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    Dear Mona Lisa… – Claire Davis & Al Stewart

    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.

    Claire Davis and Al Stewart create stories that are sweet and emotional. Dear Mona Lisa have all those feels in abundance. Why it merited two stars from me was because I struggled with the writing style. Right from the start I felt like I was dropped in the middle of a story so I was very much confused and quite frankly, bored with what Tom was talking about. From what he says, I think he has some special condition where his senses work differently (smells colours, sees animals everywhere, etc) which in itself was interesting but It took a while to figure out what was what which affected my experience with the story. However that’s just me. It clicked with most readers so ahead and give it a try.

    2 Stars – it’s a struggle to finish the damn book 

    Soundtrack: The Fox in the Snow
    Artist: Belle & Sebastian
    Album: If You’re Feeling Sinister

    (source: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35848708-dear-mona-lisa)