Four Weekends and a Funeral

Author Ellie Palmer On Tour
A tender, laugh-out-loud debut romance about a woman who ends up in over her head after a little white lie . . .

The right guy at the dead wrong time.

When thirty-year-old post-double-mastectomy BRCA 1 carrier and reluctant thrill-seeker Alison Mullally arrives at her ex-boyfriend Sam’s funeral to find that no one knows he dumped her, she agrees to play the grieving girlfriend for the sake of the family and pack up Sam’s apartment with his prickly best friend, Adam Berg. After all, it’ll only take four weekends . . . 

But Adam doesn’t want Alison anywhere near him. Forced to spend long hours with the grump, and his monosyllabic demeanor, Alison decides she must put her people-pleasing abilities to the test. She will make him like her. And after awkward family affairs and packing up dilemmas, the two form a tenuous friendship . . . if “friendship” means incredible chemistry and tension between them. Can Alison come clean and finally embrace the life and love she's always wanted? Or will her little white lie get in the way of her new, unexpected romance?
"These protagonists are realistic and likable and have sizzling chemistry. Their banter is amusing and witty, and Alison’s interior life is both frustrating and hilarious. . . This debut rom-com features peak grumpy/sunshine and friends-to-lovers tropes." —Library Journal

"A cozy affirmation for introverts and homebodies about loss, love, and being enough." —Abby Jimenez, author of Yours Truly

"I fell all the way for the slow, warm unfolding of friendship and love in this poignant debut from Ellie Palmer. From the wintery Minnesota setting to the banter over the best way to enjoy Girl Scout cookies, there's so much in Four Weekends and a Funeral that reminds you of how special it is to find someone who quickly becomes your new favorite person. I already want to reread this book all over again; it feels like a comfort I will return to many times!" —Alicia Thompson, author of With Love, from Cold World

"My absolute favorite kind of rom-com, where laugh-out-loud banter, lovable characters, and swoony moments sneakily add up to something deep and beautiful. . . . An incredible debut!" —Sarah Adler, author of Happy Medium

"Ellie's voice is fresh and real. Four Weekends and a Funeral is a story about finding yourself and being brave enough to take ownership of your life, in addition to being a sparkling, heartwarming, and perfectly witty romance. I will read anything she ever writes." —Tarah Dewitt, author of Funny Feelings

"From the very first line of Four Weekends and a Funeral, I knew it was going to be one of my favorite books. Ellie Palmer has such a compelling voice—razor-sharp wit wrapped up in beautiful warmth—that every word she writes leaps off the page. The fresh take on fake dating hooked me from the start, and the perfectly balanced mix of serious topics and electric banter made it unputdownable. I'll devour anything Ellie Palmer writes." —Jessica Joyce, author of You, with a View

"A charming rom-com dripping with witty banter and heartfelt moments. Despite their rocky start, Alison and Adam’s chemistry leapt off the page with the sweetest tension as their relationship progressed. But what was special about this book for me was the realistic exploration of survivor guilt and grief as Alison learned to accept herself and her new body as a carrier of the BRCA1 genetic mutation. As a carrier myself, I loved how this difficult diagnosis was handled with care and nuance by the author. A stunning debut!  —Farah Heron, author of Accidentally Engaged

"Brilliant and funny! Ellie Palmer and her exceptional wit gave me an emotional hangover for weeks. My hands down favourite read of the year!" —Kate Robb, author of This Spells Love

"Fresh, witty, and achingly cathartic . . . An unforgettable book that explores what it really means to live an authentic life when given the most precious gift of time. With a bitterly funny heroine, an endearing friend group, and a deliciously grumpy hero, Four Weekends and a Funeral is an immersive read that beautifully explores life, love, and a smidge of fake-dating-the-dead after a preventative mastectomy." —Livy Hart, author of Planes, Trains, and All the Feels

"With a fresh and funny premise, electric wit and banter, and the best grumpy hero I've ever read, Ellie Palmer has created a perfect rom-com. Every moment of this story is filled with so much warmth and humor, and these characters feel like some of my dearest friends." —Naina Kumar, author of Say You'll Be Mine

"From page one, Ellie Palmer's debut sizzles with humor, heart, and a whip-smart dose of sass. This book reads like the inviting hug of an endearingly snarky best friend while also exploring the poignant details of life post-double mastectomy. This book simply sings." —Neely Tubati Alexander, author of Love Buzz
 
"With her debut novel, Ellie Palmer has managed to accomplish what most authors never do and that is create the perfect romantic comedy. Four Weekends and a Funeral is a masterfully penned, pitch-perfect romance full of humor, so much heart, and swoon-worthy moments as well as brilliant puns, poignant observations about life, important representation, and believable character development. Adam, Alison and all their friends, even the dead ones, come alive on the page and make you care so hard and pine for their happily ever after." —Meredith Schorr, author of As Seen on TV
© Morgan Lust
Ellie Palmer is a lifelong lover of love stories, a carrier of the BRCA1 mutation, and a prototypical Midwesterner who routinely apologizes to inanimate objects when she bumps into them. When she's not writing romantic comedies featuring delightfully messy characters, she's at home in Minnesota, eating breakfast food, watching too much reality television, and triple texting her husband about their son. View titles by Ellie Palmer

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A tender, laugh-out-loud debut romance about a woman who ends up in over her head after a little white lie . . .

