Nora Goes Off Script – Annabel Monaghan

Published By: Hodder and Stoughton
Pages: 272
Released On: 07/06/2022

Nora Hilton 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 he 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.


Thanks to NetGalley and Hodder and Stoughton for the advanced copy of this title in return for an honest review.

This was such a delightful book.

Just like the movies Nora writes, this is full of love and friendship, family, hope and joy. It’s uplifting without being too cheesy – but in my opinion, all the best romcoms are a little bit cheesy. That’s what makes them so addictive.

I really liked Nora. She was at a woman depending on a Hollywood star to control her life. She was very much her own person, with her own job, money, family and success. She was in charge and she was a strong character, even when didn’t necessarily feel it herself. There’s a whole community of characters to help her and Leo on their journey. Nora and Leo made a perfect couple, and Bernadette and Arthur made them into a perfect family.

There is such a real chemistry between all the characters, be it romantic chemistry or friendly chemistry, you really felt everyone was real.

It’s witty and charming and will leave you smiling, laughing and crying. You’ll find yourself binge reading it, unable to put it down until you’ve finished.

It’s hard to believe this is Annabel’s debut adult book as it’s so accomplished and she’s clearly very talented. There’s big potential here. And in a weird Inception way, I could totally see this being made into a film.

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