Michelle's Review: More Than Words Vol. 7 by Carly Phillips, Donna Hill and Jill Shalvis

Mass Market: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: April 1, 2011
ISBN: 9780373837632
Source of my copy: Planned TV Arts
Series: More Than Words

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Each and every one of us has the ability to effect change—to make our world a better place. The dedicated women selected as this year's recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award have changed lives, one good deed at a time. To celebrate their accomplishments, some of our bestselling authors have honored the winners by writing stories inspired by these real-life heroines.
We hope More Than Words inspires you to get in touch with the real-life heroine living inside of you.
In Carly Phillips's Compassion Can't Wait, two high school sweet hearts are reunited years later, as if by fate, and discover that if you believe in yourself and each other, anything is possible.
Donna Hill's Someplace Like Home tells the story of how one woman's dream becomes reality, as three special people learn that it's never too late to form a loving family.
In Jill Shalvis's What the Heart Wants, an honorable man must learn to forgive himself to regain the trust of the dedicated teacher who is the love of his life.

Michelle's Review:
I don't usually read anthologies but I made an exception to More Than Words because I really liked the idea behind it. Each year real-life heroines (women who have gone above and beyond to help their communities and those in need) are chosen for the Harlequin More Than Words award. Each story in this book is inspired by and incorporates one of the award recipient and their organization.

Each story begins with a sort of foreword about the charitable organization and the woman (or women in the case of WET) which I really liked because I've never heard of them before and it was great learning about them. I thought all three authors did a good job incorporating the organization they were writing about. All three stories were heartwarming and lovely and uplifting but not preachy. All the heroines were going through hard times but were able to find love in unexpected circumstances and places. Two of the stories in this anthology are second-chance-at-love, which I really liked. I don't usually like reading short stories because I feel like there's usually not enough character and plot development. I had the some of the same issues here but for the most part I was happy to find that each were nicely paced, with enough emotion and sweet romance (some kissing and touching but everything else is fade-to-black) in the amount of pages (about a hundred each) they have.

I don't have a favorite as all three stories were equally enjoyable. I recommend this novel for everyone who loves a sweet romantic story that will uplift and inspire as well as sends out a great message. 4 stars

The three women and organizations being honored in this book are:
  • Valerie Sobel, the founder of The Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation: Helps single-parent families with urgent expenses so that a parent can stay at their sick child's side.
  • Nancy Abrams and Eva's Initiatives' Family Reconnect Program: Helps to reconnect a child and their family and rebuild family relationships after a breakdown.
  • Sasha Eden and Victoria Pettibone, founders of WET's Risk Takers Series: A program that helps young girls take empowered risks to improve their lives and they use films to initiate discussion.
For more information about the More Than Words award, its recipients and to download free eBooks inspired by the last two winners visit: http://www.harlequinmorethanwords.com/

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