Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “More Than by Diane Barnes, Red Adept Publishing, January 2020
Diane Barnes, Author of “More Than” has written a refreshing, intriguing, heartfelt, and emotional novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction and Romance. The timeline for this story is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The author describes her characters as flawed, and mostly likable.
Peggy Moriarity, a widow with twins ready to enter college, is enraged and shocked when her new doctor informs her that she is obese, and must lose weight. Peggy realized that she has gained “some weight” over the years, but is in denial. At this point, when I first read this, as a person who has a great deal of weight to lose, I was ready to read the story expecting the usual books that talk about heavy people in a negative way. I pleasantly was surprised that this was relatable, entertaining and positive.
Peggy’s daughter and son gift her a membership to a gym. At first, Peggy is ambivalent. Peggy decides she will go one time and see what she will do. Peggy does meet some people that become friends.
One of Peggy’s goals is to visit her favorite TV Show, “Messages from Beyond” where a medium connects people to their deceased loved ones. Peggy feels if she can lose weight, she will be more confident to go on the show, so she can connect with her husband.
I love that the author discussed the importance of family, friends, support, and setting reasonable goals to be happy. I would highly recommend this entertaining, and at times, a witty book to readers who enjoy a thought-provoking story.