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Val's Pick: "Nora Goes Off Script" by Annabel Monaghan

Nora supports her family by writing Hallmark movie-like screenplays. After her husband leaves Nora with their two young children, Nora abandons her happy-ending screenplays and writes a darker screenplay closely mirroring the story of her own failed marriage. This is where the novel Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan begins.

To Nora's surprise, her new screenplay bypasses the small screen and is quickly optioned for the big screen. Nora’s life becomes even more surreal when a portion of the movie is filmed in her backyard and she meets Leo, the famous movie star playing the role inspired by her ex-husband. Leo finds Nora’s quiet life appealing and offers her a large amount of money to stay in her guest house for seven days to get a break from the stress of Hollywood. The money would solve many of Nora’s problems and she agrees despite being attracted to Leo. As a result, her life begins to look very similar to the old screenplays she used to write. Is it possible for Nora to come out of those seven days with her and her children’s hearts intact?

While Nora Goes Off Script is definitely a lighter read, Nora’s character is fully fleshed out. She is not portrayed as a woman waiting to be saved. Nora is more than capable of managing her home and I adored how she loves her children. Still, I couldn’t help but root for her to find a romantic love of her own.

If you are looking for a Hallmark movie in print with a little more character development, Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan might be for you.

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