Nora Goes Off Script, a review by Shelley

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Kira Peikoff

G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publication Date: June 7th, 2022
272 Pages
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This was an adorable romance about a couple of people of a certain age and it was so refreshing to have middle-aged leading characters. Nora is a single mother and screenwriter for The Romance Channel and gets her big break when she writes a script about her divorce. It becomes a big-time movie with big-time Hollywood stars. Parts of the movie are filmed at the Tea House in her yard and I loved the meet cute of Nora and movie star Leo. Leo realizes he needs a break from the hustle and bustle of the big cities (L.A. and New York) and he wants to stay in Nora’s Tea House. Nora lets him hide out there because she can use the rent money. Not only does Leo invade Nora’s home but he also invades her heart and the hearts of her children.

I loved how sweet this romance was with enough touch of the serious so that it wasn’t too schmaltzy or saccharine. I liked the realness of all the characters (especially the kids) and that realness is what makes a great book in my opinion. The way their relationship started and the slow build-up made this a winner in my eyes. It’s a fairly short read and did not drag at all. I related to Nora as a single mom with a falling-down house she loves and having to be budget-friendly all the time and I appreciated that she pretty much stayed the same even after her luck changed.

One thing that stops me from giving this four stars is the lack of communication between Leo and Nora when he has to go away for a bit…a simple text or phone call would have prevented the entire problem and that was super annoying. As much as the miscommunication frustrated me I did enjoy this for the most part because it was very charming and heartwarming.

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