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Publisher's Summary

A rom-com-obsessed romantic waiting for her perfect leading man learns that life doesn’t always go according to a script in this delightfully charming and funny novel.

Annie Cassidy dreams of being the next Nora Ephron. She spends her days writing screenplays, rewatching Sleepless in Seattle, and waiting for her movie-perfect meet-cute. If she could just find her own Tom Hanks - a man who’s sweet, sensitive, and possibly owns a houseboat - her problems would disappear, and her life would be perfect. But Tom Hanks is nowhere in sight.

When a movie starts filming in her neighborhood and Annie gets a job on set, it seems like a sign. Then Annie meets the lead actor, Drew Danforth, a cocky prankster who couldn’t be less like Tom Hanks if he tried. Their meet-cute is more of a meet-fail, but soon Annie finds herself sharing some classic rom-com moments with Drew. 

Her Tom Hanks can’t be an actor who’s leaving town in a matter of days...can he?

©2019 Kerry Winfrey (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“An endearing, klutzy heroine elevates this utterly charming romance [and] the plot’s many moving pieces add complexity. Chloe, lovable Uncle Don, and the local coffee shop’s colorful characters provide humor and heart in just the right places.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

“Just try to resist falling in love with this guy, who turns out to be fully Hanks-ian. The deluge of rom-com trivia on Annie's path to happiness will send you on a Netflix spree, and there's a great indie music playlist and jokes for D&D enthusiasts sprinkled along the way as well. Calling all girls and women downtrodden by life and love - happiness awaits!” (Kirkus Reviews)

"Kerry Winfrey's feel-good romance is an ideal ode to the genre." (OprahMag)

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  • tammie bitters murri
  • 03-07-2019

If you’re looking for cotton candy rom com, this is for you!

My 5 star rating is based on the genre, not comparing this to Dickens or Hemingway. But I needed a light fun read and this filled the bill exactly. Lots of references to classic romantic comedy movies, particular those starring Tom Hanks. A fun “Pride and Prejudice” type twist as well. The narrator has the cutest voice - perfect for this light book. Pretty clean - some sexual situations but overall like PG-13.

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  • Salvet
  • 25-06-2019

Low Expectations, Low returns.

Narrator was fantastic, and I hope to listen more from her. But the book pretty lackluster to say the least. One thing that stuck out to me was how the author would constantly point out cliches and tropes as if to poke fun at them, but proceeds to then replicate said cliches and tropes. It was annoying the first time the author did it, but then they did it for the rest of the book. I'd skip over this one no matter how bored you were.

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  • Sarah Cline
  • 06-07-2019

Perfect book for any Rom-Com Lover!

If you love romantic comedy, this is the book for you. a cute story with nods to movies throughout.

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  • Diane S.
  • 04-10-2019

Super sweet, cute and fun.

Super cute, sweet and fun. Like one of the RomCom movies that Annie loves so much! The audiobook narration was great. It kept me entertained while doing my boring household chores!
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  • carla
  • 03-09-2019

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Such a cute, lighthearted story. Well performed - felt like I was right there with the characters.

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  • Augusta Schmidt
  • 11-08-2019

This book was delightful!

This book was cute and full of adventure. I lived and connected with the characters.

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  • Anita
  • 05-07-2019

Ever read a rom-com? Looking for something light?

If you've ever watched a romantic comedy (or ten!), this book is exactly for you. It's cliche, it's fluff and it's perfect if you're looking for mindless entertainment. I read this while riding my bicycle because, like all rom-coms, if you miss a paragraph or two, have you really missed anything? But it is fun and if you're looking for truly light, summertime entertainment this is your book.

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  • QGD
  • 20-06-2019

Loved the narration!

This narrator really made the book and characters come alive! She makes the book sound just like your best friend retelling her story to you!

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  • Lisa Ward/Dirty Blonde Books
  • 11-06-2019

I enjoyed reading it, but loved listening to it

I read an arc provided by NetGalley and then bought an audiobook and listened, as well.

I won't copy & paste the blurb, but in a nutshell, the h is an aspiring screenplay writer who gets a job on the set of a rom-com that's filming in her Ohio hometown.
She accidentally spills coffee over the main actor, the H and makes all the wrong assumptions about him.

It's a very cute story. I enjoyed reading it, but I think I liked listening to it even better.
I LOVED Drew, Nick, Chloe, and Carter.
Annie was a little frustrating but quirky which I love.
She was a little too obsessed with romantic comedies and didn't have realistic expectations, but it allowed the story to be more of a slow burn vs. an insta-love, so again, that was fine.

Drew was swoony sweet and put way more effort into their friendship than Annie by watching her favorite movies and hanging out at Nick's place to see her.
I guess we all would feel like Annie and think there's no chance that a famous sexy actor would truly be interested in her.

The story flowed well and I was impressed that it's Kerry's debut novel.
She has a great sense of humor and I look forward to reading Nick and Chloe's story.
Chloe's a trip, and I can't wait to get inside her head. She also is the sole care provider for her father.
Nick is a little broody and grumpy, which again, I love.

This story would make an adorable movie.

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  • Sherri_Bryant
  • 12-11-2020

Pure Fluff and Fun

You don’t have to be a fan of romcom’s or Tom Hanks to enjoy this book, but if you are, then this book will be a true delight! If the talented Nora Ephron were still with us, I would bet this book would already be optioned into a movie she is directing. There are definitely worse things in life to be hung up on than romcoms and Tom Hanks and our darling heroine, Annie, has set the bar pretty high looking for the perfect man. Her dream of becoming a screenwriter comes a bit closer when Annie lands a job on a movie set assisting the director. Her meet-cute with the lead actor, Drew, leaves Annie mortified and wishing she could crawl under a rock, but, hey, not everything in life is perfectly scripted with full hair and makeup.

I’m a complete sap for romcoms and Tom Hanks so I knew this book would appeal to me. It just had to! And though this isn’t my pick for the best book I have read in 2020 and it probably won’t win any awards of literary acclaim, I loved this book because it was pure fluff and fun. I loved the story, of course, but the characters were so easy to like and get to know. The plot flows beautifully and kept me engaged the entire time. I’ve never read anything else by this author but by the end of the first chapter, I found the sequel and have it ready to go. Yes, there’s a sequel because sometimes a good romcom needs more after that happily ever after and I’m STILL disappointed that I have yet to learn what happens to Annie and Sam after they leave the Empire State Building.

My Final Verdict: I highly recommend this book to fans of all fiction because everyone needs a story to make them smile and that’s always a good thing.

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  • sarah marrie
  • 15-08-2019

Annoying audiobook.

I found this audiobook annoying. I thought that Annie was especially annoying, I found her really whiny at parts too. I wouldn’t recommend this book.

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