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More Than Words Can Say

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From the author of If Wishes Were Horses comes a novel of long-buried secrets and self-discovery, showing us that sometimes what goes unsaid is more powerful than words. . . .

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, howev...more
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Published December 2011
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Erin
I have to say I was super disappointed with this book. I always open a book with an open mind, and I'm always searching for something fantastic. This book was not. I know it has some editing to be done still, but overall, I was not crazy about the storyline or the writing style.

The story was set up like it was going to involve some mysterious, dark secret. The plot ends up being rather mundane...maybe this would have worked as an 'immoral' story several decades ago. Compared to the types of beha...more
Jessica
Ughh finally, I'm done reading this book! I was looking forward to starting this one after I won an ARC from librarything, but by the end I was just tired of the story. The author had a good idea, but the execution was very poor and had me skimming the last 30 pages because it was so drawn out.

The main reason I didn't like this book, though, was because of the unrealistic dialogue. Some of the things Chelsea or Brandon say are SO ridiculous and there is NO WAY anyone would ever say that when th...more
Emily
I received an advance copy of this book and I really wanted to like it, but I was very disappointed in the writing style. There were overused phrases throughout the novel (specifically "precious" when referring to wartime rations of sugar, coffee and champagne), and Chelsea’s interior monologue included phrases that NO ONE would think to themselves (i.e. “as I look down upon Brandon, I realize that I was wrong and that all the others in my life were mere dalliances.” REALLY!?). I found myself ro...more
Margo Brooks
A very disappointing read. I was excited to read a story about the Adirondacks and the story was fine. The writing, however, although technically fine, served to distance the reader from the characters, even as the author was trying to bring you closer to their thoughts and feelings. I could understand this if it were self published, but since it was published by HarperCollins and promoted by them as a book club selection, I put a lot of blame on the editor.

If you don't understand what "show don...more
Sara Strand
I will tell you right away I liked this book. I really love a book that will suck you into it within the first ten pages. The hook in this book is that right from the beginning- you are intrigued by the letter Chelsea's grandmother leaves her and you just have to know what is going to happen. I don't want to give anything away so I'm going to be annoyingly vague about it.

Some great things about this book are that it's about a woman's self discovery in a not cheesy way, there aren't sweeping rom...more
Simone
Barfety Barf Barf!

Holy Moly that was one bad book.

I was expecting something along the lines of a WW2 intrigue based on quotes like this in the description: “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”.

I never suspected it was a romance! I thought she’d discover her granny was a spy or worked in a secret government department during the war and lead rescues...more
Laura
Chelsea Enright inherits her late grandmother Brooke's cottage in the Adirondacks and with it a secret diary and some photographs. The diary holds the clue as to why her grandmother closed the cottage 60 years ago and never returned to live there. When Chelsea goes up to the cottage, she meets her neighbour Dr. Brandon Yale and decides to spend the rest of the summer there as she discovers her grandmother's story.

The premise of this book is good: long-buried family secrets, a summer cottage, rom...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith

Once in a blue moon you come across an exceptional book that leaves you in awe of just how great the story is and how emotionally connected to it you are. I have found such a treasure in the latest book from Robert Barclay, More Than Words Can Say, and to say if you haven't read it, you'll want to pick this one up and completely set aside some time to get lost in the characters and the story.

The premise of the story takes place at a lakeside cottage tucked away in the Adirondack mountains where...more
Coleen
2/11/12 - I always feel bad when I have to give a bad review, but here goes....

This book description sounded good: A young woman (Chelsea) inherits her grandmother's lake cottage -- a cottage that has been boarded up for over 50 years -- as well as all its secrets. So off goes Chelsea to rediscover the cottage in an attempt to learn more about her grandmother. The plot was okay. However, it was pretty predictable & not overly original.

The thing that bothered me the most was the writing style...more
Julie
This book reminded me of Nicholas Spark's writing style. It was a sweet lovely, easy to read story and I enjoyed it very much. I read it in a couple days. A few of the lines stood out to me, " Rather than parting two old friends, the death of one has a way of joining them forever." Emily answered. ( So did she know?) That's a mystery.

" Love is something that each of us strives for, dreams of, clings to, and rejoices in. But who among us can claim to be it's master?" ( So true)

" Reticence between...more
Samantha Glasser
When Brooke Enright dies, her grand-daughter Chelsea inherits her summer home in the Adirondacks. Brooke left her messages informing her there was a diary hidden beneath the floorboards in the old house which could explain the reason why she never returned to visit the cottage after her husband was killed in WWII. As Chelsea discovers her grandmother's secret, she also finds herself falling for her doctor neighbor in the home next door.

