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4.26  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  59 reviews
“You are obese, Mrs. Moriarty.”

Peggy Moriarty is stunned by her doctor’s words. She knows she’s let herself go a bit, but she thinks the young, skinny physician is exaggerating. Her husband’s death fourteen years ago left her to raise their twins, Grace and Greg, alone. But now that they’re teenagers, doing their own things, her only hobby is watching Messages from Beyond,
Kindle Edition, 273 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Red Adept Publishing
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Peggy’s husband passed away years ago, leaving her to raise their twins on her own. Her favorite pastime, and maybe her only one, is watching the TV show Messages from Beyond, about a medium who connects loved ones with those they have lost.

Peggy’s doctor tells her she’s obese. On top of that, her children give her a gift card to an exercise class, and she’s bewildered. Peggy finds the silver lining, though. If she can get herself back in shape, maybe she can appear on her favorite show and talk
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
A caterpillar and a butterfly on the cover of this book are perfect. The metamorphosis that took place in the characters was very prominent in every chapter. You are going to fall in love with them and you will find them very easy to relate to.
This is a book to add to your to be read pile. I was hooked right away.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
I love discovering new authors and Diane Barnes is new to me. After reading the book blurb, I was intrigued. More Than is the story of Peggy and her struggle to find herself, move on from the death of her husband and the idea of being an empty nester. I loved Peggy and could easily relate to her struggles with weight and wondering just what to do when her twins moved away to college. I highly recommend this book! I can't wait to read Diane's next book! ...more
She has been consumed with grief since the death of her husband fourteen years before. Left with four-year-old twins, she was alone and turned to self-destructive actions and the fantasy of connecting her husband through a television medium. What would it take for Peggy to live in the present and create a positive life for herself?

Overweight, unhealthy, with friction growing between herself and her daughter, Peggy is quick to blame everyone but herself. Will she be able to see the gift from her
Nicole Bibliolau19
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
TItle: More Than
Author: DIane Barnes
Pub Date: Oct. 29, 2019
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
5/5 *

Happy hump day, friends, and welcome to my stop on the book tour for More Than by Diane Barnes. The third book of Diane's career, More Than is the story of Peggy, a grieving widow and mother of twins, who are preparing to leave the nest for college.

Peggy lost her husband, Patrick, years ago in a plane crash, but with the advent of that tragedy, she also lost herself. A stay-at-home mom whose life has r
ReadingGirlReviews (Gina)
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, blogtour
I am not embarrassed to say I devoured this book-pun intended. It went down like one of Peggy’s homemade chocolate shakes. I mean come on, who doesn’t relate to someone that eats a bag of popcorn for supper, or puts away a whole bag of trick-or-treat Milky Ways in one night?

Overweight, alone, and a helicopter mom of twins who have just left for college, Peggy really doesn’t think she’s severely obese. When her kids give her a gift certificate for an exercise class she decides it may be her tick
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Free copy received in exchange for participation in the blog tour.

I’ll be completely honest with you and admit that when I first read the synopsis of this book, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Was it going to be filled with body-shaming? Or was it going to be a story about woman learning to accept and love herself again? So I decided to give it a try.

I have read several reviews of other books featuring “large” characters by readers who have been truly angry with the perpetuation of body sham
Claire Matturro
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Diane Barnes has a winner with her “More Than” novel. Consistently well-written and warm, the story is often funny, sometimes poignant, and always charming. This is a gem of a book about Peggy, a brave but struggling widow raising her twin children, who transforms herself slowly and with great effort after the kids go off to college. Barnes knows how to nail a scene, capture a personality, and put the readers right smack in the story with her evocative prose.

Peggy, widowed for fourteen years, i
An exceptional read!!

Peggy Moriarty has lost her husband Patrick 14 years ago on a business trip to San Francisco, leaving her to raise their twins Grace and Greg on her own. Her whole life is devoted to the twins that she let herself go a bit. In a recent Doctors’ visit, Peggy is now faced with High Blood Pressure and Obesity, weighing 219 lbs, size 16, and too winded to even climb the stairs of her own home.

Now the twins are off to college, and have gifted Peggy with a 12 week boot camp class
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Happy Monday Friends! I have another exciting feature coming to you today. More Than by Diane Barnes is a great story about finding yourself again. Thanks to @dianebarnes777 @katerockbooktours for this copy! .

