This book is nothing short of magical! Once I started it, I did not want to put it down. Ashley Poston is a poetic genius, weaving a story of love, loss, and finding the person of your dreams in the most unconventional way.
From the quirky characters to the offbeat love story to the normal-for-them family dynamics to the glimmering thread of impossible love, she takes you on an emotional journey that will have you laughing one minute and reading through tears the next.
After escaping her closed-minded small town for New York, Florence has given up on the notion of true love even though she is a ghostwriter for a beloved romance author.
The deadline for her last contracted book is looming, she can’t write a story without killing off the hero, and her editor just denied her extension request.
Things aren’t going well at all, but then Florence gets a call from her family that will change her life forever.
Ben is Florence’s new editor, and while he’s nice to look at, he’s also become her most recent nemesis.
When he unexpectedly shows up at Florence’s family’s funeral home—not quite alive, mind you—Ben’s journey with Florence takes an unexpected and personal twist.
Chock full of witty banter, the small-town charm and unique plotline are good enough to eat with a spoon.
Florence and Ben each experience traumatic events that force them to examine their lives and grow from what they learn. Their development is fantastic, and the plot twists are amazing.
Poston has given us a richly layered piece of literary gold, and I can’t wait to read more from her.
If you enjoyed Six Feet Under’s humor, subject matter, and family dynamics, you will love The Dead Romantics.
This is the kind of book I want to have in every format and revisit often.
Thank you for the advanced copy of THE DEAD ROMANTICS by Ashley Poston. All opinions are my own.
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date published : June 28, 2022
pages : 368
audiobook narrator: Eileen Stevens
audiobook length: 10 hrs, 24 min
Florence Day is the ghostwriter for one of the most prolific romance authors in the industry, and she has a problem—after a terrible breakup, she no longer believes in love. It’s as good as dead.
When her new editor, a too-handsome mountain of a man, won’t give her an extension on her book deadline, Florence prepares to kiss her career goodbye. But then she gets a phone call she never wanted to receive, and she must return home for the first time in a decade to help her family bury her beloved father.
For ten years, she’s run from the town that never understood her, and even though she misses the sound of a warm Southern night and her eccentric, loving family and their funeral parlor, she can’t bring herself to stay. Even with her father gone, it feels like nothing in this town has changed. And she hates it.
Until she finds a ghost standing at the funeral parlor’s front door, just as broad and infuriatingly handsome as ever, and he’s just as confused about why he’s there as she is.
Romance is most certainly dead . . . but so is her new editor, and his unfinished business will have her second-guessing everything she’s ever known about love stories.
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