More Than Words Can Say

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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 WWII diaries, she's stunned to discover that they hold ...

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Overview

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 WWII 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.

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Publishers Weekly
When Chelsea Enright's beloved grandmother, Brooke, dies, she inherits her long-forgotten Adirondack cottage and a strange letter telling Chelsea not to sell the cabin until she's visited and uncovered more instructions-hidden beneath the floorboards-from Brooke. Chelsea finds a set of diaries outlining Brooke's experiences during WWII, when she stayed at the cottage while her husband Bill was in officer training. According to the late Gram's missives, Brooke fell in love with next door neighbor Greg, leaving her horribly conflicted. Bill dies unexpectedly when his ship is sunk by a German U-boat, and Brooke finds solace with Greg. However, Brooke is overcome with guilt and abandons Greg and the cottage, vowing never to return to either. Soon after leaving, she realizes she is pregnant, but is never certain if the father of her child is Bill or Greg. While reading through her Gram's epistolary love story, Chelsea grows closer to her own next door neighbor at the cottage, Brandon, in Barclay's clumsy but well-meaning attempt to draw a parallel between the grandmother and granddaughter's stories. Unimaginative prose, dull characters, and a telegraphed and unsurprising plot make this story better left beneath the floorboards.
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NY Journal of Books
[If Wishes Were Horses] will satisfy fans of sweet romances and tender family sagas… Mr. Barclay weaves a quiet tale about people with hearts of gold, each barely coping with inner demons or tragic circumstances, who learn that they need one another in order to find redemption.
Romance Reviews Today
“IF WISHES WERE HORSES is chock full of wonderful characters. The novel is a moving one, at turns poignant, sad, dramatic, amusing, and hopeful.”
Boulder Examiner
“If you like novelists like Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, A Walk to Remember) or Nicholas Evans (The Horse Whisperer, The Storm Jumper) , Robert Barclay will be right up your alley”
Book Reporter
“MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY crosses genres and combines romance with mystery while managing to avoid becoming sappy or overly sentimental. The way Robert Barclay toggles between a summer at the beginning of the Second World War and a summer in the present is done masterfully.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062041197
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/20/2011
  • Pages: 367
  • Sales rank: 483,110
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Barclay, author of If Wishes Were Horses, sold his successful consulting business and moved from upstate New York to south Florida, where he could devote his full attention to what he always wanted to do—write. He also enjoys weightlifting, Shotokan karate, and going to the beach to do absolutely nothing.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    Review by ReflectionsOfABookaholic.com

    After inheriting her grandmother's cottage, Chelsea decides to visit the cottage to honor her Gram's last wishes. Thirty-three year old Chelsea is still looking for love never finding the right man's man. Brandon has a secret guilt that he can't seem to let go. Grandmother Brooke has lived with a deep secret and questions all her life and her family has always questioned why she never returned to her beloved cottage. There she finds family secrets and a handsome doctor, Brandon, who has his own mysterious pass. This laid-back read switches from Chelsea's contemporary story to Brooke's (Gram) love story which took place during WWII.

    While the secrets aren't stunning or surprising, they are revealed in a way that maintains interest throughout the book. This book reminds me a bit of the The Violets of March by Sarah Jio but the feel of the book and the writing style is different. While I liked the book and the characters, I didn't love them. I thought the relationship between Chelsea and Brandon was rushed and not as believable while I loved the relationship of Bill, Brooke, and Greg. I enjoyed the moments in the past more than the present. However, I think I liked the unwinding of the story most of all.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Just Plain Good

    I enjoyed this book. It kind of kept you on edge wondering what would happen next in both the past and the present. A refreshing two fold love story, sadness and happiness, undieing love and coincidental love. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hoping for more books by Robert Barclay.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Highly Recommend Excellent Book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

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    Absolutely loved it!! Beautiful and exciting! I really do reccomend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Highly recommend it

    I couldn't put it down. It really keeps your interest! I loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Save your money for another of his works -- If Wishes Were Horses.

    This story had an interesting premise. Unfortunately, the premise was better than the novel. The language was never natural, and had the feeling that the thesaurus was used too often. I would say that the story on the back of the book was better than what appeared within the covers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    I read his first book If Wishes Were Horses and I re ally enjoye

    I read his first book If Wishes Were Horses and I re ally enjoyed it, but I think this one was a better book. I hope he writes another book soon. Once you start reading this book is hard to put it down, as a reader you want to continue reading to find out what happens at the end. I love both stories and I love how he is able to connect them together at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    very Hard to Put down

    Thoughly Loved it,it was like a treasure hunt.they ought to make a movie about it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Enjoyable read. Interesting characters and I enjoyed the interpl

    Enjoyable read. Interesting characters and I enjoyed the interplay
    between the generations. There were some continuity issues in the book
    and a few more typos than I like to see, but I would definitely read
    other books by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    I thought the book was just OK. The plot to me was very predict

    I thought the book was just OK. The plot to me was very predictable. I was also surprised that the author did not catch a mistake he wrote about the dogs Dolly and Jeeves being at the wedding and then when Chelsea's mother Lucy visits her at the cottage, Lucy has no idea who Jeeves is and she was at the wedding!! Can't believe no one caught this mistake. The relationship of Chelsea and Brandon was very rushed, but the reader was not rushed with the relationship of Brooke and Greg. Light read - very predictable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    More than words can say

    I really loved this touching love story with its many twist and turns. Never wanted to put it down. I highly reccomend it, you won't regret it.

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  • Posted April 13, 2012

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

    Excellent book, really takes you back in time like you are there and can feel what the charactor is feeling.

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  • Posted March 18, 2012

    Recommend . . good read.

    Engaging, story and characters. Light reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    very much recommended

    I have not read any of this authors books before, but I am planning on trying to find more of his writing. This book keeps your interest tremendouly, hard to put down. Love it.

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