Peggy has forgotten that besides being a mother she can be still be Peggy. So when her doctor calls her obese, she is shocked! She knows she’s let herself go a bit, but she thinks the young, skinny physician is exaggerating. Her husband’s death fourteen years ago left her to raise their twi
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Meet Peggy. She lost her husband 14 years ago. She’s a mom to twins. She defines herself by those two things. Three things, if she dares to look in the mirror.
“You are obese, Mrs. Moriarty.”⁣⁣
Stunned. Sure she’s gained a few since her husband died, but when her kids gift her with a boot camp membership she’s insanely insulted. But she wants to make contact with Patrick on her favorite psychic “Message From Beyond” TV show - and he wouldn’t recognize her this heavy, so she decides to give it
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Peggy Moriarty didn't allow herself to grieve when her husband died 14 years ago. Instead, she funneled all her energy into caring for her twins, Grace and Greg. Now that the twins are headed to college, Peggy has found herself middle aged and alone, with only a TV psychic to keep her company. Peggy desperately wants to go to a taping of the psychic's show to connect with her dead husband, but she's concerned he won't recognize her after all these years. So starts Peggy's journey into bootcamp, ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a laugh out loud at times story about Peggy, a widow and the mother of teenage twins. When the doctor tells Peggy she is obese she is seriously insulted. All Peggy wants to do is go on her favorite show and have the medium allow her to talk to her husband one last time. When the twins head off to college Peggy joins a gym. Not that she really wants to. What Peggy really discovers is herself, her worth and the ability to move forward from widow and mother. I can't tell you just how much ...more
Miss W Book Reviews
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In "More Than" we meet Peggy who is a widow and mother of twins.
Peggy is beyond insulted when her physician tells her she is obese.
Peggy is so relatable in her journey and her struggles. All she wants is to go on a TV show to talk to speak with a medium that can connect her one last time to her husband.

This is "more than" a story about weight and how one sees oneself.
This story is about finding yourself, finding your support system and the hope that brings
us all together.

This story is so we
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! This book made me stay up past my bedtime and read on my lunch hour. The main character, Peggy, is so relatable. She is SO real, and so human. I laughed, I cried and I truly felt for her as she came to terms with grief and loss, and that turning point that so many of us women have experienced, when our children leave the nest and we suddenly are left to focus on ourselves for maybe the first time in years, and we don’t always like what we see. Diane writes about real life, and doesn’ ...more
Amber K.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
“You are obese.” ⁣

Peggy Moriarty was stunned to hear her doctor say that at her last physical. Since her husband’s tragic passing fourteen years ago, Peggy has made her entire life about her two children and has let herself go. Now she’s facing life as a widow AND an empty nester because her two kids are headed off to college. When her kids give her a gift certificate for a boot camp class as a going away present, she’s pretty insulted... until she realizes that she could get back in shape and
Linda McCutcheon
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book ten stars! It is that rare book that you just want to keep reading and at the same time hope it never ends. Peggy is a widow who has raised her twin son and daughter by herself since they were four years old. Now they are eighteen and leaving home for college. Peggy is beyond grief stricken and scared to death to be alone and to not be able to protect her children with her watchful eye. Many parents, like myself, can relate to these very real honest feelings.

Peggy h
Vicki Matthews-Arszman
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been wanting to read this book since it first came out. After having issues with my original order and then getting caught up in the vicious cycle of life, I wasn't able to pick it up until last night.
Needless to say my timing was right as I finished it this morning!

Rather than recap its summary--already outlined by previous reviewers--suffice to say Diane Barnes is an expert in character development and eliciting empathy from her readers. Although the bulk of the story evolves around P
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book a lot, but as a dog lover and a former owner of a Pit Bull, I cannot in good conscience not say something. I respect that all people are not dog people but to single out a breed as the author did is just not right. The main character Peggy does not really care for dogs and that's okay. In the story, there is a man who lets his Labrador off the leash where there are other people around (something I would never let my dogs do) and the Lab jumps on her and she gets upset ...more
Linda Zagon
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Linda's Book Obsession Reviews "More Than by Diane Barnes, Red Adept Publishing, January 2020 

Diane Barnes, Author of "More Than" has written a refreshing, intriguing, heartfelt, and emotional novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction and Romance. The timeline for this story is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The author describes her characters as flawed, and mostly likable. 

