Let’s Discuss! Nora Goes Off Script

Let’s chat Nora and her tea house…

We’re getting ready to dive in to the details of our September book club pick, Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan. Haven’t read it yet? More here.

Oh, Nora! I absolutely adore this grown-up love story, especially our main character Nora in all of her warmth, wit, and wisdom. She’s full of self-reliance until love gets in the way… and makes her realize what it is she really wants out of life.

Nora Goes Off Script was such a joy start to finish and had me dreaming of a tea house of my own! I’m excited to read your thoughts in the comments below…

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Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan

As always, remember the Ashley Brooke Book Club exists to be fun and thoughtful, so please be kind and respectful.

Let’s Discuss!

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Nora Goes Off Script is about new beginnings and second chances. Were you rooting for Nora to find love again?

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I loved that Nora’s children were central to her story and the novel itself. What did you think about the role motherhood plays throughout the book?

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Did you anticipate Nora and Leo finding their way back to each other? Did the ending surprise you? Why or why not?

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  1. 1.

    I was cheering Nora on as she fought for the love she deserved. Everyone needs their own happy ending just like the rom-coms on tv

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    I think it is so important to have a single mothers character portrayed in a romance novel. It seems like all of the stories I have read include a single dad. So happy to see Nora portrayed for her accomplishments rather than just as her status as a single mom.

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    The ending was definitely a surprise. I thought it would have been a miscommunication coming from Leo rather than her son’s little intervention. I’m so happy they were able to overcome that and end up together instead.

  2. This was my *most* favorite rom-com book that I’ve read in a long time. As a character, Nora was believable, relatable, and I just adored her pragmatic outlook on life… with a dash of swoon here and there!

    1.
    Absolutely! Though I do think she was whole on her own, and Leo complimented her entirely (instead of “completing” her).

    2.
    Nora’s relationship with her kids was definitely the love story I enjoyed most. From her dealing with guilt over her own choices, to trying to usher her kids toward independence, I really appreciated the motherhood thread throughout the novel.

    3.
    I wanted Nora and Leo to find their way back to each other so badly, but just couldn’t figure out how it could be done… surprise! Ashley, you said it best, KIDS! Ha! It was such a sweet way to round out the motherhood storyline and give everyone the happy ending they deserved.

  3. Absolutely LOOOVED!! Great selection Ashley! Would make SUCH a great movie ~ looking at you Nancy Meyers & Reese Witherspoon!

    1. ABSOLUTELY!! Love that she found it within herself too. & her kids & Leo obviously adored each other too. Such a sweet story.

    2. It played a HUGE role – as it should. She’s a package deal as a mom.

    3. Was truly surprised even though I was rooting for them to be together. Couldn’t figure out what had made him go cold when he seemed all in. Love how it included BOTH of their families at the end. Truly a special story.

  4. I LOVED this book too! The tea house was perfect and I found myself on Pinterest envisioning what I thought it would look like in real life!

    1. I was absolutely routing for Nora to find love again, she deserved it and I felt badly for her at the beginning of the book and also the idea about her having to start over!
    2. I thought it was so interesting that her children were such a huge part of this book but I really enjoyed that, I am not a mother myself yet but I really loved how it gave you so much more of the whole picture and all of the things that Nora did to protect the hearts of her children and this budding romance.
    3. Yes I was holding out that they would find themselves back together! How could the novel end any differently!? I loved the ending and the chemistry that the two of them had throughout the story!

  5. 1.
    Nora Goes Off Script is about new beginnings and second chances. Were you rooting for Nora to find love again?

    I was absolutely rooting for Nora to find love again, especially because it didn’t seem like she was loved by her ex at all.

    2.
    I loved that Nora’s children were central to her story and the novel itself. What did you think about the role motherhood plays throughout the book?

    I could really relate to this aspect of the story. I was a single mom for about 7 years before I re-married and my son was always at the front of my mind while dating. Leo was actually dating the three of them and that’s how it has to be. Who Nora was as a woman has its roots in who she is as a mother.

    3.
    Did you anticipate Nora and Leo finding their way back to each other? Did the ending surprise you? Why or why not?

    I was surprised by the ending and by her son’s role in it, but I loved it!

  6. I did anticipate that Nora and Leo would find there way back to
    one another (or maybe I was just hoping they would) but I did not anticipate the how! I thought the book was a mature take on the typical rom com and it was so refreshing. I loved the characters and was so sad not to be part of their story anymore when the book was over. I can’t wait to see what else Annabel Monaghan writes!

  7. 1.
    I’m a BIG fan of second chances and I just loved how this book walked us through both a break up (with her husband) and a heartbreak (with Leo) and the journey of Nora finding herself before finding love again. FIVE star story line for me.

    2.
    Truthfully I found Nora to be an inspiring mother, I loved the way she cherished her children for who they were and her relationship with them. I felt like this story line ran parallel to the love plot. Just as important if not more.

    3.
    The ending REALLY surprised me. I loved Arthur’s character and this made me actually laugh out loud. KIDS!!!!

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