More Than Words
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost comes a tender and moving new novel about a woman at a crossroads after the death of her father, and caught between the love of two men.Nina Gregory has always been a good daughter, a good girlfriend. Raised by her father, owner of New York City's glamorous Gregory Hotels, after her mother's death, Nina was taught that family, reputation, and legacy are what matter most. And her boyfriend Tim, thoughtful, kind, and honest, not to mention her best friend since childhood, feels the same. But after Nina's father passes away, she learns he may not have practiced what he preached. As her world falls apart, Nina begins to question everything she thought she knew and to see the men in her life--her father, her boyfriend, and unexpectedly, her handsome and attentive boss, Rafael--in a new light. Soon Nina finds herself caught between the world she knows and loves, and a passion that could upend everything.More than Words is a heartbreaking and romantic novel about grief, loss, love, and self-discovery, and how we choose which life we are meant to live.

More Than Words Details

TitleMore Than Words
Author
ReleaseFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
Rating
GenreFiction, Romance, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

More Than Words Review

  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Angsty. Relatable. Redemptive. Heartfelt. Sweet.To say that I was eager to get my hands on Jill Santopolo’s latest release is quite the understatement. And now, on the other side—with those mighty expectations I’d built up during the wait having been met—my heart is content.Likely, readers will find that More Than Words is just that, a novel that’s more than words simply typed on a page with a pretty face to boot. Nina’s story is a heartbreakingly beautiful reminder to live your truth and to not Angsty. Relatable. Redemptive. Heartfelt. Sweet.To say that I was eager to get my hands on Jill Santopolo’s latest release is quite the understatement. And now, on the other side—with those mighty expectations I’d built up during the wait having been met—my heart is content.Likely, readers will find that More Than Words is just that, a novel that’s more than words simply typed on a page with a pretty face to boot. Nina’s story is a heartbreakingly beautiful reminder to live your truth and to not apologize for it. Back in 2017, after strolling through one of my favorite book aisles (love you Target *wink*), a copy of The Light We Lost found a new home. Upon cracking the cover, I was instantly swept up in Lucy and Gabe, who gave me no choice but to binge their story. Now, even after all this time, I still reflect back on that experience. For me, The Light We Lost is one of those rare books—few and far between—that I’ll carry around with me always. A reminder of just how kismet it is for a book to find its way into my hands and evoke an emotional response so strong it manages to leave a lasting mark on my heart.So, it was with equal measures of excitement, trepidation, and bated breath that my eyes found the opening line of More Than Words. What if I struggled to connect with Jill Santopolo’s writing this time—would it somehow mar my previous experience with her work? Silly, silly me. Within a few pages, the natural flow of Santopolo’s words found me under her literary spell. Holding my heart captive and quelling my anxiety. Well, most of it anyway; but more on that later. More Than Words brings readers into Nina Gregory’s life at one of her most pivotal points. Bracing herself for what’s to come—the loss of her beloved father, and only remaining parent, to terminal cancer. Standing at the crossroads of two very different realities, she has to choose. Continue living the life she’s been expected to or instead, forging her own path.This is where things get a bit tricky, reigniting that anxiety I mentioned earlier. My heart—right along with Nina’s—torn completely in two. Divided between steadiness and spontaneity; otherwise known as Tim and Rafael. Matters of the heart are often irrational, so prepare yourself. There's no getting around the love triangle here. I have to hand it to Santopolo, she succeeds in delivering two very easy to adore men. I truly felt for Nina—how could she choose knowing heartbreak was inevitable in any scenario? My hope, Tim or Rafael would do something, anything really, to change my opinion, making the right choice evident. And, while I can’t say that happened per se, ultimately, I think Nina ended up where she was meant to. The ending is best described as predictable or cookie-cutter, but sweet nonetheless. Who knows, maybe Santopolo wanted to save her readers from all of the ugly crying this time around. Either way, in my mind, the story demanded a conclusion with a tad more bite. Nina's closet full of Monolos and socialite privilege aside, Jill Santopolo tackles quite a few issues here—grief, loss, self-discovery, and familial secrets—and in what I would consider a relatable way. Reading in her Acknowledgments that she’d lost her own father a few years earlier, added another layer of credibility to Nina’s journey. Santopolo also mentions, it took her nearly two years and several re-writes to get this book to where it is today. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait that long for her next installment.And, if I may, a word of advice for fans of The Light We Lost, go in with an open mind. Nina’s might be a completely different journey from Lucy and Gabe’s, but it’s stunning in its own right.*A HUGE thank you to Putnam for sending my treasured copy.
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  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    3 Stars.A novel that was well told, but unfortunately, not felt with my heart. What do you do when your life’s actions and decisions are made for you? For Nina, you follow them. Nina is a woman whose life has always come naturally, her relationship with her father, college, work and Tim, her best friend since childhood and now, her boyfriend. Working as a speechwriter for a Mayoral Candidate, she loves her job. Someday soon however, she’ll be running the family company - sooner than she thinks a 3 Stars.A novel that was well told, but unfortunately, not felt with my heart. What do you do when your life’s actions and decisions are made for you? For Nina, you follow them. Nina is a woman whose life has always come naturally, her relationship with her father, college, work and Tim, her best friend since childhood and now, her boyfriend. Working as a speechwriter for a Mayoral Candidate, she loves her job. Someday soon however, she’ll be running the family company - sooner than she thinks as it turns out when tragedy befalls her dad, leaving her life in a spiral. Then of course, there’s Tim.. who keeps putting the pressure on. The problem of course, is that she’s just not feeling like her old self and then there’s the fact that she’s been feeling an intense attraction to her former boss, Rafael, that she just can’t shake. If only she felt comfortable doing what she wanted v. what others wanted for her.“More Than Words” is Jill Santopolo’s follow up to “The Light We Lost.” which was one of my favorite reads of 2017. Sadly, this one missed the mark for me. All of the feelings that “Light” evoked, this one lacked. There was no “heart” to this story and no characters whose lives I ached for, or with for that matter. In “The Light We Lost” the storyline involving the characters of Lucy and Gabe ripped out my darn heart, crying commenced, my eyes were red and puffy and my body was wracked with sobs. In “More Than Words,” there were times where I laughed and appreciated the quirkiness of the main character Nina, her relationship with a few characters (her dad, and her mentor/friend Caro) as well as the attraction she has with Rafael (who admittedly is quite dreamy) but those intense feelings? For me, they just aren’t there. All that aside, this is an enjoyable, easy, well written read - I read it in a matter of mere hours and it gets the job done. Simply put however, it’s just not what I was hoping for. That said, don’t go by my review, there are a lot of other reviewers out there that really liked this one. I just had higher hopes.Thank you to Edelweiss, Penguin Publishing Group - G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Jill Santopolo for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Published on Edelweiss and Goodreads on 1.16.19.
