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Kerry Winfrey’s first adult romantic comedy,


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About Waiting for Tom Hanks


I blink a few times, staring straight into Drew Danforth’s face. It’s like when you’re a kid and there’s a solar eclipse, and all the teachers are like, “Don’t look directly into the sun! You’ll destroy your retinas!” but there’s always that one kid (Johnny Berger, in our class) who can’t stop staring.

In this situation, I’m Johnny Berger. And I guess Drew Danforth is the sun.

“Are you okay?” he asks again, enunciating his words even more as if me understanding him is the problem. His brown eyes, I notice, are flecked with tiny bits of gold, which is something you can’t see when you watch him on TV. His hair is just as voluminous as it seems in pictures, but in person, I have the almost overwhelming urge to touch it, to reach out and pull on that one lock of hair that hangs over his forehead.

“She’s not responding.” He turns to Chloe. “Is something wrong?”

“She’s French,” Chloe says without missing a beat. “She only speaks French.”

‘I’m not French,” I say, breaking my silence. Chloe and Drew’s heads swivel to look at me.

“I’m sorry about your coat,” I whisper, then I run toward Nick’s.

Chloe bursts in the door behind me, the bell jingling in her wake. “I’m not French?” she screeches. “Those are the first words you spoke to Drew Danforth? Really?”

“Well then, why did you tell him I was French?” I shout, ignoring the curious stares of everyone working on their laptops and the calming melody of whatever Nick put on to replace the Doobies.

“I don’t know!” She throws her hands in the air. “You weren’t talking, so I thought I’d give you an interesting backstory!”

I put my hands over my face. “This is ridiculous.”

“No,” Chloe says, grabbing me by the shoulders. “This is your meet-cute, and now you need to go back out there and find him and say something that isn’t a negation of your Frenchness or an apology for destroying his probably very expensive coat.”

“Meet what?”

Nick stares at us from behind the counter, a dishtowel in his hand.

“A meet-cute,” Chloe stands up straight, shoulders back, as if she’s delivering a Romantic Comedy 101 lecture to Nick and his patrons, “is the quirky, adorable, cute way the hero and heroine of a romantic comedy meet.”

Everyone stares at her blankly.

“Or hero and hero. Or heroine and heroine. Not to be heteronormative,” she clarifies.

“Like how me and Martha met at her wedding,” Gary says.

Chloe thinks about it.”I don’t know that I would necessarily call that one a meet-cute, but sure, Gary.”

“Did you just make that up?” Nick asks, arms crossed.

I shake my head. “No. It’s a thing.”

“Watch a romantic comedy, dude,” Tobin says.

Nick rolls his eyes.

“Anyway,” Chloe continues, “Annie straight up ran into Drew Danforth and spilled a cup of coffee all over his coat, which is, like, the cutest of meets.”

“That doesn’t sound very cute,” Nick says skeptically, rubbing the scruff on his chin. “Was it still hot?”

“Scalding,” I say, sinking into my chair and resting my head on the table.

“Sounds like a meet painful,” says Gary, and a few people laugh.

“Thanks,” I mutter. “I’m so glad you all find my embarrassment entertaining.”

“Annie!” Chloe sits down across from me as a customer walks in and the rest of the shop stops paying attention to us. “This isn’t embarrassing. This is merely a story I’ll tell in my toast at your wedding to Drew.”

I lift my head to look at her. “I hate to break this to you, but I don’t think he’s my Tom Hanks. I think he’s just a famous guy with a possible third-degree burn on his chest. And now my first day on set is going to be super awkward because I accidentally assaulted the lead actor with a beverage.”

Chloe’s about to say something, but then a song starts and she closes her mouth, looking up toward the speakers. “I swear to God, I told Nick not to play any more Bon Iver. It makes people look up their exes on Instagram, not buy coffee. I’m gonna go put on some Hall and Oates.”

As she walks away, I rest my head on the table again. As if it wasn’t embarrassing enough to have my uncle get me a job on set, now I have to deal with this.

BlueSeal’s Review of Waiting for Tom Hanks

Kerry Winfrey is definitely not new to the world of writing but Waiting for Tom Hanks is her very first adult romantic comedy! I have to say, the title and cover along really appealed to this lover of 1990’s romantic comedy movies. I mean, really, who didn’t love Tom Hanks in ALL of his 1990’s greatness? If you just raised your hand, then you need to stop reading now because you are no friend of mine and probably will not enjoy this light-hearted look at a modern day romance.

Despite the hand that has been dealt to Annie, she is a dreamer, a lover of love albeit her vision of her true love is based on the romantic male leads in movies which make it slightly askew. Her dream man is Tom Hanks – the Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle – and she uses Tom Hanks character as the gold-standard for all men that she meets. And that my dear friends, is the reason why Annie has not met her true love and why she almost missed out on her very own movie-perfect meet-cute with Drew Danforth.

According to the press, movie-star Drew Danforth is a player – a man who doesn’t take life seriously. A Hollywood prankster who is about as far from Tom Hanks as possible so why does Annie find it almost impossible to look away from him? He has some sort of charm that the rest of the mere mortals don’t have and try as she may, the more than Annie learns about him, the more drawn she is to him.

I will just get it over with and tell you that I loved this book and it gets 5 out of 5 propellers from me! Kerry Winfrey has created a completely beautiful character in Annie. She is a dreamer, a writer, a creative soul who is so afraid to step out and live. Drew is such a sweetheart and you quickly find that he is so much more than the press gives him credit for. Congratulations to Kerry Winfrey for writing her first rom-com! This 1990’s rom-com movie-lover cannot wait for the next one.

About the Author

cropped-kw-SiteIcon-300x300Kerry Winfrey is the author of the YA novels love AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES andTHINGS JOLIE NEEDS TO DO BEFORE SHE BITES IT, both from Feiwel and Friends, and WAITING FOR TOM HANKS, a romantic comedy from Berkley. She’s written for many websites, including HelloGiggles. When she’s not writing, she’s most likely baking yet another batch of cookies or watching far, far too many romantic comedies. She lives with her husband, son, and dog in the middle of Ohio.

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