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4.28  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  28 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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Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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!
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 Harbour Lau
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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.

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
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
Tena Bremmer
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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.
abdulia ortiz-perez
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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!
Anne Miller
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a fellow 5:45 boot camper, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. On the surface, it's about a widow who is determined to lose weight once her twins enter college. But it is so much "More Than" that. Diane masterfully conveys the various stages of grief, the turmoil parents face when their children leave home, and most importantly, how unexpected friendships can make such a profound impact. This is Diane’s third book she has published, and it is my favorite. I highly recommend this book!
Cynthia Prosser
This book describes a woman's personal journey from a reclusive, depressed, stay at home mom mourning the loss of her husband 14 years earlier and her twins leaving for college to an outgoing, active, independent woman. Oh boy, that sentence makes the book sound heavy - it is not. It is a comedy in the style of chic lit and while I would get tired of the protagonist's mooning about, she changed her outlook and made definite decisions regarding exercise and her diet, followed through with them ...more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exquisite. That’s the word that came to mind as I read More Than by Diane Barnes. I found myself rooting for Peggy, the novel’s protagonist, as she worked to transform her life, surprising herself perhaps more than anyone with the small and big wins experienced along the way. Through beautifully written prose and a cast of genuine and lovably flawed supporting characters, Barnes delicately peels away the layers of this middle-aged single mom’s struggle with compulsive eating to reveal unresolved ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
What an appropriate book to read at the beginning of the new year with so many resolutions to be made. How many of us have set goals to eat healthier, get in shape, and lose weight? I know I did!
More Than is a story about Peggy, a mom of twins who has let herself go after the tragic death of her husband. Every year the pounds pile on and Peggy is too depressed to even notice how much she has changed. Unfortunately her children have noticed and when Greg and Grace get ready to head off to college
Taunya Miller
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

"Dad wouldn't even recognize you." Peggy is hurt by those words even though she knows them to be true. She doesn't even recognize herself. A widowed mother of twins, Grace and Greg, she has let herself go over the years. She's lost her identity, only thinking of herself as the mother of the twins. She has no social life, no friends, and her only entertainment is watching a medium on tv. She is overweight, overly protective,
Jamie Brydone-Jack
Dec 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Repulsed by Stereotype

I so wanted to like this book. I am a big fan of chick lit, and I love a story where a woman is able to lift herself up from her past and become a better, truer version of herself. I found myself massively annoyed at the author's use of cliches about overweight women. Honestly, I was thoroughly disgusted. Not every overweight woman crams her mouth with every unhealthful thing she can put her hands on, guzzling milkshakes and eating Pop-Tart after Pop-Tart. Seriously, is
Barbara Conrey
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
More Than by Diane Barnes is a story about bravery. Not the bravery where you face bullets and forest fires and bad men with big knives and evil thoughts, but the kind that allows you to look in the mirror each day and see yourself.

More Than covers a subject most of us don’t want to talk about even when we should; it’s a subject that clearly makes us uncomfortable. It’s a subject that’s never about us: obesity. Gasp! We almost cringe when we see that seven-letter word.

Peggy, the protagonist,
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A tribute to the power to change with the right incentive
Peggy is a realistically flawed yet very sympathetic heroine and I loved her story. What a lovely transformation as she adjusts to her empty-nester life and spreads her wings, growing in stamina, confidence and, maybe most importantly, in her circle of dear friends and loved ones.

The book's well-written, very easy to read and includes a number of vital issues, like our culture of judging people by their physical appearance and,
Penny Haw
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A lovely read about motherhood, friendship and learning to love life (and let go of guilt) after loss and a life dedicated to parenting. Peggy Moriarty is rudderless when her daughter and son leave home for college. She's unhealthy, grumpy and anti-social. She's unimpressed when her children given her a voucher for an exercise class but decides to it a try. That's when things start changing for Peggy. Diane Barnes' characters are authentic and entertaining and her story delightful. I laughed a ...more
Beth Duke
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Absorbing Light Read

This is a sweet little book that makes me want to get back to the gym, and that's well worth the cover price! I grew impatient with Peggy at times, bogged down in her endless introspection...but maybe that made it more gratifying to see her progress.
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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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