About the book:
When Alex and Lucy pick out wedding invitations, they wonder if they can be printed in vanishing ink.
Former NFL star Alex Sinclair is a man who has it all--except the votes he needs to win his bid for Congress. Despite their mutual dislike, Alex makes Lucy a proposition: pose as his fiancee in return for the money she desperately needs. Bound to a man who isn't quite what he seems, Lucy will find her heart on the line--and maybe even her life. When God asks Alex and Lucy to scrap their playbook and follow his rules, will they finally say, "I do"?
At first I wasn't sure what to think of this pairing of opposites, but I could see where it would make for some fun times that are totally Jenny B. Jones signature humor. This story started to grow on me, and while their relationship was based on a lie, the "fake" relationship humor was hilarious and I ended up hooked. As is typical with Ms. Jones, there is always a much deeper emotional level that she delves into beyond the light-hearted humor. Some powerful issues were brought up and resolved over time in a fully convincing manner. And those kisses were amazing!
I loved how the author used their "fake" engagement to bring out their issues and their insecurities. In some ways this novel reminded me of "A Walk to Remember" because neither them expected to develop feelings for the other. This story is a great example of how to take a potentially unlikeable hero (womanizer history, arrogant, stuck on himself, etc) and make him into a dashing and wonderful example of manliness coupled with godliness. I was thoroughly impressed.
Save the Date is one of those books that I was almost willing to skip church to finish reading. Sad, but true. I was fully invested in the outcome of this story. It wasn't even remotely sappy. But I never expected it to be, either. As usual, I know the characters will stick with me a long time. Another great read by Jenny and a fun ride on a very romantic roller coaster. The spiritual thread was deeper than I'd expected, too, but that just made the book even better in my opinion. This is a keeper.
Save the Date was published by Thomas Nelson and published in February 2011. The book was provided to me for review by Thomas Nelson through their Book Sneeze program. This book fits the program because it's infectious, so spread the word!