Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Save the Date

Every now and then, I like to take a stroll outside of my geeky genres and read something a little different. So a few weeks ago, I decided to dip my toe into the waters of romance.

Don’t look at me like that.

Actually, I’ve wanted to read something by Jenny B. Jones for a while now. Jones usually writes Christian Young Adult books and I’ve heard that she’s hilarious (I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting her officially, although I have seen her in the halls of my writing conferences). When I heard that she decided to publish an “adult” novel, I figured it might be worth checking out. Hence why I bought Save the Date.

Lucy is a geeky girl who runs a non-profit organization that helps rescue young women who are too old for the foster care system but too young to make it on their own. Alex Sinclair, a former professional quarterback and heir to a hotel fortune, is running for the Senate. You wouldn’t think the two of them would ever need the other’s help, but they do.

See, Lucy’s non-profit is running out of money and she’s in danger of losing her facilities. Alex is drowning in the polls and needs something to boost his numbers. So when the two of them run into each other at a gala hosted by Alex’s parents and the press jump to the conclusion that they’re dating, a revelation that helps Alex’s campaign, Alex hatches a plan: if Lucy will pretend to be his fiancĂ© up through the election, he’ll pay her the money she needs to keep her charity going.

Simple, right? Not exactly. There’s the fact that Lucy and Alex have a painful past together, even if he doesn’t remember it. There’s also the fact that Lucy’s ex-boyfriend has come back to town and is wanting to get back together. And both Lucy and Alex have problems that they’d rather not face.

This was an enjoyable read, a lot of fun. Like I said, it’s a bit outside of my wheelhouse, so to speak, but I still liked it enough to polish it off in a day or two. The faith content is strong and the writing is fun. The fact that Lucy is a geek particularly sealed the deal for me. So if you're a fan of the romantic genre, this might be one for you.


Jason said...

I read this too and really enjoyed it. Good writing is good writing. Jenny linked to it on her blog and I got a ton of hits for that post.

I had to explain my man cred a little more than you did. You must be more secure.

Shannon said...

Ha...if I'd known at conference that you two had read this book...! Seriously, I love this story. I didn't know it was a Charleston story when I brought it home from last year's conference, but it was a nice read--and I've attended that RevWar reenactment at Drayton Hall she wrote about (in fact, it was what seeded the idea for my historical), so that was fun! Sweet to see you guys branching out and enjoying some Southern romance. :-)