Saving Grace, a non-profit home for girls, is in a desperate financial situation. Funding by Sinclair Enterprises has been drastically cut, but Lucy Wiltshire, overseer of the home, is determined to do whatever it takes to keep her girls from ending up on the streets. Alex Sinclair, heir of Sinclair Enterprises, is a handsome, former pro-football player who is running for congress and intent on keeping Lucy from begging to all of the board members of Sinclair Enterprises for funding. When unexpected rumors about Alex and Lucy surface, Alex's chances of winning a congressional seat skyrocket and he makes her a most unusual offer. He will provide the necessary funds if she agrees to be his girlfriend and fiancee during the campaign. What begins as a fake relationship turns real all too quickly, but when they are both faced by loss, will either of them be able to admit their relationship is not longer a fake?
Save the Date by Jenny Jones was so good that I stayed up extremely late one night to read it all. I couldn't help myself. The story was humorous, romantic, and all-around delightful. I loved the refreshing, witty banter between Alex and Lucy. While the majority of the book is fairly light, there are some weightier moments with strong spiritual tones. One of the most powerful moments in this book was when Lucy's friend, Chuck, was preaching about lies that people believe and he made the statement that the cross “is the only place you surrender.” Somehow that really struck home with me. When a book can reach into the reader and speak spiritual truth, it is a success.
I have two minor warnings to give about this book: typos and Julian. I noticed several typos as I read. I received this book as part of a blogger review program and it was not marked as an advanced reader copy. However, I think I may have received a copy that was not the final, completely edited version. (If this was the final version, then someone needs to proofread it a little better.) Regarding Julian, I think this story is better with him in it than it would have been without him. However, this book is marketed towards Christian readers and some of those readers may find themselves conflicted about Julian. He's a new Christian and the author stops short of saying he is gay, but he is written in a very effeminate manner.
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