Review: More Than Words by Mia Sheridan

Posted June 13, 2018 by Lorna in Reviews / 22 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: More Than Words by Mia Sheridan
More Than Words

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Forever
Released on June 12, 2018
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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The Delight

A broken boy and a mostly broken girl were best friends until they lost each other, only to find each other again when they are all grown up. This is the story of what happens when they meet again and find how drastically things can change in ten years. This is also their incredible love story.


Jessica was just eleven when she meets twelve year old Callen. They are from different sides of town, and only met because they both climbed into the same abandoned boxcar. Callen has been beaten once again and Jessica just wants Callen to be her prince. The two become fast friends and one day she introduces him to her music for her piano lessons. He takes to it like a duck to water. Then he pretty much disappears, although Jessica waits for him. They meet again in Paris, both in their twenties, and Callen doesn’t even know who she is. At this point, he’s a famous music composer and a notorious playboy. Jessica is the waitress in the bar where he’s drinking with a woman draped over him. Most of the story happens from this point on.

Jessica was the good girl from the good family. Only it’s not so good as her father was a womanizer and pretty much abandons the family for his other women. She attended a French school in her town and dreamed of living and working in Paris someday. Callen lived in a run down house on the wrong side of town. His father belittled him constantly and beat him regularly. While Jessica is actively pursuing her dream, Callen already has his. At least that’s what it looks like. Callen has a secret, one that he fears the most. He also drinks too much and is in a slump when it comes to his composing. He’s surrounded himself with not so good people, with the exception of his friend Nick. Nick was a great character and the only one that doesn’t coddle Callen.

When I listened to my first Mia Sheridan book a few months ago, I honestly didn’t know what the fuss was all about. I expected a five star read and I didn’t experience that. But, people encouraged me to read Archer’s Voice. And wow, just wow. I loved it. So when I saw this book on Net Galley, I jumped at the chance to read it. I am so happy I did. I found this book to be pretty perfectly written with a good pace. At times, the author takes the reader back in time so that we can see what happened in both children’s lives. And what happens when they become best friends. We also see how heartbroken Jessica is when they lose touch with each other. We get both main characters perspectives, more so with Jessica, but still enough of Callen to add to the overall story. I liked that-so many times you wonder what the other character’s thinking or what his/her motives are for things. Not so here, so that was a plus as well.

Another thing I really loved about this book was the inclusion of another story dating back to the 1400’s during the time of Joan of Arc. Jessica gets a job as a translator of ancient French writings and her work centered around a young woman’s diary of her time spent living with Joan of Arc during the war she led and after the war as well. It was fascinating.

So yes, I loved this one almost as much as I did Archer’s Voice. I can honestly say that I am now a fan of Ms. Sheridan’s work. I highly recommend this book and this author to adult contemporary romance fans and historical romance fans might enjoy it as well.


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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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  • Like you, I rated this a 4.5, and like you, my first Mia Sheridan didn’t blow me away. I’m curious to know which book it was – mine was Most of All You.

    I really loved Jessie and Callen and their hard won happily ever after. I thought the epilogue was perfect!

    Great review!

    • It was Grayson’s Vow, loved the heroine and really didn’t like the hero by the end. I do have Most of all You in my tbr, no telling when I will get to it.

  • Debbie Haupt

    my kind of book thanks Lorna

    • You’re welcome! Hope you get a chance to read it 😉

  • Karen

    I thought the author’s name sounded familiar but didn’t make the connection until you said Archer’s Voice.

    Glad you found the book(s) by her that worked for you.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • Thank you. Did you read Archer’s Voice?

  • I just tripped over her books for the first time two months ago when the gal at Audible offered me Dane’s Storm for review. It tore me up and exhausted me in a good way. This sounds like it would do the same. I got Leo as a freebie so I’m hoping its pretty good, too.
    Now you have me curious about Archer’s Voice. 🙂

    • I really liked Dane’s Storm and listened to it as well. It was totally exhausting but so good. I hope you enjoy Leo!

  • I have Archer’s Voice by the author but I still need to read it

    • It’s so good! Hope you love it.

  • I read one of her books before and did enjoy it, so cannot wait to dip my toes back into her writing to see how I still feel about it. Great review, the characters are something to look forward to

    • I have only read four of hers I think, but it’s all been in just the last few months. Got one more in my tbr, hope it’s as good as the others have mostly been.

  • This sounds like a really sweet read. I’m adding it to my TBR list! 😀

    • Oh good, I hope you like it as much as I did!

  • This book showed up at my house yesterday and I am getting really excited to read it. It sounds like it is going to be a great read. I am so glad that you liked it as much as you did, Lorna!

    • Thank you, I did really enjoy it. I hope you like it too!

  • I like this scenario where they meet again as adults. Great review Lorna!

    • Yes, it was pretty great especially when he didn’t recognize her!

  • I’ve read Archer’s Voice and like it as well. And ohhh, this one sounds like another interesting read from Sheridan as well. I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

    • Archer’s Voice is what won me over to her work. This was really enjoyable as well. Thanks!

  • I loved Archer’s Voice too! It was a powerful read.
    I wish I’d seen this earlier myself… I guess I’ll have to splurge and get it! Great review Lorna!

  • So sorry! Just now saw your comment. This really is a good one Naomi. I hope you give it a try.