MORE THAN WORDS
by Diana Palmer, Carla Neggers, Brenda Novak, Susan Mallery, Emilie Richards

October 2004
ISBN: 0-373-83619-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin
Mass Market Paperback
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This is an anthology by five great authors; each story in the anthology is dedicated to a real life woman that is doing something to make a difference. Each story is unique in that it is about the real life work these women are doing. One story tells of feeding homeless people, while another tells of memory boxes that women make and give to mothers that lose their babies. There is also a story for quilts for foster children, an internet site built in Canada to support abused women, and a story on a prison literacy program.


Each of these things is helping make the world a better place to live and impacting it in a big way. The stories were all well written and leave the reader feeling good. My least favorite story was probably the first one, The Greatest Gift by Diana Palmer, as it just seemed a fictionalized telling of how that particular work got started, while the others all were their own story that merely tied in to the thing or work. The Greatest Gift told the story of a woman that when down on her luck, decided to help others by getting restraunts to donate the leftover food they throw away to shelters. The romance in this one seems a little contrived but there is a definte relationship that develops.


For instance, it is a tie between my favorites in the book. They were all so good. But I did really enjoy Hanging By A Thread by Emilie Richards which told of a foster child that needed a place to call home. She carried from place to place a tattered, small quilt that had been given to her by Caring Hands. The quilt impacted her life and became an integral part of the story. The other tie in favorite was Small Packages by Brenda Novak. Noelle was involved in helping make memory boxes for a local hospital when she becomes attached to a newborn Jeremy and his father Harrison, who is coming to terms with the loss of an ex-girlfriend and his other baby. Jeremy was the only survivor of the twin births.


Each story in More Than Word will touch your heart. It will make you want to be a part of something as great as the work these women are doing, if you’re not already. And the greatest news is by purchasing this book you can help as a portion of each sale is being donated to future charity support work. So those of us that are too busy, and have families, this is something easy and small we can all do to be involved.


And the added bonus is you get to read some wonderful, emotional stories from some great authors. You get a chance to read about how other women are making a difference. And there’s not a story in here that wasn’t worth reading. Each one was beautiful and eloquent. I wouldn’t miss this opportunity to add another Novak or Palmer to the keeper shelf. And that’s where this one will wind up. You won’t want to part with it because a gem like this can be read over and over again for a quick pick me up.


Reviewed in September 2004 by Katy.