by Anthology

October 2006
ISBN: 0-373-83658-9
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For the third straight year Harlequin has published More Than Words a collection of short stories by their popular authors, which fictionalize true stories of women who have made an impact on their worlds. The proceeds from the sale of this particular title are given to different charities chosen by the publisher.

This third edition is the first that I’ve personally read. I was overwhelmed with what women who seem to be no more extraordinary than you or I, have managed to accomplish because of a simple idea. I could not put this book down, and while I feel inspired to rush right out and find a worthy organization to volunteer my time to, I also feel just as inspired to dig deep into my TBR mountain for the previous volumes that I know are lurking there.

More Than Words Volume Three fictionalizes five wonderful women, who I found to be more and more inspiring. For the sake of simplicity I’m going to tell you that each story was thought provoking, and equally entertaining. There were stories of illness, physical challenges, and emotional challenges. Each writer and her story will draw you in and not let you go until you have turned the last page.

My personal favorite was authored by Susan Wiggs, and is called Homecoming Season. It’s the story of a family torn apart by the ravages of breast cancer, and how they must now deal with the new cards that have been dealt to them. After the struggle for life, Miranda is now faced with the struggle to pull her family back together. As I read the tears were threatening to spill over, so I suggest you be prepared and keep the hankies close.

The last story in the anthology is by Tori Carrington and called A Stitch in Time. It is written in the first person, but whether or not you care for first person narratives, it is a story that needs to be read. Jenny Smith is a single mom raising three children. She’s been divorced for four years, and is feeling as though she’s over the ugliness of the divorce. As the story unwinds she realizes that not only is she not over the divorce, but her actions have not allowed for her children to move forward after the divorce either. Jenny’s growth and understanding of her situation and her children’s needs is something that many people can learn a lesson from whether divorced or not.

I’m not a book keeper, and never have been. However there are a few titles that go down in my journal as “if I were a keeper I’d have kept…” More Than Words Volume Three is not only my first read of 2007, but is also joining the ranks of the privileged few that I claim “if I were a keeper I’d have kept…”

Reviewed in January 2007 by Sandi.

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