Publisher Putnam, Summer 2022
With its inside-out look at the romance genre, NORA GOES OFF SCRIPT is a love story aimed at the legions of women who do not normally read romance novels, offering instead a story that proves that real life throws far too many curveballs to be captured in cookie cutter romances.
The novel opens after successful Romance Channel screenwriter Nora Hamilton’s narcissistic, ne’er do well husband ghosted her, leaving her with the 100-year-old house and two young bewildered children. Alone in her writing studio, a tea house at the back of her property, Nora begins to write a very different story, a true story, as she attempts to unravel the decidedly unromantic story of their marriage’s collapse. It comes as a shock to Nora when this downer script is quickly picked up as her first feature film, and stunned once again when Leo Vance, former “Sexiest Man Alive”, is cast as her feckless husband.
As so many of the scenes of her marriage’s disintegration take place in her tea house, the filmmakers find their ideal location right in her back yard. But once the shooting is over and the crew wraps up to leave, handsome middle-aged Leo seems to be having a crisis of his own. What happens between Nora, her two kids and Leo is sure to delight multitudes of readers, while launching novelist Annabel Monaghan on what is expecting to be a brilliant new career.