Friday, March 23, 2012

Review # 127: Momnesia by Lori Verni-Fogarsi

Tagline: Can this suburban mom find balance between her momminess and her sexiness?
     How was your life before you met Mr. Right, (or Mr. Wrong)? Were you a different person before you "settled down" and had a couple kids? Do you have time for friends, fun, and fantasy anymore? Or is your time taken up by rocking babies, packing lunches, grocery shopping, laundry day, meal planning, yo-yo dieting, changing diapers, and making sure everyone else is satisfied? When do you have time for you?...
     These are the questions that one mom wants answered.  She's hot, smart, and knows how to get the job done, but why does she feel so hollow? Her business is booming, her two kids are great, her husband is... nice, but she finds herself sitting in a parking lot wondering how she got there, whether she should get divorced, and if she even knows who she is anymore. She has a serious case of "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." Can this mom take herself off autopilot and find herself, her laughter, and her passion, to become the person she wants to be?

     This book left me feeling anything but "cat-faced"! I am not a wife or a mother, but I do have experience with feeling overwhelmed by work, family, and "me time"; I can honestly say that it is easy to lose sight of yourself and your goals when you have other things on-your-plate. After reading the first few pages of Momnesia, I knew that I was going to love it! Lori Verni-Fogarsi's writing style is funny, feisty, freeing, and full of life! I found her characters well-developed and real enough to identify and sympathize with, especially the main character and the friends she met along the way. Reading this book was like having a glass of wine with a couple good girlfriends and telling it like it is- life, love, ups, downs, and everything in-between. The dialogue was anything but monotone - except for the husband of course - and the details about marriage, motherhood, and momnesia made me nod my head and laugh-out-loud. I even recommended it to my mother, aunt, and grandmother and they agree with me! I cannot wait until Lori Verni-Fogarsi's next book, Gramnesia, comes out - and hopefully I will get to review that too!!! Highly recommended for anyone wanting a sneak peak into marriage and motherhood, those who have been through it, and those who want some zest with their Chick-lit! Great for book clubs and for Mother's Day!!!

Rating: On the Run (4.5/5)

*** I received this book from the author (Brickstone Publishing) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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About the Author
     Lori Verni-Fogarsi has worked as a freelance writer, journalist, columnist, and seminar speaker for more than fifteen years. MOMNESIA is her first novel (publication date 3/16/2012) and she is the author of the nonfiction book, EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HOUSE TRAINING PUPPIES AND ADULT DOGS (published in 2005), which has been widely acclaimed in its genre.

     Verni-Fogarsi began her writing career in an unusual way: With a monthly newsletter for her small business--a dog training school! Over time, she became well known not only for her dog behavior knowledge and writing skills, but also for her business acumen. She was surprised at first when she was approached by magazines and newspapers requesting articles on pet behavior, small business, and parenting, as well as universities and advanced placement programs requesting seminars on pets and business marketing.

     For 15+ years, her articles have appeared in a multitude of publications including "New York Parent," "The Pet Gazette," "Franchise Advantage," and many more. She has worked as a journalist and columnist for the Heartland Publications family of newspapers, and has taught seminars at Nassau Community College, North Carolina State University, and many private and corporate venues.

     Most recently, Verni-Fogarsi completed her novel, MOMNESIA, which has a publication date of March 16, 2012. A fun and feisty read, she is excited to bring you this funny, yet thought-provoking story of a suburban mom trying to find balance between her "momminess" and her "sexiness." Enhanced by custom-painted artwork, a Reader's Discussion Guide, and a national and virtual book tour, MOMNESIA is expected to be a big hit with book clubs, discussion groups, and more.

     Verni-Fogarsi is a happily married mother of two and step mom of two more. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, Mark, as well as reading, dining out, boating, napping, and hitting the town. Many of their weekends are also hectically enjoyed attending their childrens' various activities, including dance competitions, drill team meets, chorus, and theater performances. She has two cats, both rotten.

     Verni-Fogarsi divides her time between Raleigh, NC, and Lake Gaston, VA, where she is hard at work on her next novel, about a couple of almost-empty-nesters who are faced with the sudden appearance of a pregnant teenage daughter they never knew existed.

     She invites you to visit her website,, where you can join her on Facebook, view her calendar of events, keep an eye out for fun contests, and more! 

1 comment:

  1. Wow! What I fantastic review! I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it is to know you enjoyed the book so much! Thanks!