Romance, Romantic Comedy

Despite Chick’s protests that she is abandoning the family, Mona Lisa escapes to the south where she moves in with overly compassionate southern belle roommate Brightleigh and sarcastic, New York transplant Amy. She enjoys the south but her social life is a series of disasters and Mona Lisa wonders if she will ever live happily married after.

 When Mona Lisa Cicciarelli is left at the altar by Joey and his overbearing mother Alice, Mona Lisa wonders what will be worse—the pitying stares from her friends and family or her parent’s renewed obsession with the age of her ovaries and impending spinsterhood. Her father, Chick, tries to fix her up the day after she is jilted with the handsome, Italian-Catholic Dante Coletti, and it is then that Mona Lisa realizes her sanity is at risk. She needs to make a big change and when she’s offered a job opportunity in Atlanta, she consults Noni, her eccentric grandmother and closest confidante who gives her the push she needs.

An avid reader, Robyn Sheridan had always dreamed of becoming a writer. Though she pursued a degree in chiropractic and has a successful practice, she still felt the call to write a novel. Though it would take a few years for it to come to fruition, Facing Forward was published in 2009 and it was nominated for a 2010 EPIC award and the 46th annual Georgia Author of the Year Award. Her current book, Mona Lisa is a light-hearted book that allows Robyn to use her sarcasm and wit for good, not evil. A native of New Jersey, she moved to Atlanta for school and though she vowed to return North before the ink on her diploma was dry, she never left. Robyn currently lives with her husband and together they have three children who are grateful she has found an outlet for her energy so that she will have less time to focus on them.