Dear Mona Lisa… (Ana’s Review)

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Title: Dear Mona Lisa…
Author: Al Stewart, Claire Davis
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: August 12th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 67
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Tom, 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?

Getting married…

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.

I’m so in love with this characters. It was a beautiful story, so emotional and an absolute delight to read. I can’t get enough of this authors, they seemed to have a great ability to turn my heart into pieces. I loved every single word of it.

I loved the way the memories came through Tom’s mind and transport the reader to the happiest and saddest moments of his life, giving the reader a clear view of who he is and getting to know every important person in his life that help to create a great empathy for him wishing nothing but the happiest of endings to his story.

The love between Lawrence and Tom is the sweetest thing of all. Lawrence is an amazing character, selfless and very supportive. Love is such important part of the book. It is so present in every moment of it, represented by even the slightest thing, like a drawing or a color. Love to a partner, to a daughter, to life itself. It is so present in Tom’s life that becomes contagious, and lighten up the heart. Truly recommend read.

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Galley copy of Dear Mona Lisa… provided by the authors in exchange of an honest review.


I love to read M/M books. I’m still doing a lot of catching up with some series and getting to know some authors. I love to read stories with dark themes, a lot of angst and complex characters. I’ve always been interested on how mental illness is portray in books, so I would probably read any book with that subject. Here are some of my favorite books