I'm such a sucker for fun, summery reads. There's nothing like a Saturday at the beach, under an umbrella (I gots to shade my skin!!), with a fun book to take your mind off of things. Growing up on the East Coast and being 10 minutes away from the beach, I always had a Judy Blume (hello, Summer Sisters) or VC Andrews (Flowers in the Attic!!) book in tow. The beach is just as close in LA, so when I have free time on the weekends to meet up with friends, we'll head to Malibu, grab fish tacos on PCH, and then lay out our towels for a day in the sun. I always have three things with me - sunscreen, a cover up, and a book!
To kick off the summer, I received a copy of Save the Date. It was like an invitation to start my summer reads in my solo book club! (Last year, I was in a real book club for a bit, but then it dissolved because of everyone's varying schedules. Sad face.) I'm a total romantic at heart, so I love Bridget Jones Diary, The Devil Wears Prada, Something Borrowed...they're my total dreamy, guilty pleasures, however I do love me some darker fare (totally obsessed with Stieg Larsson), but I'll just reserve that for winter!
This book takes place in Savannah (one of my favorite spots in the US!) and the lead character, Cara, is a florist who works weddings - basically in my dream world, I'd live in the south and floral arrange. So, right off the bat I was in. It's the story of girl works weddings, girl doesn't believe in love, girl comes to the rescue to really figure out if happy endings exist. There's a bit of bridezilla action, an abundance of wedding day dramatics, and even a dog. I mean, who doesn't love a dog to stir up some shenanigans?
Whenever I think of weddings, my first thought is "what do the bridesmaid dresses look like"? To be honest, that's my favorite part - I always love to see what the bride picked out for her maids, be it good or horrendously bad. I found one of those "horrendously bad" dresses on a recent thrift trip and just had to pick it up. I think this dress might have even had a home in Savannah at one point!
Tune in tomorrow to see what I transformed this dress into, however in the interim, RSVP to the giveaway below! (OK, wedding pun...) Enter to win a copy of Save the Date along with a $100 Visa gift card by leaving a comment below mentioning one of your favorite locations of a wedding that you attended! Perhaps a girlfriend got married in wine country, your sister wed in the backyard of your childhood home, or maybe a colleague got married at City Hall. A winner will randomly be chosen on 6/30. Wedding bells will be ringing for one winner, so good luck!
For an excerpt from Save the Date along with fun recipes inspired by the book, head over here!
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