The right guy at the dead wrong time.

When thirty-year-old post-double-mastectomy BRCA 1 carrier and reluctant thrill-seeker Alison Mullally arrives at her ex-boyfriend Sam’s funeral to find that no one knows he dumped her, she agrees to play the grieving girlfriend for the sake of the family and pack up Sam’s apartment with his prickly best friend, Adam Berg. After all, it’ll only take four weekends . . . 

But Adam doesn’t want Alison anywhere near him. Forced to spend long hours with the grump, and his monosyllabic demeanor, Alison decides she must put her people-pleasing abilities to the test. She will make him like her. And after awkward family affairs and packing up dilemmas, the two form a tenuous friendship . . . if “friendship” means incredible chemistry and tension between them. Can Alison come clean and finally embrace the life and love she's always wanted? Or will her little white lie get in the way of her new, unexpected romance?

Reviews

"These protagonists are realistic and likable and have sizzling chemistry. Their banter is amusing and witty, and Alison’s interior life is both frustrating and hilarious. . . This debut rom-com features peak grumpy/sunshine and friends-to-lovers tropes." —Library Journal

"A cozy affirmation for introverts and homebodies about loss, love, and being enough." —Abby Jimenez, author of Yours Truly

"I fell all the way for the slow, warm unfolding of friendship and love in this poignant debut from Ellie Palmer. From the wintery Minnesota setting to the banter over the best way to enjoy Girl Scout cookies, there's so much in Four Weekends and a Funeral that reminds you of how special it is to find someone who quickly becomes your new favorite person. I already want to reread this book all over again; it feels like a comfort I will return to many times!" —Alicia Thompson, author of With Love, from Cold World

"My absolute favorite kind of rom-com, where laugh-out-loud banter, lovable characters, and swoony moments sneakily add up to something deep and beautiful. . . . An incredible debut!" —Sarah Adler, author of Happy Medium

"Ellie's voice is fresh and real. Four Weekends and a Funeral is a story about finding yourself and being brave enough to take ownership of your life, in addition to being a sparkling, heartwarming, and perfectly witty romance. I will read anything she ever writes." —Tarah Dewitt, author of Funny Feelings

"From the very first line of Four Weekends and a Funeral, I knew it was going to be one of my favorite books. Ellie Palmer has such a compelling voice—razor-sharp wit wrapped up in beautiful warmth—that every word she writes leaps off the page. The fresh take on fake dating hooked me from the start, and the perfectly balanced mix of serious topics and electric banter made it unputdownable. I'll devour anything Ellie Palmer writes." —Jessica Joyce, author of You, with a View

"A charming rom-com dripping with witty banter and heartfelt moments. Despite their rocky start, Alison and Adam’s chemistry leapt off the page with the sweetest tension as their relationship progressed. But what was special about this book for me was the realistic exploration of survivor guilt and grief as Alison learned to accept herself and her new body as a carrier of the BRCA1 genetic mutation. As a carrier myself, I loved how this difficult diagnosis was handled with care and nuance by the author. A stunning debut!  —Farah Heron, author of Accidentally Engaged

"Brilliant and funny! Ellie Palmer and her exceptional wit gave me an emotional hangover for weeks. My hands down favourite read of the year!" —Kate Robb, author of This Spells Love

"Fresh, witty, and achingly cathartic . . . An unforgettable book that explores what it really means to live an authentic life when given the most precious gift of time. With a bitterly funny heroine, an endearing friend group, and a deliciously grumpy hero, Four Weekends and a Funeral is an immersive read that beautifully explores life, love, and a smidge of fake-dating-the-dead after a preventative mastectomy." —Livy Hart, author of Planes, Trains, and All the Feels

"With a fresh and funny premise, electric wit and banter, and the best grumpy hero I've ever read, Ellie Palmer has created a perfect rom-com. Every moment of this story is filled with so much warmth and humor, and these characters feel like some of my dearest friends." —Naina Kumar, author of Say You'll Be Mine

"From page one, Ellie Palmer's debut sizzles with humor, heart, and a whip-smart dose of sass. This book reads like the inviting hug of an endearingly snarky best friend while also exploring the poignant details of life post-double mastectomy. This book simply sings." —Neely Tubati Alexander, author of Love Buzz
 
"With her debut novel, Ellie Palmer has managed to accomplish what most authors never do and that is create the perfect romantic comedy. Four Weekends and a Funeral is a masterfully penned, pitch-perfect romance full of humor, so much heart, and swoon-worthy moments as well as brilliant puns, poignant observations about life, important representation, and believable character development. Adam, Alison and all their friends, even the dead ones, come alive on the page and make you care so hard and pine for their happily ever after." —Meredith Schorr, author of As Seen on TV

Author

© Morgan Lust
Ellie Palmer is a lifelong lover of love stories, a carrier of the BRCA1 mutation, and a prototypical Midwesterner who routinely apologizes to inanimate objects when she bumps into them. When she's not writing romantic comedies featuring delightfully messy characters, she's at home in Minnesota, eating breakfast food, watching too much reality television, and triple texting her husband about their son. View titles by Ellie Palmer