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Save the Date

By: Monica Murphy
Narrated by: Ava Lucas,Jack DuPont
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Publisher's Summary

Caroline Abbott loves her job - helping engaged couples pick out the perfect save-the-date cards and invitations for their dream wedding. Working at Noteworthy means she has to deal with the occasional bridezilla, but Caroline’s always up for the challenge.

Until one particular bridezilla walks into the stationery store whose fiancé happens to be the boy Caroline shared her first kiss with. Alexander Wilder is all grown up now, helping run his family’s successful luxury hotel chain, and is somehow even better looking than she remembers.

When Caroline just happens to catch Alex’s fiancée half naked with another man, well, of course she has to tell Alex. Of course, he breaks off his engagement. And of course, the ex-bridezilla has gone completely bonkers.

At least Caroline has her friends to save her from crazy ex-fiancées. But she also has the sudden interest of...Alex? Caroline knows they share a connection, but is he on the rebound? Or after seeing her all these years later, does he really want something more?

©2019 Monica Murphy (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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My goodness already...

Sooo, admittedly I'm not finished with this yet. I'm over 5 hours in, on chapter 25 and the couple isn't even together yet!!! Like, not even really showing signs (to each other) that they like each other. The audience only knows what they're saying in their heads. It's excruciating!!! My guess is this will be like the Hallmark movies where they "dance" around each other, sharing longing glances the entire movie, only to share a kiss at the end. Lol. Also, Caroline was a bit annoying at times. Clearly I'm a glutton for punishment, because I do plan to finish it, but this story should be no longer than 4 hours! WHY is this book sooo long?? Total waste and I will be sure to skip the rest from this author. On the plus side, I did enjoy the narrators.

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All Smiles

Although this story is entirely unrealistic and uses the same played out tropes: Rich 50 Shades millionaire comes in and saves the day. Hopeless, broke damsel in distress is swept away by his jaw-dropping good looks, wealth, and kindness. I still liked it! Lol (Don't judge me)

There is no real plot, it's pretty much a happy story through and through, but If you want some positivity and "why can't my life be like this?" moments then this is the book for you!

It's included in the new audible plus catalog, so if you have it check it out. If not, I wouldn't spend any money (or credits) on this one.

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  • 08-27-20

Told in first person

Some people enjoy first person romance novels. I usually don't and hesitate to even give them a chance, but I have found some I enjoy despite the point of view.

This book was ok but it didn't really have much of a plot. I didn't care for the characters; they didn't have much depth. There wasn't much conflict or relationship building throughout the story. Not much romance in this romance.

I do think the fact this story is told in first person effected my enjoyment of it. If you enjoy first person romance novels, you might want to give this one a try.

If all the non-romance parts of this story were cut, the core story might be enjoyable as a short novella. The lack of character development wouldn't be as obvious and what is presented here would be better served in that format.

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Don't waste your time

I feel like this was written by a 13 year old girl. Awful, just awful.

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Entertaining

Monica Murphy is a new author to me and after reading Save The Date I will definitely be reading her other works when time permits.

I really liked Caroline Abbott, she is someone that I could easily be friends with. Working at Noteworthy she specializes in Save The Date and wedding invitations meaning she deals with a variety of brides.

Caroline is shocked when her latest bride’s fiancee turns out to be someone Caroline once knew, Alexander Wilder.

Alex was the first boy Caroline ever kissed and has always held a special place in her heart.

After discovering his fiancee has been cheating, Alex calls the wedding off and instead embarks on a journey of self discovery with Caroline.

Alex is most certainly swoon worthy and I loved the slow burn of the relationship as it built with Caroline.

Caroline’s friends were awesome and just as quirky as her. I really loved how supportive they were.

This is a sweet, romantic, second chance at love story that ticked the boxes for me. Extremely well written this story will take you on a fabulous journey that will leave you with a smile on your face. The narration by Ava Lucas and Jack DuPont was spot on and kept me thoroughly entertained throughout.

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Decent

First things first, if you want to avoid romance books with a lot of sex scenes (like I do) then this book is okay. Only one section of it, so you could realistically skip over it if you’re weirded out by that sort of thing.

Secondly, although there are two narrators, they only switch off if the chapter is in the male or female perspective (so if it’s a female POV all male voices that chapter are still done by the female narrator) not sure if any narration is done differently, but I figured I’d point it out.

Thirdly, the book is structured the same as a typical romance story, nothing too new. If you’re on a romance binge or want a palette cleanser from a murder mystery (my reason for heading over this way) I mean why not give it a go. It’s free with the subscription

I think my biggest complaint is the “of course a girl would want _____” as if every girl is the same... but I will begrudgingly give it a pass, assuming it’s just the characters points of view (as it is a first person story)

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Do not read it !!!! Very bad

Such a lame story line. The male character voice sounds like a young boy instead of a man. The female character sounds very desperate. Honestly, one of the most boring rom-com book !!!

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A nice romance

First, this book was free with audible plus, so that's nice.
I generally do not like double narrators, and I didn't like it in this book. I find it jarring. Any decent narrator can do more than one voice and I find it a more consistent listening experience with only one narrator. The male narrator was fine but the female narrator was much better than fine.
For those that care, there is some cuss words in the book. There was also a sex scene or two, relatively graphic. I don't like sex scenes in romance books because I want the couple falling in love not just lust, and usually I do not find the sex scenes very sexy. In this book though, the sex seemed appropriate, and for once was even mildly sexy.
I give this book a strong recommendation.

