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Words Get In the Way

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"Rossiter's second novel (after The Gin & Chowder Club) is an intimate portrayal of a family in crisis, with good character development and a bucolic setting." - Publishers Weekly

The modest ranch house where Callie Wyeth grew up looks just as she remembers it - right down to the well-worn sheets in the linen closet. But in the years since Callie lived here, almost ever
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2012)
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Apr 25, 2012 Brittany rated it liked it
Shelves: books-won
I received this book through the First Reads giveaway program on Goodreads.

In this love story where words NEVER get in the way, Rossiter shows us the life of struggling, single mother Callie and her young son Henry who she has just learned has autism. Faced with money problems and her father's poor health, Callie decides to move home. While she hopes to steer clear of Linden, the man she left a few years ago with a broken heart, Henry makes it impossible to do so. Callie's patience is pushed as
Nancy Narma
May 29, 2012 Nancy Narma rated it it was amazing
“Tears and Heart-Tugging Got In My Way”

Callie Wyeth feels like she has the weight of the world on her shoulders. She’s a single Mother whose beautiful three-year old, non-verbal son, Henry, the gift from a relationship with a married college instructor, has been diagnosed as Autistic. This news comes on top of Callie’s decision to return and to reside in her childhood home as her widowed Father has placed himself in a Nursing Home. Moving back to her quiet hometown in New Hampshire brings back m
Heather McCubbin
Jul 10, 2012 Heather McCubbin rated it it was ok
A great beach-read. Light, fluffy and not very deep. I found that there was a lot of "telling" instead of showing and the use of exclamation points got to be annoying! Another thing that I saw, that I was told is a big no-no in the writing world, is she wrote a character's words in a Boston accent. All I could hear was JFK's voice when I read this character's lines. Everyone knows what that accent sounds like and you only need to tell the reader once and then write the words "normally". Very fe ...more
I received this book through GoodRead's First Reads giveaway.

This book about a struggling single mother, Callie, who returns to her hometown and rekindles her romance with her long-lost, high school sweetheart, Linden is reminiscient of the archive of Nicholas Sparks novels. The strong, independent mother hesitantly returns to the embrace of the man who never stopped loving her. Where this book differs, and shines, is the light Nan Rossiter sheds on autism as Callie struggles to understand her y
Cassandra Curiel
Nov 27, 2015 Cassandra Curiel rated it liked it
Shelves: on-my-shelves
"What do you say, after your heart has been broken, to the the one who broke it?"

I found this book in my nearest Dollar Tree and as soon as I skimmed the synopsis, I knew I had to get it. I am in love with stories where one of the characters goes back to the place they used to live and encounter an old love. I really enjoyed this book but it didn't knock me out of the park.
The main character,Callie, is a mom to a child who suffers from autism and this story follows her and her struggle as she tr
May 04, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing
I read this book in several hours. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It linked Autism and a special boy who became the impetus for forgiveness and new love found in the ashes of love long left behind. It was beautiful. a must read.
Cocktails and Books
Apr 30, 2012 Cocktails and Books rated it really liked it
A very sweet and touching book. Look for review on Night Owl Reviews.
This reminded me of a Nicholas Sparks book I read recently where the single mum has a son who does not talk. Which story was that? I think it was 'A Bend in the Road' and the boy in that was the son of the main male character, not of the woman like this story (I think I've remembered that right?).
This is lighthearted romance between two high school sweethearts, one who has a son with autism. The son naturally charms the old sweetheart <3
Like a Sparks novel, the story made me cry (particularl
Sep 10, 2012 Gale rated it really liked it

I'd call this a "feel good" book, short easy to read. I read sstraight through it. A single mother with no money moves with her young autistic son to her father's country home. The father is temporarily hospitalized and will need her to care for him upon leaving. She became pregnant during her "to be everlasting" relationship but could not tell her real love truth out of shame and embarassment. They have been apart several years though he too has returned to his home area.
Many relationships r
Julie Barrett
Jul 03, 2013 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
Words Get in the Way by Nan Rossiter
After reading another book by this author I sought out her other works and was happy to find a few from the online library.
Loved hearing of the work Linden does with his hands, the art of building a stone wall. Loved the New England accents when he talks to others. Especially liked the tales of the AT, priceless!
This story is about Callie and her son Henry. She's back at her parents to live with hopes of taking care of her dad instead of the nursing home he's
Jun 21, 2012 Ti rated it liked it
Shelves: books-sent-to-me
The Short of It:

Words Get In the Way is a heartwarming tale of redemption and hope.

The Rest of It:

When Callie Wyeth’s father suffers a stroke, she finds herself in a difficult position. Wanting desperately to help, she knows she must return to her childhood home, but the memories of her life three years before rush back to her. Particularly, Linden…the man she left behind. The man whose heart she was forced to break, in order to keep him from the painful truth. A truth which she hasn’t fully com
Sep 29, 2014 mandyfujita rated it really liked it
Callie Wyeth keeps punishing herself and her son, Henry, who has autism. She reveals that Callie went away for college and had an affair with a married man, and ended up pregnant. Her mom had died in an accident and only her father is left. Callie comes home because her father had a stroke. Linden Finch was Callie's high school boyfriend who she was unfaithful to. He still lives in the area and the guilt that Callie possess eats away at her after all these years.

