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June 3, 2014 posted by Lindsay Ferrier

Save the Date- And Enter to Win a $100 VISA Gift Card!

Now that summer is quickly approaching, we’re all looking for good beach reads (or perhaps these would be more aptly titled as poolside reads, just-out-of-reach-of-the-sprinkler reads, or lock-yourself-in-the-bathroom reads), and ladies, have I got one for you.

Save the Date
Mary Kay Andrews, who may well be considered one of the all-out QUEENS of beach read-y novels, has a new one out called Save the Date.

Here’s a quick synopsis from the publisher: A savannah florist is about to score the wedding of a lifetime—one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for society nuptials. Ironically, Cara Kryzik doesn’t believe in love, even though she creates beautiful flower arrangements to celebrate them. But when the bride goes missing and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must find the bride and figure out what she believes in. Maybe love really does exist outside of fairy tales after all.

I’m reading it now and finding it to be light and enjoyable. As a native Georgian myself, I love when my home state is featured in a novel and Cara, the protagonist, is both likeable and relate-able.

Save the Date addresses a topic of which most of us never tireDoes true love exist? I think we’ve all been in Cara’s shoes at one point or another disillusioned, mistreated, and convinced that Prince Charming is indeed the stuff of fairy tales.

I think my own personal low point was when I started my career at the age of 21. I was in a long distance relationship that was fizzling out, but even though I met many people each day in my job as a news reporter, no one interested me in the slightest. I was convinced that I would never find anyone who could meet my hopes and expectations on every level. I was convinced that true, passionate, enduring love was a myth. And then I met my husband.
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I fell wildly, madly in love with him and I decided to enjoy it while it lasted, because there was no way that what I was feeling was going to last. That was 13 years ago– and I have to say I’m just as crazy about him as I was then. Add to that the deeper relationship that we’ve formed by doing life together as partners and parents and I think I now know the meaning of true love.

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All of these thoughts have been going through my mind as I’ve read Save the Date, which helps make it a special book. Not only do we get to lose ourselves in Cara’s story, we also get to reflect on our own romances and compare our thoughts and feelings with those of Cara.

Give Save the Date a try this summer- You’ll be glad you did. You can read an excerpt, download recipes inspired by the book, and more by visiting the Save the Date website. And just to pique your interest even further, I’m giving away a hard copy of the book AND a $100 VISA gift card to one lucky Suburban Turmoil reader! To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me what YOU think about true love. Does it exist or is it a fantasy best lived out in romantic novels?

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  3. Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 6/3-6/30.

Be sure to visit the Save the Date brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!

 

  • http://www.leighkramer.com/ Leigh Kramer

    As I’m still single, I HOPE true love exists.

  • TinaMiles

    I really believe that it exists, but it requires work to keep it going long past the initial fluttery feelings occur. But GOOD work, not like its horrid or anything. I know my husband and I just celebrated 13 years and we both agree they’ve been great. :)

  • Leslie

    I love beach books, and I love true love – it’s real!

  • Menda

    Love is real, but I agree that it takes work (COMMUNICATION!) to keep it strong.

  • sonyk

    Love. Hard to find and sometimes hard to leave. Cherish it!

  • Karen

    True love can’t be forced. You need to help it grow and flourish and give it the time it takes to mature. When you realize you’ve found true love, it’s amazing!

  • Mary Mougeot

    Love is a many splendid thing.

  • Miss B

    True love does exist. Love is an action verb though, so you have to put it into practice in order to reap any benefits. Not enough people realize that part.

  • Lisa Brown

    I think it exists, but you have to be very lucky and/or patient for it to come to you.

  • Lisa Brown
  • Allison Lott

    I believe in true love, but not necessarily that there’s only one “soulmate” for each of us.

  • Sara

    True love is something that you commit too and work on… totally exists but something that take effort to maintain!

  • Julie Wood

    True Love exists because I have true love with my husband! A person can become bonded and love someone so much that they can never live without him!!

  • Julie Wood
  • Elena

    I believe in true love.
    elena150980@yahoo.com

  • Elena
  • livivua

    I know true love exists but necessarily perfect love

  • livivua
  • stephanie

    i like to hope true love is out there

  • stephanie
  • steve weber

    it absolutely does exist, when you find that right person you just know it.

