Monday, October 29, 2012

Charisma Media Book Tours: "Becoming Mona Lisa" by Holden Robinson Book Review/Giveaway (11/7) WW


"We are not invisible because the world does not see us. We become invisible when we can no longer see ourselves." In a moment of epiphany, Mona Lisa Siggs, scratches a poignant quote on a lavender envelope. Faced with the daunting choice of saving her marriage, or killing her husband - which modern forensics has made nearly impossible to get away with - Mona decides to make one final effort to rekindle a relationship seriously on the skids. Cue the birds. Hours into their reconciliation, Mona and her husband Tom, find themselves surrounded by hundreds of crows who have made their home in Aunt Ida's trees. With the help of brother-in-law Robbie, the duo find themselves engaged in radical crow relocation methods. Effort leads to mayhem for the Siggs, as they dodge bird goo, a crazy neighbor armed with a potato gun, and local law enforcement. From the chaos, lessons emerge, those that save a relationship, and shape a life. Becoming Mona Lisa is a delightful story of love and self-discovery, delivered with side-splitting laughter.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I wrestled with what rating to give this book, but I believe it deserves a four.  Yes, there is a lot of profanity scattered throughout--some of it is truly superfluous--but I found the book so entertaining and often quite humorous that it deserved this rating.

Mona and Tom are quite a couple, and it is neat to see them making the decision to work things out rather than take the easy way out.  I will say that I like to see that in a book.  Yes, there are some "sex scenes" and some anatomy is mentioned, but I did not find any of that upsetting.  After all, the couple is married.  The dialogue between the two is one of my favorite parts of the book.  And there are also times that the book is so absolutely ridiculous that you wonder if the scenario could possibly happen.  But then again, I think it very safe to say that life sometimes does throw you impossibly ridiculous situations.

I like the fact that Mona spends her time trying to reclaim herself.  It is so easy for us to get caught up in the grind of everyday life that we do forget to celebrate our lives.  Dreams are forgotten, and fun is pushed aside.  It is so neat to see a couple who is willing to reclaim the love and fun they once had.

One of the things that stood out to me was the idea of a bucket list.  I have to admit that I have never had one, and sometimes I lose sight of my dreams.  My "bucket list" from years ago is honestly not nearly as important to me now.  I don't plan to ever be on Broadway or publish a book.  But in a way, those dreams came true when I became a blogger and a music teacher.  I think you have to be open to your dreams changing--I think Mona was.  Be sure to read the epilogue.  This is an easy-to-read book that I found quite entertaining, and I think most people would, if you can get past the language.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

About Author:

Holden Robinson, born Catherine Ann Holden resides in upstate New York, in the land of trees, road construction, snow belts, and four seasons. Robinson is a passionate animal activist, and shares her life with six four-legged children. Robinson aspires to merge her love for writing with her love of activism, and is at work on a poignant animal rescue story titled, And Her Name Shall Be Beloved.


A signed copy can be ordered by contacting Holden at her website,

Be sure to enter the giveaway below to win a copy for yourself!
Also, follow the entire tour here.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Great post, Ruth! "... the duo find themselves engaged in radical crow relocation methods." I have got to read this book!

    Of course, I might be partial to someone who has four-legged children since I have 3 of my own!

  2. I like both the book and the review. I want to write a review on a book and will your post as a template. I hope you take that as a compliment.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Your Ad Here