More Than by Diane Barnes
Another phenomenal “must read” women’s fiction novel you can only expect to be brought to you by Suzy Approved Book Tours.
About the book:
“You are obese, Mrs. Moriarty.”
Peggy Moriarty is stunned by her doctor’s words. She knows she’s let herself go a bit, but she thinks the young, skinny physician is exaggerating. Her husband’s death fourteen years ago left her to raise their twins, Grace and Greg, alone. But now that they’re teenagers, doing their own things, her only hobby is watching Messages from Beyond, a show about a medium who connects the grieving with their deceased loved ones.
When the twins leave for college, they give Peggy a gift certificate for an exercise class. At first, Peggy is insulted. But once the sting wears off, she realizes if she gets in shape, she might gain the confidence she needs to go on her favorite TV show and talk to her husband one last time.
With help from her new friends at the gym and Carmen Tavarez, the mother of Grace’s boyfriend, Peggy begins to emerge from her prolonged grief and spread her wings. She may soon discover that her sum is more than a mother, a widow, and her body.
In Diane Barnes’s More Than, Peggy Moriarty finds herself unmoored when she sends her twins off to college while still grieving her husband’s loss fourteen years before. With a light touch, a dash of humor, and a pace that keeps the pages turning, Barnes has crafted memorable and relatable characters in this story of grief, friendship, and self-discovery.”
— Jennifer Klepper, USA Today Best Selling Author of Unbroken Threads
“A warm and wonderful novel about love and loss (of many kinds!) You’ll root for the relatable Peggy along her journey of parenthood, cardio boot camp, and self-acceptance. A book chockfull of heart!”
–Annie Hartnett, Author of Rabbit Cake
“In MORE THAN, Diane Barnes captures some of the true struggles with extended grief, depression, and self image while keeping the story fresh, crisp, and real. The character development is superbly done, as Peggy’s outer appearance becomes secondary to her inner transformation. I was “Team Peggy” all the way and almost did a few sit-ups myself. Almost.”
–USA TODAY Best Selling Author Kelly Stone Gamble
I am not embarrassed to say I devoured this book -pun intended. It went down like one of Peggy’s homemade chocolate shakes. I mean come on, who doesn’t relate to someone that eats a bag of popcorn for supper, or puts away a whole bag of trick-or-treat Milky Ways in one night?
Overweight, alone, and a helicopter mom of twins who have just left for college, Peggy really doesn’t think she’s severely obese. When her kids give her a gift certificate for an exercise class she decides it may be her ticket to get shape up and gain a chance to get on her favorite TV show. Peggy just doesn’t realize just how much work a 12 week book camp can be, especially when she gets short of breath getting out of bed. With a little help from her new gym friends, Peggy discovers she may be more than just her shape.
Diane Barnes nailed it with this book. This is one of those women’s fiction books that clearly was written from someone who “gets it.” Her main character Peggy has a little bit of each of us inside of her (literally). No, seriously, Peggy is every single woman out there wrapped into one. When she hits the gym and starts to experience all the pain that goes with it, I swear I was reading about my own work-out experience. I knew I loved her when she farted on her exercise partner while struggling to do sit-ups at the gym. There were many laugh-out loud moments throughout this book, and I powered through it in one sitting. It truly is unputdownable. The fact that Peggy is doing all this work to get in shape to go on a TV show is one thing. The fact that the Peggy is getting in shape to talk to her dead husband on said TV show- Messages from Beyond – makes the whole story so much better.
I loved this book. I did not expect to love it as much as I did. This gets a 5 star rating from me. Diane Barnes’ ability to write a book with characters so realistic is amazing. I will definitely be picking up whatever she writes next. This one is a must read.
I just would like to thank Diane Barnes, Suzanne Leopold of Suzy Approved Book Tours, and Red Adept Publishing (#partner) for the gifted copy of this book for my unbiased and honest opinion for review.
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About the Author
Diane Barnes is the author of More Than (October 29, 2019 ), Waiting for Ethan (2015), and Mixed Signals (2016). She is also a marketing and corporate communication writer in the health care industry. When she’s not writing, she’s at the gym, running or playing tennis, trying to burn off the ridiculous amounts of chocolate and ice cream she eats. She and her husband Steven live in Massachusetts and dream of moving to Turks and Caicos – at least for the winter months. She hopes you enjoy reading her books as much as she enjoyed writing them.
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