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Have You Met Nora? [Read] ➵ Have You Met Nora? Author Nicole Blades – Thomashillier.co.uk She’s blossomed from a wealthy surgeon’s beautiful daughter to elegant socialite to being the top fashion stylist in the country And Nora Mackenzie is only days away from marrying into one of New She’s blossomed from a wealthy surgeon’s beautiful daughter to elegant socialite to being the top fashion stylist in the country And Nora Mackenzie is only days away from marrying into one of New York’s richest most powerful families But her fairy tale rise is rooted in an incredible deception—one scandal away from turning her perfect world to ashes What no one knows is that Nora is the biracial daughter of a Caribbean woman and a long gone white father Adopted—and abused—by her mother’s employer then sent to an exclusive boarding school to buy her silence Have You PDF/EPUB ² Nora found that “passing” as a white woman could give her everything she never had Now an ex classmate who Nora betrayed many years ago has returned to her life to even the score Her machinations are turning Nora’s privilege into one gilded trap after another Running out of choices Nora must decide how far she will go to protect a lie or give up and finally face the truth.

  • Paperback
  • 289 pages
  • Have You Met Nora?
  • Nicole Blades
  • English
  • 10 February 2015
  • 9781496704610

About the Author: Nicole Blades

Nicole Blades is a novelist speaker and journalist who has been putting her stories on paper since the third grade Born and raised in Montreal uebec by Caribbean parents Nicole moved to New York City and launched her journalism career working at Essence magazine She later co founded the online magazine SheNetworks and worked as an editor at ESPN and Women’s Health Nicole's articles and e.

10 thoughts on “Have You Met Nora?

  1. RoloPoloBookBlog RoloPoloBookBlog says:

    Have You Met Nora? by Nicole BladesSource NetgalleyMy Rating 25 starsTalk about starting off the new year with a crazy conflicted emotions read Have You Met Nora? is likely going to go down as one of the year’s most confounding reads with me left wondering how in the world I made it from the beginning to the end of this read Here’s my best assessment To be clear I couldn’t put this book down and read the entire thing in a single day Generally such a marathon read would translate into a very high if not the highest of star ratings but in this instance I think it had to do with the book’s train wreck uality I just couldn’t stop watching so to speak Nora Mackenzie has crafted a life for herself that is the envy of so so many She comes from wealth and privilege and has built a successful career out of sheer will hard work and single minded determination and focus Additionally in just a month’s time she is set to marry Fisher Beaumont one of society’s wealthiest most handsome men who comes with a name riches and a life beyond belief Unfortunately much of the life Nora Mackenzie has crafted for herself is a complete and utter lie Oh the career success is real enough as is her love for Fisher but all the rest is a finely crafted façade built over years and years Until just recently Nora’s façade has been so rock solid as to convince literally everyone in her world Her best friend her fiancé her co workers have no idea of Nora’s past the lies she has told the people she has hurt to achieve a life among society’s elite What’s none of the people closest to her have any idea of the lengths Nora is willing to go to in order to protect her secrets In the weeks leading up to her wedding Nora’s world begins to crumble Unless well and truly dead the past doesn’t always stay buried and it often comes back to haunt those who deserve it In Nora’s case the past comes a calling in the form of a former classmate a now bitter and angry woman whom Nora utterly destroyed as a teenager in order to protect her secret and her world Nora’s past isn’t just bitter and angry she’s also technologically skilled and determined to see Nora exposed and destroyed The revelation of Nora’s past would to Nora’s mind ruin everything she has worked and lied for which means her past must be well and truly buried There can be no loose ends and as Nora begins to unravel she also begins to form a plan that will see her safe and protected for the rest of her life The Bottom Line Have You Met Nora? is one of those reads where you find yourself wanting to like the main character but just can’t ever see your way to doing so Nora’s horrifying past certainly lends itself to sympathy and understanding but Nora’s actions because of her past are just so pitiful and pathetic that all sympathy is erased The lies and deception are so much a part of Nora even she can’t tell the difference any longer and that makes her utterly unlikeable Nora lies like she breathes automatically and without a thought or care for others only herself and her own survival As if a thoroughly unlikeable lead character weren’t enough there is also the outrageousness of the plot and ending I simply don’t understand why Nora’s past has to be a secret Are we really so shallow and pathetic a society that Nora’s situation is a has to and not a want to? Further given the time and place of the story why did Nora never seek help for her issues? In this day and age there is a plethora of help to be found but Nora would rather continue to live a lie than deal with her past and her issues in order to live a freer healthier life Nora would uite literally not be in her current predicament if at any time she had drummed up even an ounce of courage to tell the truth and seek help Finally there is the ending Between the big bad and Fisher’s reaction I found myself wondering a great many negative things about how I and this story got to this point In the end Have You Met Nora? had the potential to be a very interesting and truly good read but it somehow lost its way in a mixture of bad characters and bad plotting

  2. Gabrielle Gabrielle says:

    Sadly this novel was only just okay The story felt very predictable and sometimes too far fetched There were some interesting elements about race class and identity to uncover but that's about it This book is definitely something in the chick lit category and not really literature I should have been cognizant of that going into the book I think it could be a good book to discuss race and class so I might recommend it to a friend Likely would be good for a book club or group discussion

