Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “More Than Words” as Want to Read:
More Than Words
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

More Than Words

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  13,192 ratings  ·  1,276 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
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about More Than Words, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about More Than Words

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.54  · 
Rating details
 ·  13,192 ratings  ·  1,276 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of More Than Words
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
Larry H
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
What happens when you start to discover the person you most admired, the truths you most believed in, aren’t what you thought? In Jill Santopolo's More Than Words that question is examined in great detail.

Nina Gregory is the third-generation of the famed Gregory family, owners of two of New York City’s most celebrated hotels. Her father—and her mother, when she was alive—were treated like royalty in the city, and Nina has been raised in that life, to know she’ll take over the company someday
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
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
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In More Than Words Nina Gregory is thrown for a loop following the death of her father, the owner of Gregory Hotels. In the aftermath of this devastating loss, Nina discovers a family secret, causing her to question who she is and what she really wants.

Does Nina follow the carefully outlined life her family has worked hard to create, with her boyfriend Tim and his parents, who are practically second parents to Nina? Or can she entertain thoughts of a future with Rafael, who is running for Mayor
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 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
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 s
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Nina Gregory has lived her life dutifully. As the heiress to the luxury line of Gregory Hotels, she has known how her life would turn out from an early age. She would live a life as the head of a wealthy New York City corporation where her image and reputation are of the utmost importance. Luckily, Nina has Tim - her childhood best friend and boyfriend - who has envisioned the exact same life beside her.

However, the death of Nina’s only surviving parent, her father, leads to shocking discoveries
Oct 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a nice and comfortable read.
Nina grew up rich and groomed to take over the family’s highly successful chain of hotels in New York. She’s lived in the spotlight all her life, checked all the expectation boxes her dad set for her, even the one about who she should marry. When her dad died of cancer, and some family secrets spilled out, she decided to come into her true self instead of trying hard to be someone everyone expects her to be. That meant finding love, and defining success on he
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I wanted to try this author after her last novel was highlighted by Reese Witherspoon. It's solidly in women's fiction bordering on romance.

Nina works in politics but is destined to take over the family business, a lucrative hospitality corporation in NYC. As her father approaches the end of his life, she is confronted with the truth of what happened in her childhood and has to decide who she wants to be. I liked the quick chapters, female crisis of identity, and the attraction to one character.
Jamie Rosenblit
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
Megan Johnson
After loving The Light We Lost, maybe I held this book to too high an expectation but it was just a solid meh from me. Not that it wasn't enjoyable, but it wasn't believable, the characters weren't likeable, and above everything there wasn't anything pivotal that happened that made me feel like I couldn't put the book down.

Is it worth reading? Sure.
But did I love it? Not really.
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
Nina Gregory lost her mother to a tragic accident when she was a girl, and is now dealing with her father's terminal cancer. Her father owns the renowned Gregory Hotels, catering to the rich and powerful. He carefully crafted a persona and taught Nina that reputation and public perception were the key to success. Her life was laid out before her, take over the Gregory Hotels, marry Tim, the boy she has known since birth, and continue the legacy.
Nina had taken a job as a speech writer for Rafael,
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
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Nina has always done what is expected of her. From a prominent family, she has always followed the path that was laid out for her and lived out others expectations. When her father passes away, Nina begins to branch out and examine where her heart truly lies. This is a story of grief, loss, love, and self discovery. ⁣

More Than Words is an easy read but unfortunately for me it lacked depth. This was a very surface story that didn’t engage any emotions for me. I needed more heart, more depth...ju
Jan 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
I’m... not sure what the point of this book was.
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
☾ Nikki. ✿
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Good book, wasn’t sure at first if I was going to enjoy it but once you get past the first chapter it’s an okay book.
Three stars from me.
Alright after some reflection I've settled on 2.5 stars. Unfortunately this one just didn't work for me.

"I think it's hard not to fall apart when your view of life is shifting."

This story follows Nina, the heiress to a hotel corporation. Her world is crashing around her as her father's health declines. She is thrust into a role she wasn't ready for, she's questioning her relationship with the man she always thought she'd have a future with, and she is discovering well-hidden secrets
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
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
I thought, mistakenly, that this was fiction bordering on literary fiction. Instead, it’s romance written with very little depth, like reading a hallmark movie. The characters are never developed beyond the surface and the writing is simplistic and prosaic.

Santopolo also makes the bizarre choice of including a slow slow slow buildup. It takes literally half the book for the plot to appear and that first half is quite dull. Very little happens. If the author had utilized this slow start to grow
LoneStarWords Deb Coco
Mar 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Such a disappointment. I was so profoundly affected by The Light We Lost and had high hopes for this book. I even bought it on release day, which I don’t typically do. I almost cannot believe this was written by the same author of The Light We Lost. There was a depth to the characters and plot of TLWL that is absolutely missing from MTW. The main character here is an entitled and vapid woman and some of the passages are so poorly written, I honestly went back to re-read, thinking “it can’t have ...more
This is the thirteenth book in my #atozchallenge! I'm challenging myself to read a book from my shelves that starts with each letter of the alphabet. Let's clear those shelves and delve into that backlist!

Nina Gregory has always been a loyal daughter. After her mother's death, she was raised by her father, the owner of the Gregory Hotels, a renowned chain in New York City. She knows she will take over the family business someday. And her father has always taught her that family (and reputation)
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
Kailey (kmc_reads)
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • In Five Years
  • The Two Lives of Lydia Bird
  • The Girl He Used to Know
  • The Lies That Bind
  • This Time Next Year
  • You Were There Too
  • Twice in a Blue Moon
  • Big Summer
  • What You Wish For
  • Beach Read
  • One Day in December
  • Things You Save in a Fire
  • The Last Year of the War
  • Someone We Know
  • The Winter Sister
  • Tomorrow There Will Be Sun
  • Evvie Drake Starts Over
  • Freefall
See similar books…
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

News & Interviews

When it comes to the romance genre, second books can be a bit like second dates, can't they? You've had that great initial meet-cute with...
32 likes · 0 comments
“Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.” 1 likes
“Love was complicated. it didn't disappear because someone did something horrible, something you didn't agree with. it lived there, with the disappointment, the disapproval. you had to figure out how to hold both of them in your heart, or you'd love everyone, everything.” 1 likes
More quotes…