Book Reviews

What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin

17571718[1]“Molly 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 at Eye Spy, covering all the wacky assignments.  She’s snuck vibrators through security scanners, speed-dated undercover, danced with 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.  Clearly she can’t recognize romance.  And in her own life, she can’t recognize the one man who can go one-on-one with her, the one man who gets her.  Mainly because he’s a well-known player.

But, with help from Nora Ephron’s movies, Molly learns to open her heart, suppress her cynicism, and find her very own fairytale ending.  Linda Yellin’s WHAT NORA KNEW will captivate readers with its charm and humor.” ~ Goodreads

*Due for release on January 21, 2014*

Did you love Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail & When Harry Met Sally?

If the answer is YES and you are a hopeless romantic who enjoys snarky banter and humor without all the drama, then you’ll love this book.

Molly is not the perfect main character. She is insecure, self-deprecating and very snarky. Sometimes, it felt to be too much, but I thought she was funny and looked at things with honesty. Divorced from her husband, desperate to stand out in her career, dating Mr. Boring and 39 years old without feeling “settled”? I think Molly’s view on love and life were realistic. She’s jaded. Unsure. Scared. Blah. I could feel that.

“On paper, my life was perfectly nice, but something felt off. Not always. But more often than I wanted to acknowledge. It would sneak up on me, this nagging sadness, a wistful sense of longing.”

I even felt like there were tones of Bridget Jones’ Diary with the nutty job at Eye Spy. Molly’s inner voice and sarcastic observations even reminded me of Carrie from Sex in the City and the trials and tribulations of being single in New York.

As I mentioned the Nora Ephron movies, there are bits and pieces of her three most beloved interspersed throughout this book. Some references and some scene for scene. You will have no trouble recognizing them! Since this book isn’t due out for another week, I don’t want to comment much more about the similarities, characters, etc.

*Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for this advance, uncorrected reader’s proof. I was not compensated or required to review this book.


To learn more about Linda Yellin, her other books and events please visit her site here.

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