Save the Date by Monica Murphy

July 6, 2019 Elle Book Review

Save the Date by Monica MurphySave the Date by Monica Murphy
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
Genres: Chick Lit
Pages: 315
Format: ARC
Source: Author
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My Rating : five-stars

Caroline Abbott loves her job—helping engaged couples pick out the perfect save the date cards and invitations for their dream wedding. Working at Noteworthy means she has to deal with the occasional bridezilla, but Caroline’s always up for the challenge.

Until one particular bridezilla walks into the stationery store who’s fiancé happens to be the boy Caroline shared her first kiss with. Alexander Wilder is all grown up now, helping run his family’s successful luxury hotel chain, and is somehow even better looking than she remembers.

When Caroline just happens to catch Alex’s fiancée half naked with another man well, of course she has to tell Alex. Of course, he breaks off his engagement.

And of course, the ex-bridezilla has gone completely bonkers.

At least Caroline has her friends to save her from crazy ex-fiancées. But she also has the sudden interest of… Alex? Caroline knows they share a connection, but is he on the rebound? Or after seeing her all these years later, does he really want something more?

Save the Date is the perfect summer read! Readers who enjoy travel, fake relationships, second chance romances, and books that revolve around weddings are not going to want to miss Monica’s latest novel! I savored this novel- like a fine macaroon! I read it in one sitting as well. It’s a lighthearted read with an excellent cast of characters and an engaging story line. Monica Murphy can write a diverse number of books- romances, young adult thrillers, and YA romances which is why I am always coming back for more! Save the Date falls in the romance category (maybe even chick lit) and has everything it needs: a cute relationship (brother’s best friend from middle school, and second chances), character growth (Alex finally realized what LOVE is about), and a little bit of sexy times (not too much, just enough to see that the two were compatible). It’s an all around wonderful book. 

Caroline and Alex were very sweet together. It was quickly apparent that their feelings for one another never fully went away even though they haven’t seen each other since they were kids. Their first meeting at the coffee shop proves this and the spark between them FLEW off the pages. Gosh, I smiled so much. There may have been a few things standing in their way at that time (namely, his fiance Tiffany *gasp*) but the hurdles were overcome (even if a little drama played out). Don’t worry! This is NOT a love triangle and there is NO cheating(view spoiler). But there is a bit of drama that needs to be overcome prior to the HEA. 

Monica Murphy also adds a bit of a fake relationship trope into this one. Alex needs a woman on his arm in order to secure a deal in Paris for a hotel his family wants to buy and his old pal Caroline is happy to accompany him. Too bad one fashion icon see’s through the facade and causes a little trouble of her own… You want to know what happens you will have to read Save the Date to find out!

Overall, I adored this book to pieces! As I mentioned, Monica Murphy can write in just about any genre and still engage all her readers. This is not different with Save the Date and I enthusiastically read this one with a BIG smile on my face. I highly recommend it! 


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