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  • Travel.with.a.book
    January 1, 1970
    In her second adult novel Santopolo gives us extremely beautiful prose, introducing us with interesting and lovely characters!More Than Words is one of my most anticipated book of the Year and it didn't dissapoint me, you'll get hooked by the amazing writings while devouring this book, it really is a page-turner and it has a unique nature of telling the story in a very delightful perspective, I highly enjoyed the tensions between the acts and the novel is very fascinating!.Nina Gregory is the ma In her second adult novel Santopolo gives us extremely beautiful prose, introducing us with interesting and lovely characters!More Than Words is one of my most anticipated book of the Year and it didn't dissapoint me, you'll get hooked by the amazing writings while devouring this book, it really is a page-turner and it has a unique nature of telling the story in a very delightful perspective, I highly enjoyed the tensions between the acts and the novel is very fascinating!.Nina Gregory is the main character which everyone will enjoy her personality, a smart and educated young woman struggling with different problems! Nina tries to keep her life in consistent after her father's loss and the problems she faces are so common in real life and I love the way that the Author has written within the book is really wonderful and intriguing!.The family relationships and the romance tensions make this book so wonderful and interesting to read, every line has a perfect connected part of the novel, and all the way we'll see how Nina wants to live her life, the book will give you different emotions but as a contemporary book it has and background writings of adult scenes that the Author describes so perfect, she merges family drama, contemporary romance and woman power so magnificent! The conflicts within the book are so beautifully written and I really was so sad finishing the book!!
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    Nina, Nina, Nina. You just didn't really work for me therefore this was just an okay read. I didn't dislike you or anything but given the tough stuff you were dealing with in the book, I wish I would have felt more of a connection to you.This is a story of a woman who has the type of wealth and privilege most of us can only dream of and yet Nina Gregory doesn't feel completely satisfied with her life. When her world falls apart, she really starts to question if she is on the right path to happin Nina, Nina, Nina. You just didn't really work for me therefore this was just an okay read. I didn't dislike you or anything but given the tough stuff you were dealing with in the book, I wish I would have felt more of a connection to you.This is a story of a woman who has the type of wealth and privilege most of us can only dream of and yet Nina Gregory doesn't feel completely satisfied with her life. When her world falls apart, she really starts to question if she is on the right path to happiness or if she needs to go in a different direction.It is essential when I read these type of fiction stories with elements of romance that I feel something for the character or otherwise it will never be more than just an average read. With other genres like mysteries or thrillers, I can find the main character completely unlikable and still have a fun time reading the book. The problem with this one is Nina. I don't know how to describe her other than she's just blah. The author gave her a fairly interesting backstory but the way her character was written didn't do much for me. There were only a couple moments with her father and with Caro that made me feel anything at all. I needed more heart to fully enjoy the book and unfortunately it was pretty much lacking in that department.Botttom line, this was a fairly quick read and it certainly wasn't horrible but yeah, I wish I would have liked this one better.I won a free advance copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
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  • Jayme
    January 1, 1970
    I loved "The Light We Lost"(5 stars for me) so when I saw that Jill Santopolo had another novel being released, I had to request a copy!!In that book, Lucy struggled to resolve her feelings for 'the one who got away" with “the one who took his place”. In this book, you'll meet Nina, heiress to the Gregory Hotels of New York City, a woman also struggling to make sense of her feelings for two men. She has known her boyfriend Tim, since childhood, though they have only been "dating for eight months I loved "The Light We Lost"(5 stars for me) so when I saw that Jill Santopolo had another novel being released, I had to request a copy!!In that book, Lucy struggled to resolve her feelings for 'the one who got away" with “the one who took his place”. In this book, you'll meet Nina, heiress to the Gregory Hotels of New York City, a woman also struggling to make sense of her feelings for two men. She has known her boyfriend Tim, since childhood, though they have only been "dating for eight months". It "makes sense" that they end up together...but is that enough?If so, then why is she drawn to her charismatic boss, Rafael? Nina is extremely close to her father who is dying and she knows that soon she will be expected to leave her job and take over the family business.But when that day arrives, she realizes that she has been living her life to please her father instead of to please herself, and she learns a few things that may free her from taking the path her father has chosen for her.As always, there is some lovely, thought provoking writing. I especially enjoyed a chapter where Nina is visiting her father for their weekly " Jeapordy! and dinner" date... As she is picking up Chinese food, she muses " New York City really was made up of hundreds of different worlds, each right next to one another. She wouldn't go to a pharmacy five blocks away any more than she would go to one in New Jersey."They answer the questions and barter with candy, avoiding the fact that these weekly get togethers are quickly drawing to a close. A very moving chapter..But, I think that with any book such as this, your personal experiences will dictate how much you connect ( or don't connect ) emotionally with a book. If you have lost a parent you were very close to, or found yourself tempted by someone you work for, YOU may connect with this book more than her first, or more than I did.For me, this one falls between the 3 and 4 star range. (rounded down to 3, which is “Like” by Goodreads rating system) I felt Nina's angst as she is losing her father but her other decisions were met by little resistance, with the other characters being much more agreeable than I think they would be, in these situations, losing a bit of authenticity to me. Overall though, I could still recommend this for readers who enjoy love triangles and blush worthy bedroom scenes!Thank You to Edelweiss. the Publisher and Jill Santopolo for the ARC I received in exchange for a candid review. This title will be available Feb. 5, 2019!
