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 World War II 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.
Even more surprising is the compelling presence of local doctor Brandon Yale, and Chelsea soon finds her "short stay" has stretched into the entire summer. She cannot put this cottage and her family's past behind her easily - and the more she learns about the woman her grandmother truly was, the more Chelsea's own life begins to change. And nothing will ever be the same again.
©2012 Robert Newcomb (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
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I got this book on sale, and I didn't really read the summary very well before purchasing it. I was expecting more of a historical fiction novel, and this was a romance novel. Therefore, even though I hated this book, I wouldn't say that it's horrible. If you like romance novels, you might like this one. The overall plot was good, but I didn't like the sappy dialogue at all and thought it took away from the story.
I can't honestly tell if the story ever got any better. The first 30 minutes introduced a bit of the mystery but also characters that I had no sympathy or interest in. I am sorry I bought this and will avoid anything by this author again. So if you like cliches and stereotypes, go for this but otherwise don't waste your time
Wait a minute. You find your grandmother's diary, and you're so afraid to read what it says that you convince some guy you just met to read it with you? And even when you really want to keep reading, you restrain yourself until he comes over again so you can read the next part? And when you know one of your grandmother's friends owns a restaurant downtown, you just can't go until the guy can come along with you? I just don't think that's what a real person would do. It made Chelsea seem to me pretty spineless and without the curiosity that would drive anyone else to sit down with the diary and read it through the night. All this quivering over what the diary could possibly tell her next just seemed fake and a way to draw out the story more. I really couldn't think of one person I know personally who would react the way Chelsea did to any of the circumstances in the plot.
It was utterly boring. The focus was on attire, childish and superficial thoughts. I gave up after the second chapter. Both Chelsea and her grandmother seemed so similarly pretentious. Flirtatious and pretending not to be...annoying.
None from this author. Already ordered "The Night Circus," and because it is narrated by Jim Dale, it just has to be premium!
The kitchen scenes...the schoolgirl front, the emphasis on the clothing...
This book lacked spice and intelligent dialogue. It just didn't captivate my interest. The plot: spending time to analyze the journal just seemed too weak a ploy to get to know someone and kindle a relationship.
The narrator sounds prissy, and I can't get past it. The story might be better than the rating I gave it, but I don't know because the narration has ruined it for me.
It's Not Me, It's You
She sounds really, really girly, and I can't take her seriously.
Maybe if I can force myself to get further into it.
While I found More Than Words Can Say a little bit light and predictable. I could relate to the main character's situation. I also liked the characters and descriptions of the area. I would really like to visit them there. Also, it is read by Cassandra Campbell who has a very nice voice and delivery. This was an enjoyable read as long as you don't expect lots of action and angst.
I can think of several. I bought it because it was set in the area around Syracus, NY. I live a bit further north, but am somewhat familiar with the area. The description of the lake cottage culture seemed dead on. And the characters were developed pretty well, too.
No, but it was really nice because of Cassandra Campbell's voice and pacing. I really found it easy to listen to her. There was a sort of mystery/problem in the book that I did want to get to the end of. Also, most of the people in this book were the kind of people you would like to know. No cussing or sex that I can remember.
This really isn't my kind of book. I am drawn more to Swedish detective stories. That being said, the reader and the story were interesting enough for me to finish the book. The characters were interesting and rang true, as did the events. The book dealt with a woman learning about her grandmother's secrets and deciding what to do with the knowledge. I could easily relate to that. Revelations can effect different people in a family very differently. Sometimes knowledge can be a burden.
This was a 'sale' book and I regret the purchase. The writing is overdone and the narrator adds more to it so that I feel like I'm listening to a soap opera.
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