Peggy Moriarity, a widow with twins ready to enter college, is en
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
Okay. First, this is my first Diane Barnes read and it certainly will not be my last. Second, this cover. This cover is life! It's a perfect depiction of the entire story. The caterpillar, the was Peggy to a "T". This book was phenomenal and kept me hooked til the end!

I loved Peggy. I saw so much of myself in her. I sort of feel like that overbearing, overprotective mom of my two teenage sons. I'm also not ashamed to admit that my stomach is flat with a silent L. What can I sa
Grace J Reviewerlady
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a brilliantly funny read - yet packed with honesty! I just loved everything about it!

Peggy Moriarty was widowed young and left with four year old twins to bring up on her own so it's understandable that they became the whole focus of her life. Now they will head to college in less than a year and Peggy's self-neglect has caught up with her when she hears the dreaded words 'You are obese, Mrs Moriarty' from her doctor. But Peggy is in denial; the odd treat can't hurt, surely? But circumstanc
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hands up if you’re an emotional eater.

Peggy Moriarty has been stuck in a bad cycle of emotional eating ever since her husband’s death more than a decade and a half ago. When her children leave for college, their gift certificate for an exercise class changes Peggy’s life.

I’ll be honest I really didn’t like Peggy when I started this book. She was obsessed with food and filled with hate and I was worried that this was going to be a body shaming book. But what I found, as I dug deeper, was a very r
Serena Soape
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Diane Barnes has written “More Than” about Peggy and her life starting when the doctor tells her that she is obese. It’s all the unbelievable result of sadness.

The story definitely kept my interest right from the start and was hard to put down!!! I loved the characters and how they all interacted with Peggy. Peggy’s various circles were all rather entertaining, whether it was at boot camp with her friends home. I just enjoyed everybody.

Peggy’s story is one that would definitely be relatable to s
Terrie Pirozzi
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Diane has delivered another excellent book with a great character that becomes a friend to cheer on as she evolves through the story. Peg is dealing with the upcoming empty nest syndrome, as well as her weight problems, and continues to miss the love of her life, her late husband. She encounters several wonderful people who are there to help her along, including her children. Her transformation into a happy, thriving adult, who eventually enjoys exercise, is a great and uplifting story. The stor ...more
Tena Bremmer
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
Loved, loved, loved this book!!!! It has me laughing out loud!! The way Peggy dealt with her emotions was with food. I admire anyone who has the willpower to exercise and with the help of Carmen, Peggy was given the support she needed. Roni was one of my favorite characters!!!! Peggy had a goal to reach, to talk to her husband from the beyond, that also help her to lose weight to go to the show, Messages From Beyond. This book also shows you that you should always tell the ones you love that you ...more
Diane Sterrett
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
More Than is such a thoughtful read with engaging characters! Just a few pages in and you'll be gripped with the need to know what happens to widow Peggy. After a chapter or two, you're on Team Peggy and rooting her on all the way. Diane Barnes has perfectly captured the diet battle and the mindset women of a certain age face, as well as the toll un-dealt-with grief takes and the lies we're willing to tell ourselves. It's a great read and a insightful journey. ...more
abdulia ortiz-perez
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received this free book from the publisher for honest review.

4 stars ⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐

This is the first time reading from this author.

What a beautiful wonderful amazing read.

What a great read! This had me hooked from the beginning. The sitting, theme, and the Characters had me pulled so in. Everything was well put together and it was just perfect. This novel did just that to me.
Highly recommend everybody get this book and read it. Its so good!
Can't wait for her next book.
Kelly Gamble
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this!
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My favorite thing about Diane Barnes' novels is her dialogue – both the inner dialogue of the characters and the spoken dialogue between them. Barnes creates real, fully-fleshed-out characters, and the story flows easily and naturally from their (often humorous, sometimes maddening!) actions and interactions. Peggy, the main character in More Than, is very accessible -- but the supporting cast is also fun and three-dimensional. Even the boot camp instructor and the young man Peggy’s daughter is ...more
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Diane Barnes is the author of More Than (October 29 2019 ), Waiting for Ethan (2015), and Mixed Signals (2016). She is also a marketing and corporate communication writer in the health care industry. When she’s not writing, she’s at the gym, running or playing tennis, trying to burn off the ridiculous amounts of chocolate and ice cream she eats. She and her husband Steven live in Massachusetts and ...more

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