More Than Words Can Say

More Than Words Can Say

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by Robert Barclay
     
 

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“I normally do not read male authors but someone recommended [Barclay] and all I can say to her is thank you.”
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With his powerfully emotional debut, If Wishes Were Horses, author Robert Barclay immediately joined the ranks of Nicholas Sparks, Richard Paul Evans, and Robert James Waller. His second novel of

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“I normally do not read male authors but someone recommended [Barclay] and all I can say to her is thank you.”
Fresh Fiction

With his powerfully emotional debut, If Wishes Were Horses, author Robert Barclay immediately joined the ranks of Nicholas Sparks, Richard Paul Evans, and Robert James Waller. His second novel of love and hope, More Than Words Can Say, only confirms his place among them. A profoundly moving multi-generational family story centered around a woman’s return to her late grandmother’s lake cottage and the long-buried secrets she uncovers there, More Than Words Can Say will linger long in the heart and memory.

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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:
9780062041203
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/20/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
86,784
File size:
7 MB

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