The Dead Romantics
A New York Times Notable Book of 2022!
The New York Times Bestseller and Good Morning America Book Club Pick!
"I LOVED this book! ...Funny, breathtaking, hopeful, and dreamy.”—Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis
A disillusioned millennial ghostwriter who, quite literally, has some ghosts of her own, has to find her way back home in this sparkling adult debut from national bestselling author Ashley Poston.
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.
"One of the Summer's Hottest Reads"—Entertainment Weekly
Poston (Geekerella) makes her adult debut with a refreshing rom-com about love, loss, and hope. Florence Day's life is organized around two major secrets: she's the ghostwriter for a household name romance writer, and she can see ghosts. One secret is kept out of legal obligation, the other self-preservation. A recent breakup has halted her ability to write happily-ever-afters, but when she requests yet another extension from her new and incredibly attractive editor, Benji Andor, she is indisputably shut down. Her looming deadline is put on hold, however, when her father dies, and Florence returns to her hometown for the first time in 10 years. She's expecting to see her father's ghost. She's not expecting to see Benji's ghost. He's died in the time between their last encounter and her trip, and now he's haunting Florence. As she attempts to fulfill her father's peculiar last wishes, memories of him the only other person in her family who could see ghosts reignite her ability to write. And, as she and Benji grow closer posthumously, she rediscovers her belief in happy endings. Poston manages to both affirm the cynics and give hope to the romantics by simultaneously embracing and subverting rom-com tropes. The sparkling dialogue makes the characters come alive even the dead ones. Readers won't be able to put this down.
I loved Ben and Florence. Wish the ending was a little more.
LOVE this book
This book is funny and clever and adorable and brilliant and shut up I’m not crying you’re crying! Read this charming heap of unconditional joy right now!
Good premise but slowly paced
This was 80% family drama and 20% romance, contradicting the title and a bit of the premise. The pacing was just a bit too slow for me. It does deliver a hopeful ending which I enjoyed.