My name is Clarice, but most people, call me ReCe. I'm a happily married USAF spouse, mother to 3 girls, and an older sister to many....Here is my blog and here are some of my candy filled thoughts, lol

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sizzling Winter Blog Hop & Treasure Hunt

Hello there friends! I was given a copy of Momnesia, by author Lori Verni-Fogarsi, in exchange for an honest review! 

P.S. I'm also part of a giveaway where I'm giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner AND you can also enter to win $100. 


What's Momnesia you say? 

From the back cover of Momnesia:
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 Momnesiaand 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 pursuing her own interests, and does make some new friends (including the battery operated variety), but she still feels like nothing more than a caretaker.
In between dealing with her husband’s manic-depressive behavior, drama with her friends, and some naughty Internet escapades, she questions, 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: Okay, I can honestly say, that I related to this story, even before I cracked open the book and read the first page. Without giving too much away, I'd like to state that, you don't have to be a wife or a mother, to understand the feeling of being overwhelmed. Having responsibilities, such as going to work or caring for other family members, can consume your life, and you forget to do things for yourself. From my personal experience, being a mom, sister, daughter, and a wife can bring a whirlwind of emotions and I will admit that my husband has given me the 'cat-face' look, (you'll have to read the book to understand what I'm referencing) which made me want to throw his game controller to the ground and set it afire, but I digress....
I want to give Lori a 'thumbs up' for her writing style and being able to draw a reader in.  This story is told in the first person and the main character gives us a glimpse of what's on her mind and the others around her. Tell me, have you ever had a judgmental neighbor or friend, whispering negative things about you, even as you strive to be the best that you can be? Or have you pulled every trick out the book to keep the spark alive in a relationship where it seems like that person could live with or without you?There are some parts of the story, that seemed to be a bit depressing, but I'm sure the author probably wanted to give the reader a bit of drama, which she did! Let me be clear and tell you, that this is NOT an auto-biography. It is a story that reminds me of this famous quote: 

From Polonius:
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!
(Shakespeare Quote) 


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 www.LoriTheAuthor.com.

And now on to other fun! There are tons of prizes you can win! First, enter my giveaway TO WIN A $10 Amazon Gift Card just below. 
Please give it a moment for the entry form to load. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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 ReCe's Pieces on the treasure hunt list and enter my treasure hunt clue: TREAT. 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?!)

48 comments:

  1. Ok, I can definetly relate to Momneasia being a relatively new mom myself. Thanks for sharing this new book

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    1. There are some parts in the book that I really resonated with! Hope you get a chance to check it out and thanks for stopping by!

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  2. As an older, kids are moving out Mom I am regaining my memory of who I was. In fact I remembered that I don't like macaroni and cheese! So glad to have found this blog on the hop!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and please share this post and the contest with your friends!

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  3. This book sounds interesting! I'd like to read it now.

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    1. It is an interesting book! If you read it, please come back and share what you think!

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  4. Jen Boehme
    I find myself wondering why I am trying to please everyone else, that I myself am not happy and what was I thinking. I would love to read this book!

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    1. Be true to yourself! If you need some time to yourself, take it! If you need some help, ask for it! This book was a real eye opener! Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to share what you thought about the book!

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  5. This definitely sounds like one I could relate to, and even when the kids are grown and gone there's still a touch of momnesia in the empty nest.

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    1. I bet! The author did a great job, touching on a subject that a lot of people can relate to! Did you enter the contest?

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  6. Thank you so much for taking part in the treasure hunt and for your fantastic giveaway as well. I suffer from Momnesia quite a bit and can't wait to read this book :)

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    1. I enjoyed being a part of it. The other bloggers on this blog hop are having a great time too I bet!

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  7. Thanks for the review and giveaway. DebP

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    1. Hey there! Thanks for stopping by and good luck with the contest!

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  8. your blog link still isn't working on the main page, had to do some searching to find you :)

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  9. Thanks for all the nice comments, everyone! Glad you enjoyed the review and hope you will decide to read "Momnesia!" Good luck with the Treasure Hunt, too! --Lori (the author)

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  10. Whenever I have a "senior" moment, my kids tease me. I always say that I was perfectly normal, until I had kids. I completely understand "Momnesia!"

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    1. Allison, it seems like my "senior" moments are happening more often and I'm not even "senior" age! Yikes!! LOL Thanks for stopping by my blog :D

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  11. I have read so many reviews on this book, I can't wait to read it myself! I'm a mom of two with another on the way so I feel like I'm really going to be able to relate and I think I'll love the story:) Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

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  12. Being a mother changed me. I was a very peace loving person who ignores if someone was slightly rude, but now that I have a child to protect, I have become a lioness! Lol! I also used to go out A LOT with friends, now I prefer staying at home. Reading this post and the comments, I'm thinking if I will revert to my previous self once my child is grown up. Lol!

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    1. It usually happens that way doesn't it?? LOL Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  13. This sounds like such a neat book. Thank you for your post!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Brooke! Good luck with the contest :)

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  14. I can so relate/ My oldest is 25 and the youngest is 8.

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  15. Thank you for your review of this book. It sounds like one I would like to read. Even though my children are now grown, I can certainly relate.

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read it! Glad you stopped by!

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  16. Thank you for the review and giveaway!

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  17. I just seen this book for few days. By reading some review in some blogs make me want to read the book. I wish I will get the chance.

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    1. Good luck with the contest and check out the free preview of the first two chapters, if you haven't already!

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  18. Thank you for the giveaway and review. Hope your week is starting off well.
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    Sherry Compton

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  19. Thank you for the chance to win and Merry Christmas

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  20. Thanks for an amazon giveaway, those are my favorite kind!!
    Chavonne H

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  21. nice blog, lots of hard work to do this

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  22. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like a good book esp for women and mothers!
    seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

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