Save the Date

Christian - Fiction
304 Pages
Reviewed on 08/23/2021
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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.