. Narrator McInerney reads in a lively tone, bringing both empathy and humor to Cara’s tumultuous life. She flawlessly delivers fun character voices, from the elderly landlady’s crotchety “get off my lawn”-style sniping to Jack’s sexy “aw shucks, ma’am” Southern drawl. This entertaining chick lit/romance novel is perfect for a lazy summer listen at the beach. A St. Martin’s hardcover. (June)