Title: Dear Mona Lisa…
Authors: Claire Davis and Al Stewart
Length: 65 Pages
At a Glance: Dear Mona Lisa… is worth reading. It’s something different from the mass. This book has its own character; it’s short, sweet, poetic, strong.
Reviewed By: Ky
Blurb: om, shy office clerk by day and drawer of foxes by night wakes up one Monday knowing the most extraordinary week of his life is about to begin. In five days time a lifelong ‘secret’ will be made gloriously public—but will it mean losing the person he loves most?
It seems like only yesterday Tom changed nappies and sang nursery rhymes to a laughing baby. He relishes the demands of being a daddy; especially teaching his little girl to draw and paint as she grows up.
But the years tick by and times change. Long-buried secrets must come to the surface which may test even the strongest ties.
Tom and Lawrence…
He writes a list of all the things he has to do before the weekend and sticks it in the middle of his wall. The names and goals hang like threads of a spider’s web, inevitably leading to the centre, and all to the same place.
Dear Mona Lisa…
How to explain?
Each morning he notes the colours of dawn, listens to the birds and waits for the perfect moment. In one hand rests the balance of life and a terrible responsibility, in the other a wedding ring. Difficult days and the past loom, but his friends rally round and one by one the words come to life.
Everyone waits as Tom finds the strength to open up and set free the secrets of his heart in a celebration of family, friendship and love.
A quirky story of modern life, set within the breathtaking landscape of Bradford.
Review: The narrative of Dear Mona Lisa… was peculiar and unique. The authors sure have their own distinct way of telling a story. At first I felt as if I was reading the script for a play, and later I felt as if I was in the middle of a beautiful poem. This story is going to stay with me for a while, mainly because of the way it was told. It’s been a while since I’ve read such a lyrical book. If it was longer I don’t think I would have been able to enjoy it this much, but because it was fairly short it worked, and I liked it a lot. I’m not much for poems and trying to guess what the poet wanted me to understand by saying that weird thing over there. I would have struggled with this if it was longer, because a lot of times there were things that didn’t make any sense if you thought of them realistically. You had to understand what they represented and what the authors meant there.
It was a nice experience and the story was sweet and had a depth that I didn’t expect to find in such a short read. The characters were complete, they had history, they had friends, they had unique personalities and problems. They where whole, and I didn’t feel as if something was missing or as if the story was rushed or incomplete. It was short, but in those pages we got a full story and experienced so many emotions.
I’ll keep this short and just say that Dear Mona Lisa… is worth reading. It’s something different from the mass. This book has its own character; it’s short, sweet, poetic, strong. It has foxes in slippers and taking baths and having weddings. It has a family that has some issues, and it has new beginnings and brave moments.
Dear Mona Lisa… is a story about taking the next step in your life and being honest with those you love.
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