Introducing Lucy Wiltshire and Alex Sinclair


I'm on the countdown til the release of Save the Date. A few reviews are starting to trickle in, and I'm so excited to see this book on the shelves. I thought I'd tell you a little bit about Lucy and Alex.

Lucy is one unintentionally stylish gal.  She runs a group home for girls who have graduated out of the foster care system and have nowhere to go, so she's not exactly driving a Benz and wearing the Louboutins. In fact, she totally turns up her nose at the rich, which makes her fake engagement with football hero and hotel heir Alex Sinclair all the more fun. As I wrote the book, I began to collect things that reminded me of Lucy.

1. She would wear this from ModCloth.


And this dress is very similar to one she wore when her heart once got broken:


Both of which, remind me of this.

She's a fan of Audrey Hepburn and Doris Day, listens to Etta James. But don't let her cool veneer fool you. Inside, she is a self-conscious nerd who loves Lord of the Rings, reading sci-fi, and has a crush on Spock. This would amuse her and her book club, the Hobbits.

When she's not calling possible leads for donations for her home, Saving Grace,  or putting on a fancy dress to grudgingly swank it up at some political function with Alex, she might be trolling the internet and finding this semi-amusing.

She would love the quirky humor of Bret and Jemaine of the Flight of the Conchords. Especially when they're paying tribute to Lord of the Rings.

Lucy is vintage-trendy, and she loves things like this and this.

Alex…sigh. What a layered fellow. He's lived the last decade being a football star and renowned all over the world for his athletic abilities and his rakish tendencies. But now that he's running for Congress, he needs to look more settled. But he's more than a pretty face and so not who his reputation would lead Lucy to believe he is.

He'd wear something like this from Dolce and Gabbana.

three-piece-suit-dolce (Photo GQ)

He would not be caught dead in your dad's suit. He would not wear this. He reads the Wall Street Journal behind his Sports Illustrated. He will do anything to win the seat in Congress, anything to prove he's more than a retired quarterback. And he'll do anything to get his missing brother back. Even engage himself to a woman who can't stand him.

While Lucy is more Dean Martin and Michael Buble, Alex is classic rock and Bruce Springsteen.

She was used to watching the world from a distance.
Until Alex.

He was used to getting everything he wanted.
Until Lucy.

When it comes to lies and love, nothing ever goes according to plan. So Save the Date for February first, when you can meet this unlikely couple.

Jenny has joined my list of favorite authors with Save the Date. Though filled with laugh-out-loud moments, it carries a deep message for all women. Lucy, one of the best characters I've read, continues to linger in my mind. I didn't want the story to end. Her other characters are equally memorable. Save the Date is a book I couldn't put down. Novel Journey and I give it our highest recommendation: a 5-star read.   –Ane Mulligan, Novel Journey

P.S. Catch me today over at Southern Belle View, where I discuss my hometown and all its indignities and glories.

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Rel Mollet - January 14, 2011

LOVE this post 🙂 But then again, that seems to always be the case when I visit you, Jen!

Diving in to Save the Date tonight – I’m coming after you if I stay up late 😉

Kristin - January 14, 2011

I cannot wait! Lucy (besides having an awesome name) sounds like someone I can totally relate to. =)

By the way, on Amazon, it has the release date for February 1st, but says nothing about preordering…It makes it look like the book has already come out. It hasn’t yet, right? (I assume from the countdown in your sidebar =). I’m probably going to order it from there, anyway.


Natalie Lloyd - January 14, 2011

I cannot WAIT. You are so talented. Your characters always seem so real. I never leave them on the pages. There’s a certain kind of magic about the way you write. Go Lucy, go!

Jenny - January 14, 2011

I said it a couple months back, but it is worth saying again. Save the Date is a great book & lives up to all you would anticipate in a smart romance with humor. The chemistry between the main characters is great, there are no boring-hurry-up-&-get-to-the-main-characters characters (translation, great supporting cast), and I hate to tell you Rel (post #1), but you will be staying up late. This is definitely a “just one more chapter” kind of book.

Just in case you think I owe her a favor or something – I don’t know JBJ outside this blog. She’s not my sister, daughter’s teacher, grandma’s neighbor, or old college roomie or anything. We don’t even live in the same state. I read a lot and don’t recommend everything I read, but gladly shove this title on everyone.

Jenny – Enjoy the praises & the excitement of a well done book being released soon! Keep up the good work!

Nicole O'Dell - January 14, 2011

Congrats on the 5* review!!

Shauna - January 14, 2011

What I want to know about Lucy: Bret or Jemaine?

(Can’t wait to read it!)

Jenny B Jones - January 15, 2011

Shauna, I LOVE that question. I’m Jemaine all the way, but I think Lucy would THINK she was a Bret, only to discover in the end she’s Jemaine. Which one are you?

Nicole, thanks girl!

Jenny, such kind words. Your check is in the mail…

Natalie, you are full of it. But thank you.

Kristin, I could totally see you in some of the clothing links I collected along the way.

Rel, fingers crossed. : ) Glad you got the book.

Em - January 15, 2011

I read it and loved it! I think its the best book you’ve written and I’ve so enjoyed all the others!

Allie Smith - January 15, 2011

wow,this book sounds like its gonna be amazing!!!i cant wait till i get it 🙂

Emily - January 16, 2011

I am now officially dying to read this! Still over two weeks…:'( You’re books are awesome! I’ve read a lot of books, but none that could blend the humor in so easily into the story. I keep hoping if I read them enough some of that talent will rub off onto me lol
Oh, and I have to mention that I love the second dress, and, of course, the Michael Buble reference 😉

Anna Grace - January 16, 2011

I actually saw the book at LifeWay the other day and looked through it. It’s looking pretty awesome! Probably be picking that one up soon.

Hannah - January 16, 2011

ahhh! I CANNOT wait until “Save the Date” comes out! 😀 I love how you have such detailed characters! I especially like the two dresses and etsy things that Lucy would like 😀

Leah - January 17, 2011

I cant wait to read this book Jenny!
I am so excited to meet Alex and Lucy!
I wish the book was coming out tomorrow!

Jenny B Jones - January 17, 2011

BTW, Jenny on comment number four is NOT ME. There was a little confusion, so I wanted to make sure we ALL knew I wouldn’t tell you how fabulous I thought my own books was. I just pay people to say those nice things.

Shauna - January 21, 2011

Bret is sweet, but I’m a Jemaine kind of girl.


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