Review: Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan


Release date: June 7, 2022

Publisher: Putnam

Genre: Contemporary Romance


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.


Man I just adored this sweet, tender and slightly quirky romance SO much! Nora won me over pretty much instantly, she was super funny and I related to her in many ways, especially her takes on parenthood. She’s sharp and witty and exactly the kind of character I wish I could befriend. I would say this leans more to the womens fiction side than a true romance, you definitely still get romantic elements but it’s also very much about Nora and her personality journey. There is a lot of emphasis on family and her kids were the cutest. If you like books where a celebrity dates a regular person this was just excellent, it was such a mature romance and had some surprising turns along the way.

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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