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    More Than Words is barely a story. Hotel heiress Nina Gregory's father is dying. Her mother died when she was eight. (Oh, various parental mysteries!) Her boyfriend, childhood friend Tim, wants to get married. Nina is attracted to Rafael, mayoral candidate for New York City whose campaign she's part of. You can guess the whole thing from this. Which is about as long as most of the chapters are.Too boring and cliched to even resemble a real story. Also, possibly the least interesting love scenes More Than Words is barely a story. Hotel heiress Nina Gregory's father is dying. Her mother died when she was eight. (Oh, various parental mysteries!) Her boyfriend, childhood friend Tim, wants to get married. Nina is attracted to Rafael, mayoral candidate for New York City whose campaign she's part of. You can guess the whole thing from this. Which is about as long as most of the chapters are.Too boring and cliched to even resemble a real story. Also, possibly the least interesting love scenes I've read in ages.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo didn't really work for me, but I wanted to give the author another try because although I didn't love that particular story, I did love Santopolo's magical and eloquent writing style. I'm so glad I decided to read her newest novel! More Than Words was a captivating story filled with lots of drama and romance, but more than that it is a story about one woman's journey through heartbreak, loss, and grief to find out who she really wants to be.Nina Gregory has ev The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo didn't really work for me, but I wanted to give the author another try because although I didn't love that particular story, I did love Santopolo's magical and eloquent writing style. I'm so glad I decided to read her newest novel! More Than Words was a captivating story filled with lots of drama and romance, but more than that it is a story about one woman's journey through heartbreak, loss, and grief to find out who she really wants to be.Nina Gregory has everything. She's a Manhattan heiress who grew up knowing that one day she'd be running the luxurious Gregory hotels that have been in her family for generations. She's had the perfect upbringing--the best of everything and has been taught by her father that their legacy and the reputation they present to the world as a Gregory is what matters most. Even now, although she's working as a speechwriter for the very handsome mayoral candidate Rafael O’Connor-Ruiz until she takes over the Gregory Corporation, the rest of her life seems to be going just the way her dad has it mapped: she's dating Tim, her childhood best friend, and son of her father’s best friend and the company's CEO, and Tim (and everyone else) knows they'll get married and have kids one day who will carry on the Gregory legacy while he takes over his dad's position in the company. Everything seems just perfect. Taking over as head of the Gregory Corporation comes much sooner than Nina is ready when her father dies, and she's left feeling lost in her grief and wholly unready for something she's known she'd have to take on her entire life. Yet, speechwriting and politics make her feel a passion that she doesn't feel in her new role, especially once she learns things about the dad she held so highly on a pedestal that quickly shatters those illusions of both the man and the job...Nina's also intensely drawn to Rafael in a way that's different than she feels for Tim, so her romantic life begins to complicate things. She starts to wonder if she has to be who and what she's always been told she must be--is following the life her dad mapped for her the only way? Or can Nina go her own way, follow her own passions, and be the person she wants to be even if that goes against everything she was ever taught?I really enjoyed the character of Nina and was highly sympathetic to everything she went through. Her grief at losing her dad was intensely painful, and I cried with her. I think it hit close to me since my dad almost passed away a few months ago after having a heart attack, so those emotions were still raw and scary when I read this book. Anyone who has lost a parent, I think, would easily sympathize with Nina's loss. I thought that Santopolo did a wonderful job showing how Nina grew as a character from the beginning to the end of the novel, and I loved seeing the choices that she made on her journey of self-discovery. More Than Words is a love story too and I highly enjoyed the romance in the book. I felt it was perfect for Nina's story and both of the men in this love triangle were very easy to love, which only made it that much more bittersweet since you knew that no matter who she chose or what happened that someone would get hurt. The novel was a quick read for me and although it had its moments that made me cry, I can say that when I finished it, I was smiling because I was happy with how everything worked out even if it did have some predictable moments, but that's okay too. Again, I love how magical Santopolo's writing style is and am so glad that I gave her another try and will be keeping my eye out for her next book! She definitely weaves a beautiful and touching story with her newest novel, and I recommend you read it!**Thank you, Edelweiss and G.P. Putnam's Sons for the ARC to read in exchange for my fair and honest review.**
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  • Bkwmlee
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars rounded up to 3 starsI decided to read this book because I had read this author Jill Santopolo’s earlier novel The Light We Lost back in 2017 and liked the story well enough, even though with that book, the characters didn’t work for me and the emotional aspect was lacking – however even with a few issues, there had been a twist to that story and the dialogue was meaningful enough that it almost made up for some of its flaws. In other words, I was still able to enjoy that book to som 2.5 stars rounded up to 3 starsI decided to read this book because I had read this author Jill Santopolo’s earlier novel The Light We Lost back in 2017 and liked the story well enough, even though with that book, the characters didn’t work for me and the emotional aspect was lacking – however even with a few issues, there had been a twist to that story and the dialogue was meaningful enough that it almost made up for some of its flaws. In other words, I was still able to enjoy that book to some extent, even though it wasn’t a genre that I’m particularly keen on (contemporary romance). Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about Santopolo’s second book More Than Words , which publishes next month (on February 5th). While I would say that, just like her debut, this book was also well-written and definitely readable, one huge difference was that this time around, the story itself lacked depth – the impression I got after finishing this book was that the story was too superficial and clichéd, the plot so predictable and formulaic that about halfway through, I felt like I didn’t have to finish the book and I would still know exactly how the second half would play out (I finished the book anyway and yes, the rest of the story matched almost exactly with what I had predicted). In addition, many of the same issues that I felt had plagued the first book (and therefore made it an average read for me) also existed in this one as well – namely, the lack of emotional depth, especially as it relates to the main characters. In this case, the main character is Nina Gregory, the young heiress to a hotel chain who finds herself at a crossroads when her beloved father dies and she not only has to deal with her grief while preparing to take over the family business, she also has to struggle with the realization that the life she had been living was perhaps not the one she was meant to live. Since this is a romance novel after all, Nina’s “struggle” also involves having to choose between two men she truly loves. I honestly was not able to connect with Nina at all for some reason – with all the “struggles” she goes through, I