From Goodreads: Each one of us has the ability to effect change—to make our world a better place. The dedicated women selected as this year’s recipients of Harlequin’s More Than Words award have changed lives, one good deed at a time. To celebrate their accomplishments, some of our bestselling authors written stories inspired by these real-life heroines.
We hope More Than Words inspires you to get in touch with the real-life heroine living inside of you.
In Carly Phillips’s Compassion Can’t Wait, two high school sweethearts are reunited and discover that if you believe in yourself and each other, anything is possible.
Donna Hill’s Someplace Like Home tells the story of how one woman’s dream becomes reality, as three special people learn that it’s never too late to form a loving family.
In Jill Shalvis’s What the Heart Wants, an honorable man must learn to forgive himself to regain the trust of the dedicated teacher who is the love of his life.
Received for Review
Overall Rating 3.75
Compassion Can’t Wait: 3.75
Someplace like Home: 3.75
What the Heart Wants: 3.75
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NOTE: I should mention that novella’s are generally not my favorite reads as I am always left wanting more of the story. These 3 reads were very quick, powerful, and packed as much as they could into the short time they had. I still wanted more of each story but each one was complete. They will all pull at your heartstrings.
Compassion Can’t Wait by Carly Phillips: This story was very touching both with the lost loves seeing each other again and the family that was struggling with illness. I love stories of love lost but found again so this story appealed to me on that level and felt the romance was very sweet.
Someplace like Home by Donna Hill: I love the premise of Someplace Like Home! I have several adopted children in my family that were foster children first so this story did some extra pulling at my heart for that reason. I liked the romance between Ronald and Verna but Ronald was really the moving part of the story for me.
What the Heart Wants by Jill Shalvis: This to me was the best romance of the three books because it seemed the most organic. I loved that Ellie was helping these girls with self-confidence and acceptance. I loved that Jack was in a position to help Ellie and her organization. Though there is some reference to violence it wasn’t overwhelming and did not overshadow the story.
Overall: All 3 of these stories pull at your heartstrings and the stories are uplifting! I highly recommend this book for a nice beach read!
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