Suzy Approved Book Tour Review: More Than by Diane Barnes

Posted 24 February, 2020 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Suzy Approved Book Tour Review: More Than by Diane Barnes
Title: More Than
Author: Diane Barnes
Published by Red Adept Publishing
Date Published: 29 October, 2019
Pages: 304
Genres: Women's Fiction
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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"You are obese, Mrs. Moriarty."
Peggy Moriarty is stunned. She knows she's let herself go a bit, but she thinks her young, skinny doctor is exaggerating. Her husband's death fourteen years ago left her to raise their twins, Grace and Greg, alone. But now that they're teenagers, doing their own things, her only hobby is watching Messages from Beyond, a show about a medium who connects the grieving with their deceased loved ones.
When the twins leave for college, they give Peggy a gift certificate for an exercise class. At first, Peggy is insulted. But once the sting wears off, she realizes if she gets in shape, she might gain the confidence she needs to go on her favorite TV show and talk to her husband one last time.
With help from her new friends at the gym and Carmen Tavarez, the mother of Grace's boyfriend, Peggy begins to emerge from her prolonged grief and spread her wings. She may soon discover that her sum is more than a mother, a widow, and her body.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Author/Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.

My Thoughts
Okay. First, this is my first Diane Barnes read and it certainly will not be my last. Second, this cover. This cover is life! It’s a perfect depiction of the entire story. The caterpillar, the butterfly…….it was Peggy to a “T”. This book was phenomenal and kept me hooked til the end!
I loved Peggy. I saw so much of myself in her. I sort of feel like that overbearing, overprotective mom of my two teenage sons. I’m also not ashamed to admit that my stomach is flat with a silent L. What can I say? I’m overweight. So, I totally related to Peggy. I loved watching her after she joined the gym. She “blossomed” from a lowly caterpillar into a beautiful, strong, independent butterfly.
This women’s fiction novel is one that should not be missed by anyone. Peggy’s story had me laughing out loud on many occasion while reading this and left me not only looking in the mirror, motivating me to get healthier, but to also know that I am more than. I am more than just overweight. I am more than just a mere existence. I am a beautiful butterfly. I think you should grab a copy of this amazing novel of self discovery and see for yourself while I’m now a fan of Barnes!

About Diane Barnes

Diane Barnes is the author of More Than (October 29 2019 ), Waiting for Ethan (2015), and Mixed Signals (2016). She is also a marketing and corporate communication writer in the health care industry. When she’s not writing, she’s at the gym, running or playing tennis, trying to burn off the ridiculous amounts of chocolate and ice cream she eats. She and her husband Steven live in Massachusetts and dream of moving to Turks and Caicos – at least for the winter months. She hopes you enjoy reading her books as much as she enjoyed writing them.

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