Happy Medium (Paperback)

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"The perfect alchemy of romance, humor and quirky originality."—Sophie Cousens,
New York Times bestselling author of This Time Next Year and The Good Part

A clever con woman must convince a skeptical, sexy farmer of his property's resident real-life ghost if she's to save them all from a fate worse than death, in this delightful new novel from the author of Mrs. Nash's Ashes.

Fake spirit medium Gretchen Acorn is happy to help when her best (read: wealthiest) client hires her to investigate the unexplained phenomena preventing the sale of her bridge partner’s struggling goat farm. Gretchen may be a fraud, but she'd like to think she’s a beneficent one. So if "cleansing" the property will help a nice old man finally retire and put some much-needed cash in her pockets at the same time, who's she to say no?

Of course, it turns out said bridge partner isn't the kindly AARP member Gretchen imagined—Charlie Waybill is young, hot as hell, and extremely unconvinced that Gretchen can communicate with the dead. (Which, fair.) Except, to her surprise, Gretchen finds herself face-to-face with Everett: the very real, very chatty ghost that’s been wreaking havoc during every open house. And he wants her to help ensure Charlie avoids the same family curse that's had Everett haunting Gilded Creek since the 1920s.

Now, Gretchen has one month to convince Charlie he can’t sell the property. Unfortunately, hard work and honesty seem to be the way to win over the stubborn farmer—not exactly Gretchen's strengths. But trust isn’t the only thing growing between them, and the risk of losing Charlie to the spirit realm looms over Gretchen almost as annoyingly as Everett himself. To save the goat farm, its friendly phantom, and the man she's beginning to love, Gretchen will need to pull off the greatest con of her life: being fully, genuinely herself.

"A sincere and sincerely funny romance."—Alix E. Harrow, New York Times bestselling author of Starling House

“Sarah Adler nails the ultimate rom-com alchemy.”—Carley Fortune, New York Times bestselling author of Every Summer After and Meet Me at the Lake

About the Author

Sarah Adler writes romantic comedies about lovable weirdos finding their happily ever afters. She lives in Maryland with her husband and daughter and often travels absurd distances to acquire baked goods. Mrs. Nash’s Ashes was her debut novel. You can find her online at sarahadlerwrites.com.

Praise For…

“Laugh-out-loud moments, magic, enemies-to-lovers… this paranormal rom-com has it all.”
Women's World

“With humor and heart, Adler skillfully weaves one of the best romances of the year.”
Washington Independent Review of Books

"Hilarious! This is exactly the kind of rom com I love to read—the perfect alchemy of romance, humor and quirky originality. Gretchen is now one of my favorite heroines. This book is going to be huge."
Sophie Cousens, New York Times bestselling author of This Time Next Year and The Good Part

"Happy Medium is a sincere and sincerely funny romance populated by a higher-than-average number of goats and ghosts. I stayed up late to finish it, and fell asleep smiling."
Alix E. Harrow, New York Times bestselling author of Starling House

"Ridiculously charming and irresistible. Come for the tenderhearted scam-artist "medium" who can actually see ghosts, and the broody, gorgeous farmer who begins as a mark and slowly becomes the love Gretchen Acorn never knew she needed — and stay for the roguishly charming Prohibition-era ghost with a weakness for modern TV (and baby goats!). Seriously, this delightful slow-burn romance has it all. Sizzling chemistry, phenomenal banter, a voice that's both hilarious and vulnerable, and a plot to die for."
Lana Harper, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of In Charm's Way

"Adler dazzles yet again with a voice that leaps and twirls off the very first page. Equal parts hilarious, whimsical, and utterly unique in the best way, Gretchen, Charlie, Everett (and the goats) stole my heart and ran away with it."
Amy Lea, international bestselling author of Exes and O’s
“What an absolute delight. Happy Medium is quick, clever, and fantastically fresh. Sarah Adler just earned herself a spot on top of my auto buy list.”
B.K. Borison, author of Lovelight Farms

"It was a DELIGHT to watch morality-zigzagging Gretchen get herself into situations that — keep in mind that they would make anyone else sweat — excite her in a wily, hilarious way. She and Charlie have sizzling opposites-attract chemistry, and her interactions with the resident lovable himbo ghost are laugh-out-loud funny. Thanks to Adler’s signature sharp wit, I had such a good time with the two devils on Gretchen’s shoulders that I almost rooted for them to stick around."
Sarah Hogle, author of Old Flames and New Fortunes

"Sarah Adler writes with such a witty, zesty charm, I absolutely love it. Happy Medium is a fabulous sophomore novel, brimming over with fun but with real heart at its core. An expertly effervescent romcom that will enchant readers!"
India Holton, international bestselling author of The Ornithologist's Field Guide to Love

"Sarah Adler’s sophomore novel, Happy Medium, delivers a funny and flirty tale of redemption, both in this life and the next. Somewhere between the sexy goat farmer, the spiritualist fraud, and the TV-addicted ghost from the roaring twenties, is a warmly addictive story of finding yourself and what you want in the most unexpected of places. Wrap yourself in your favorite sweater and enjoy this gem!"
Sarah Goodman Confino, bestselling author of Don’t Forget to Write and She’s Up to No Good

"With voicey narration and whip-smart humor, Sarah Adler has concocted a delightfully original screwball romcom. This book had me at “fake medium helps a goat farmer with a ghost problem” — yes, please, and thank you."
Megan Bannen, author of The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy

"I loved Happy Medium! Gretchen is such a great character, warm and witty and complex. I loved seeing her character grow and mature, and her chemistry with Charlie was off the charts!"
Kate Johnson, author of Hex Appeal

"Heartwarming, hilarious, and with the perfect amount of baby goats, I adored Happy Medium from the very first page. Sarah Adler expertly weaves some paranormal hijinks with sizzling enemies-to-lovers tension and has cemented herself as one of the finest romance writers around. I loved it. I loved it. I loved it."
Catherine Walsh, author of Snowed In

“A total delight from the first sentence to the last, Happy Medium delivers an utterly winning romance, not to mention a chatty ghost and baby goats in sweaters. Like her good-hearted conwoman heroine, Sarah Adler knows how to spin a story that’s exactly what her audience wants — and needs — to hear.”
Laura Hankin, author of One-Star Romance

"Adler solidifies her status as a rising star of the rom-com genre with her wonderfully escapist sophomore romance…The witty one-liners, quirky characters, hint of magic, and idyllic setting make this a winner. Readers will be swept away.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This slightly supernatural romance is alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, with well-developed, realistic characters. Adler’s unique plot and excellent writing will draw readers in and keep them up late into the night. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593547816
ISBN-10: 0593547810
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: April 30th, 2024
Pages: 416
Language: English