The perfect escape. —USA Today
Readers who loved Emily Henry’s Book Lovers are sure to savor Nora Goes Off Script. –Shelf Awareness
Named one of the Best Beach Reads of Summer 2022 by The Washington Post – USA Today – Cosmopolitan – Southern Living – Country Living – Business Insider – Buzzfeed – Book Riot – The Augusta Chronicle
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 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.
Annabel Monaghan writes for TheWeek.com, The Huffington Post and The Rye Record. Her first book for adults, Does This Volvo Make My Butt Look Big? is a collection of humorous essays for moms (Fischer Press 2016). She is the author of two novels for young adults, A Girl Named Digit and Double Digit (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2010 and 2012), and she is the co-author of Click! The Girls Guide to Knowing What You Want and Making it Happen (Simon and Schuster 2007). Annabel teaches novel writing at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Rye, New York with her husband and three sons.
Thank you Putnam for the #gifted copy.
OH.MY.GOODNESS! I loved it! Once I started, I couldn’t stop! I read this in 2 days (really only 1) and its been so long since I did that. Annabel Monaghan has a great voice that created such an idyllic life in upstate New York. No wonder Leo didn’t want to leave.
Nora is a screenwriter for made for tv movies like Hallmark. They’re cute, cheesy and you love them! But what do you do when your husband abandons you and your 2 kids? You write about it! And that’s what Nora did to work through her feelings. Only its a big production going into movie theaters and it brings with it the big Hollywood actors and actresses.
I loved Nora. How grumpy she was towards Leo. Her kids! I loved them. I feel like kids are such hard characters to nail down without making them annoying or too babied. Everyone character was perfect.
And the tension and emotion. At one point I was just as depressed as Nora that I didn’t want to keep reading because I couldn’t see how there’d be a HEA.
Some language and closed door romance. These are my own thoughts and opinions.