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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperLuxe; Lgr edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062107046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062107046
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,025,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[If Wishes Were Horses] will satisfy fans of sweet romances and tender family sagas… Mr. Barclay weaves a quiet tale about people with hearts of gold, each barely coping with inner demons or tragic circumstances, who learn that they need one another in order to find redemption. (NY Journal of Books)

“IF WISHES WERE HORSES is chock full of wonderful characters. The novel is a moving one, at turns poignant, sad, dramatic, amusing, and hopeful.” (Romance Reviews Today)

“If you like novelists like Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, A Walk to Remember) or Nicholas Evans (The Horse Whisperer, The Storm Jumper) , Robert Barclay will be right up your alley” (Boulder Examiner)

“MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY crosses genres and combines romance with mystery while managing to avoid becoming sappy or overly sentimental. The way Robert Barclay toggles between a summer at the beginning of the Second World War and a summer in the present is done masterfully.” (Book Reporter)

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From the author of If Wishes Were Horses comes a novel of long-buried secrets and self-discovery, showing us that sometimes what goes unsaid is more powerful than words. . .

Chelsea Enright never expected to inherit her grand-mother’s lakeside cottage deep in the Adirondacks—a serene getaway that had been mysteriously closed up decades ago. This is no simple bequest, however, because when Chelsea finds her grandmother’s WWII diaries, she’s stunned to discover that they hold secrets she never suspected . . . and they have the power to turn her own life upside down.

Even more surprising is the compelling presence of local doctor Brandon Yale, and Chelsea soon finds her “short stay” has stretched into the entire summer. She cannot put this cottage and her family’s past easily behind her—and the more she learns about the woman her grandmother truly was, the more Chelsea’s own life begins to change . . . and nothing will ever be the same again.

Customer Reviews

I felt that the characters were believable and well written.
Heather
I rather enjoyed the storyline and felt that the author was able to pull me right into the story and keep me interested till the end.
Patrick Reeves
I found the characters to be a tad bit cheesy and some of the dialogue seemed corny to me.
Naida M.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Erin Konrad on December 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have to say I was super disappointed with this book. I always open a book with an open mind, and I'm always searching for something fantastic. This book was not. I know it has some editing to be done still, but overall, I was not crazy about the storyline or the writing style.

The story was set up like it was going to involve some mysterious, dark secret. The plot ends up being rather mundane...maybe this would have worked as an 'immoral' story several decades ago. Compared to the types of behavior we see exhibited on tv, movies, and in books, this story is completely anti-climatic.

As for the writing style, every paragraph ends with an ellipsis. Every character is introduced through a list of their traits ("He was an attractive man in his early sixties with a full head of gray hair," "She was a tall and attractive woman of 33") etc. All of the characters are stereotypes and their thoughts often read like a soap opera.

This book was predictable and offered characters and scenes that have been written about for hundreds of years. I didn't fall in love with any of the characters--actually, in the end, I didn't care about any of them one way or another.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Meijer Bjorn on February 15, 2012
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My wife likes fiction and this is her review:

I was very excited to read this book, I love books that combine the past and present into a wonderful story line. Unfortunately, the book was a disappointment. The characters were not engaging in the least and very unbelievable. The conversations the characters would have are even more strange, the dialogue felt forced and often times like it was written for a bad sitcom based in the 1950's. I also did not enjoy the endless description, the description of everyone's outfit in each scene, the furniture in every room of every house, the look in someones eyes or face or mouth during a scene, very over done and obnoxious.

The story line was interesting and without the other issues I could have liked this book, but, if they took out the things I did not like, the book would only be about 50 pages long!

Overall, I wish I could take back the time I spent reading this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tracy F. VINE VOICE on November 6, 2011
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Few books make it to my keeper shelf, but Robert Barclay's "More Than Words Can Say" earns its place. Part book, part cookbook the story focuses on two generations, a grandmother and granddaughter and their trials with love and heartbreak.

Chelsea Enright is saddened when her grandmother dies, but surprised to learn she's inheriting her grandmother's prized cottage in New York's Adirondacks. As far as Chelsea knows, no one, including her grandmother Brooke, has set foot in the cottage on Lake Evergreen since WWII. No one knows why Brooke never returned to a place she loved, but Chelsea learns it is in great shape, fully updated with modern appliances and it's now Chelsea's. She's doubly surprised to learn that her grandmother left a box hidden in the floorboards that explains the events leading up to her decision to leave the cottage and never return.

For Chelsea, the trip to the cottage is meant to be a quick one to uncover the truth before selling the property. She never expects to meet a man, fall in love and suddenly face a choice that will change her future forever.

I know many people have mixed feelings on Nicholas Sparks' books, but I happen to love them. They're sweet and powerfully emotion, but "More Than Words Can Say" offers depth too. The story does flip flop between present day and Brooke's life in WWII. The balance is perfect and gives plenty of insight into the choices she makes, whether or not the reader agrees.

Balanced with the story are recipes Brooke creates on her limited budget while rations made it hard to do the simple things in life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tooncesmom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 18, 2012
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When Chelsea Enright's grandmother dies, she visits the New York lake cottage the old woman bequeathed her, intending to stay only a couple of days. A letter from her grandmother was given to her by the lawyer-a letter containing specific instructions and a key to a metal box buried under the floorboards in a spare room of the cottage. When Chelsea arrives, she encounters handsome neighbor Brandon Yale-or rather their dogs encounter one another, and she is bitten when trying to separate the pair. Brandon, a doctor, tends her wound and then escorts her to the cottage where she meets the long-time caretaker and his wife.

The cottage is nothing like Chelsea expected, rather it is lovingly cared for and quite compelling, set on a beautiful stretch of water with a gorgeous view and a boathouse. Chelsea finds the metal box, and in it, some photographs and her grandmother's diary. Excited, she starts to read, then later sharing what she learns with Brandon, who has become a friend. The stay turns into a summer long idyll, and Chelsea learns shocking things about her grandmother and about herself.

More than Words Can Say is a love story within a love story, told in the viewpoints of Chelsea and her grandmother, Brooke. Brooke's story is in both diary and present active form and tells of her own stay at the cabin during WWII when her husband was at the front.

I wanted to like this story more than I did. Unfortunately, the book didn't deliver on the expectations of its premise. I kept waiting for the big, shocking moment that never came. I expected Brooke's secret to have reverberations, but the only horror was her inability to move beyond her own perception.

Instances of clumsy, passive writing detracted from this rather sweet love story.
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After graduating from Colgate University with a B.A. in Economics and a minor Art History, Robert J. Barclay enjoyed a successful career in business, and served as chairman of his industry-related consulting group. After selling his business and moving from upstate New York to Florida (and with some rather successful prodding by his wife), he was able to finally devote his full attention to something he had always wanted to do: write a book. Rob lives in sunny south Florida. When he isn't writing, he enjoys weightlifting, Shotokan Karate, and going to the beach to do absolutely nothing.

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