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More Than You Know [Kindle Edition]

Nan Rossiter
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Book Description

New York Times bestselling author Nan Rossiter weaves a poignant, empowering novel in which three sisters gather to celebrate their mother's life--and find new inspiration for living their own. . .

Losing her father on the night she was born could have torn Beryl Graham's family apart. Instead, it knitted them together. Under their mother's steady guidance, Beryl and her older sisters, Isak and Rumer, shared a childhood filled with happiness. But now Mia Graham has passed away after battling Alzheimer's, and her three daughters return to their New Hampshire home to say goodbye.

Swept up in memories and funeral preparations, the sisters catch up on each other's lives. Rumer and Isak have both known recent heartache, while Beryl has given up hope of marriage. But surprising revelations abound, especially when they uncover Mia's handwritten memoir. In it are secrets they never guessed at--clandestine romance, passionate dreams, joy and guilt. And as Beryl, Rumer, and Isak face a future without her, they realize it's never too late to heed a mother's lessons--about taking chances, keeping faith, and loving in spite of the risks. . .

"Nostalgic and tender. . .summons the pain of loss, the balm of sisterhood, and the unbreakable bonds of family that help us survive both." --Marie Bostwick, New York Times bestselling author

Praise for the novels of Nan Rossiter

"Eloquent and surprising...I love this story of faith, love, and the lasting bonds of family." --Ann Leary, author of Outtakes from a Marriage on The Gin & Chowder Club

"An intimate portrayal of a family in crisis, with good character development and a bucolic setting." –Publishers Weekly on Words Get in the Way

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Stilted language detracts from the appeal of Rossiter’s sugary-sweet take on family struggles, love, and the indelible bonds of sisterhood. Born on the same night her father was killed in a car crash, Beryl Graham still managed to fill her life with laughter and joy as her single mother, Mia, raised her and her sisters, Isak and Rumer. When Mia begins to experience the ravages of Alzheimer’s, feeling “the long shadows . . . slowly creeping across my mind,” she starts a journal for her adult daughters that they find among her belongings after she dies. Secrets and passions locked away in the past come to life, bringing unexpected changes for each daughter. Forced to define and redefine themselves, Beryl, Isak, and Rumer greet this new stage of their lives with resilience and humor. Complete with sweet-treat recipes, this is one to suggest to fans of family-oriented women’s fiction. --Julie Trevelyan


"Loosely connected to Rossiter's previous novels, this tale is peopled with wonderfully intriguing characters, both two- and four- legged. The story within a story is moving: quite emotional with much sadness, but there's also joy. This truly inspirational tear-jerker will be remembered long after the last page." - RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars, TOP PICK!

Product Details

  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 075828389X
  • Publisher: Kensington Books (April 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AY48PVS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Family, Friendship, Faith and Love" April 30, 2013
What started out as a joyous Fifth Anniversary celebration at the Chesterfield Inn on a snowy November evening turned into terror, tragedy, and heartbreak for Mia Graham. However, with the tragic event came a precious gift, as Daughter Beryl was born the same night. Mia was now a single Mother and with her Faith and Family to guide her, she raised three strong-willed, beautiful Daughters--all named after Authors--Isak, Rumer and Beryl. We fast forward years later, where the once little girls are now grown women, two married with children and Beryl maintaining their aging Mother's care as that devil of a disease, Alzheimer's, slowly erases Mia's memory until Beryl is no longer able to care for her at home and balance her work schedule at her Mother's prized tea shoppe, "Tranquility in a Teapot". Beryl agonizes over placement in a nursing home, but the safety of her Mother is her first priority, especially after frightening situations occur at the house. After a discussion with her Sisters, Beryl decides it is the only logical solution. Sadly, Mia's health deteriorates more rapidly than she expected, and Beryl is by herself when Mia passes. Her Sisters gather at the homestead, where memories and tears abound and some secrets are unearthed. Who is this David? And what part does Clay Davis play in this unfolding drama? In the midst of it all, Beryl reconnects with Micah Coleman, who used to work in the tea shoppe for her Mother, and a friendship blossoms amidst sorrow. We are also re-introduced to Micah's parents, Asa and Maddie Coleman, who take Mia's Daughter, Beryl "under their wing" and who help to show Mia's family just how loved and respected their Mother was by the whole community. I must say that this book brought back many memories within my own family. Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To the moon and back,,,,, May 5, 2013
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An utterly delightful book about family and the many nuances and flavors love can take. Believable characters, lively description and even a deep, dark secret.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming May 3, 2013
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A delightful story of 3 families coming together again after a tragedy.Beautifully written.I could picture the house and the surroundings as if I'd known them all my life. The dogs and the family cat were enchanting along with the lovely memoir written by the sister's mother. A wonderful read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Want To Know More... April 30, 2013
Mia and Tom Graham were celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary on that fateful night when Tom's life was cut too short and their third daughter's, Beryl's, life began. Raising daughters Isak, Rumer and Beryl~~all named after some of Mia's favorite authors~~in idyllic New Hampshire was Mia's greatest joy; but not her only joy as the girls come to find out when they gather together to say goodbye to their beloved Mother. As both Isak and Rumer moved far from home with their families, Beryl stayed close by and in the end, when Alzheimer's claimed Mia's health and memories, Beryl was there to help care for her Mother and to care for the tea shoppe that Mia opened. What a lovely relationship that these girls shared with their Mother as well as with one another. Such a sisterly bond. As the sisters are left with the heartbreaking task of going through Mia's things they find a letter that she wrote to them telling them a story of her life, a life they didn't know she lived. With the help of their neighbor and Mia's former employee, Micah, the girls take a journey through Mia's life and in the process begin their own journeys. Finding a way to infuse humor in this story, Ms. Rossiter gives us a precocious bulldog named "Flannery O'Connor" or "Flan" who just can't seem to stay out of trouble and a sophisticated cat named "Thoreau" who discovers a love of catnip. On a very personal note~~the author wrote a scene in which Mia becomes so ill with an infection that she is rendered nonresponsive. Having recently gone through this very same thing with my own Mother, it is clear that the author experienced firsthand the heartbreak and fears that hearing the word "nonresponsive" can bring. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than You Know by Nan Rossiter June 12, 2013
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It was really good from beginning to the end. Thumbs up. Writer is excellent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than You Know May 27, 2013
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What an amazing book! It's my first book by this author...I laughed, I cried ,I smiled and blew my nose a hundred times! I didn't want it to end.The story of a family who came together because of one amazing woman....Thank you Nan Rossiter
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Ti
This is a feel-good book. The kind that warms you from the inside out and puts a smile on your face. I know what you are thinking, "But Ti, you always read such heavy books!" Yes, I know! I do prefer a meaty chunkster to most mainstream fiction but I also like to feel good too and Nan Rossiter has perfected the art of writing books that fall into the feel-good category and her latest is no exception.

