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A Novel Love Story (Paperback)

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If you’ve ever wanted to visit your favorite fictional town, or dreamed about what happens AFTER a book ends; if you believe that life is about the journey... this is the book for you. Charming and sweet with a little bit of mystery, and a touch of sadness, I loved every second reading this book.

— Lindsey P.



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A professor of literature finds herself caught up in a work of fiction…literally, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Seven Year Slip and The Dead Romantics.

Eileen Merriweather loves to get lost in a good happily-ever-after. The fictional kind, anyway. Because at least imaginary men don’t leave you at the altar. She feels safe in a book. At home. Which might be why she’s so set on going her annual book club retreat this year—she needs good friends, cheap wine, and grand romantic gestures—no matter what.

But when her car unexpectedly breaks down on the way, she finds herself stranded in a quaint town that feels like it’s right out of a novel…

Because it is.

This place can’t be real, and yet… she’s here, in Eloraton, the town of her favorite romance series, where the candy store’s honey taffy is always sweet, the local bar’s burgers are always a little burnt, and rain always comes in the afternoon. It feels like home. It’s perfect—and perfectly frozen, trapped in the late author’s last unfinished story.

Elsy is sure that’s why she must be here: to help bring the town to its storybook ending.

Except there is a character in Eloraton that she can’t place—a grumpy bookstore owner with mint-green eyes, an irritatingly sexy mouth and impeccable taste in novels. And he does not want her finishing this book.

Which is a problem because Elsy is beginning to think the town’s happily-ever-after might just be intertwined with her own.

About the Author

Ashley Poston is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Dead Romantics and The Seven Year Slip. She 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.

Praise For…

“She's making all our biggest book dreams come true…yes, you're totally going to wish that this plot was happening to you!”

"Ashley Poston has written another clever, emotional love story part fantasy, part romcom—perfect for passing a day or three by the pool."
Harper's Bazaar

"I love a romance with a touch of magical realism, and Ashley Poston’s latest fulfills everyreader’s dream: actually getting to live in the world of a book...This is a grumpy-meets-sunshinetale with plenty of book-lover tropes sure to delight." 

“If you’re looking for a read filled with heart, humor, and love galore, A Novel Love Story may be your perfect pairing!”

“This one goes out to all of the magical realism lovers out there. If you aren’t familiar with Ashley Poston, you should be.”

“A romance lovers dream of a book. Whimsical, romantic and packed with charm, Ashley Poston is the queen of high concept love stories.” 
Sophie Cousens, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Part

“Ashley Poston has done it again. I fell into these pages just as effortlessly as Eileen tumbles into Eloraton. Whimsical, emotional, and tender, A Novel Love Story is another enchanting romance from Poston."
B.K. Borison, author of Business Casual

Stranger Than Fiction meets Virgin River in this incandescently clever meta rom-com from Poston. Poston gracefully walks the line between women’s fiction and romance—with just a hint of magic—providing an inspirational story of personal growth and second-chance romance alongside a fascinating exploration of transformative fiction, how readers and writers cocreate and share stories, and the value and purpose of escaping into one’s favorite novels. Readers will want to escape into this one again and again.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This slow-burn love story from Poston is as much an ode to romance novels and friendship as it is about romantic relationships. Fans of small-town contemporary romance will sink easily into quaint Eloraton.”
Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593640975
ISBN-10: 0593640977
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: June 25th, 2024
Pages: 384
Language: English