cover image Waiting for Tom Hanks

Waiting for Tom Hanks

Kerry Winfrey. Berkley, $15 trade paper (288p) ISBN 978-1-984804-02-0

An endearing, klutzy heroine elevates this utterly charming romance by Winfrey (Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It). Aspiring screenwriter Annie Cassidy yearns for a Tom Hanks–like leading man lover, but her depressing state of Hankslessness seems unlikely to change—even after she learns that a romantic comedy will be filming in her neighborhood. Her subsequent job as the director’s assistant puts her in daily contact with the hunky, albeit annoying star of the movie, Drew Danforth. Spilling coffee on him doesn’t help their relationship, nor does his constant teasing, and yet Annie finds herself drawn to the enigmatic star. She also goes on several dates with a gaffer on the set; supports her BFF, Chloe, through starting a relationship with Nick, who runs the coffee shop where Chloe works; wonders what exactly is going on between her nerdy Uncle Don and a mysterious fellow nerd named Tyler; and tries to develop a screenplay of her own. The chemistry between Annie and Drew is irresistible, 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. Agent: Stephen Barbara, InkWell Literary Management. (June)