know I’m supposed to sympathize with her or whatnot but I actually didn’t feel anything, even during the supposed “emotional” scenes where I’m expected to feel for her. Perhaps it’s the way the character was written, but she just felt very one-dimensional to me, almost like her character was merely “going through the motions” with everything instead of being a character that comes alive with heart and soul. The writing as it pertained to bringing the story together as a whole also left much to be desired. With Santopolo’s previous novel, even though it had also lacked emotional depth, at least the story was written in a way that some of the dialogue gave me food for thought and made me ponder a few things (albeit not too deeply)….with this one on the other hand, I felt nothing at all. Even right after finishing the book, I had difficulty recalling much about the story or the characters, which is not a good sign, as it usually means the book is forgettable.In a way, I do feel that part of the problem is with me in that, as I mentioned earlier, contemporary romance is not a genre that I prefer and though I hate to say it, there is a certain amount of preconceived bias on my part that these types of books usually lack depth, so in a way, the author (through the book) has to work harder to convince me otherwise. Unfortunately, this book didn’t succeed in swaying me. With that said, there were many who liked this book quite a bit so I would suggest checking out those reviews. One thing I do feel I should mention though, in case this matters to those deciding whether to give this book a try – there were a handful of mildly graphic sex scenes in the book that I personally felt were unnecessary in terms of the amount of detail used to depict the physical interactions between the characters…for me, it wasn’t too big of a deal but others may be bothered by it. Overall, this was an okay read – quick and easy to get through but if I had to choose, I would prefer this author’s previous novel slightly more.Received ARC from G.P. Putnam’s Sons via Edelweiss
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  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to try this author after her last novel was highlighted by Reese Witherspoon. It's solidly in women's fiction bordering on romance.Nina works in politics but is destined to take over the family business, a lucrative hospitality corporation in NYC. As her father approaches the end of his life, she is confronted with the truth of what happened in her childhood and has to decide who she wants to be. I liked the quick chapters, female crisis of identity, and the attraction to one character. I wanted to try this author after her last novel was highlighted by Reese Witherspoon. It's solidly in women's fiction bordering on romance.Nina works in politics but is destined to take over the family business, a lucrative hospitality corporation in NYC. As her father approaches the end of his life, she is confronted with the truth of what happened in her childhood and has to decide who she wants to be. I liked the quick chapters, female crisis of identity, and the attraction to one character. I would have liked the characters more if they hadn't been the 1%, but that's a personal preference. I suppose for me, it's harder to take a crisis seriously if a character has money to fix it.This came out February 5 and I had a copy from the publisher through netgalley.
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  • Jennifer Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars
  • Megan Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    After loving The Light We Lost, maybe I held this book to too high an expectation but it was just a solid meh from me. Not that it wasn't enjoyable, but it wasn't believable, the characters weren't likeable, and above everything there wasn't anything pivotal that happened that made me feel like I couldn't put the book down. Is it worth reading? Sure. But did I love it? Not really.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Nina Gregory lost her mother to a tragic accident when she was a girl, and is now dealing with her father's terminal cancer. Her father owns the renowned Gregory Hotels, catering to the rich and powerful. He carefully crafted a persona and taught Nina that reputation and public perception were the key to success. Her life was laid out before her, take over the Gregory Hotels, marry Tim, the boy she has known since birth, and continue the legacy.Nina had taken a job as a speech writer for Rafael, Nina Gregory lost her mother to a tragic accident when she was a girl, and is now dealing with her father's terminal cancer. Her father owns the renowned Gregory Hotels, catering to the rich and powerful. He carefully crafted a persona and taught Nina that reputation and public perception were the key to success. Her life was laid out before her, take over the Gregory Hotels, marry Tim, the boy she has known since birth, and continue the legacy.Nina had taken a job as a speech writer for Rafael, a handsome, young up and coming politician running for Mayor of NYC. She finds herself drawn to his magnetism and kindness, but is torn by her loyalty to Tim.But when her father dies, her world is shook to the core, and for the first time questions who she is and what she wants for her future.While I enjoyed the novel, the characters were a little flat and the story was a bit predictable, therefore the 3 stars.
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  • TeriLyn
    January 1, 1970
    **More Than Words generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**5 "And then we can see..." StarsAfter reading and being taken with Jill Santopolo's The Light We Lost I was delighted to read her next contemporary novel. More Than Words comes as very different yet no less monopolizing tale than the former. It's a beautifully written, exquisitely emotional story of a woman unraveling. In a time of great grief, to better understand who she is and her view of t **More Than Words generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**5 "And then we can see..." StarsAfter reading and being taken with Jill Santopolo's The Light We Lost I was delighted to read her next contemporary novel. More Than Words comes as very different yet no less monopolizing tale than the former. It's a beautifully written, exquisitely emotional story of a woman unraveling. In a time of great grief, to better understand who she is and her view of the world in which she resides, Nina Gregory explores what she always knew through this new, heart wrenching perspective that changes her entire life. "Something like this...it makes you see the world through a different lens." As her life begins to change amidst her grief, she uncovers truths about herself. Caught between loyalty and self-preservation, Nina comes to a cross roads in her life. The family she's grown up with, her best friend since birth, a dear friend who's her rock, and new friends set apart from the life she was supposed to lead all help Nina channel herself to be the person she's meant to be. A clash of new versus old ensues as we journey with her to absolution and truths. "He'd stood with her in the darkness and made it feel safe." Defining happiness is different for every person. Chasing the hearts desires over living in the utmost loyalty is a choice when sometimes familial obligations lead to the submission of one's own truths. As Nina takes us readers on her enlightening path of self discovery, through Jill Santopolo's honest, reverent story telling, we understand how time, circumstance, and great pain evolve us as human beings who are complex and ever-changing. Being one's complete, true self is the hardest part of life as it opens you up to great vulnerability, the way this author brings that to light through her main character was awesome. Santopolo weaves her stories together brilliantly; my heart raced during Nina's journey. I read this in one sitting from beginning to end, swept away to New York City, and emotionally invested in the story telling.