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Moon Over Sorrento


“Moon Over Sorrento” follows Monica, a devoted wife and mother, leading a spirited family with chihuahua Rocco. She is diagnosed with a brain tumor, but Monica’s unwavering positivity inspires unity, and with faith, she turns adversity into growth, and the family rises to the occasion.



MOON OVER SORRENTO is special to me. My partner, Marie, introduced me to Cynthia, who we recently lost because of her battle with a brain tumor. Marie and Cynthia inspired me to write about how life is precious, how we can change for the better, how we need to find a cure for brain tumors, how important it is for solid family values, and how to have faith.


“Moon Over Sorrento” is a dramatic journey about a spirited family centered around Monica, a wife to Roger Collins, a mother to Sarah and Nikki, and their buddy, the lovable chihuahua Rocco. Aside from being that great mother and wife, Monica has always wanted to be a dress designer but has yet to do so because she was busy with the two kids and her husband. Now the kids are grown, Monica starts to design her niece’s wedding dress for her upcoming marriage in Sorrento, Italy. Monica often starts to feel faint and has nausea, so she sees a doctor and is diagnosed with a brain tumor. Yet, this funny Italian-American lady keeps her faith and fights to stay positive. Her husband cuts into his busy business schedule, understands his pitfalls, and starts spending more time with the family. He Surprises Monica and buys the tickets to Sorrento. Monica stays strong, forges ahead, and finishes the wedding dress, and the family comes together to make the trip to see the actual moon over Sorrento.


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Monica (40-50 something) is a dynamic and funny lady, a mother and wife, with two girls, Sarah and Nikki. She’s on a quest to finish taking the family to Sorrento, Italy, with the wedding dress she wants to design for her niece, but Roger seems to be an obstacle. As a result, Monica has never been more frustrated.

Roger (40-50 something) is successful in finance, always flying somewhere or entertaining his clients. Unfortunately, he works too much and is less appreciative of Monica than he should be, affecting the marriage. He does redeem himself, but not until after hearing of the diagnosis.

Nikki (20s) is the oldest of the two girls in the family. She has a party streak in her, and it shows. There’s a conflict with her mom always. Nikki is devastated by her parent’s relationship. She’s a good girl who wants to be wrong. She is affected deeply by it all. She softens when her mother is diagnosed and does a 360.

Sarah (in her late teens) is the youngest of the two girls. She is together much more than Nikki. She is super dedicated to college, a great student, and not a partier like her sister. Sara is torn between falling in love with Marco and not due to the situation with her mother. Sarah comes on strong, helping her older sister deal with it all.

Marco (early 20s) is an Italian-American guy with eyes for Sarah. He stops at nothing to pursue her. He’s a good-looking young with a lot of ambition to help his family build a wine business.

Alexa (40-50 something) is one of Monica’s best friends, a real estate agent like Monica. She’s a gregarious, fun-loving, potent sort with many things happening simultaneously. Alexa is the one who saves Monica’s life. She’s always there for her.

Leo (early 20s) is Nikki’s boyfriend or friend. Nobody knows but Leo and Nikki, but Leo is gay without much of a home. He is Nikki’s best friend.

Nonna (80s) is a little senile and is all there. But, she still echoes for her deceased husband’s friend.

Dr. Roberts (30s) is a severe man with a raw sense of dry humor. He is Monica’s doctor, who needs to get her through the treatments and live the most extended life she can.

Christoff (40s) is Roger’s partner in the firm. He seems to have it out for Roger until he realizes the tough time Roger is having.

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