I expected big things from this book.Every single one was fulfilled to the utmost The hero is hunky, the heroine, a bit clutzy, but how she sees the world, gives it a skewed, humorous tint The plot is perfectly laid out and when I thought the author had used her bag of tricks right away to make it worse, something happened to put Lucy and Alexat odds.I love marriage of convenience stories, but this was an engagement of convenience Great angle You just about can t get a better contempor I expected big things from this book.Every single one was fulfilled to the utmost The hero is hunky, the heroine, a bit clutzy, but how she sees the world, gives it a skewed, humorous tint The plot is perfectly laid out and when I thought the author had used her bag of tricks right away to make it worse, something happened to put Lucy and Alexat odds.I love marriage of convenience stories, but this was an engagement of convenience Great angle You just about can t get a better contemporary hero than Alex, my goodness I just about swooned while reading The emotional tug a war between Lucy, Alex and her old boyfriend Matt was played perfectly and without clich d drama The dialogue wowza Snappy, quick witted and oh so good I wanted to read it over just to taste the emotion again I don t know what was up between Clare and Julian, but I gotthan one chuckle out of those two, my favorites Clare s bucket list and Julian s snarky comments wouldn t be able to fly in any other book, but was perfect here in just the right situation I plain loved it.I m a fan of Jenny B Jones Pass the back list, because I intend to go readThis review is my honest opinion Thanks to the publishers through CFBA for my copy to review Cute chick lit book Nothing ground breaking but a decent story with engaging characters. Lucy Whiltshire returned to Charleston determined to make a difference, founding Saving Grace, a home for girls who ve graduated from the foster care system but are not yet equipped or unable to make the transition to adulthood and caring for themselves She s determined to prove to the society blue bloods that rejected and marginalized her during her own teenage years that she and the girls she s desperate to save arethan the sum of their antecedents But when funding for her non profit i Lucy Whiltshire returned to Charleston determined to make a difference, founding Saving Grace, a home for girls who ve graduated from the foster care system but are not yet equipped or unable to make the transition to adulthood and caring for themselves She s determined to prove to the society blue bloods that rejected and marginalized her during her own teenage years that she and the girls she s desperate to save arethan the sum of their antecedents But when funding for her non profit is unceremoniously pulled, Lucy stands in danger of failing her girls and joining them on the streets Desperation drives her into the arms of Alex Sinclair, heir to the very firm that pulled her financial support and one of the Charleston blue bloods that excelled at making Lucy feel so very inferior as a teen Locked in a heated Congressional race, Alex desperately needs to shake his former playboy image if he hopes to win over voters and a relationship with Lucy might just do the trick He makes a shocking proposal in exchange for posing as his girlfriend and eventual fiancee, he ll provide Lucy with the money she needs to save her girls home Despite his movie star looks, Alex couldn t be farther from Lucy s romantic ideal but with the future of her girls on the line, she agrees to play the doting girlfriend With both their futures riding on a romantic con, under the glare of a media spotlight two individuals who can t stand each other confront the truth that there sto each other than first meets the eye and the irresistible sparks that fly when opposites attract.Save the Date is without a doubt one of the best romance novels I ve read in ages it marries all of the comfortable trappings of a romantic comedy with unexpectedly, well meted powerful moments of spiritual truth I ve long been a fan of the author s blog, where one can appreciate her well drawn sense of humor and wit, but I ve yet to dive into her novels an error I hope to soon rectify Save the Date is replete with Jones s trademark humor and pop culture references Despite their disparate backgrounds, Alex and Lucy prove worthy sparring partners Lucy, sure in her certainty that Alex is nothingthan a pretty face who could never forsake his playboy ways, while for his part Alex quickly learns to love baiting his fake fiancee, enjoying her easily riled temper But beneath their surface differences and wildly disparate upbringings, Lucy and Alex discover in each other a fellow wounded soul in desperate need of grace While the arrangement Alex proposes is at first blush extreme, and worthy of the lightest weight Hollywood blockbuster, the manner in which Jones uses the tropes of an arranged marriage in this case, fake engagement to force her two protagonists together masks the real heart of the novel accepting God s freely given grace.I love it when God brings a book across my path that reinforces current experiences and or study