More Than Words Can Say by Robert Barclay, Book Review

In this extremely good novel Chelsea Enright, a successful art teacher, inherits her grandmothers lakeside cottage and her wartime recipe book.  She is led on a journey of personal discovery as she learns more about her late grandmother, Brooke Bartlett, through her wartime diaries which were hidden in the cottage.

Chelsea meets her true love while staying in the cottage that eventful summer, her story has very close parallels to her grandmothers with some major positive differences.

You will meet some very clear, strong characters in this book who I am sure you will fall in love with, as did I.  It is a very cleverly written romance/drama/historical novel with some mystery thrown in for good measure.  There is something for everybody in this book and it comes to a very satisfying conclusion.

I like the way in which Robert Barclay flashes back to Brookes actual life when the excerpts from her diary are read by Chelsea and her neighbour Brandon, I found this a very cleverly constructed style which worked amazingly well.

I also liked the fact that Barclay included some of the wartime recipes in the back of the book, I think I will try to replicate some of them one day.  There is a useful reading group guide which would open up some very interesting topics of discussion.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and intend to read Barclay’s other novel If wishes were horses and I will be keeping my eyes open for future books from this author.

The only negative that I could find were a few editing errors but this did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the book.


Personal read 5/5

Group read 5/5

Published by Harper Collins

ISBN 978-0-06-204119-7

USA $14.99

~ by adelesymonds on March 5, 2012.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

B.R. Young

Indie Author

Kone, Krusos, Kronos

A personal forum to express ideas, experiences, stories, etc.

The Published Pen

Exciting news, tips, and industry tricks from Pen Name Publishing and French Press Bookworks, boutique publishing houses for all of your independent needs.

Elisabeth Wheatley

Dangerous girls and boys who love them

Storytime with Buffy

Let's talk books

Organic, Free-Range, Home Schooled Well Water

Collection Of Stories From The Great Whatever

bethanybull75's Blog

A topnotch site

Watch Nonnie Write!

"It's gonna be a long, long journey, but I'm ready..."


Books, Reviews and bookish thoughts


Jon Wilson’s 1920’s and 1930’s - a unique time in our history.

Julie Kavanagh writer

Me, my books, my world


Writing about writing

school Days

Good old days...

Ajoobacats Blog

Doctor, student, yogini, teacher, reader and observer

Flickr Comments

I like to support interaction


Up and coming writer

One step at a time

Let's learn creative writing together

Angus48's Blog

Keeping Reviewing and Ranting to an Artform.

The Linden Chronicles

Bestselling Thriller/Suspense Author of The Wolf's Moon and The River, PATRICK JONES, reveals stories never before told UNTIL NOW...YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Copyright (C) Patrick Jones All Rights Reserved

A New Start in Life

Finding my inner peace...

All That's Written ...

Lucy Pireel - Author, reader, and blogger

Emma Lynn

Mother, wife and audlt ficton writer

P.M. Brown

Hope is never lost, it is only abandoned.


an adventure in reading, writing & publishing

Musings Of Two Creative Minds

Welcome to the world of Allan and Helen Krummenacker, authors of the Para-Earth Series. Here you will find information about our books, thoughts on writing, our adventures becoming indie authors, reviews of books we've enjoyed, and much more. So come on in and stay a while, we have much to share and would love to hear from all of you about your reading and writing adventures.


There's No Truth, Only Perspectives


Lizzie's Random Thoughts and Stuff


Just another site


The website where movies count

Greg Carrico's Blog

Just another site

Novelist/screenwriter Scott Harper’s official blog

Novelist/screenwriter Scott Harper’s official blog

Kelly Dines

Writer, bookworm, fantasy dork

J.A. Dennam



Books and Creative Writing

Geoffrey David West

Writing | Photography | Proofreading

Voices In His Head

Recognized as Blog Of The Year! (unfortunately, it was given the year 1910, the start of the Great Depression)


Just another site

Sandra Austin

Writing for Children, Life Stories, Life in General


This site follows Nicola


A Dotty Old Bat and Her Suitcase

%d bloggers like this: