Review: The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston

☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆

About the 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. 



My Thoughts:

Ashley Poston’s The Dead Romantics is so much fun. It has it all—great characters, family drama, romance and humor. I loved the silly puns and the bookish references. The author’s wit, humor and sensitivity shine through in this lovely story.

Florence Day grew up in a funeral home and talking to the dead. While this might conjure memories of Six Feet Under, The Dead Romantics features a fun, loving, close knit family whose patriarch gave his children incredible life skills. I really enjoyed Florence’s journey, and it truly takes a village to help Florence get to where she needs to be. From her family, her best friend, her editor, and even her teenage nemesis, the secondary characters have a huge impact on the story. I enjoyed the banter and relationship between Florence and the shadowy ghost who chivalrously haunts her.

In addition to the comedy and romance, this book delves into family and grief in a very sensitive and touching way. The Dead Romantics is a quick, easy read because of the storyline and the fantastic characters. A #MustRead 2022 book for me.

About the Author: Ashley Poston’s is a part-time author and full-time fangirl. She was born in rural South Carolina, where you can see the stars impossibly well.

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