and in this case I was powerfully struck by Lucy and Alex s respective spiritual arcs and how they related to my pastor s recent sermon on living declared, secure in the knowledge that as believers God looks at us and sees beloved children, instead of constantly focusing on where we fail Though the life experiences that formed Alex and Lucy couldn t bedifferent Alex, the son of privilege and money, Lucy, the daughter of a struggling single mom both have bought into what I would posit is one of the most insidious lies that no matter who you are, what you do, where you ve come from, it s never enough In what is probably one of the best examples of incorporating a faith message into a novel that I ve come across, Lucy s out going youth pastor friend Chuck lays bare the lie that salvation, God s grace, must be earned over and over In a society that idolizes perfection, Jones strips the lie that we must live burdened by pasts filled with fear and regret, when all that is required is accepting God s grace, freely offered, and resting in the knowledge that in Him alone are we made perfect.Lucy and Alex s unexpected love story is just part of this novel s considerable charm I adored watching Alex and Lucy fall for each other Jones pens some lovely, sizzling moments of romantic tension But she also peoples her storyline with a host of unforgettable, amusing, well drawn supporting players I loved that Lucy was a sci fi geek who had regular meetings with like minded friends a.k.a The Hobbits who shared her love of all things Star Trek and Doctor Who related Lucy s prickly, recently discovered grandmother Claire is a gem, and Claire s fledgling faith coupled with her secretary Julian s sarcastic commentary provide some of the novel s best moments Save the Date is a laugh out loud, frothy, warm hearted confection of a novel that packs an unexpected emotional punch Filled with unforgettable, wonderfully flawed characters, Jones proves she s a master at spinning a thoroughly enjoyable, escapist romance laced with spiritual truths Very well done Original post at One More PageI wasn t sure what to expect with Save the Date by Jenny B Jones because if I were to judge this book by its cover, it didn t give me the chick lit vibe It gave me a romance novel vibe, sure, but not really chick lit Am I the only one getting that I want chick lit, but I m not entirely sure if I wanted a romance novel if you get what I mean Nevertheless, I requested this from NetGalley because the blurb seemed interesting despite its familiarity, and I h Original post at One More PageI wasn t sure what to expect with Save the Date by Jenny B Jones because if I were to judge this book by its cover, it didn t give me the chick lit vibe It gave me a romance novel vibe, sure, but not really chick lit Am I the only one getting that I want chick lit, but I m not entirely sure if I wanted a romance novel if you get what I mean Nevertheless, I requested this from NetGalley because the blurb seemed interesting despite its familiarity, and I heard good stuff about the author on Twitter.Maybe it s the leftover February air that made me start reading this, and once I started reading, I couldn t stop Save the Date starts with Lucy Wiltshire dancing around her kitchen, preparing a meal for her boyfriend Matt, expecting a proposal coming very soon However, she was crushed when Matt says he s choosing his job over her, and he had to move away, just as when Lucy can t leave her hometown because she was about to open her foster home for adolescent girls, Saving Grace.Fast forward two years later, Lucy seems to be doing well, until life decided to throw her a curve ball she loses funding for her foster home and she needs money, quick Enter old schoolmate and rich boy Alex Sinclair who was running for Congress A chance encounter between the two gave Alex a good image for the election, so he proposes to Lucy they would pretend to be a couple and get engaged to boost Alex s image, and Lucy gets paid to be his fake fiancee, enough to fund Saving Grace for years to come Left with no choice, Lucy says yes, praying that she wasn t making a mistake As they play along with the lie, demons from the past surface and they find out that God s plans are higher than our plans and He can work His purpose even in our flimsy human plans.I was pleasantly surprised by this book This had the same vibe as A Billion Reasons Why but it has less of the Southern drawl andof real and sympathetic characters I liked Lucy from the start she s a darling, but she was far from a weakling She s been toughened up by the hardships she experienced in her life and even if she suffers from a big inferiority complex, her heart is always in the right place I admire her passion for the girls she s caring for and her fierce loyalty to what she believes in, even if sometimes it comes off as stubbornness While I m not much taken by Alex s described good looks and his charisma, I thought he was good for Lucy He is far from perfect which I really appreciated, and I m sure his faults and his growth in the story is something that other people have experienced I liked how their relationship developed and how they saw each