Mia Graham's world changes in an instant when the sudden death of her husband is immediately followed by the delivery of her beautiful baby girl. Beryl and her older sisters Isak and Rumer, grow-up under Mia's watchful gaze. She is always there for them, helping them through the challenges of life and when the girls are grown and Mia is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, it's the girls, especially Beryl who come to her aid. But after a long battle, Mia is taken from them and they are forced to return to their childhood home to go through her belongings and lay her to rest. While going through her things they discover her diary and realize that their mother had been keeping a secret from them for years. Curious, they dive into her story.

There is a lot of "wonderful" in this novel. When the girls gather at their childhood home in New Hampshire, it's as if they've stepped back in time. Suddenly, they are young girls again and remembering all the special little things that their mom did for them. Simple things like making them cinnamon toast and a good cup of tea. The work of preparing the house for sale is bittersweet but its weight is made lighter by the casual conversations and the meals they share together as a family. Their interactions with close friends and the rest of the town, are enough to sustain them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than You Know
This is a good story of the relationship between a mother & three daughters. It is also a story about the three sisters and their relationship.
Published 10 days ago by Linda R.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Great characters, unexpected twists and the feeling that you are part of the family! I was engrossed from beginning to end.
Published 16 days ago by Jodie Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than You Know
I have never responded to a review. This book touched my heart in many ways. The truth of how we get through life in times of heartbreak raising and loving our children and what we... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Doris Marble
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Outcome From Alzheimer's
Love the characters and each one of their lives. A mother's life and the parts the daughters never knew but learned.
Published 21 days ago by Barbara Fawcett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
I gave this book 5 stars because I loved this story. It was about family and loss and struggles everyone faces. Couldn't help but fall I love with this family.
Published 24 days ago by Y. Gemignani-Olmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Good characters and story
An enjoyable book. Good characters and story. Three sisters gathering together at the death of their mother. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Bob G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the slow start stop you
This book started slowly...I thought I might forego it. I put it down, read something else, then picked MORE THAN YOU KNOW up again. The title is very descriptive of the book.... Read more
Published 28 days ago by L. Sandlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Moms and daughters and sisters ..what a story!
Loved reading a book that forms a tapestry of little stories that make up the history of a family. Could not put this book down , it's 1:00am and I'm sad that I've come to the end... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Freda Linkswiler
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Yet Meaningful
This was a great read. The story is beautiful because of how simple it is. The characters are sweet and I love the way the family come together through the midst of all the tragic... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brittney Elizondo
5.0 out of 5 stars A "[leaves you happy book".
A good read with a good ending. I finished it on a snowy day after Christmas, it is the perfect book for that kind of day.
Published 1 month ago by sherry S
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More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nan Parson Rossiter's adult fiction is often compared to the work of Nicholas Sparks - especially her first novel, THE GIN & CHOWDER CLUB. She hopes readers who enjoyed GIN & CHOWDER (or those who haven't discovered it yet!) will look for the same characters in the Christmas anthology, MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT. Nan's second novel, WORDS GET IN THE WAY, is an uplifting story about a single mom whose young son has autism. Her third novel, MORE THAN YOU KNOW, touches on the bonds of sisterhood and the tragedy and despair of Alzheimer's, and her novel, UNDER A SUMMER SKY, brings all of the characters together again. Nan's newest novel, NANTUCKET, will be released in August 2015.

Nan is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and is also the author-illustrator of several books for children including, most recently, THE FO'C'SLE: HENRY BESTON'S OUTERMOST HOUSE, called "a lovely vision of one man's communion with nature" by Publisher's Weekly.

Nan lives in rural Connecticut with her husband, two handsome sons and a black Lab puppy named Finnegan.

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