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Way too long

I’ve haven’t completely finished with this book but it feels very high school for grown adults. Like her conversation with her girlfriends is annoying. The drama is ridiculous with the ex. The maturity level for grown ups is sad.

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Underwhelmed

The story was under-developed in my opinion. The two protagonists had a very thin back story and almost no meaningful interactions in the present to lead to their HEA. I found the lead female to be whiny and judgemental, although that may have just been the narrator. There were a few cute scenes that led me to keep listening, but I had to make a conscious effort to not let myself get annoyed by the affected female lead.

Overall, I would not recommend.

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  • Ander
  • 08-17-21

mistakes and odd voices

in chapter 8 - 9 there was a continuity error if you like when she was wearing "pants", that later turned into a "skirt". the whole thing was a bit cringeworthy and the female doing the male voice bits and vise versa was just odd. Also the use of the word "buoying", which was pronounced as "booing" twice!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-15-21

Just because it's free... don't waste your time

everything about this book was terrible. the way the author wrote the thoughts of the main character made her sound like the guy from Netflix 'YOU'... not only that but she was overly dramatic, attention seeking and a real catty, bitchy character and not fun to get to know. half of the time I was questioning if the drama of this book was real... the most simplistic things were just full on 'oh look at me' drama, pathetic! The person reading it was also terrible and sounded way too fake, she was incredibly annoying. the guy was robotic. I have to say, I listened to an hour and couldn't take anymore, so fast forward to the last chapter to see if what was so obvious happened... and it did!

don't waste your time. just because it's free, doesn't make worth listening to.

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  • Shin Megumi
  • 10-10-21

Totally entertaining!

I love the story and the humour. I have to admit this audio book made my day!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-22

Really recommends it

I got more drawend to it than I thought I would.
And it's always a great bonus when there are good narrators 😍

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  • Minnieke Vorster
  • 11-29-22

Absolute nonsense

Awful! I kept listening, hoping it would get better. It didn't.

Blah blah blah, to get to the required 15 words to review.

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  • Rina's Reads
  • 11-09-22

Worth a listen

Ava and Jack did a fantastic job bringing Caroline and Alex's story to life.

It was sweet, dramatic, and funny, and... I have to give props to the group of friends we met—they are all so different—they will be fun to learn about.

While there were parts of the story I didn't particularly like (insert crazy french lady's name plus the horrible ex-girlfriend), for the most part, it was thoroughly enjoyable.

Definitely worth a listen.

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  • Jules
  • 08-18-22

Easy romance

A very easy listen, summer chick flick kind of vibes. Nice story, happy ending

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  • Anita
  • 08-14-22

Really Good

Enjoyed the story the plot was good, totally an easy enjoyable listen. like the narrators too. would definitely recommend.

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  • Lou
  • 08-03-22

nice easy listen

I quite enjoyed this story, I don't usually listen to romance story's I'd rather a cosy mystery but was looking for something included in the plus catalogue while I wait for my next credit.
This story was what I expected from the genre and although it did have some explicit sex scenes toward the end they didn't go on for too long like some so I was able to skip through them easily enough ( I'm not a prude I just find them cringy lol)
I like other reviewers found it odd that although there are male and female narrators they didn't take advantage of this to make sure the male/female voices were done by them, instead it was by chapter depending who's perspective that particular chapter was from 🤷

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  • Lindsay
  • 07-18-22

Easy listening

Nice book, easy listen. Quite a fantasy story but was lovely listen to all the same. finished with a satisfying ending.

I wouldn't listen to the intimate scenes in the office without your headphone/earbuds in though!

Narration was good and helped with the telling of the story with a male and female narrators.

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  • ss61
  • 07-20-22

Terrible

I’m pretty sure I’ve written a more exciting romance at the age of 12. Idk how this got published, must have been an inside job. The beginning was good which is why I gave it 2 stars instead of 1. The rest was so bland. Nothing happens. It was an experience like eating mash potatoes with no salt or butter.

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  • Mrs Frieda Rowland
  • 06-24-22

Predictable and raunchy

This is as predictable as rom cons get but the horrible bit while they’re estranged is short. One of the chapters is very raunchy.

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  • NicoleHasRead...
  • 05-14-22

Not safe for autistic readers.

Mentions of autism $peaks and functioning labels in reference to a character's sibling.

Did not finish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-22

Simple story but enjoyable

It was a refreshing change where the characters were up front and honest with each other rather than so many where there are numerous misunderstandings and assumptions of what’s happening that keeps them apart until the end of the book. It was an enjoyable, easy listen.

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  • Sandra C
  • 11-23-21

Save your time

There isn't anything special about this book.
The storyline is average, the narration is average, the interest level is average. No major plot twists or ghastly surprises. Even the obligatory "roadblock" to happiness which is naturally overcome isn't earth shattering.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-28-21

❤️❤️❤️

Great book and funny. Enjoyed the modern feel of the book and storyline. Who doesn’t love a good romantic book 📚

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-20-21

Easy

This was an easy to listen to, feel good story with a happy ending. I finished quickly.