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    When I read Jill Santopolo's The Light We Lost last year, I was blown away, the love story and the context of the relationship felt so real to me and the book made my top 10 of 2017 list. Fast forward to now, I see than Santopolo has a new book coming out - lo and behold, I'm lucky enough to score an ARC. Said ARC is not out for months, but my eager heart couldn't wait even find minutes before I started. More Than Words is a totally different book from Light, but equally amazing. Words focuses o When I read Jill Santopolo's The Light We Lost last year, I was blown away, the love story and the context of the relationship felt so real to me and the book made my top 10 of 2017 list. Fast forward to now, I see than Santopolo has a new book coming out - lo and behold, I'm lucky enough to score an ARC. Said ARC is not out for months, but my eager heart couldn't wait even find minutes before I started. More Than Words is a totally different book from Light, but equally amazing. Words focuses on Nina Gregory, a financially privileged woman who has had too much loss in her life, and is coping with the impending loss of her father to cancer. Nina is dating her oldest friend, Tim, who's father is business partners with Nina's father and the families are over the moon about the relationship. However, with this tragic loss nearing and secrets coming to light (and let's not forget the sexy boss who is stirring up all sorts of emotions in Nina), Nina is left to face whether she's living the life she wants or the life she thinks is expected of her. I loved the character of Nina and enjoyed watching her growth and development as I progressed in the book. She was smart, but cautious and I truly felt for her in all of her struggles. I can honestly say Santopolo is now officially a must read author for me (okay, she already was after Light) but I'm thrilled to share that her sophomore effort was just as much of a hit for me. Thank you immensely to G.P. Putnam Books for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Nina has always done what is expected of her. From a prominent family, she has always followed the path that was laid out for her and lived out others expectations. When her father passes away, Nina begins to branch out and examine where her heart truly lies. This is a story of grief, loss, love, and self discovery. More Than Words is an easy read but unfortunately for me it lacked depth. This was a very surface story that didn’t engage any emotions for me. I needed more heart, more depth...just Nina has always done what is expected of her. From a prominent family, she has always followed the path that was laid out for her and lived out others expectations. When her father passes away, Nina begins to branch out and examine where her heart truly lies. This is a story of grief, loss, love, and self discovery. ⁣⁣More Than Words is an easy read but unfortunately for me it lacked depth. This was a very surface story that didn’t engage any emotions for me. I needed more heart, more depth...just more. While it’s natural to feel off kilter after a significant loss, Nina’s path didn’t feel natural. The character development was sudden and excessive. While this was an easy read that kept me turning pages, it wasn’t a story that I connected with and ultimately left me feeling let down. For me, More Than Words was ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 (rounded up from 2.5).
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been holding off on posting my review until today simply because I can’t think of a more fitting book to discuss on Valentine’s Day than this one! It was a great love story, but it also had plenty of depth and was about so much more than two people falling in love, it explored several other relatable topics and issues as well.I love a book that follows a character at a defining point in their lives, it’s so interesting to me to see what choices they make and what actions take place after so I’ve been holding off on posting my review until today simply because I can’t think of a more fitting book to discuss on Valentine’s Day than this one! It was a great love story, but it also had plenty of depth and was about so much more than two people falling in love, it explored several other relatable topics and issues as well.I love a book that follows a character at a defining point in their lives, it’s so interesting to me to see what choices they make and what actions take place after some sort of event shakes up their life. Nina losing her father is her defining moment, she begins to question everything she’s been sure of her entire life and she really starts to come into her own. I really enjoyed watching her grow, mature and just start to feel comfortable in her own skin, on her own terms.Love triangles are nothing new, but this one is done well. So many times I’m clearly rooting hard for one person to “get the girl” in these types of stories, but here I genuinely liked both men in Nina’s life which made me feel for her (and them) as she struggled to chose one of them. There was quite a bit of drama here as Nina navigates life after her fathers death, which was also fun as it broke up the romancey parts.This was my first Santopolo book and I was impressed by her writing, it’s lyrical and fluid with a bit a magic to it as well, really perfect for a romance. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about The Light We Lost and am really excited to read that one too after this gem.More Than Words in three words: Touching, Sweet and Lyrical.
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  • Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
    January 1, 1970
    'More Than Words' is a lovely story about a young woman coming into her own in New York City during a time of tremendous personal and professional upheaval. I enjoyed Nina's story and the New York setting. Jill Santopolo is the author of one of my favorite books, 'The Light We Lost' so I was very eager to get my hands on her latest novel. At times both emotional and romantic, this book was a fast-paced story about Nina Gregory, who has been raised by her father among New York City's elite. Her f 'More Than Words' is a lovely story about a young woman coming into her own in New York City during a time of tremendous personal and professional upheaval. I enjoyed Nina's story and the New York setting. Jill Santopolo is the author of one of my favorite books, 'The Light We Lost' so I was very eager to get my hands on her latest novel. At times both emotional and romantic, this book was a fast-paced story about Nina Gregory, who has been raised by her father among New York City's elite. Her family owns a famous hotel and Nina has been in the spotlight since a very young age. It seems as though her entire life has been planned out for her since birth. Her father constantly reminds her of the making the right choices but Nina decides to work as a speechwriter for Rafael, a candidate for New York City mayor, before she spends the rest of her life working in the family business. Rafael is a charismatic and handsome character, unlike anyone in Nina's life. Hers is a life of privilege, which she does not take lightly. She is dating her best friend Tim but begins to chafe at the life planned out for her. "She heard her father’s voice in her mind: You’re smarter than that. And she was. But sometimes it wasn’t about intelligence. Not when the heart got involved. Her father never seemed to understand that. Or maybe he did. All too well." Nina's life has not been perfect and has been marred by several tragedies. When another sudden tragedy strikes, she forces herself to confront her life and what she wants for her future. She also uncovers certain facts that cause her to question everything she has ever held dear. Will she take the comfortable path or will she take a chance and live her life to the fullest? “Everything I told you. It’s all true. I just … everything feels so tangled right now.” Fans of women's fiction will love this story. It is a quieter tale than 'The Light We Lost' but the author explores deeper issues such as the impact of family, friends and truth on our lives. I loved the ending to this story and can't wait for the author's next book!
