Mrs. Nash’s Ashes

Berkley. May 2023. 352p. ISBN 9780593547793. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
DEBUT Former child star Millicent Cohen-Watts has a lot going on. She’s reeling from a breakup with her toxic ex-boyfriend and from the death of her elderly best friend. When a nationwide computer glitch grounds all flights, Millie finds herself forced to drive to Key West with Hollis Hollenbeck, her ex’s former classmate, in order to reunite her friend’s ashes with Elsie, the love of Mrs. Nash’s life, whom she hadn’t seen since World War II. Initially irritated with each other and their circumstances, Millie and Hollis encounter car trouble, a small-town broccoli festival, and other challenges that extend their one-night trip and force them to get to know each other on the way to completing Millie’s mission. With a road trip, only one bed, and giant misunderstandings, Adler perfectly deploys her novel’s abundant romance tropes. Alternating between Millie’s and Mrs. Nash’s stories, this laugh-out-loud funny contemporary will have readers swooning over and cheering for Millie and Hollis.
VERDICT Adler’s delightful opposites-attract debut is perfect for fans of Tessa Bailey and Christina Lauren; good for all public library collections.
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