Mrs. Nash’s Ashes by Sarah Adler is a quirky romance story of the sunshine vs. grumpy trope, with great banter throughout.
This book is part of My Summer 2023 Reading List.
I was drawn to Mrs. Nash’s Ashes based on the first sentence in the synopsis. A grumpy/sunshine romance that takes place during a road trip, while transporting Mrs. Nash’s ashes? It seemed to me like a fun and quirky summer read … and it was ☀️!
Shortly after Mrs. Nash’s death, Millie received three tablespoons of her ashes. Her goal was to reunite Mrs. Nash’s ashes with the woman she fell in love with many years ago. So, with the ashes in her backpack, Millie arrives at the airport to take a quick trip from D.C. to Key West. Due to cancelled flights, Millie’s plan quickly falls apart and she ends up on a road trip with Hollis. He’s not an ideal road trip partner, since he’s a grump and an old acquaintance of her ex-boyfriend’s, but she doesn’t have many options. What ensues is a road trip that takes both Millie and Hollis on an adventure neither expected.
Aside from the road trip antics and detours, I enjoyed the story-within-a-story aspect. Through dual timelines alternating between past and present, we learn about Mrs. Nash’s life and the love of her life. So, the storyline incorporates both the progression of Millie’s love story as well as that of Mrs. Nash’s.
This story is filled with charming and likable characters. I specifically enjoyed the banter between Millie and Hollis. Overall, the sunshine vs. grumpy trope and dual storylines worked well in the storyline.
This was a entertaining and uplifting story. The audiobook narration by Mara Wilson was fantastic. I recommend this story if you enjoy alternating timelines and quirky storylines. This is the author’s first book, and I’m now looking forward to her next one.
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