Thursday, December 29, 2011

Review: More Than Words Can Say

More Than Words Can Say by Robert Barclay
Pages: 400 (ARC Paperback)
Source: TLC Booktours

Chelsea Enright never expected to inherit her grandmother's lakeside cottage deep in the Adirondacks—a serene getaway that had been mysteriously closed up decades ago. This is no simple bequest, however, because when Chelsea finds her grandmother's WWII diaries, she's stunned to discover that they hold secrets she never suspected . . . and they have the power to turn her own life upside down. Even more surprising is the compelling presence of local doctor Brandon "Yale, and Chelsea soon finds her "short stay" has stretched into the entire summer. She cannot put this cottage and her family's past behind her easily—and the more she learns about the woman her grandmother truly was, the more Chelsea's own life begins to change . . . and nothing will ever be the same again.

My Rating:

My Review:
After inheriting her grandmother's cottage, Chelsea decides to visit the cottage to honor her Gram's last wishes.  Thirty-three year old Chelsea is still looking for love never finding the right man's man.  Brandon has a secret guilt that he can't seem to let go.  Grandmother Brooke has lived with a deep secret and questions all her life and her family has always questioned why she never returned to her beloved cottage.  There she finds family secrets and a handsome doctor, Brandon, who has his own mysterious pass. This laid-back read switches from Chelsea's contemporary story to Brooke's (Gram) love story which took place during WWII.  

While the secrets aren't stunning or surprising, they are revealed in a way that maintains interest throughout the book.  This book reminds me a bit of the The Violets of March by Sarah Jio but the feel of the book and the writing style is different.  While I liked the book and the characters, I didn't love them.  I thought the relationship between Chelsea and Brandon was rushed and not as believable while I loved the relationship of Bill, Brooke, and Greg.  I enjoyed the moments in the past more than the present.  However, I think I liked the unwinding of the story most of all.

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  1. I LOVE novels set during WWII that's why this one jumped at me. There is just something about that time period.

  2. This sounds like an interesting book. I like the idea of the main character finding her grandmother's diaries. I like books set during WWII- so the fact that the diaries were written there appeals to me. Thanks for sharing!


  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one for the tour! Happy New Year!

  4. I can't wait to read this one. Glad to see you liked it even if you didn't love the characters. I'm really interested in the WWII aspect of the story. Will link to your review on War Through the Generations.

  5. I like it, and I mostly like the sound of that diary and her love story :) And would hope that would be the best part for me if i read it

  6. The synopsis of this story sounds like something I would definitely enjoy. And thank you for the review. :)

  7. Sounds like a great premise. Too bad it wasn't jump up and down good.

  8. I agree. And the revealing of the diary interests is interesting and smooth. It's hard to explain. It's just different and done well.


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