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Title: Have You Met Nora?
Author: Nicole Blades
Publisher: Dafina/Kensington
Publication Date: October 31, 2017
Genres: General Fiction


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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, 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.


About the Author

Nicole Blades launched her journalism career working at Essence magazine, co-founded the online magazine SheNetworks and worked as an editor at ESPN and Women’s Health. Her essays have been featured in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health,,, Health, SELF, and Buzzfeed.  Blades can be heard co-hosting her new podcast, “Hey, Sis!,” and lives in Connecticut with her husband and their son.  Here is her most recent piece in The New York Times: Help! It’s Wear Your Teacher’s Favorite Color Day.



“This is definitely a page-turner worth reading again and again.”
—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
“Blades (The Thunder beneath Us, 2016) blends mystery, scandal,
and intrigue.  Readers are encouraged to stick with the story for an
unsuspected and somewhat uncharacteristic twist at the end.”