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  • ☾☆ Nikki. ✿
    January 1, 1970
    Good book, wasn’t sure at first if I was going to enjoy it but once you get past the first chapter it’s an okay book. Three stars from me. 🌟🌟🌟
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I had a difficult time drumming up the slightest bit of sympathy for this novel's main character, Nina Gregory. Must be terrible having two men in love with you. My heart bleeds. Personal envy aside, the real story didn't begin until nearly halfway through the book. It was at that point Nina's life changed, following the death of her beloved father and the discovery of information about his secretive past. Until that point I was, quite frankly, bored. As is common in many love stories, there is I had a difficult time drumming up the slightest bit of sympathy for this novel's main character, Nina Gregory. Must be terrible having two men in love with you. My heart bleeds. Personal envy aside, the real story didn't begin until nearly halfway through the book. It was at that point Nina's life changed, following the death of her beloved father and the discovery of information about his secretive past. Until that point I was, quite frankly, bored. As is common in many love stories, there is a sexual tension, will they, won't they dynamic. I do not care for this sort of thing. I can accurately predict the outcome so enduring the drawn out process is far from pleasurable. (I had the same issue as a child with Trix cereal commercials. Don't tease me as though there is the slightest possibility the poor rabbit is actually going to get to eat a bowl of sugary colored puffs.) I also disliked the graphic sex scenes. Whatever happened to understatement? Prudish though I may be, I could easily have done with a whole lot less detail in the bedroom department and more time spent exploring the one likable character, Rafael's background story.However, as I do not wish to disparage literature, I will say the title is extremely clever, I'm a big fan of wit. Furthermore, I am willing to bet there are many who will enjoy this rather generic love story because I tend to march (clumsily) to the beat of my own drummer.
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  • Jasprit
    January 1, 1970
    I was the biggest fan of Santopolo’s The Light We Lost, it was a story which had me thinking about it for days after and Santopolo’s world building was majestically done. So, when I first heard about More than Words, I dived right in, going into books with the least amount of impressions works wonders for me, as I like being surprised by the different elements a book may bring. And whilst I loved Santopolo’s writing once again with this story; it really was beautifully done, I felt that More tha I was the biggest fan of Santopolo’s The Light We Lost, it was a story which had me thinking about it for days after and Santopolo’s world building was majestically done. So, when I first heard about More than Words, I dived right in, going into books with the least amount of impressions works wonders for me, as I like being surprised by the different elements a book may bring. And whilst I loved Santopolo’s writing once again with this story; it really was beautifully done, I felt that More than Words wasn’t able to leave a big of an impact as The Light we Lost did. Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy this book, I liked following Nina on her journey of who she was, with the way her life had been going, things were already expected of her; to take over her father’s firm and she was in a secure relationship with her boyfriend Tim. But then with her father passing away and revelations coming from all over the place, things really weren’t as they seemed, what did Nina really want to do with her life? I liked how Santopolo allowed Nina to really explore her options, yes at times there were difficult decisions to make, but if Nina really wasn’t happy with something then she really shouldn’t have to settle. Despite there being several bumps along the way, I was happy with the character that emerged in Nina at the end of this story. More than Words, gave us in my eyes a truly different story from Santopolo; but one I really appreciated, she once again gave us a gorgeously written story, and although it was tinged with loss and sorrow, it was still a story I devoured in such a short period of time.
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
    Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “More Than Words” by Jill Santopolo, G.P.Putnam’s Sons, February 5. 2019Jill Santopolo, Author of “More Than Words” has written an intense, emotional , captivating, intriguing, romantic, heartbreaking, entertaining and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and Romance. The timeline for this story is in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes her colorf Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “More Than Words” by Jill Santopolo, G.P.Putnam’s Sons, February 5. 2019Jill Santopolo, Author of “More Than Words” has written an intense, emotional , captivating, intriguing, romantic, heartbreaking, entertaining and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and Romance. The timeline for this story is in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes her colorful and dramatic characters as complex and complicatedNina Gregory has been brought but up by her wealthy Dad, who owns several fancy hotels. Nina has tried to meet her dad’s expectations of her, and has a great work ethic. One of the things that Nina is doing is writing speeches for a charismatic candidate for mayor. Mr. Gregory has been a single father, since a tragedy where Nina’s mother had been killed. Nina is lucky to have some special friends for emotional support.Circumstances change when Nina’s father is fighting the final stages of Cancer. Her boyfriend Tim, and his family have known Nina and her family for years. When Mr. Gregory does pass away, Nina finds certain information about her father that comes crashing around her, and confuses and challenges her courage and faith. Is it possible to live with someone, and not really know them? Suddenly nothing makes sense, and Nina is questioning herself. Nina is able to discuss these things with her boss, who is running for Mayor, and finds a certain attraction to him.I appreciate that the author has written such a compassionate and heart breaking novel. The author discusses the importance of family, friendship, honesty, communication, forgiveness, love and hope. I would highly recommend this amazing novel for those readers who enjoy a thought-provoking story. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
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  • Kailey (kmc_reads)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars - thanks to the publisher for my free copy of this novel. Disclaimer: If you go into this expecting another story like "The Light We Lost", I think you may be disappointed. This story was wonderful, but for me, it was very different (i.e. there was no ugly crying during this book). However, I really enjoyed this one! There were so many good things about this story - this novel felt fresh and unique to me. The fact that Nina was basically a hotel heiress but (seemingly) down-to-earth an 4.5 stars - thanks to the publisher for my free copy of this novel. Disclaimer: If you go into this expecting another story like "The Light We Lost", I think you may be disappointed. This story was wonderful, but for me, it was very different (i.e. there was no ugly crying during this book). However, I really enjoyed this one! There were so many good things about this story - this novel felt fresh and unique to me. The fact that Nina was basically a hotel heiress but (seemingly) down-to-earth and very grounded made her a relatable character that you wanted to root for. This book was deep, but also had enough drama/mystery to it to keep me entertained throughout. I loved the growth that Nina's experienced during the novel. I thought the dilemma of following in her father's footsteps vs. forging her own path was well done. Similarly, I think everyone can appreciate the relationship dilemma of being with someone because they're the safe choice/out of habit- it made it easy to relate to. Without giving anything away, I loved the romantic chemistry in this novel - steamy but also shows a deep emotional connection.For me, this was a 4 1/2 star novel. If you're a fan of romance, domestic fiction/family drama, I would definitely recommend this one!
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  • Tess
    January 1, 1970
    I’m... not sure what the point of this book was.
