Review: More Than Words by Jill Santopolo

Jill Santopolo was an author that I wanted to read long before this book! I received an ARC of her THE LIGHT WE LOST a couple years ago and I just couldn’t fit it into my review schedule.

I still continue to eye THE LIGHT WE LOST whenever I am looking for something to read. It sounds like such a beautiful story, but for some reason, it just never makes its way onto my nightstand.

Then MORE THAN WORDS came up for review and I wasn’t about to let this opportunity pass me by a second time. I have heard people rave about her books so I was excited to start this one. Not to mention the cover is elegant and interesting so that was an added bonus.


Nina has always known who she’s supposed to be. But is that who she truly is?

Nina Gregory has always been a good daughter. Raised by her father, owner of New York City’s glamorous Gregory Hotels, Nina was taught that family, reputation, and legacy are what matter most. And Tim–her devoted boyfriend and best friend since childhood–feels the same. But when Nina’s father dies, he leaves behind a secret that shocks Nina to her core.

As her world falls apart, Nina begins to see the men in her life–her father, her boyfriend, and unexpectedly, her boss, Rafael–in a new light. Soon Nina finds herself caught between the world she loves, and a passion that could upend everything.

More Than Words is a heartbreaking and romantic novel about grief, loss, love, and self-discovery, and how we choose which life we are meant to live (summary from Goodreads).


Make sure you have tissues ready for this one. I am not really a crier when I am reading but this book definitely threatened tears on a number of occasions, so if you find yourself in need of a good cry or just an emotional reader, then make sure you have tissues ready when you read this book.

I can see why Santopolo has such a huge fan base and wide appeal. She writes elegant but yet completely relevant stories that go right to the heart of the female reader. I have seen a few reviewers comment about how this book lacks the same chemistry and impact as her first novel, THE LIGT WE LOST, but since I haven’t actually read that one, I felt more opened minded about this book.

Personally, I enjoyed it tremendously. It was real, relatable, and had a lot of heart. Nina is a little quirky which worked for me. She wasn’t your cookie cutter heroine even though she it from a pretty high class world (she is a hotel heiress),  I thought that a lot of women could relate and like her bases on her personality. Plus the things that happen to her bring her down into the realm of ‘real world’ for the average reader if that makes sense.

Some things about the plot were a little cliche and sometimes the chapters were overlong, but in the end I felt that the novel worked and earned a 4 star rating from me. I am not even more excited to read THE LIGHT WE LOST because I found that Santopolo’s writing style was crisp and emotional, at least in this book.

Book Info and Review

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
ISBN 0735218307
Free review copy provided by publisher, Putnam, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: women’s fiction



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