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More Than Words

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  638 ratings  ·  137 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost comes a tender and moving new novel about a woman at a crossroads after the death of her father, and caught between the love of two men.

Nina Gregory has always been a good daughter, a good girlfriend. Raised by her father, owner of New York City's glamorous Gregory Hotels, after her mother's death, Nina was ta
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Angsty. Relatable. Redemptive. Heartfelt. Sweet.

To say that I was eager to get my hands on Jill Santopolo’s latest release is quite the understatement. And now, on the other side—with those mighty expectations I’d built up during the wait having been met—my heart is content.

Likely, readers will find that More Than Words is just that, a novel that’s more than words simply typed on a page with a pretty face to boot. Nina’s story is a heartbreakingly beautiful reminder to live your truth and to not
Susanne Strong
3 Stars.

A novel that was well told, but unfortunately, not felt with my heart.

What do you do when your life’s actions and decisions are made for you? For Nina, you follow them.

Nina is a woman whose life has always come naturally, her relationship with her father, college, work and Tim, her best friend since childhood and now, her boyfriend. Working as a speechwriter for a Mayoral Candidate, she loves her job. Someday soon however, she’ll be running the family company - sooner than she thinks a
Katie B
Nina, Nina, Nina. You just didn't really work for me therefore this was just an okay read. I didn't dislike you or anything but given the tough stuff you were dealing with in the book, I wish I would have felt more of a connection to you.

This is a story of a woman who has the type of wealth and privilege most of us can only dream of and yet Nina Gregory doesn't feel completely satisfied with her life. When her world falls apart, she really starts to question if she is on the right path to happin
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved "The Light We Lost"(5 stars for me) so when I saw that Jill Santopolo had another novel being released, I had to request a copy!!

In that book, Lucy struggled to resolve her feelings for 'the one who got away" with “the one who took his place”.

In this book, you'll meet Nina, heiress to the Gregory Hotels of New York City, a woman also struggling to make sense of her feelings for two men.

She has known her boyfriend Tim, since childhood, though they have only been "dating for eight months
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In her second adult novel Santopolo gives us extremely beautiful prose, introducing us with interesting and lovely characters!
More Than Words is one of my most anticipated book of the Year and it didn't dissapoint me, you'll get hooked by the amazing writings while devouring this book, it really is a page-turner and it has a unique nature of telling the story in a very delightful perspective, I highly enjoyed the tensions between the acts and the novel is very fascinating!
Nina Gregory is the ma
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo didn't really work for me, but I wanted to give the author another try because although I didn't love that particular story, I did love Santopolo's magical and eloquent writing style. I'm so glad I decided to read her newest novel! More Than Words was a captivating story filled with lots of drama and romance, but more than that it is a story about one woman's journey through heartbreak, loss, and grief to find out who she really wants to be.

Nina Gregory has ev
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, fiction
2.5 stars rounded up to 3 stars

I decided to read this book because I had read this author Jill Santopolo’s earlier novel The Light We Lost back in 2017 and liked the story well enough, even though with that book, the characters didn’t work for me and the emotional aspect was lacking – however even with a few issues, there had been a twist to that story and the dialogue was meaningful enough that it almost made up for some of its flaws. In other words, I was still able to enjoy that book to som
Jan 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
More Than Words is barely a story. Hotel heiress Nina Gregory's father is dying. Her mother died when she was eight. (Oh, various parental mysteries!) Her boyfriend, childhood friend Tim, wants to get married. Nina is attracted to Rafael, mayoral candidate for New York City whose campaign she's part of. You can guess the whole thing from this. Which is about as long as most of the chapters are.

Too boring and cliched to even resemble a real story. Also, possibly the least interesting love scenes
Jennifer Kyle
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**More Than Words generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

5 "And then we can see..." Stars

After reading and being taken with Jill Santopolo's The Light We Lost I was delighted to read her next contemporary novel. More Than Words comes as very different yet no less monopolizing tale than the former. It's a beautifully written, exquisitely emotional story of a woman unraveling. In a time of great grief, to better understand who she is and her view of t
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
When I read Jill Santopolo's The Light We Lost last year, I was blown away, the love story and the context of the relationship felt so real to me and the book made my top 10 of 2017 list.

Fast forward to now, I see than Santopolo has a new book coming out - lo and behold, I'm lucky enough to score an ARC. Said ARC is not out for months, but my eager heart couldn't wait even find minutes before I started.

More Than Words is a totally different book from Light, but equally amazing. Words focuses o
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I’ve been holding off on posting my review until today simply because I can’t think of a more fitting book to discuss on Valentine’s Day than this one! It was a great love story, but it also had plenty of depth and was about so much more than two people falling in love, it explored several other relatable topics and issues as well.

I love a book that follows a character at a defining point in their lives, it’s so interesting to me to see what choices they make and what actions take place after so
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
'More Than Words' is a lovely story about a young woman coming into her own in New York City during a time of tremendous personal and professional upheaval. I enjoyed Nina's story and the New York setting.

Jill Santopolo is the author of one of my favorite books, 'The Light We Lost' so I was very eager to get my hands on her latest novel. At times both emotional and romantic, this book was a fast-paced story about Nina Gregory, who has been raised by her father among New York City's elite. Her f
Kailey C
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars - thanks to the publisher for my free copy of this novel.

