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Annabel Monaghan

Forfatter af Nora Goes Off Script

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Værker af Annabel Monaghan

Nora Goes Off Script (2022) 462 eksemplarer, 32 anmeldelser
Same Time Next Summer (2023) 229 eksemplarer, 15 anmeldelser
A Girl Named Digit (2012) 166 eksemplarer, 13 anmeldelser
Summer Romance (2024) 82 eksemplarer, 5 anmeldelser
Double Digit (A Girl Named Digit) (2014) 53 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse

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{stand alone; romance, second chance, summer, first love, beach, beach home, Long Island}(2023)

Wyatt and Sam grew up spending their summers together, since their families had summer homes on the beach next door to each other. And then they became inseperable - until he broke her heart when she was seventeen. Sam hasn't been to the beach to spend an entire summer since then, just long weekends, but now (the story is written in first person, present tense) she's taking Jack, her handsome dermatologist fiancé, to Long Island for the first time in the four years they've been together.

But then she discovers that Wyatt, whom she hasn't seen since they broke up so painfully, is there too and though she does her best not to her old feelings for him start to resurface.

I'm catching up on my review about three months after reading it. I noted at the time that I was not quite sure yet about this; the narration threw me off a bit. I chose the audio book because I really liked the audio of [Nora Goes off Script] read by Hillary Huber. But this was read by Brittany Pressley (& Dan Bittner for the 'Wyatt' chapters); both had a southern accent and dragged the ends of sentences which worked for Wyatt (it made him sound laid back which suited his character) but not so much for the narration - or, really, for Sam. And I couldn't always tell what was spoken vs thought. Pressley did have a good variety of voices, so I could tell who was speaking, but I was a little distracted by her style of narration. Mind you, it was not the worst I've heard by a long shot; I was just spoiled by Huber 😊

This story is narrated in the present and in flashbacks (Now and Then), going over the summers that Wyatt and Sam first met and then grew up together. You do have to be patient with this book; I made a note that by chapter 24 (of 61; about 2/5ths of the way in) we still hadn't got to the reason for Sam's and Wyatt's break-up.

I'm not sure where Monaghan comes out on therapy on this; on the one hand, it seems to have worked for Sam's family and (in the end) for Wyatt but it doesn't sound like 'Dr Judy' fully worked for Sam - though she may have helped pull her through a tough time.

I liked [Nora Goes off Script] better but I like both NGoS and [Same Time Next Summer] for being relatively sweet and innocent (one reviewer said 'closed door' which I assume means we don't get all the details of 'bedroom encounters'); it's the thrill of falling in love that gives me butterflies, not detailed physical descriptions. I didn't get much sense of Jack and I thought he was a bit easily dispensed with. It did seem as though Sam's family were throwing Wyatt and her together in spite of the fact that she and Jack were in Long Island to look for a wedding venue.

I liked this though it wasn't without flaws. I'm ready to read whatever Monaghan gives us next.

(March 2024)
maybe 3.5 stars
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humouress | 14 andre anmeldelser | Jul 3, 2024 |
Recently-divorced Ali is ready to step back into the world of dating and hard pants, after wallowing in her sweatpants for some time. What she's looking for is a light summer romance. What she finds at a dog park meet-cute is Ethan -- and it's more complicated than she expected...

A solid read. I liked this better than Same Time Next Summer, the last Monaghan I read. Recommended for romance readers looking for something summery.
foggidawn | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jun 26, 2024 |
Ali Morris is completely lost after the death of her mother, but on the one year anniversary, Ali's husband asks her for a divorce. Ali can't get passed the losses in her life and spends most days in loose fitting sweat pants. Things change, however, when at the dog park, her dog pees on the foot of Ethan. The only problem is that the grown up Ethan is actually her best friend's little brother, Scooter. Ali is thrown by this but can't resist Ethan's charms as he begins to break down her resistance and shows her what her life might be like if she can let go of the past.

Summer Romance is more women's fiction than romance, as most of the book chronicles Ali's struggles with her personal life. Ethan is present throughout the book and works well for as a sounding board for Ali as she begins to come out of her shell. There are no laugh out loud moments in this novel, but there are several scenes that brought a smile to the face of this reader. The main plot is mostly about bringing Ali back to life, and the romance works well as a subplot. The characters in this story are likable, but since the book is written in first person POV, we don't learn too much about characters other than Ali. Overall, Summer Romance is a light, gentle summer read about starting over.
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ftbooklover | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jun 20, 2024 |
I am a huge fan of Annabel Monahan's first novel Nora Goes Off Script and now I am a huge fan of Summer Romance. Ali is in the midst of a divorce and grieving the death of her beloved mother. She is stuck. Although she has a small business as an organizer, her house is a mess. On a visit to the dog park, she meets a good looking man named Evan. He is interested in her, but he seems too good to be true. After a promising first date, she learns that he is her good friend's unreliable younger brother "Scooter." Ali has had enough of unreliable men, but Evan seems different. Ali is so attracted to him that she gives him a chance. In some ways Evan seems too good to be true. Their relationship is easy in a way that Ali's marriage never was. But Ali has three children and strong ties to her hometown while Evan lives several hours away. Will this just be a summer romance? I like how Ali's relationship[p with Evan causes Ali to reevaluate her marriage and how she realizes she allowed certain things to happen which diminished her. While I don't like the man as savior trope, I did feel that her growth was realistic even if her relationship with Evan gave her the push and support she needed to make some changes, I particularly like Ali's relationship with her preteen daughter Greer and the honest discussions they had. Those discussions also led Ali to rethink her marriage. Evan's struggles with his family who have never acknowledged how much he has changed since he was a problem teenager adds some complexity to his character. I highly recommend this romance.

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for an advance copy of this novel.
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SGKowalski | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jun 17, 2024 |



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