The story sounds interesting enough, but the quality of the...more
Tami
I was very excited to read this book, I love books that combine the past and present into a wonderful story line. Unfortunately, the book was a disappointment. The characters were not engaging in the least and very unbelievable. The conversations the characters would have are even more strange, the dialogue felt forced and often times like it was written for a bad sitcom based in the 1950's. I also did not enjoy the endless description, the description of everyone's outfit in each scene, the fur...more
Steph
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Eva
I had such high hopes for this novel, but it failed to deliver on many levels. The plot was predictable, the pace rather plodding, and the characters static and relatively uninteresting. I really wanted to like this book. Wanted it to be among the better of the Nicholas Sparks novels. Mr. Barclay tried to create sympathetic characters, but they were relatively mundane and boring.

Chelsea inherits her grandmother's cottage following grandmother's death. The terms are that she must go to the cottag...more
Mary
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Jane
Since I live nearby, the setting in Syracuse, NY and the Adironacks was very appealing. It is also written in my favorite style of 2 interwoven stories one in the present and one in the past. It included diary entries, recipes and 2 love stories. So why was it just ok? The actual writing was poorly done. Details were not acurate, the characters were very 1 dimensional, everything in the plot could be predicted before it happened, and the author described the same scenarios multiple times, someti...more
Danielle
I love the WWII angle, but it was just too hallmark movie for me
Rachel
The writing in this book was horrible. Who would publish this guy?
Stefanie
Poorly written with an incredibly predictable plot. Bummer.
Maureen Raistrick
yuck...why did I bother...
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
While this book had a somewhat predictable outcome, I enjoyed it nonetheless. After inheriting the cottage, Chelsea receives instructions through her Gram's lawyer, that she must visit the cottage and retrieve and read something that her Gram hid under some floorboards there before she decides to sell it. She honors these wishes because of her close relationship with her Gram, even though she considers herself a city girl. She is not sure what she will do with herself at a lake cottage.

Soon aft...more
Alexis Villery
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...more
Shana
The other reviewers have covered the plot numerous times so I won't go into that too much. All I will say is that I throughly enjoyed this book while setting in front of a warm fireplace this winter. Even though the plot of this story is set in mostly the spring and summer the way the author describes the beauty of the Adirondack mountain cabin just makes me want to get cozy and warm! This would probably be a good beach read in the summer too.

I picked this book because, I live about an hour or s...more
Kelly Hager
When Chelsea's grandmother Brooke dies, she leaves her a cottage and a letter. In it, Brooke requests that Chelsea go visit the cottage before she decides whether or not to sell it. She also tells her that there's a box hidden under the floorboards in the bedroom. Brooke wants Chelsea to read the contents, spend time at the cottage and then decide what to do...and to tell no one about these requests. When Chelsea gets there, she's immediately drawn to Ben, her new neighbor and the community's do...more
Lindsey McDowell
I won this book as part of a First Reads giveaway.

I had really high hopes for this book. I thought the premise of the book was really interesting and thought it was a book that I could really enjoy. After finishing, however, I feel very disappointed with this one. First off, I was reading an uncorrected proof and it was clear to me that there was much editing to be done still. I thought that the writing style was very juvenile and too much of an easy read. I also thought that the way the charact...more
Megan Palasik
I read an uncorrected proof copy of this book that I got from First-Reads at Goodreads.

I really liked this book. I've never been to the Adirondacks but would love to visit, especially after reading this book! I liked the idea of having a family secret to discover and found the characters quite enjoyable.

Chelsea inherits her grandmother's cottage that no one but her family has ever been to. Before Chelsea sells the cottage, she receives a mysterious letter at the lawyer's office, from her grandmo...more
WifeMomKnitter
From the Goodreads synopsis:

"From the author of "If Wishes Were Horses" comes a novel of long-buried secrets and self-discovery, showing us that sometimes what goes unsaid is more powerful than words. . . .

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 tha...more
Virginia Campbell
"More Than Words Can Say", by Robert Barclay, was a wonderful discovery for me as a reader. This is a perfect book for someone who loves romance, emotionally rich family drama, and has a sentimental attachment to WWII era fiction, which alternates with the modern-day story line of the book. I am also a foodie, and I was thrilled with this aspect of the book, and I love the recipes which are named for famous people of the WWII time setting. I must try "Clark Gable's Grapefruit Cake"--sounds most...more
Joy
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Sheila
Chelsea's grandmother, Brooke has died but she left her granddaughter, a beautiful cabin by a lake. Neither Chelsea nor her mother have never seen the cabin and her grandmother had never made a return visit since the WWII years. Her will stipulates Chelsea is to visit the cabin and look for some journals Brooke wrote during the early years of her marriage. Chelsea visits the cabin with the intent of putting it up for sale but when she arrives, she falls in love with the cabin and the surrounding...more
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