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The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston

About the Book – The Dead Romantics

New York Times Notable Book of 2022!

The New York Times Bestseller and Good Morning America Book Club Pick!

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.

“I LOVED this book! …Funny, breathtaking, hopeful, and dreamy.”—Ali HazelwoodNew York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis

“One of the Summer’s Hottest Reads”—Entertainment Weekly

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“Love wasn’t a whisper in the quiet night. It was a yelp into the void, screaming that you were here.” 

Quote from The Dead Romantics

Our Review of The Dead Romantics

Well, the book opened up with a whole lot of potential and I guess I had created a whole lot of expectations around the book. What started out as a very promising start sort of started fading out for me in the middle and at the end. 

The dead Romantics to me, is a book that shows you how to deal with death, Bereavement. The book has done a fab job of achieving this. That is what actually made me fall for the book. Eventually, the book brought in the romance angle and that changed the game for me. it had the potential to be something amazing but somehow in the middle it simply lost the lustre.

if you look at the book as an emotional journey and a look at the death and loss of loved ones, it is a fabulous one but if you approach it with romance in mind, I will have to say that it has not got much to deliver. I feel the author had planned something else with the romance track but maybe the lack of time or space made her wind it down in the usual track. A somewhat predictable track


In conclusion, I would say that the book tackles a very heavy topic pretty beautifully and sensitively but unfortunately, in doing so, the romance track got the least attention and it suffered because of it. That definitely doesn’t mean the book isn’t worth the journey. In fact, it helps you to see bereavement and grief from a new angle.

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