- Romance fiction
New York :
G. P. Putnam's Sons
- Physical Description
- 260 pages ; 24 cm
- Main Author
*Starred Review* Nora Hamilton is slowly getting out of debt after her husband left her and their two children. She makes a living writing formulaic scripts for the Romance Channel, a Hallmarkesque network, in the little tea cottage behind her crumbling old house. Except after Ben left, she wrote a different kind of script, and now it is being made into a prestige film starring Leo Vance. Filming only takes a few days, but Leo doesn't leave. He needs a break from Hollywood, and he's charmed by Nora's small town and her mundane days picking up kids from school and grocery shopping. They start an affair, and it's just like one of her movies, until it's not, and Leo is called away to test for a big-budget superhero flick. If this really was one of her scripts, he would roll back into town, but the longer he's away, the less likely that seems. Columnist and YA author Monaghan's first adult novel is brimming with compelling characters. Nora, especially, is relatable, a practical woman who keeps her feet on the ground even as she is romanced by a movie star. Readers will connect with the warmth and humor of this relationship-fiction gem. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
In Monaghan's irresistible adult fiction debut, (after the humor book Does This Volvo Make My Butt Look Big?) she introduces romance screenwriter Nora Hamilton, who pumps out happily-ever-after stories for cable television while cynically processing her divorce from Ben, who fell out of love with Nora and lost interest in having a family. After she veers from her previous script formula for one based on her ill-fated marriage, Hollywood comes calling. Enter Leo Vance, People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive," cast as Nora's ex. The production includes two days at Nora's house, and when filming wraps, Leo offers to pay her $1,000 a day to stay for a week. There, he enjoys the real-world pleasures of grocery shopping, directing a children's play, and eating average home-cooked meals. Arthur and Bernadette, Nora's children, are equally smitten with Leo, and as the week goes on, his presence offers them a new sense of family. After Leo is called away for work, Nora must find a way to carry on and deal with her feelings about Ben, Leo, and the romance genre, now that she's actually put her heart on the line. With pitch-perfect characters full of foibles and flaws, the work taps into genuine feelings as the characters fall in love. This is a winner. Agent: Marly Rusoff, Marly Rusoff Literary. (June) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.
"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 ofher 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"--Review by Publisher Summary 2
A romance channel screenwriter, turning her disastrous marriage into the best script of her life, is shocked when the leading man, after shooting wraps, asks to stay with her for 7 days, $1,000 per day—just enough time to fall in love or just enough time to have her heart broken. Original.Review by Publisher Summary 3
“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 Southern Living • The Washington Post • USA Today • The Augusta Chronicle • Country Living • Business Insider • Book RiotNora’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.