Disclaimer: If you go into this expecting another story like "The Light We Lost", I think you may be disappointed. This story was wonderful, but for me, it was very different (i.e. there was no ugly crying during this book).

However, I really enjoyed this one! There were so many good things about this story - this novel felt fresh and unique to me. The fact that Nina was basically a hotel heiress but (seemingly) down-to-earth an
I was the biggest fan of Santopolo’s The Light We Lost, it was a story which had me thinking about it for days after and Santopolo’s world building was majestically done. So, when I first heard about More than Words, I dived right in, going into books with the least amount of impressions works wonders for me, as I like being surprised by the different elements a book may bring. And whilst I loved Santopolo’s writing once again with this story; it really was beautifully done, I felt that More tha ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
I had a difficult time drumming up the slightest bit of sympathy for this novel's main character, Nina Gregory. Must be terrible having two men in love with you. My heart bleeds.
Personal envy aside, the real story didn't begin until nearly halfway through the book. It was at that point Nina's life changed, following the death of her beloved father and the discovery of information about his secretive past. Until that point I was, quite frankly, bored. As is common in many love stories, there is
Jaymi Couch
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nina is the perfect daughter. She’s smart, beautiful and understands the responsibility of her family’s legacy. Her fiancé is her best friend and they’ve grown up together.

She feels pressure after her father dies to do everything he expected - marry the guy, run the company and continue his legacy.

This story is about love and loss. Learning that people don’t always deserve to be put on a pedestal. That it’s okay to be brave and honest. That sometimes you should make changes in your life if the
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nina Gregory lives a life of privilege and of responsibility. As the sole heir to the Gregory Corporation, it has been ingrained in her psyche since birth.

Determined to make a difference, she lands a job as a speechwriter for the up and coming NYC mayoral candidate, Rafael O’Connor-Ruiz. He embodies everything that she loves about New York City - He’s hard working, honorable and entirely too handsome for her peace of mind.

She keeps telling herself that she’s happy with her comfortable boyfrien
Linda Zagon
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “More Than Words” by Jill Santopolo, G.P.Putnam’s Sons, February 5. 2019

Jill Santopolo, Author of “More Than Words” has written an intense, emotional , captivating, intriguing, romantic, heartbreaking, entertaining and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and Romance. The timeline for this story is in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes her colorf
Kim Bruce Daniel
Received this book from Goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed the book. This is my first book by Jill Santopolo.
Katie McCluskey
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nina Gregory’s life seems a little better than most: she works as a speechwriter for a mayoral candidate for New York City; she’s dating her life long best friend, Tim; and her father is Joseph Gregory, hotel billionaire.

Underneath the surface, Nina’s life is crumbling. Her father is dying. She feels anxious about taking over the family business. And she is developing a crush on her boss, Rafael.

Nina unexpectedly discovers something about her father to which she begins to view him - and eventual
Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review to followThank you Putnam Books for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.

I needed a good love story, but I do not like romance books. I like tragic, heart wrenching love stories. Something tragic, heartbreaking, and full of betrayal! This book had it all, and I loved every dramatic page! I love a book that gives you two wonderful male leads, and gives the opportunity to love them both. However, I knew who I wanted her with from
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, edelweiss
Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance e-galley for honest review.

As Nina Gregory deals with the illness and death of her beloved father, she's proof that money doesn't always buy what you want (though it certainly helps to have multiple homes to escape to and the financial ability to take the time to grieve, and to otherwise make choices others couldn't due to financial constraints). Her grief is compounded when she finds out secrets about her family after her father's death tha
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected to. This is the story of a woman whose life is falling apart around her- she’s grappling with the loss of her beloved Dad, dealing with shocking revelations about her family’s past, and doubts about her relationship. I was rooting for Nina on her journey to self-discovery and so proud of her for having the courage to shed her skin.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the free digital galley, all opinions are my own.
Angela Pineda
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as much of an emotional rollercoaster as “The Light We Lost”, but still a page turner of a story. In TLEL, I knew how the story would end; this one was a bit more surprising. I love how Santopolo tells the story and her use of short chapters. She knows how to “get you in the feels”. Well done.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Similar to the light we lost in some ways. I liked the main characters in this one better
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Feb 06, 2019 marked it as will-never-read
No doubt this will be more melodramatic trite as was The Light We Lost. Hells to the no will I ever read this.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
not 4 me
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
I loved The Light We Lost, it was one of my favorite reads of last year, so I was excited to read More Than Words. And although I did enjoy this book, it didn't have the emotional impact and complexity of The Light We Lost. The writing was choppy and had "tell, not show" quality that The Light We Lost didn't have. More Than Words was still a quick read that I found hard to put down and finished in one day. I did like most of the characters, I liked the conflicts that were explored in this book a ...more
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Jill Santopolo is the author of the The Light We Lost, the Alec Flint Mysteries, the Sparkle Spa series, and the Follow Your Heart books. She holds a BA in English Literature from Columbia University, an MFA in Writing for Children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a certificate in Intellectual Property Law from NYU. Jill is also the Editorial Director of Philomel Books, an imprint of Pen ...more
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