  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    To say that Ms. Santopolo has a way with words would be an understatement. Words simply seem to effortlessly flow onto the page in her books. I fell in love with her writing style when I read The Light We Lost. So, needless to say, I was eager to get my hands on More Than Words with the hope of recapturing the same "feels." I have to be honest, it took me a bit longer to connect with this storyline but once I did, I was hooked.The story's main character, Nina, is experiencing major life changes. To say that Ms. Santopolo has a way with words would be an understatement. Words simply seem to effortlessly flow onto the page in her books. I fell in love with her writing style when I read The Light We Lost. So, needless to say, I was eager to get my hands on More Than Words with the hope of recapturing the same "feels." I have to be honest, it took me a bit longer to connect with this storyline but once I did, I was hooked.The story's main character, Nina, is experiencing major life changes. She is anticipating the impending death of her father as he is in the final stages of terminal cancer. The death of her father will lead to a major career change for her as she's expected to take over his company when he passes away. Her boyfriend is pushing to get engaged and now she's feeling an attraction to another man. To compound all of that, she is questioning who she "really is" and what her dreams truly are. For so many years, she has moved through life while letting others' expectations guide her but now she realizes that she doesn't really know who she is at all. To add to her confusion, some family secrets come to light following her father's death which lead her to question the foundation her life has been built upon and the people she has trusted."He'd stood with her in the darkness and made it feel safe."Through a good portion of the book, Nina continues to move through the motions of what is "expected" of someone in her station. Gradually, you watch as she takes baby steps to gain control of her life. She gets an ear piercing, she changes her wardrobe, she makes decisions for the company and so on. She decides to live without apology and to live honestly. It's a great lesson that we could all learn from. "I love you," he whispered into her hair. "More than words," she answered him.
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  • Jaymi Couch
    January 1, 1970
    Nina is the perfect daughter. She’s smart, beautiful and understands the responsibility of her family’s legacy. Her fiancé is her best friend and they’ve grown up together. She feels pressure after her father dies to do everything he expected - marry the guy, run the company and continue his legacy. This story is about love and loss. Learning that people don’t always deserve to be put on a pedestal. That it’s okay to be brave and honest. That sometimes you should make changes in your life if the Nina is the perfect daughter. She’s smart, beautiful and understands the responsibility of her family’s legacy. Her fiancé is her best friend and they’ve grown up together. She feels pressure after her father dies to do everything he expected - marry the guy, run the company and continue his legacy. This story is about love and loss. Learning that people don’t always deserve to be put on a pedestal. That it’s okay to be brave and honest. That sometimes you should make changes in your life if they are needed. This was a very good read and I felt connected to the characters and their struggles.
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  • Autumn
    January 1, 1970
    Nina Gregory lives a life of privilege and of responsibility. As the sole heir to the Gregory Corporation, it has been ingrained in her psyche since birth. Determined to make a difference, she lands a job as a speechwriter for the up and coming NYC mayoral candidate, Rafael O’Connor-Ruiz. He embodies everything that she loves about New York City - He’s hard working, honorable and entirely too handsome for her peace of mind. She keeps telling herself that she’s happy with her comfortable boyfrien Nina Gregory lives a life of privilege and of responsibility. As the sole heir to the Gregory Corporation, it has been ingrained in her psyche since birth. Determined to make a difference, she lands a job as a speechwriter for the up and coming NYC mayoral candidate, Rafael O’Connor-Ruiz. He embodies everything that she loves about New York City - He’s hard working, honorable and entirely too handsome for her peace of mind. She keeps telling herself that she’s happy with her comfortable boyfriend and the predictable path that she’s set for the future. But all of that was before cancer threatened to steal her father away long before she’s ready to let him go.“Do you read poetry?” he asked her. Nina swallowed the lump in her throat. “Not much,” she said. “But a little. When I was a kid, I memorized Lewis Carroll’s ‘Jabberwocky,’ for my dad.” “He took his vorpal sword in hand; Long time the manxome foe he sought—” Rafael quoted. “So rested he by the Tumtum tree and stood awhile in thought,” Nina finished. Rafael laughed. “You’re full of surprises,” he said. You too, Nina wanted to say. But instead she just smiled. “Why did you bring up poetry?” “Well,” Rafael answered, stretching out the word. “I took a couple of poetry classes in college, and I’ve come to think of life like poetry. It’s my own theory, but it makes me feel better about things.” “What do you mean?” Nina asked, hoping that whatever he was about to say would be comforting. “I think of people like poems,” he said. “Maybe someone’s a haiku, or a villanelle, or a cinquain, a sonnet—our length and form are predestined, but our content isn’t. And each form has its own challenges, its own difficulties, and its own beauty. Your father’s poem is coming to an end, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful or worthwhile or important.”With her world falling apart, she begins to question everything she’s ever thought she wanted out of life. Nothing is as it seems, people aren’t what they appear to be, and love isn’t always easy. The only thing that she does know is that she feels so alive when she’s with Rafael.Rafael looked at her. Their hands were still touching and now their eyes locked. “I feel like I can be myself around you,” he told her. “All of me. I never feel that way. Not even with my ex-wife.” “I feel like I can be myself around you, too,” Nina said. She was whispering. The pieces of her that felt new, the questions she had—Rafael didn’t seem like he had expectations of who she would be. More like he wanted to learn who she was, deep inside.Jill Santopolo’s More Than Words can be best described as a journey to find truth - that special kind of soul truth. In poignant prose, she leads you from the beloved streets of New York City to the unknown depths of the human heart. Yes, there is crippling grief and overwhelming joy. But most of all, there is triumph. And perhaps within its pages, you will also find the inspiration to live your most authentic self…