  3. Audra Audra says:

    she'd learned long ago that allowing someone their story was easier than rolling out the truthThat pretty much sums up the theme of this book I don't want to give any spoilers but Nora was a tortured soul who managed to very carefully craft a privileged life for herself She thought she successfully buried her other identities but someone was watching her from afar Someone with a vendetta against Nora Someone who wanted to send her fragile house of cards crashing to the ground This is the first book where I was torn in my feelings for the main character I admired Nora so much for taking her life into her own hands but I detested the way she did it but yet I understood why she did it See what I mean? Torn This entire novel kept me turning the pages but the last third of it got intense Every chapter ended with a cliffhanger and I had to keep reading to see how Nora would get herself out of predicament after predicament This was Imitation of Life on steroids The suspense was a wild ride and it left me breathlessAnd the way it ended? Well all I have to say is that there better be a seuelThis is one of those books that I will read over and over again I'd love to see it made into a movie

  4. Samantha March Samantha March says:

    I had a bit of a difficult time with this book It started out okay for me but the middle really lagged I think it took me a little too long to figure Nora out Once I did I found the scenes explaining how she became who she is in the present to be interesting but it was almost a little too late for me It read almost literary at times and a few scenes got a little long but the ending was not what I expected and left the book on a thought provoking note Not a favorite but interesting enough if you’re willing to read through the slower scenesI received a review copy

  5. Stevie Carroll Stevie Carroll says:

    Previously reviewed on The Good The Bad and The UnreadI’m always intrigued by conventions and assumptions that are different in the US to how they are over here in the UK particularly when it comes to issues of race and class I can’t see anyone over here going to the lengths Nora does to conceal their racial background under the same circumstances although anything’s possible; however the idea of someone being embarrassed by their parents giving away markers of a class other than the one they’ve claimed for themselves is a long running mainstay of many forms of humour It must be said that Nora’s childhood particularly following her mother’s death was especially horrific but I’m not sure that justifies the levels of deception she employs to re imagine her history upon becoming an adultNora is the green eyed fair complexioned daughter of an African American woman working in domestic service and a long absent white father From the age of nine Nora is sexually abused by her mother’s employer while his wife turns a blind eye Then following the death of Nora’s mother the couple adopt Nora and pass her off as their own child bleaching and styling her hair then sending her off to an exclusive almost entirely white boarding school Nora is one of the popular girls but also mean when a scholarship girl recognises that Nora is no white than she herself is Nora sets out to ensure the girl is expelled However a revelation from her adoptive mother soon after sends Nora running away from the school herself and making a new life for herself in New YorkNow a successful men’s fashion stylist Nora is on the verge of marrying her white over privileged fiancé who knows nothing of her background Nora has surrounded herself with employees whose family histories are just as complex as the one she is concealing while her best friends outside work seem to be mostly white Nora lives in a state of constant fear that her secret will be uncovered not helped by her fiancé talking about his mother’s prejudices while reminding her of how popular she is with his family Of course Nora’s worst fears seem to be realised when her old rival from school shows up and begins blackmailing her and slowly unpicking everything Nora has worked to build Nora eventually resorts to drastic measures to save herself and her secret although we’re left somewhat in suspense as to how that plan works outI really couldn’t warm to this book Very few of the characters were remotely likable and while the author did a reasonable job of pointing out all kinds of unconscious assumptions white folks make about race she also had Nora use a term which I’ve only heard Americans use and which at least some of my Irish friends living in the UK find just as offensive as I thought they might Another author I’ll sadly be avoiding in future

  6. Kristin Kristin says:

    HAVE YOU MET NORA? is intense and passionate and painful even while being fun and loving As with Nicole Blades' earlier novel THE THUNDER BENEATH US friendships play an important role as do meant to be romantic partnerships The layers revealed about the characters and the fluctuating sympathy Blades' demands we have for various characters ensures readers relate to the events even if reluctantly Struggles with identity past secrets and anxiety about the future all play major roles in this novel In brief HAVE YOU MET NORA? is a high pressure version of reality An excellent readNB Childhood sexual abuse factors into the story

  7. Noemi Proietti Noemi Proietti says:

    Nora Mackenzie seems to have a perfect fairy tale life she has a fantastic job as a fashion stylist in New York and is about to marry one of the richest and most sought after bachelors in Manhattan But Nora’s secret and scandalous past threatens to ruin everything she has worked for when a former classmate comes back into her life Although the writing is clear and precise I found the plot a bit far fetched and confusing and I can’t say I liked any of the characters With themes of friendship love but also abuse and ethnicity this is an easy read but didn’t exactly captivate me

  8. Fluff Smut & Murder Fluff Smut & Murder says:

    I had originally pre ordered this book from com as I liked the blurb on the back then I was lucky enough to see it on NetGalleycom and was awarded the opportunity to read an ARC copy I am so glad I didn't waste the money on this book I was only able to get about halfway through the story I was confused and Nora just isn't that likable of a character to put the effort in to see if she gets any kind of a happy ending in the end

  9. Carrie Ardoin Carrie Ardoin says:

    DNF Nora and her best friend Jenna are grown women but talk in annoying abbreviations like teenagers No character in this story is likable By 25% in I had lost any interest in where the story was going

  10. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    I found the ending to be very unsatisfying The first part of the book was overburdened with too much superfluous information about Nora’s current life I hoped that it was building to something but the nothing was a huge disappointment

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