I just loved this story. It’s a wonderful mix of romance, grief, ghosts of the past, and ghosts of the present.
Florence is a ghost writer for an extremely popular romance author, and very few people know. When a new editor arrives to meet with Florence, they don’t start off on the best foot. After a terrible meeting, and then a terrible night at the bar, she finds out her father has passed away and heads home. Where she finds a ghost, but it’s not the ghost of her dad…
The story explores letting go and the difficulty in doing so. There’s learning to let go of bad relationships, shitty boyfriends, past reputations, and slights that have festered for too long. I really appreciated the depth that this concept went into.
The romance was so sweet too. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it, but I liked it! I really appreciated the development of a relationship when physical touch cannot be a part of it.
I would recommend this for readers that enjoy romance stories and non-spooky ghosts!
Where to Find This Book:
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.
Just the Facts:
The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Berkley Books
Pub Date: June 28, 2022
I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.