It was a fast story and I enjoy
Feb 26, 2015 Debbie rated it liked it
It had the makings of a book I would love as it was a book about a young mom single handedly raising a young boy with autism but I found that the author missed the mark in having an understanding and properly portraying the complexity of autism and it ended up being a book more about the young mom who finds her way back to her high school sweet heart how this male bonds so effectively with her little boy. Such a shame.
May 10, 2014 Sue rated it liked it
I enjoyed the story despite the abbreviated character development. I feel the author could have cut back on the overly-described action sequences (there was an almost 1/2 page paragraph describing how the character was making a pie) and perhaps spent more time on fleshing out the back story, or how the main characters "came together" in the Epilogue. But, overall, I liked it. Quick read for vacation or an afternoon at the beach.
Jeanne Abbott
Nice love story

Would like to have seen a little more character development but all in all a good story. I am seeing a recurring theme of the death of a parent. We see the end of the story at the beginning and then the story itself. Would like to have seen more of Henry's development. And what made Sallie decide to let linden in again. Left me wanting more.
Lake County Public Library Indiana
About Callie, a mother who struggles raising a son with autism. She re-connects with her former boyfriend(view spoiler). Henry likes him and connects well with his animals, especially the dogs.

-- Melinda, Lake Station-New Chicago Branch
Mar 05, 2014 Diana rated it liked it
A very sweet story about faith, redemption, trust & love. I thought the storyline with the autistic boy was handled very well. I would have liked to have a little more conversation about betrayal between the two main characters, but overall, it was a pleasant read.
Jan 02, 2013 Carmen rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway
This was a nice little read that danced around a few issues but managed to resolve most of them without delving too deep. Yes, there is autism, which is interesting, along with romance and death, but nothing is explored fully and things are tied up in a pretty bow fairly quickly. Betrayal is forgiven without much discussion or even much anguish. With the young boy, as soon as they try a method of dealing with his autism he improves dramatically. Everything is so neat and tidy that I found the bo ...more
Oct 06, 2012 Jeanne rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
A woman and her autistic son move home when her father gets sick. She runs into her old boyfriend and they renew their relationship.

What struck me most about this book is how differently the mom acted than the moms of autistic kids I know today. The book is set mostly in 1999, and I suppose awareness has changed things a bit. Most of the moms I know are ferociously concerned with helping their kids. This woman, even when given some help and pointers, didn't seem particularly interested. Seems to
Karen Wright
Jun 11, 2016 Karen Wright rated it liked it
Enjoyed the book-well written and although predictable very engaging. The main character Callie is likable, someone down on her luck who didn't give up on the possibility of forgiveness and joy.
Sep 16, 2013 Lea rated it really liked it
I would classify this book at Christian romance/women's lit. Callie's struggle with her autistic son is the main focus of the book. The additional focus is with her high school boyfriend, who has never stopped loving her. The unrequited love was a little hard to believe, but it was less than four years so the time frame made it some what realistic. Callie really struggles, basically seems to live in denial of her son's autism. She's also dealing with her father, who is very ill. The epilogue clo ...more
Jun 01, 2015 tbears rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet story about a single mom's struggle raising an austistic boy. Very quick read with a quick ending. It lacked depth and needed more character development.
May 15, 2014 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Nice easy read. You get caught up in the lives of the characters. Just a very good story.
Ross Sandie
Oct 08, 2015 Ross Sandie rated it liked it
A good read. Could really feel a mom's frustration in some of the scenarios. Definitely will read more of her books.
Aug 09, 2014 cati rated it really liked it
Very sweet. Not a ton of substance. But nicely done. From Mom
May 18, 2016 Susan rated it liked it
Quick read....boy meets girl with a New Hampshire setting
Nov 16, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Easy read.........great story:) I am still a sucker for "love"!
Aug 20, 2015 Koikie rated it it was amazing
like Charlotte's Web version of adult and angst
Jul 27, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
Overall I really enjoyed this book though I felt the ending was a little rushed. I wanted for there to be more written about the 'happily ever after' which to a certain extent was left to the reader's imagination. So, of course, the of the story.... for me was sunshine and roses!!
The religious aspects were not at all overwhelming and contained the perfect balance. I enjoyed all the characters and will not hesitate in picking up another book by this author.
I got this book off Goodreads Giveaways.

It was a light and fluffy book that was easy to read. It took me a while to finish though, because there just wasn't enough to rope me in.

Certainly a few heartwarming moments, many that made me smile, and for that I give it 3 stars.

If I could pick one thing to change in the book, it would be to remove all the God references. I don't practice religion, and so I had a hard time relating to the characters in that sense.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nan Parson Rossiter's adult fiction is often compared to the work of Nicholas Sparks - especially her first novel, THE GIN & CHOWDER CLUB. She hopes readers who enjoyed GIN & CHOWDER (or those who haven't discovered it yet!) will look for the same characters in the Christmas anthology, MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT. Nan's second novel, WORDS GET IN T ...more
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