  • http://twitter.com/Kellydinpa kelly

    True loves exists, you just have to work a little to find it.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

  • http://twitter.com/Kellydinpa kelly
  • Sheila K.

    Yep, I believe that true love exists, but very often it is a one-sided endeavor!

  • http://www.chambanachik-live.blogspot.com/ chambanachik

    I wanted to believe in it, but I don’t think I do anymore.

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

  • lil_lady_dz

    I think true love is out there, I think it is rare but once found it can be a beautiful feeling.

  • lil_lady_dz
  • Lawgirl9

    I believe it exists, but it is far more rare than chick lit and adult romance portray it to be.

  • Jessica To

    I believe that true love exists but it is a fragile find.

  • mita

    Yes, I believe that true love exists https://twitter.com/mitadav/status/474300611287330817

  • Natalie

    I believe that true love exists, although I believe that there is not just one person you are necessarily meant to be with. People’s spouses die and the remaining spouse is able to find other people to love just as much.

  • Natalie

    I tweeted under twitter id @yarbr012 https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/474318780252692480.!

  • mami2jcn

    True love DOES exist, but I don’t believe it happens immediately. It’s definitely a process.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  • mami2jcn

    tweeted–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/474262196025696256

  • dlhaley

    I do believe that true love does exists.

  • dlhaley
  • RC

    I do believe true love exists, but you have to be willing to get your heart broken a couple of times to find it.

  • Courtney Bella

    i totally believe in true love but i dont think its at first sight and i think you have to WORK at it !:)

  • Courtney Bella
  • Heidi Menges

    I believe true love exists! I think as you grow together it becomes stronger.

  • Brandy Jones

    I believe in true love. I also believe that though it may be true love it still takes work. I married my true love 21 years ago. He still makes my heart flutter when I look into his eyes and there is no better feeling than when he hugs me and I can feel his heart beat for me,

  • amypugmire

    I do believe in true love! I believe its something you have to work at every single day. but its so worth it! amypugmire@live.com

  • amypugmire
  • JessieC

    I believe that true love exists and only time can prove it.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  • JessieC

    -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/474738827446476800

  • Erin Ellis

    True love absolutely exists. I knew it when I met my hubby 21 years ago, and I still know it now. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

    Erin

    fairyfractal at gmail dot com

  • Erin Ellis
  • Leah B

    Love absolutely exists – true love even. But never [in my experience] in the way it does in movies or books, it is not always easy and it is not always grand, but it is there.

  • Kristen

    True love does exist, but it doesn’t always appear the way it does in the movies or romance novels.

  • Kristen
  • Sky Evans
  • Sky Evans

    I think true love is a fantasy

  • susan1215

    I believe in true love. I have been married for 26 years to my true love.
    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

  • susan1215
  • latanya t

    I believe in true love. It may take a while to find, but it is out there.

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  • latanya t
  • Janice Cooper

    I definitely believe true love exists and its not like tv or being swept off your feet like in the movies. I believe true love takes time.

  • Janice Cooper
  • LAMusing

    I do believe in true love. But I think it often is between friends and family, as much as it is in a romantic sense.

  • Norma

    I know true love exists, once you let go of the idea of perfection.

  • Lauren Eggers

    I believe true love exists, but its not easy. All relationships need to be worked on, and communication windows must always be open

  • Megan A. Natherson

    I am a firm believer in true love, and have been happily married for 23 years. As my kids grow (18 and 16) I wish the same for them and hope that we have shown them the difference between love and lust. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • D Schmidt

    I am not sure if I believe in true
    love, I believe everyone is fated to somebody so I suppose it is the same
    thing? My Husband and I come from entirely different continents and backgrounds
    yet somehow we have a connection that was meant to be

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

  • D Schmidt
  • Desiree H

    I believe in true love. There is no other love, except true love. There is no in between.

  • Desiree H
  • cindymerrill

    What is true love? When the good looks fade away into old age, your partner still wants to hold your hand,well, that’s what true love is.

  • cindymerrill
  • Kristi

    Sounds like a good book.

  • AC

    Yes to true love

  • AC
  • theniftyfoodie

    I totally believe in true love. :-)

  • tina m

    i believe in true love!!!!

  • tina m
  • Summer Lovely

    I do truly believe in true love, not only do I believe in true love, and I also believe in love at first sight. I met my husband and our local bowling alley in 1991 and married him 22 days later. We have been happily married and have two sons. I knew when I laid eyes on him he was mine to love. He is my true love and I still get butterflies when he walks into a room.