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    Alright after some reflection I've settled on 2.5 stars. Unfortunately this one just didn't work for me.Synopsis "I think it's hard not to fall apart when your view of life is shifting." This story follows Nina, the heiress to a hotel corporation. Her world is crashing around her as her father's health declines. She is thrust into a role she wasn't ready for, she's questioning her relationship with the man she always thought she'd have a future with, and she is discovering well-hidden secrets ab Alright after some reflection I've settled on 2.5 stars. Unfortunately this one just didn't work for me.Synopsis "I think it's hard not to fall apart when your view of life is shifting." This story follows Nina, the heiress to a hotel corporation. Her world is crashing around her as her father's health declines. She is thrust into a role she wasn't ready for, she's questioning her relationship with the man she always thought she'd have a future with, and she is discovering well-hidden secrets about her family. All the while, a connection is blooming between her and her ex-boss. OverviewMy biggest issue with this book was that I felt nothing. This was a book that relied on a connection to the characters and I sadly never felt one.This is told in 3rd person from Nina's perspective. And for some reason this kept throwing me off. Since the entire story was purely from her perspective it almost felt like it should have been 1st person. This totally may be a just-me thing though!This book contained a few tropes/topics I didn't love - insta-love and sex-shaming. And it was kind of hard for me to move past them. What I Liked1. Santopolo's writing is captivating. Regardless of the story, her writing always keeps me invested. She just has a way of making her stories accessible yet gripping. "Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone."2. The chapters where Nina is grieving were really well done. I felt Nina's pain. It was really the one time in the novel where I felt the story and connection.What I Didn't Like1. Overall I felt no connection to these characters. And this was not a plot driven book, so connecting to the characters was vital. I don't know what stopped me from connecting, honestly. I just never felt anything. From anyone. But it made all the romances and missteps feel completely lackluster.2. Tim. Oh man where to begin. Despite not connecting with the characters, I definitely felt strong emotions about the boyfriend in this. Unfortunately they weren't good ones. At one point, about half way through the book, he blatantly sex-shames the main character. But on top of that I don't feel like it was ever acknowledged as being wrong. It was just like 'oh yeah, that's Tim being boring'. No it's sex-shaming and I'm not here for it. And to keep piling it on, Tim's behavior felt weirdly controlling. He kept telling Nina what she should do, pointing out every little thing she changed. Literally at one point he complains because she adds fruit to a salad. (view spoiler)[The final cherry on top, was that at the very end, Nina is still talking about what a good guy he is and how she wishes they will be friends again. ergggg... (hide spoiler)]3. Nina's actions made little to no sense to me. One minute she wants nothing to do with the corporation and the next minute she's some kind of corporate wiz who exactly how to fix everything. One minute she needs time to figure herself out and 4 hours later she's in love. She was all over the place.4. The insta-love. Oh how instant it was. (view spoiler)[Nina literally breaks up with her fiancé and falls face first into her boss 4 hours later. WTF?! (hide spoiler)]Overall this was a big miss for me. I will definitely read more of Santopolo's books in the future because I love her writing and story telling. Sadly this one just wasn't for me.
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  • The Lit Bitch
    January 1, 1970
    Jill Santopolo was an author that I wanted to read long before this book! I received an ARC of her THE LIGHT WE LOST a couple years ago and I just couldn’t fit it into my review schedule.I still continue to eye THE LIGHT WE LOST whenever I am looking for something to read. It sounds like such a beautiful story, but for some reason, it just never makes its way onto my nightstand.Then MORE THAN WORDS came up for review and I wasn’t about to let this opportunity pass me by a second time. I have hea Jill Santopolo was an author that I wanted to read long before this book! I received an ARC of her THE LIGHT WE LOST a couple years ago and I just couldn’t fit it into my review schedule.I still continue to eye THE LIGHT WE LOST whenever I am looking for something to read. It sounds like such a beautiful story, but for some reason, it just never makes its way onto my nightstand.Then MORE THAN WORDS came up for review and I wasn’t about to let this opportunity pass me by a second time. I have heard people rave about her books so I was excited to start this one. Not to mention the cover is elegant and interesting so that was an added bonus.Make sure you have tissues ready for this one. I am not really a crier when I am reading but this book definitely threatened tears on a number of occasions, so if you find yourself in need of a good cry or just an emotional reader, then make sure you have tissues ready when you read this book.I can see why Santopolo has such a huge fan base and wide appeal. She writes elegant but yet completely relevant stories that go right to the heart of the female reader. I have seen a few reviewers comment about how this book lacks the same chemistry and impact as her first novel, THE LIGT WE LOST, but since I haven’t actually read that one, I felt more opened minded about this book.Personally, I enjoyed it tremendously. It was real, relatable, and had a lot of heart. Nina is a little quirky which worked for me. She wasn’t your cookie cutter heroine even though she it from a pretty high class world (she is a hotel heiress), I thought that a lot of women could relate and like her bases on her personality. Plus the things that happen to her bring her down into the realm of ‘real world’ for the average reader if that makes sense.Some things about the plot were a little cliche and sometimes the chapters were overlong, but in the end I felt that the novel worked and earned a 4 star rating from me. I am not even more excited to read THE LIGHT WE LOST because I found that Santopolo’s writing style was crisp and emotional, at least in this book.See my full review here
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  • Lynette Burnett
    January 1, 1970
    I gave More than Words by Jill Santopolo 3 Stars but it’s really more a 2.5 star book. Here’s the problem with More than Words: no conflict. All books have to lead to a conflict then resolution. Without the conflict, all you have is a narrative that isn’t very interesting. That’s how I found More than Words. Nina is a very milquetoast character; she admittedly doesn’t know who she is and we, the reader, never really know who she is either. Ms. Santopolo never fleshes her put as a mature characte I gave More than Words by Jill Santopolo 3 Stars but it’s really more a 2.5 star book. Here’s the problem with More than Words: no conflict. All books have to lead to a conflict then resolution. Without the conflict, all you have is a narrative that isn’t very interesting. That’s how I found More than Words. Nina is a very milquetoast character; she admittedly doesn’t know who she is and we, the reader, never really know who she is either. Ms. Santopolo never fleshes her put as a mature character. Even Tim, the jilted fiancée, isn’t fleshed out, and because he cries when Nina breaks up with him, he doesn’t provide the conflict needed for the story. Rafael is the best character in this book and his relationship with Nina and the conflict that it brings with his campaign, her relationship with Tim, etc could have made this book great if it had been written correctly, but it wasn’t. This book has a lot of great ideas, but where is the editing?? Riding in the success of the last book will only get you so far. I’ll give Ms. Santopolo another chance, but this one, for me, is strike two. One more strike and she’ll be out and I’ll move on.
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  • Kim Bruce Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    Received this book from Goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed the book. This is my first book by Jill Santopolo.
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