other in a better light despite the lie that they have built for their image I lost count at how many times I sighed and wished that they d realize that they were perfect for each other, and that one of them would make a move that would break the the pretend relationship they have so they could move into something real Their banter was refreshing and witty, none of the gooey, over the top exchanges that didn t feel natural I liked that even if it seemed like an outrageous story, everything in the story still felt real, like it could happen to anyone.This modern day Cinderella The Princess Diaries like story by Jenny B Jones is definitely worth the read I can t relate 100% with everything, but Save the Date shares important lessons on love, compassion, forgiveness and allowing God to work in our lives, and I think those concepts are pretty universal, anyway While there s nothing really new in the premise, the characters, their voices and the author s humor shines through in the story, making this a very, very good read I look forward to readingof Jenny B Jones books My all time favorite Ok I ll admit it, I m not someone who is easily amused I truly wish I was the person that laughed at the drop of a hat, but I m not With that being said, I want to share that I laughed out loud numerous times when reading this book Save the Date by Jenny B Jones at first glance looks like a classic, cute, chick lit kind of book I m thinking, it will be sweet, charming, and a nice read There is nothing wrong with that, but as I got into the book, I discovered much, much,funny, grea Ok I ll admit it, I m not someone who is easily amused I truly wish I was the person that laughed at the drop of a hat, but I m not With that being said, I want to share that I laughed out loud numerous times when reading this book Save the Date by Jenny B Jones at first glance looks like a classic, cute, chick lit kind of book I m thinking, it will be sweet, charming, and a nice read There is nothing wrong with that, but as I got into the book, I discovered much, much,funny, great characters and a deeper than meets the eye storyline Our heroine, Lucy Wiltshire is sort of a modern day Cinderella Growing up in Charleston, South Carolina with a mother who earned her living as a maid did not give her social status at the prominent Montrose Academy where she attended as a child, and as a result endured teasing and bullying there Fast forward to the present and Lucy is the founder of Saving Grace, a home for foster girls aged 18 21 making the transition to adulthood with her help and guidance A major problem erupts one of her biggest backers has pulled the plug on their contributions by a significant amount She is in danger of losing the home and panicked about her girls, where will they go Poor Lucy, what s a girl to do Well, the hero of the story has the answer to that query enter Alex Sinclaire a former attendee of Montrose Academy and famous former professional football player as well He has decided to run for a Congressional seat and Alex needs a little help overcoming his somewhat Playboy public perception problem So after a cthance meeting at a local gathering where both are present and pictures are taken of them together, he finds that his approval points have skyrocketed It seems that the public likes a good Cinderella story and he hatches a plan a staged romance with a win win scenario Alex gets a steady girl on his arm for public events and Lucy gets the funding she needs to keep Saving Grace open Sounds like a no brainer for everyone, but add in Lucy s social awkwardness and propensity towards clumsiness and you get some really hilarious situations There is so muchgoing on in this story than the general romance between these two characters Alex is dealing with grief and guilt over his twin brothers disappearance and probable death Lucy struggles with feelings of great inferiority and worth as she describes herself at one of the many social events as a cubic zirconia in a sea of diamonds They truly go on a journey together in dealing with their respective stuff Their chemistry and banter between each other is fun and amusing in one moment and truly deep and probing in the next Add in Lucy s love of all things science fiction, specifically Star Trek and the book just gets better and better I couldn t go into detail on the supporting characters here, but they are well written and really, really, funny When a well know socialite winds up at one of Lucy s gatherings of her sci fi friends and is asking questions about Star Trek, I about bust a gut It truly is rare for me to find a book where I am laughing uproariously in one moment and shedding tears the next, while seeing great spiritual elements in the whole thing Elements like our struggles with our worth and figuring out the whole man pleasing versus God pleasing dilemma I highly recommend this book You will not be disappointed and I will be keeping my eye on Jenny B Jones in the future I know this is a Niagara Falls kind of review much gushing but I still stand by it Great book, great characters and great read I was graciously provided a digital copy of this book by Thomas Nelson through the NetGalley