Nora Goes Off Script [Book Review]

June 7, 2022

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan (cover) Image: graphic image of a young woman carrying a cup of coffee across a green lawn towards a small house....a man stands in the doorway

Genre/Categories: Women’s Contemporary Fiction, RomCom, Romance, Family Life

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My Summary:

Thank you #Netgalley @PenguinRandom @PutnamBooks for a complimentary e ARC of #NoraGoesOffScript upon my request. All opinions are my own.

Nora is a romance scriptwriter (think Hallmark Channel). Nora’s husband has walked out on her and their two children, and Nora uses her real-life experiences as the basis for her latest script. Because of the unique “tea house” setting, the movie is being filmed in her own home. Leo, recently named “sexiest man alive,” is cast as the husband and Nora’s life is changed forever. After the shooting wraps, Nora finds Leo on her porch offering her a thousand dollars a day to rent her “tea house” for one week, Movie making intersects with real life, and It all gets complicated!

My Thoughts:

Writing and Characters: I adore fast-paced, lively, and witty writing and a story with a cute premise! Nora Goes Off Script is warmly told and, in my opinion, the best part is the likable characters. Nora is relatable, Leo is endearing, and the children are winsome! These are characters you can cheer for! The predictable miscommunication/misunderstanding trope makes an obligatory appearance but it comes from an unexpected source which makes it forgivable. This story is also meta in that it’s a romance about a romance writer (also Nora is a nod to Nora Ephron).

 Some Steam: There are a couple of steamy (open door romance) scenes that are easy to skip or scan if this is not to your taste.

All in All, I think this would be a fun and engaging beach or pool-side read this summer. I’m recommending Nora Goes Off Script for fans of romance and women’s fiction (chick-lit). Perfect for your beach bag!

My Rating:  3.5 Stars (rounded to 4)

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Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan (cover) Image: a graphic image of a young woman holding a coffee cup....a novel lies nearby.....she looks out over a large green lawn with a small house in the distance

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Meet the Author, Annabel Monaghan

Author Annabel MonaghanAnnabel Monaghan is the author of two Young Adult novels and Does This Volvo Make My Butt Look Big?, a selection of laugh-out-loud columns that appeared in the Huffington Post, The Week, and The Rye Record. Nora Goes Off Script is her adult debut novel. She lives in Rye, New York, with her family.


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