This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite
Save the Date by Ellen Fannon is a unique second chance romance with a Christian background. Hannah is middle-aged, widowed, and also coping with parenting a sulky teenager. The arrival of a high school reunion invitation triggers a narrative of retrospection and self-assessment. Hannah’s marriage had been happy, but she also has intense memories of a youthful boyfriend with whom she had parted ways. She had also been the victim of bullying at school. The plot threads are skillfully woven as Hannah faces the prospect of dating again, experiences being set up on blind dates, and attends her school reunion. Things are not always what they seem, and Hannah will make a surprise renewal of a former friendship.
Save the Date by Ellen Fannon is very readable as Christian women's literature. There is some exploration of worship style and spiritual experience when the young Hannah dates a boy from a different denomination. The two groups present the gospel differently, but the conclusion appears to be that relationship and character are more important than outward appearances. Ellen Fannon makes shrewd observations without excessive judgment, allowing her characters to grow as the tale progresses. I enjoyed finding out about the characters' pasts and was curious regarding why the seemingly well-suited young couple had broken up. A reconciliation appeared highly desirable, and I developed a sense of anticipation as the class reunion approached. The years had brought a few changes, but the ultimate outcome was satisfactory. I really liked that the author kept vital information in reserve for the conclusion of Save the Date.