Annabel Monaghan / Book Review

Annabel Monaghan | Nora Goes Off Script

The Book: 

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan
Published June 7th 2022 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Date read: June 8, 2022

The Characters: 


Rating: 5 out of 5.

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The Plot (from Goodreads):

Nora Hamilton knows the formula for love better than anyone. As a romance channel screenwriter, it’s her job. But when her too-good-to work husband leaves her and their two kids, Nora turns her marriage’s collapse into cash and writes the best script of her life. No one is more surprised than her when it’s picked up for the big screen and set to film on location at her 100-year-old-home. When former Sexiest Man Alive, Leo Vance, is cast as her ne’er do well husband Nora’s life will never be the same.

The morning after shooting wraps and the crew leaves, Nora finds Leo on her porch with a half-empty bottle of tequila and a proposition. He’ll pay a thousand dollars a day to stay for a week. The extra seven grand would give Nora breathing room, but it’s the need in his eyes that makes her say yes. Seven days: it’s the blink of an eye or an eternity depending on how you look at it. Enough time to fall in love. Enough time to break your heart.

Filled with warmth, wit, and wisdom, Nora Goes Off Script is the best kind of love story–the real kind where love is complicated by work, kids, and the emotional baggage that comes with life. For Nora and Leo, this kind of love is bigger than the big screen.

The Review: 

I went searching through my posts to find my review of Nora, and realized I never posted this one!! It must have gotten lost in the shuffle of moving this past summer, but I feel terrible because I adored it!

Nora Goes Off Script is a really fun beach-read romance about a scriptwriter who falls for the actor hired to play her ex in the screenplay she wrote about her life. I was rooting for Nora and Leo from the start. Their banter was hilarious and their chemistry was off the charts! They seemed like a perfect fit for each other. The way they poked fun at traditional romance tropes was particularly charming to this avid romance reader.

I loved how the author handled the miscommunication trope in this book. Miscommunication is normally one of my least favorite tropes, because the whole conflict can often be solved by a simple text. That was not the case here–I fell for the miscommunication too, and it left me in tears! The final third of the book was heartwrenching and so well written. I love a book that can make me both laugh and cry within the span of a few pages.

In addition to an awesome romance, we’re also treated to great mother-child relationships. Nora was clearly a great mother, and I really enjoyed reading about her connection to her kids.

This book was incredible. Annabel Monaghan has her sophomore title coming out in 2023, and I already can’t wait to read it!

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