ARC Review: Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan

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I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley and the publishers, Hodder & Stoughton, in exchange for an honest review.

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Nora’s life is about to get a rewrite . . .

Nora Hamilton knows the formula for love better than anyone. As a romance channel screenwriter, it’s her job. But when her husband leaves her and their two kids, Nora turns the collapse of her marriage into the best script of her life. When it’s picked up for the big screen and set to film on location at her picturesque Hudson Valley home, Nora’s life will never be the same – especially after world-famous Hollywood actor and former ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ Leo Vance is cast as her ex-husband.

The morning after 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 an extra week. Seven days: it’s the blink of an eye or an eternity, depending on how you look at it. It’s 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.

My Thoughts

I honestly couldn’t remember requesting this book but — once I did —- I read it very quickly last month.

On the face of it, Nora Goes Off Script is a love story. When you get into it, though, it’s not your typical love story. Instead of a twenty-something hopeless romantic, this book follows Nora — an almost divorced woman with two kids. It’s when a movie crew turn up to film the movie based on her own romance, and its demise, that things get interesting.

Despite the fact that I’m several years younger than Nora, my (ongoing) dating journey is proof enough that — like Nora — I have a lot to learn. I liked that Nora felt believable and I throughly enjoyed reading her journey, plus her kids were great as well.

It’s not the most original story, much like the stories Nora writes, but there’s something warm and comfortable about Nora Goes Off Script. It’s a love story we probably know featuring characters we wouldn’t usually expect. Single or settled, we all love a love story and this might just be the one for summer 2022.

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