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“It’s ‘While You Were Sleeping’ meets ‘Six Feet Under,’ and I need to yell to everyone about how good it is…The result is an antidote for despair, a romance that is frank about the fact that life ends and time marches on but that nevertheless insists: We aren’t a gothic horror novel. We’re a love story. This is a book to make you laugh during the funeral scene and cry when the dance party begins."—The New York Times

“We could all use a good summer ghost story, and you can't get much better than Ashley Poston's adult fiction debut.”—
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“I LOVED this book. A beautiful, poignant story, full of beautiful, poignant characters. Florence is exactly the type of lovable, endearing, relatable lead I want to fall for, and her journey through learning how to love again had me squealing, sighing, laughing.
The Dead Romantics is like a beautifully crafted puzzle: at the end all the pieces fall perfectly into place, and the picture that they form is at once touching, funny, breathtaking, hopeful, and dreamy.”
Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis

“What fun—the Emily Henry/Casey McQuiston reader (aka me) is going to gobble this book up. Smart, quick, and absolutely bubbling over with love for the genre of romance itself. Delicious.”
Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author of This Time Tomorrow

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The Dead Romantics was an absolute and unexpected delight. Voicy and quirky and fun; the pages will probably sparkle (but with black glitter)."
Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners

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The Dead Romantics takes so many things I love—quirky heroines, found families, cozy small towns, fanfics, GHOSTS (!!!)—and gives them all a fresh, fun, thoroughly modern spin. This is truly a RomCom to die for!"
Rachel Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of Reckless Girls
 
“This book made me fall in love, broke my heart then reassembled it at least twice, and left me swooning. A hauntingly romantic, hilariously heartwarming story. Ashley Poston is the real deal.”
Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Not Your Average Hot Guy

"Poston makes her adult debut with a refreshing rom-com about love, loss, and hope....She 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."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Romance, chaos, and complications are central components in Poston's refreshingly fun, spirited rom-coms, and
The Dead Romantics is no exception. The beauty and charm of Poston's storytelling continues to make miraculous happy endings out of the messes in which ordinary people often find themselves entangled.”
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Ashley Poston writes stories about love and friendship and ever afters. A native to South Carolina, she now lives in a small grey house with her sassy cat and too many books. You can find her on the internet, somewhere, watching cat videos and reading fan-fiction.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley (June 28, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593336488
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593336489
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.44 x 0.75 x 8.19 inches
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4.0 out of 5 stars I laughed a little. I cried a little
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 22, 2022
The Dead Romantics was such a lovely and unique love story. I laughed a little and I cried a little. It’s an emotional read that has some really beautiful passages about death & loss and love & relationships.

TDR is told in the first person by our heroine, Florence Day. She’s a ghostwriter - for an extremely popular romance novelist - who can see ghosts, usually of the recently deceased. These ghosts are not around to haunt or scare, they’re generally around because they have something to say or unfinished business. When Florence helps them with their issue they depart, for good.

Florence hasn’t talked or helped a ghost in a decade, when she moved to NYC from her small town in South Carolina. That all changes when she has to return home to Mairmont to bury her beloved dad. The ghost of her new editor, Benji Andor is standing on the porch of her family’s funeral home. The same editor she told the day before that “love is dead” and she can’t possibly finish the fourth and final book in her contract by the deadline. You see our dear Florence has recently suffered a terrible betrayal which led to a breakup with her boyfriend.

As the week goes by and Florence deals with her dad’s funeral arrangements, she begins to come to terms with her feelings of betrayal, loss and love with the help of Ben; who’s always popping in and out. But when he leaves for good Florence is truly heartbroken.

However, on the negative I found there to be some editing issues; wrong words, odd transitions, etc. and Poston’s choice to ignore the canon she created - shimmering dead people - to advance the story. And whilst these issues detracted from my reading flow, they don’t detract from the overall story. It’s beautiful. The two twists were not at all a mystery, to me, but it didn’t matter. The Dead Romantics is heartwarming and happy and provides a much more pleasant way to think about death.

P.S. is “that one guy from The X-Files” Luke Wilson? It’s my favorite episode.
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Jellichor
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5* - Cute and sad ghostie romance
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on October 10, 2022
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5* - Cute and sad ghostie romance
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on October 10, 2022
Florence Day lives in New York and is a ghost writer for a widely loved romance author - she can also talk to ghosts, a gift she inherited from her Dad. (Who just so happens to run a family Funeral Parlour.) The problem is Florence no longer believes in love after The Break Up a year ago, so she has nothing to hand over to her brand new Editor, Benji Andor, for her upcoming deadline. Not long after their first meeting where Benji refuses Florence's request for an extension on the book deadline, Florence finds herself having to suddenly leave New York and return to her family and home town - somewhere she hasn't been in over 10 years - and unexpectantly comes face to face with the ghost of... yup. Benji. All '6 foot sexy' of him. I most definitely was rolling my eyes while chuckling out loud at that line!