program All opinions expressed were my own and I was not obligated to write a positive review Blast you, Jenny Jones Don t you know I have stuff to do How am I supposed to get anything done when you write books like this I woke up worried about Lucy last night and have been reading every spare minute today My laundry is piled up around me The dishes are fermenting in the sink The coffee pot is drained Sigh.Thanks a lot.By the way, where s book two Looking for fun, faith, football and some knock off designer pumps look no further than Jenny B Jones s Save the Date I absolutely loved every word of it From the first zinger dished out by sassy Lucy to the tender moments with her Han Solo I was hooked Lucy s a bit insecure, she s clumsy, she s a Trekkie and she s a size twelve a ten if anybody asks I challenge you to find a real girl who isn t at least one of these thingsyeah doubtful Lucy is a great heroine in a world where so m Looking for fun, faith, football and some knock off designer pumps look no further than Jenny B Jones s Save the Date I absolutely loved every word of it From the first zinger dished out by sassy Lucy to the tender moments with her Han Solo I was hooked Lucy s a bit insecure, she s clumsy, she s a Trekkie and she s a size twelve a ten if anybody asks I challenge you to find a real girl who isn t at least one of these thingsyeah doubtful Lucy is a great heroine in a world where so much emphasis is placed on looks and not much else.For me Christian fiction doesn t get much better than this I was laughing the entire time and not a second of it was cheesy In a word, Save the Date is brilliant At times I wanted to pull my hair out and I even said out loud, Just admit that you like each other already That is the best kind of story though, right After that first moment when Alex and Lucy realize there could beto their relationship than the show they are putting on for the public it just gets better and better.If you re a true sucker for romance I m sure you will agree that this is one of the better love stories out there Save the Date is a light, entertaining read I can t wait for There You ll Find Me which features Alex s baby sister, Finley October 2011 are you here yet Totally awesome novel Can t wait to readof her books Official Review I found my new favorite author Wow, Jenny B Jones is an awesome writer Everything about her writing style is great I didn t ever want to put this book down Lucy and Alex were the perfect couple Both were great and I really, dare I say it, connected with them And, no, I do not mean the whole weird connection I just really understood them Jenny made them like real life people And, there was one really cool p Totally awesome novel Can t wait to readof her books Official Review I found my new favorite author Wow, Jenny B Jones is an awesome writer Everything about her writing style is great I didn t ever want to put this book down Lucy and Alex were the perfect couple Both were great and I really, dare I say it, connected with them And, no, I do not mean the whole weird connection I just really understood them Jenny made them like real life people And, there was one really cool part about this book Well, there wasthan just one good part about this book But, all the Star Wars references I mean, when Lucy s friend tells her, May the force be with you, you know that it will be an awesome book And, oh my, some of the regular quotes were just as great I was laughing so hard throughout this book The one negative thing about this book is the cover I do not like it at all Okay, so I do like the blurred guy in the background, because it doesn t show the face, but that is the only thing I like about it The dress on the woman is not at all flattering, definitely not for her And, it is weird ish pose It kind of overwhelms the picture I am going to give the cover 1 star But, oh well, the cover didn t take away from the contents of the book Save the Date deserves 5 stars I loved it I will definitely be readingof Jenny s books And, instead of saving the date, you will have to save the weekend You won t want to put it down Title Save the DateAuthor Jenny B JonesAuthor s Website Reading Resolution 13 I have had this on my to read list for the longest time Maybe even for a year or two This review is written in my own opinions and words You are cordially invited to the wedding of the year with the most unlikely bride and groom Save the date and say your prayersWhen funding for Lucy s non profit job is pulled, she is determined to find out why Enter Alex Sinclair, former professional football star and heir to Sinclair Enterprises the primary donor to Lucy s non profit organizationBoth Lucy and Alex have something the other desperately wantsAlex has it all except for the votes he needs to win his bid for Congress Despite their mutual dislike, Alex makes Lucy a proposition pose as his fianc e in return for the money she desperately needs Bound to a man who isn t quite what he seems, Lucy finds her heart and her future on the line Save the Date is a spunky romance that will have readers laughing out loud as this dubious pair try to save their careers, their dreams and maybe even a date