Nora Goes Off Script

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Pub Date 07 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 07 Nov 2022
PENGUIN GROUP Putnam, G.P. Putnam's Sons

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"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.
"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...

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This novel has to be one of my new favorite rom-coms of all time. I hesitate to even call it that. I feels like more. The depth of character for Nora and her children…their lives juxtaposed to Leo’s life made for an interesting twist to this story.

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I loved meeting Nora Hamilton in this witty new novel from @AnnabelMonaghan. I think the description on @Goodreads is so on point: a cross between Evvie Drake Starts Over and Beach Read. They were both five star reads for me as well!

Nora is a recently divorced mother of two - her husband Ben left her and their children one day and hasn’t been back since. Instead of being upset, Nora wrote a movie about it. That’s her job - she writes movies for The Romance Channel. Think Hallmark Christmas movies. This was a departure from her usual story lines of cupcake shop owners and big city beaus; and it ended up being made into a major film. Leo Vance (I’m picturing Matthew McConaughey in his prime) is cast for the role of Ben, and they film a few scenes at Nora’s house. Leo is gorgeous and honestly a little strange, and it doesn’t take long for him and Nora to click…and fall in love. He starts to get involved with her family and makes promises to her and her children that he can’t really keep. Things end abruptly and Nora is left questioning if any of it was real at all? Plenty more happens after this but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone!

I love a romance involving more mature characters who have more at stake - kids, homes, careers, etc. Those feel more realistic to me, and just more substantial. This story was funny, heartwarming, heartbreaking and heartwarming all over again! It was great to have a female MC really go through all the stages of a breakup and come out okay on the other side! Thank you so much to @netgalley and @putnambooks for my e-arc!

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Thanks to PENGUIN GROUP Putnam + G.P. Putnam's Sons for NORA GOES OFF SCRIPT.

100% a summer reading must - what starts off feeling like a hallmark movie, ends up with so much heart and depth. A recently divorced, single mother, romance script writer from a small town falls for a movie star (and he falls for her), there's magical sunrises, conversation with depth, love and heartache, and of course a HEA with all the feels that will leave you with a happy heart.
This romance has so many tropes but never feels too overdone, including grumpy/sunshine, small town, opposites attract, and miscommunication.

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This book is absolutely phenomenal. It’s just it. I am obsessed in the best way. Nora is the kind of woman I want to be best friends with. Leo breaks my heart and mends it at the same time.

Look I could run through the high points of the plot for you, offer quips about my favorite parts, but I could never do Annabel Monaghan justice. She is brilliant. I will read anything she writes moving forward .

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam for the eARC.

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{ @putnambooks #gifted Thank you for the free ARC of Nora Goes Off Script! } ⁣

No one, and I mean no one was more surprised than me with just how much I liked 𝐍𝐎𝐑𝐀 𝐆𝐎𝐄𝐒 𝐎𝐅F 𝐒𝐂𝐑𝐈𝐏𝐓 by Annabel Monaghan. Don’t get me wrong, I thought I’d enjoy this light romance, but it was so much more and so well done, that I simply could not put it down. Nora is a romance channel screenwriter, who stumbled into a big screen success with the story of her own sad marriage and divorce. Key to the storyline is a unique teahouse on Nora’s property, so Hollywood arrives in her small town for a few days of shooting.⁣

That’s where the story begins, but it takes off from there in ways both expected and unexpected. Nora, herself, was what I liked most about this book. She was a strong, capable woman who was not willing to put anything or anyone above her kids and even herself. She had bumps in the road, and heartache, but she never wallowed in it and I loved that. I was always rooting for Nora and so enjoyed watching her world expand in wonderful ways, thanks to no one more than herself. Nora was a romantic lead who led with not only her heart, but her head. So fun and definitely a perfect summer read! 𝘕𝘰𝘳𝘢 𝘎𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘖𝘧𝘧 𝘚𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘱𝘵 is one of those books you can pick up, put down, and easily dive right back into later. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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