  • Madeline

    I definitely have true love with my hubby so of course I believe in it! He’s just so kind and giving!

  • Madeline
  • mysweetiepiepie

    I think it’s great and I’m enjoying it thoroughly :+)

  • hewella1

    I think you have to work at true love. It’s not something that just happens.

  • Bonnie

    True love is not an event or even a feeling… it’s a history that you build based on trust, caring, compassion, and mutual respect.

  • rachel

    I see true love every day in my husband. He’s amazing and so selfless. That’s real love.

  • Elle

    I think that true love is real if you are willing to accept that no one is perfect and that everyone, even yourself, has faults.

  • Elle
  • bellows22

    i believe that true love is real

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

  • bellows22

    i posted a tweet:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/478364235995443200

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Kerry

    I definitely think it exists! I have been married to my high school sweetheart for almost 20 years!

  • Kerry

    tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/479001675152113664
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

  • Jennifer Knox

    I think true love exists. However, I think keeping it alive takes work on the part of both parties.

    jennifer.r.knox (at) gmail (dot) com

  • onefrugalgirl
  • onefrugalgirl

    It definitely exists, but it takes a lot of work and effort to keep it going.

  • Monica Young

    It may be my inner child or the Disney part of me but I do believe in true love and I also believe in fate. Everything in me believes this to be true.

  • Monica Young
  • Leigh Anne Borders

    True Love–it does exist and needs to be cherished if you are lucky enough to grab hold of it!

  • Leigh Anne Borders
  • rebeccagraham

    It is real and sometimes hard to find.

  • amanda whitley

    i think true love exists some people just get fooled by the wrong thing too often and give up on their true love.

  • Wild Orchid

    True love absolutely exists! No doubt in my mind. :)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  • Wild Orchid

    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/481469534906617856

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  • neiddy

    I absolutely believe in True Love
    neiddyruiz@gmail.com

  • neiddy

    Shared on twitter -https://twitter.com/neiddy_ruiz/status/481853956457377793
    neiddyruiz@gmail.com

  • SuzyQuzey

    Still waiting to find my true love.

  • sandra

    we literally met at a bar

  • http://www.PixelBerryPieDesigns.blogspot.com Pixel Berry Pie

    True love exists, definitely! Haven’t found it myself, but I see it at work everyday in my parents’ and my grandparents’ marriages. So wonderful to watch.

  • http://www.PixelBerryPieDesigns.blogspot.com Pixel Berry Pie
  • MariDoug

    True love exists. The trick is being aware of it and appreciating it in the moment.
    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  • Tabathia

    I do believe in true love but it’s not like the fairy tales, you have your good days and sometimes bad days

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • Tabathia
  • whitney

    True love exists to me!

  • whitney
  • Jammie

    True love is when two people become one. It is about giving your full trust and commitment to one. I do believe in true love, because I have my true love. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  • Jammie
  • tara pittman

    I knew he was the one when I met him. We have been married for 23 years.

  • tara pittman
  • 618mo

    I believe in it.
    vandenbossche3@hotmail.com

  • 618mo
  • Anna Pry

    true love is built over years of commitment and getting through the hard times together pryfamily5@gmail.com

  • Anna Pry
  • Betty Curran

    I do believe in true love, but I also know that it changes over the years and you have to work to keep it alive.

  • Betty Curran
  • AmandaSakovitz

    i do believe in true love. sometimes its hard to realize.
    POKERGRL8 at gmail.com

  • AmandaSakovitz
  • Wanda McHenry

    I believe in true love, my husband and I are proof of it!

  • Lee

    true love is totally unconditional.

    hlee99 at gmail dot com

  • Wanda McHenry
  • tracylr

    I think true love is real, but it’s hard to find. The old cliche about needing to kiss a lot of frogs before meeting your prince is so true. The difficult part is not getting so involved with the frogs that you miss out on your prince!

  • tracylr

    I tweeted
    https://twitter.com/tracylr233/status/483663618199027712
    cardprincess(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  • Thomas Murphy

    I think true love is for real.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

  • Thomas Murphy
  • Eugenie

    true love is putting the other person first always.

    eugeniewu at gmail dot com