This book was a very easy and cute read with a scattering of literary and film references which - for a bookish person - I enjoyed. Particularly the subtle IYKYK nods to Mulan, Jumanji and Howl's Moving Castle. The romance plot was cute, albeit predictable and cheesy - I find most books like this are - and I found their background stories a tad surface level. I would have liked to have gotten into the nitty gritty a bit more - something I felt for most of the characters and sub plots actually. There was a lot of potential to go deeper throughout the storyline - think the author missed a few tricks there - but it never really happened so I just accepted about a third of the way through that I was just going to sit and enjoy the journey and not try and hope the book is something that it is not.

The small town setting is a familiar one but I enjoyed the focus around the family run Funeral home which was fitting for this time of year - it was interesting for there to be only wholesomeness and joy centred around a building whose business is death. There was some talk about Florence's and her Father's ability to see and talk to ghosts but I feel that could have been explored more. There were several touching moments focussing on the concept of them trying to fulfil the last requests of these lingering spirits, particularly when it connected directly with her father, but it didn't turn into anything more than a vague suggestion here and an unconfirmed hint there. I felt the same about a few other parts of the plot which I won't specify (DM for deets) as I prefer to do spoiler free reviews - but lets just say the ghosts weren't the only ones with unfinished business!!

Overall a sad, but pleasant and cosy ghost romance read!! I read this in 2 days, the second half in one night, and teared up in a few places. It was perfect for the thriller free stint I'm currently on after reading a few too many in a row, and now I'll leave you with a couple of my highlighted bookish quotes -

“Buying books always made me feel better, even if I never read them.”

“I ran my thumb over the pages of one of the books in my lap, feeling them buzz softly.”
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky season supernatural romance. Cosy comfort.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on October 2, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky season supernatural romance. Cosy comfort.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on October 2, 2022
Well. What can I say. Ashley Poston has done it again - I’m not sure I was ready for a book with a squatty potty reference 😂 - but I’m here for it (it’s good for the digestion!).

I am a huge fan of Ashley’s YA Geekerella series which uses fandom as a backdrop to her romances. Now with this foray into adult fiction we have publishing as our backdrop but with some additional supernatural goings on. This makes this a perfect spooky season read.

This is the second book recently I’ve read where I can reference Ghost Whisperer as a comparison (see my review of middle grade book The Whisperling) and I’m not at all mad about that - what with it being one of my favourite shows.

Florence Day has grown up around death - literally. Her family run Days Gone Funeral Home (excellent name) and both her father and her see dead people walking around like regular people! Hounded out of her small town because of this gift, Florence headed to the big smoke and tried to turn her love of writing smutty X-Files fan fic into a career in romance fiction. After her first novel doesn’t take off in quite the way she’d hoped she ends up ghostwriting (lol) for a hugely successful romance writer. We meet her as the last book on that contract is due - but the thing is she has writer’s block. How can you write romance when you’ve had your heart smashed?

Florence’s ex is a despicable piece of work who deserves much worse than he gets in my opinion. Seriously he makes my blood boil.

Pulled back to her home after a family tragedy she finds a ghost on the doorstep of her family home but this ghost is very out of place and unwelcome. After all he didn’t give her an extension on her novel! Rude. It’s her very hot editor Benji Andor who on first meeting him the words “climb him” were screamed by her inner voice - although sadly that turns out not to be possible when you can’t touch a ghost. But is it possible for the spirit of romance to be reignited? No spoilers here but I was satisfied with the journey Florence went on.

I will say that this was perhaps a slightly slower start than we’ve grown used to but the payoff makes it worth it and Ashley’s writing is easy to read and comforting.

This mixes the best echoes of Christmas Hallmark movies (but with Halloween vibes in April - and not Christmas), Sweet Home Alabama and A million funerals and a wedding! I loved this exploration of complex family relationships, small town gossip and an incorporeal romance. Poston brings her humour and pop culture references naturally across into the adult sphere where she can be a little more spicy (although only in small doses - we don’t actually get any of the X-Files smut on the page! More’s the pity).

The small town of Mairmont with its doggie Mayor (this needs to become a thing - the world would be so much kinder) becomes a character itself and I fell in love with it too. I loved the incidental non binary and queer characters because there was no negative focus on this - they just were and this is what the world should be.

If the Reader Discussion questions are anything to go by keep your fingers crossed for a sequel and more Mairmont. I’d equally be happy with other books following some of our side characters.

Although grief is a big theme in this story the book itself is hopeful and not macabre and focuses very much on death as part of life. In the author’s note Ashley Poston talks about her fear of death which I very much share - so to write such a book must have been a therapy session as much as it was reading it.

A huge thank you to Ashley for this piece of magic and to HQ Stories for the gifted copy for the purposes of an honest review. Do check out what everyone else on the tour thought.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars!! Quirky and Loveable!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on October 18, 2022
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun uplifting joyful escapism
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Stephanie Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars “Just Like Heaven” but in book form with a ‘meh’ delivery
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