You’ve Got A Date With Kerry Winfrey’s “Waiting for Tom Hanks”

I love romantic comedies and, a tiny bit sheepishly, declare You’ve Got Mail my favorite movie. I do not, however, love contemporary romance books. In fact, I can’t think of a single one I’ve liked. Thank you, Kerry Winfrey for decidedly changing that and for writing a book that I did not want to put down. I just wanted to stay curled up in the warm hug that is the sweep-you-up goofy-grin escapism of this adorable story. It’s so stinking cute that you’re going to want to pre-order it (it comes out June 11) and then you’re going to want to take it on a date.  That link is affiliate, so thank you, and I’m very grateful to have received a review copy of this book for free from Berkley.

Annie spends a lot of time at the local coffee shop working on her rom-com screenplay. Start your day with your favorite coffee and something a little special, like these liege waffles (which you make the night before, meaning very little to do after you first wake up, and are basically heaven in a bite) or take the book with you to your favorite local breakfast spot and treat yourself to something amazing. Immerse yourself contentedly in this cozy story for the rest of the morning.
By now, you’re feeling inspired by the brushes with Hollywood and the general adorableness you’re absorbed into, so you’re going to need somewhere to continue reading that’s extra comfy, but with a cinematic twist. Enter your very own whimsical blanket fort replete with twinkle lights.
All great love stories need a soundtrack. I’ve made one with my favorite songs heard in some of my favorite romantic comedies for you to dance around and sing to when you need to stretch a little, or maybe when you’re re-stocking on snacks. My rom-com Spotify playlist includes:
  •  “Dreams” by the Cranberries in You’ve Got Mail
  •  “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole in The Parent Trap and While You Were Sleeping
  •  “She” by Elvis Costello in Notting Hill
  •  “Love is a Battlefield” by the Go-Gos in 13 Going on 30
  •  “Why Can’t I?” by Liz Phair in Win A Date with Tad Hamilton
  •  “Bennie and the Jets” by Elton John in 27 Dresses
  •  “As Time Goes By” by Jimmy Durante in Sleepless in Seattle
  •  “I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan in Bridget Jones’s Diary
  •  “You’re Just Too Good To Be True” by Frankie Valli in 10 Things I Hate About You
  •  “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon in How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days
  •  “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None The Richer in She’s All That
  •  “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke in The Holiday
  • “It Had To Be You” by Harry Connick Jr. in When Harry Met Sally
My dinner suggestion might surprise you. McDonalds. Trust me, though. This book makes it cute.  Put that playlist back on, get in the car, and go for those chicken McNuggets and some of those fries you know you can’t resist. Make a stop at the local bookstore on the way home and see if you can make your own meet cute or heartstopping moment in a cozy little corner.
End the day with your favorite Tom Hanks rom-com because there’s no way you’re going to be able to resist after reading this.  Bake yourself some Spicy Cinnamon brownies. They’re the specialty of Annie’s best friend, Chloe. I’m going to recommend the ones from Serious Eats or try Alice Medrich’s recipe if you’re not into the spice, or, you know, the box ones are actually delicious, too. Basically, eat something delicious and snuggle up. It was a good day, wasn’t it? Thanks, Kerry.

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2 Comments

  • dawnerenee says:

    Erin, this is perfect! You are making me so excited for this book! And I want to curl up in that pillow fort!

    • Erin says:

      Hi Dawn, Thank you so much! Now you’ve got your whole day planned for when it arrives, too ; ). I’m excited to chat with you after you read it.

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