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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Book Review: More Than Words, Volume 7

Book cover of More Than Words by Harlequin Carly Phillips Donna Hill Jill Shalvis
I love the idea of Harlequin’s More than Words series.  Every year for the past seven years, Harlequin has gathered some of the top romance authors to craft stories based upon real-life heroines.  The stories showcase strong, determined women who have made dramatic changes in their community.  It’s a creative way to spread the word about these worthy charities and the women who created them.

With any anthology, of course, there are mixed results.  In the most recent anthology, there was one definite winner and two so-so stories.  However, while the romances were a mixed bag, I was fascinated by the charitable endeavors described and I thought the authors were creative in building romances off of the featured charities.

Compassion Can’t Wait by Carly Phillips: No joke, I had to pull out the Kleenex on the first page of this story.  As a teenager, Julia Caldwell lost her younger sister to leukemia.  As an adult, Julia dedicates herself to assisting families of terminally ill children.  She needs help reaching a surly and angry teenage boy, so she requests the help of baseball star Kyle Hansen, who also happened to be her teenage sweetheart until they broke up in anger.  I really liked this story – Julia and Kyle’s emotions rang so true as they rued their youthful immaturity and tried for a second chance at love.

Someplace Like Home by Donna Hill:  Eh, this was my least favorite story in the book.  Verna and Ronald gradually fall in love as they work together to help at-risk teens.  I just didn’t see any chemistry between the leads – they were great people but as heroine and hero they were just plain boring.

What the Heart Wants by Jill Shalvis: I liked the plot of this one but felt it might have been better served as a full-length novel.  There were too many unexplained complications and I kept thinking I was missing something as Jack and Ellie tried to rekindle their own friendship and move it into romantic territory.

I think the More than Words idea is so inspirational, and even though I didn’t love Volume 7, I would absolutely read the previous and future volumes.

Grade: C-
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: March 27,2011
Page count: 352 pages

Romance novel book reviews by Sarah The Brazen Bookworm (Harlequin More Than Words anthology)

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.


  1. I read this one too, and felt a lot of the same things. I really liked reading the few pages of the true stories more than the actual romances.

  2. I have this book to read but I haven't picked it up yet. Thanks for the honest review, I'll definitely look into reading it now. I adore Jill Shalvis and even though her story in this book wasn't a home run, I'll still give it a go. I'm itching to read the Carly Phillips story now.


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