Friday, September 26, 2014

Review: "What Nora Knew" by Linda Yellin

Molly Hallberg is a thirty-nine-year-old divorced writer living in New York City who wants her own column, a Wikipedia entry, and to never end up in her family's Long Island upholstery business. For the past four years Molly's been on staff for an online magazine, covering all the wacky assignments. She's snuck vibrators through security scanners, speed-dated undercover, danced with the Rockettes, and posed nude for a Soho art studio. Fearless in everything except love, Molly is now dating a forty-four-year old chiropractor. He's comfortable, but safe. When Molly is assigned to write a piece about New York City romance in the style of Nora Ephron, she flunks out big-time. She can't recognize romance. And she can't recognize the one man who can go one-on-one with her, the one man who gets her. But with wit, charm, whip-smart humor, and Nora Ephron's romantic comedies, Molly learns to open her heart and suppress her cynicism in this bright, achingly funny novel.

Thanks to Netgalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for allowing me to read and review an ARC of this novel.

Something about Linda Yellin's writing amuses me to no end.  I found myself giggling throughout this book.  Molly Hallberg's commentary on sex scenes and romantic shocks - ha!  I'm still laughing about it!

This book is just so much fun!  If you're looking for something light, and yes, Nora Ephron-esque, pick up "What Nora Knew" - you won't be disappointed!

Why only three stars then?  Well, this book was sitting at a solid four stars, but once I finished and waited a few days, I couldn't recall many details of the story.  It's like eating a piece of angel food cake - it goes down light and fluffy, but a few minutes afterward, you forget you've had any in the first place.  It all depends on mood - if you want something heavy and dense that'll stick to your ribs like New York cheesecake, then "What Nora Knew" just won't cut it.  But hey, sometimes it's just an angel food cake kind of day!

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