CLP Book Review: Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews


Cara Kryzik is a newly divorced florist living in Savannah who’s trying to rebuild her life – and her business.  Being a Yankee, she’s had a tough time winning over the old guard of Savanah society, but her creative flair, hard work and charming personality finally start to win her customers and friends.  Cara meets Jack Finnerty, a Savannah native, at a wedding she’s working and sparks fly.  Things are looking good until a nemesis florist begins making trouble – and it goes way beyond professional jealousy.  You can read the rest of the review at Chick Lit Plus and you’ll have a chance to win a copy of the book!

An Update From the Road: Days 1-12

Finally, I have an update.  I’m so sorry it’s taken me this long, but we’ve been very busy and I’m realizing that I don’t have the same energy I’ve had in years past – which is killing me.  By the time I get our day documented and the photos downloaded and posted on the Road Warrior blog, I’m kind of done with the computer.  This hasn’t been good, because I’ve been trying to stay plugged into the blogging world and it’s hard to do when the days are so packed.


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The Raging Rapids

So far, our summer is turning out to be so much fun and we’ve just completed the first week of our annual family road trip.  One highlight was the day we spent at Kennywood, an amusement park in the Pittsburgh area.  I have never taken the kids to such a venue without their dad (I have four kids, so I would be way outnumbered), but my friend Patty talked me into it.  I’m so glad she did, because we had a great day.

The kids were all dressed in bathing suits, because they were warned by their Pittsburgh Pals that they may get wet on some of the water rides.  I didn’t wear a bathing suit, as I didn’t plan to go on any of those rides.  As we approach a ride called the Raging Rapids, the kids were giddy with excitement – it was palpable.  I wanted to get in on some of their joy and seriously considered joining them on the rapids.  Patty declared that she was not interested – and made a comment about the good chances of getting soaked on this particular one.  I started to change my mind when my daughter said, “I dare you.

In February I started a year-long project to do something new every day (or something I haven’t done since I was a kids) – the I Dare Allie Project.  My inspiration was the book I Dare Me, by LuAnn Cahn.  Audrey is well aware of the project, so she dangled that carrot in front of my face.  She had me.

I got on the huge inner tube with my daughter and Patty’s two girl’s.  All three were in swimsuits and I mused out loud that I would be the one to get soaked, since I was in street clothes.  Totally jinxed myself – because I got drenched.  And guess what?  Patty was standing on the bridge and captured it all on film!



I’m in the red visor.






Although I had a spare t-shirt, I had to buy a pair of shorts in the gift shop – with “Kennywood” printed on the bottom!  I’ve sunk to a new low, all in my quest to be a cool mom on the road trip.  Just call me Brittney!

This post was inspired by the word “dare,” for Mama Kat’s World’s Greatest Writing Workshop.


When was the last time you were on a water ride?  What was your last dare?

CLP: June’s New Releases


Okay friends, clear your calendars and skip the time you’d spend at the movie theater this summer, because there’s a plethora of cool chick lit books coming out this month.  Honestly, I do not remember being more excited about a publication month!  I want to read them all.

The Never Never Sisters by L. Allison Heller – June 3, 2014.  Heller made a big splash last year with her debut novel, The Love Wars, and this second novel is highly anticipated.  Paige Reinhardt is a marriage counselor who is able to help many couples stay together.  When her marriage starts to fall apart, Paige wonders if she can do the same for herself.  Complicating her life is the sudden reappearance of her older sister, Sloan.  Sloan has been MIA from the family for decades, after leaving home for rehab when she was sixteen.  Twenty years later, her family is still feeling the repercussions of her addiction.  Continue reading at Chick Lit Plus…