More Than You Know

More Than You Know

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by Nan Rossiter
     
 

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New York Times bestselling author Nan Rossiter weaves a poignant, empowering novel in which three sisters gather to celebrate their mother's life--and find new inspiration for living their own. . .

Losing her father on the night she was born could have torn Beryl Graham's family apart. Instead, it knitted them together. Under their mother's steady…  See more details below

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New York Times bestselling author Nan Rossiter weaves a poignant, empowering novel in which three sisters gather to celebrate their mother's life--and find new inspiration for living their own. . .

Losing her father on the night she was born could have torn Beryl Graham's family apart. Instead, it knitted them together. Under their mother's steady guidance, Beryl and her older sisters, Isak and Rumer, shared a childhood filled with happiness. But now Mia Graham has passed away after battling Alzheimer's, and her three daughters return to their New Hampshire home to say goodbye.

Swept up in memories and funeral preparations, the sisters catch up on each other's lives. Rumer and Isak have both known recent heartache, while Beryl has given up hope of marriage. But surprising revelations abound, especially when they uncover Mia's handwritten memoir. In it are secrets they never guessed at--clandestine romance, passionate dreams, joy and guilt. And as Beryl, Rumer, and Isak face a future without her, they realize it's never too late to heed a mother's lessons--about taking chances, keeping faith, and loving in spite of the risks. . .

"Nostalgic and tender. . .summons the pain of loss, the balm of sisterhood, and the unbreakable bonds of family that help us survive both." --Marie Bostwick, New York Times bestselling author

Praise for the novels of Nan Rossiter

"Eloquent and surprising. . .I love this story of faith, love, and the lasting bonds of family." --Ann Leary, author of Outtakes from a Marriage on The Gin & Chowder Club

"An intimate portrayal of a family in crisis, with good character development and a bucolic setting." –Publishers Weekly on Words Get in the Way

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758283900
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
04/30/2013
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Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
64,349
File size:
1 MB

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More Than You Know 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 17 reviews.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Nan Rossiter and loved it! As we get older we all are concerned about our parents’ last years; how to handle health care, nursing homes, funerals, and the aftermath. The novel was well written with loveable characters. I hope someday when it is time-- my sister and I will find some family secrets such as this! The three sisters are all different with names of famous authors raised by a single mother (her husband dies in a car accident on their 5th wedding anniversary and the same day her last daughter is born. The Mother (Mia) has a great outlook on life and loves life daily and loved by many. When the mother dies, the three daughters come home to go through the tea house her mother owned and the contents of the house. What they find is a secret and lovely romance with a famous married artist. The romance was going on for years after of course the husband had died. The paintings and the letters to her daughters were bittersweet. Unfortunately by the time his wife dies, she has lost her memory and is in a nursing home. In the meantime while they are dealing with their mother’s affairs, the three sisters have issues of their own. Beryl (the one who lives in the same town) revisits her an old friend and his daughter (his wife has died), and the other two sisters have marriage and family problems as well. A beautiful story – I highly recommend to men and women of any age - I look forward to reading more by this author!
cootie118 More than 1 year ago
Solid story telling -especially for those who enjoy novels about female relationships. Without all the silliness
wynwords More than 1 year ago
More Than You Know by Nan Rossiter is a quiet sort of book. It's not one to come in and take you by storm, and can I say Thank Goodness! There was already a lot of emotion in the book, and drama that was natural to the plot... It didn't need a lot of grandstanding by the author. PLOT IN A JOT: Three sisters come together after the death of their mother. Each sister is at a crossroads and/or dissatisfied with her life. How they cope with the death of their mother and how to live their lives is at the heart of the novel. LOVED LOVED LOVED ABOUT IT I loved the moments when the sisters were together, remembering their mother, shedding tears. Mia, the mother, was a Godly woman... But after her death her daughters find out that she was definitely not a saint. I also loved the pacing of the novel. It all takes place in about a week~ but through the natural flashbacks, it covers much more. It's never rushed.. More Than You Know is more of a stroll than a sprint. EH Unfortunately, there were parts that I didn't particularly care for. Those were the written letter/ journal that the mother left behind for her daughters. While it gave a lot of insight, not only into her life and her loves (and her disease)... I hate epistolary novels. If the letter/journal goes on for more than a paragraph or two at a time, I tend to skim over them. These were done well, but... I don't know if there was a better way to do it or not. We, the reader, are enriched by the information and the connection to the missing character... But I just don't like them. It's a personal preference thing, Too many bad ones that I had to choke through in college. When all is said and done... I highly recommend this book. Although the subject matter is heartbreaking, the book itself is not. It's up-lifiting, oddly enough.Great for a summer beach read. Or even a sitting in the back yard, while your 7 year old plays pirates, muttering "Uh-huh! Go kill Captain Hook, Honey!" Yah. I've done that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mia Graham almost lost her life the night their car was broadsided by a drunk driver. As it was, she lost her husband and gave birth to their third daughter: Beryl. Now Beryl and her sisters, Rumer and Isak have come together to bury their mother, who died in the Nursing Home they'd had to move her to as she slowly succumbed to dementia. The three girls luves have diverged as two have married and Beryl remained to be there for her Mom. As they begin the dreadful tasks that come with the end of life, they find a memoir of sorts that Mia has left behind, telling them of another love in her life, the joys and sorrows she shared with him, and how after the death of their father she had found love again. Each sister is struggling with their own lives and as Mia is laid to rest, their lives are enriched by others whom she touched. This book is a gift....a big time gift
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this author's writing style but the story is so bland and boring. I got to the end and went blehhhh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, the sprinkling of faith was the icing of the story. Even though I told myself not to cry, I still cried. Reminded me not to take my life & my family for granted. Well worth the cost of the book.
Sharon12121949 More than 1 year ago
This book was very well written. I enjoyed it very much
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jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
More Than You Know by Nan Rossiter The girls are all back home to attend to their mother's funeral. As they are going through her thing they do find a ring with a card from David. None of them know who he is. Love how the phrase in the book describes love and is the title. I have a similar one for one of our grandson-to the moon and back and his response is I love you more... Love to hear Micah and Charlottes response as it is so near to ours. Their personal lives are in turmoil, for the most part as we find out more deeply about each of them. The story also follows the life of Micah-a local who now runs a bookstore in Quincy, MA. His wife died and he has their daughter Charlotte to care for while living at his parents. He helps them with more clues of who David is. There are newspaper clippings and I love hearing of the Old Man in the Mountain as I've seen it myself and have traveled there just last year to see what's left. Love how they all get along, so easy with one another and as they find more clues in the letters she left them. Mia had met David when she worked at the artist colony serving meals. Her burden is a heavy one til the day before he's due to leave the area. Loved learning so much from this book! I had just read the aviator's wife about the Lindbergh's. Tragedy strikes the family anf they all rally together. Very detailed descriptions of the places and there are a handful of characters-easy to keep track of them all. Recipes are included at the end! I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review
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