ARC Review: Nora Goes Off Script

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan
Publication Date: 07 June 2022

Nora is a screenwriter of Hallmark-style rom-com movies, and she’s quite good at it. Then her husband walks out on her and their two children. As a coping mechanism, Nora writes the ultimate anti-rom-com, detailing the unraveling of her marriage, and it’s going to be made into a movie. Filmed at her house, no less. And the actor playing her no-good ex? None other than the hottest actor on the planet, Leo Vance. Leo is working through some issues of his own, so after filming wraps, he asks Nora if he can pay to stay as a guest at her house for an additional week. Nora can’t turn down the generous monetary sum, and she enjoys their mornings on the porch watching the sun rise, so she agrees.

Nora Goes Off Script is a lovely read, with great characters who pull you into their world. Nora’s kids, Arthur and Bernadette, steal the show quite a bit, and I loved the whole family. There was great banter and chemistry between our leads, and it was wonderful to watch as Nora took back her life and her power and her sense of self after being belittled and financially and emotionally drained by her ex. I’m also a sucker for a guy developing a strong relationship with his partner’s kids. I did have my usual problem with what seems to be a regular thing in romance these days: a misunderstanding that is painful for the reader because we know that if the people involved would just utilize the barest minimum of adult communication skills, they would be all good. But that’s just a personal taste thing for me, YMMV.

I definitely recommend this book if you’re in the mood for something sweet and charming, with just enough emotion to make you tear up a time or two.

Thank you to NetGalley and Putnam Books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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