Rosa couldn’t hide her delight when this appeared on the Enchanted Emporium bookshelf thanks to the publishers, HQ. She began reading it in her tea break and couldn’t wait for Alejo to go to bed to continue it; she perched it on the work surface so she could read while preparing dinner.
Scroll down to see why she was so captivated.
Book Review: The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
Title: The Dead Romantics
Author: Ashley Poston
Genre: Women’s fiction, romance
Release Date: 29th September 2022
Florence Day is a ghost-writer with one big problem. She’s supposed to be penning swoon-worthy novels for a famous romance author but, after a bad break-up, Florence no longer believes in love. And when her strict (but undeniably hot) new editor, Benji Andor, won’t give her an extension on her book deadline, Florence prepares to kiss her career goodbye.
Although when tragedy strikes and Florence has to head home, the last thing she expects to see is a ghost at her front door. Not just any ghost, however, but the stern form of her still very hot – yet now unquestionably dead – new editor.
As sparks start to fly between them, Florence tells herself she can’t be falling for a ghost – even an infuriatingly sexy one. But can Benji help Florence to realise love isn’t dead, after all?
If you fell in love with Beach Read, The Love Hypothesis and The Hating Game, this laugh-out-loud romance packed with sizzling chemistry will give you all the feels!
Thoughts from the Emporium
What a fab book! Everyone loved it and Rosa has devoured it twice. It will be a well-loved and battered book on the Enchanted Emporium bookshelf and Rosa’s Box of Romance. Why?
It hits the spot in many ways. The romance element made forever romantic Rosa happy, and the witches loved the paranormal edge but the story has depth and many well formed characters. There are many books where the protagonist returns home after long periods of time, triggering a retrospective look of their past and a reconciliation but this novel is different. While the Day family are dysfunctional to some on the outside, they are quirky, loving and supportive.
Florence’s father’s death made Florence recall the happier times, the loving connections between family and community which balances out the tear jerking and accurate observations of grief. As does the funny and delightful relationship between Benji and Florence. The chemistry between them across the ethereal plane was a joy to read.
The Dead Romantics is an uplifting, emotional and humorous read which perfect for the spooky season. The topics covered sparked many conversations in the emporium about their own experiences of grief, but they also shared happier memories of those they’ve lost, tapping into the Day’s belief that death is a celebration of life.
This unique special book is a contender for the emporium’s top book of 2022 and will be gifted to family and friends.
Ashley Poston loves dread pirates, moving castles, and starry night skies. Ashley graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in English. She has worked at Kodansha USA and Bloomsbury Publishing as a social media coordinator and marketing designer respectively. Currently, she offers her work to freelance clients and writes full-time Her books have appeared on the Indie Next List multiple times, and have been featured in Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Entertainment Weekly, Hypable, Buzzfeed, and in the Goodreads Choice Awards. Her critically-acclaimed sci-fi duology, Heart of Iron, was named on 2019’s Rainbow List. When not writing, she plays Dungeons and Dragons and reads fanfic. She lives in South Carolina with her bossy cat, and they are firm believers that we’re all a bunch of weirdos looking at other weirdos, asking for their username.