More Than Words by Jill Santopolo

more than words

“She wanted to stay caught in that moment of time, stretch it even more so she wouldn’t have to deal with everything that came next. But time wasn’t like that. You couldn’t get lost in it forever. It marched onward, pulling you with it, a leash around your neck.”

3.5/5 stars


Fiction – Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Summary

Nina Gregory has always been a good daughter, a good girlfriend. Raised by her father, owner of New York City’s glamorous Gregory Hotels, after her mother’s death, Nina was taught that family, reputation, and legacy are what matter most. And her boyfriend Tim, thoughtful, kind, and honest, not to mention her best friend since childhood, feels the same. But after Nina’s father passes away, she learns he may not have practiced what he preached. 

As her world falls apart, Nina begins to question everything she thought she knew and to see the men in her life–her father, her boyfriend, and unexpectedly, her handsome and attentive boss, Rafael–in a new light. Soon Nina finds herself caught between the world she knows and 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.


I’m going to start by saying that I have been anticipating this book since I first heard about it and probably held it on a bit of a pedestal. Jill Santopolo’s first adult novel, The Light We Lost, seriously wrecked me in all the best ways. And because of that, I knew that More Than Words would have a high standard to live up to.

There is a lot I really enjoyed about this book! I absolutely adore the way Jill Santopolo writes in a way that flows well and is easy to read and follow. I love the focus she puts on relationships and the emotions that go with them. More Than Words is definitely a relationship-focused, emotion-filled novel.

I loved learning about Nina—the way she grew up and what in her past made her who she is today. Her journey of finding herself was real and authentic. The trials she went through were painful and heartfelt.

What I did struggle with was a desire to feel more and relate better to Nina. I wanted more depth to her character and story so that I could really feel like I was a part of it. Because of this, I just didn’t feel as fully invested in the story as I have with others.

This was a quick, delightful read and I would, without a doubt, recommend it! Jill is queen in my book and I will pick up anything she writes!

Have you read More Than Words? Tell me your thoughts! I’d love to hear!


Thank you to Putnam Books for my free copy of More Than Words.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own. This title will be published on February 5, 2019.

Author Jill Santopolo’s website

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