Sunday, October 28, 2012

Book Review/Blog Hop/Treasure Hunt Giveaway!

Welcome! I was excited to receive a copy of Momnesia in exchange for a fair and honest review. Not only that, but it’s all part of a fun giveaway event called the 
Sizzling Winter Blog Hop & Treasure Hunt!


by Lori Verni-Fogarsi

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Brickstone Publishing; First edition (March 16, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0984028463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984028467

Book Description
She's smart, pretty, and runs her own business. So then why does she feel so dead inside? Between work, two kids, and a husband who finds her about as exciting as furniture shopping, this is the story of a (formerly-exciting but now way-too-typical) suburban mom who diagnoses herself with Momnesia and sets about finessing a new version of her old vivaciousness:

Momnesia (mahm-nee-zhuh) -noun-
Loss of the memory of who you used to be. Caused by pregnancy, play dates, and trying to keep the house cleaner than the Joneses.

She finds some adventure pursing her own interests, and does make some new friends (including the battery operated variety), but still feels like nothing more than a caretaker.

In between dealing with her husband's manic-depresssive behavior, drama with her friends, and some naughty Internet escapades, she ponders, Is it that I haven't been myself? Or is it that I am being myself, but just different than I used to be?

It isn't until she tosses the Invisible Rule Book altogether, that she discovers life--and love--have more to offer than she ever imagined!

My Review
Momnesia is the story of Michelle, a mother of two who is in an unhappy marriage. She desperately tries to be patient and attempts a variety of things to salvage her marriage, but things look bleak. This novel follows the lost woman as she strives to find the person she was before her marriage, before motherhood, and reclaim "Michelle."

Michelle is beyond frustrated with her husband, Paul. She runs the family business, takes care of the children, the home, and makes all the family’s decisions. Paul is uncooperative and extremely indecisive. Michelle takes all that she possibly can until she reaches her breaking point.

There are moments I felt Michelle was being a bit harsh on her husband, but then I tried to put myself in her shoes, and think about what it is like to give someone multiple chances before emotionally cutting yourself off from them. Michelle experiences confusion, depression, and finally rebirth.

As a mom, I can easily relate to the struggle Michelle has with losing the pre-motherhood life. It’s tough to balance following your interests and passions, while juggling the responsibility that comes along with being a parent. I think Lori Verni-Fogarsi did a great job portraying the life of a woman swirling in a tornado of dissatisfaction, but who never gives up on overcoming momnesia. 

Author Info

Lori Verni-Fogarsi has been a freelance writer, journalist, columnist, business consultant, speaker, and author for 15+ years. She is a happily married mom of two, step mom of two more, and has two cats, both rotten. You can learn more about her at

If you’d like to purchase the book for yourself or as a gift, you can order it easily on Amazon

And now on to other fun! There are tons of prizes you can win! First, enter my giveaway for TWO handmade wire wrapped beaded rings. Perfect treat for yourself or gifts for the holiday season.
Then, go to the main treasure hunt–the grand prize is a $100 Amazon Gift Card! Yes, seriously! Click here to go to the main treasure hunt. Just find my name is: Sage on the treasure hunt list and enter my treasure hunt clue: COFFEE. You’ll be entered to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card! You’ll also find links to the many other sites so you can find their clues too, and receive extra entries! Plus, every site is having their own additional giveaway! (Are you thinking “Woo Hoo” about this Blog Hop/Treasure Hunt? Because I sure am! How cool is this?!)

First, enter my giveaway. Please give it a moment for the entry form to load.

Next, click here to open the main treasure hunt entry form. Input COFFEE, then be sure to visit all of the other sites to find theirs too! (Don’t worry, all of the links are on there.)
Thanks for playing! I hope you enjoyed the book review and wish you luck in the giveaways. Have fun with the treasure hunt!
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JuneA** said...

I have been reading such mixed reviews about this book. Since I don't have children, I initially thought that I wouldn't read it. But with all the different reviews, I believe I shall! Thanks for your post (and the chance to win!)

Shannon said...

Oh my goodness - was this book written about me? It sounds like it!

Shannon Brown said...

Oh I can totally related to Momnesia!

crunchyfarmbaby said...

Looks like another great read. Thanks for sharing!

holdenj said...

What a great title, would love to read it!

Mary Preston said...

Another great book that makes my wish list. Fabulous!!

Sunnymay said...

I think many have Momnesia and only a few will admit it.

crystaley73 said...

I loved the book.

Lisagi said...

Thanks for this awesome giveaway event! I will add you to my FB likes when I delete some of my likes! I have too many so it won't let me "like" anymore! What's social media if you cannot socialize, geez! ;)

Tiffany Drew said...

Thank you so much for taking part in the treasure hunt, those rings are adorable!

Melanie Schemanski said...

What gorgeous rings! You rock!

LoriTheAuthor said...

Hi everyone: Glad you're all participating in the event, and hope that if you do choose to read "Momnesia," that you'll enjoy it. Good luck with the prizes, too! --Lori

Allison said...

The rings are lovely!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Hope everyone is looking forward to a great holiday!

Maria K said...

Looks like another interesting book.