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More Than You Know

Nan Rossiter

ISBN 9780758283894
Publish Date 4/30/2013
Format Paperback
Categories Women's Fiction, General, Kensington

New York Times bestselling author Nan Rossiter weaves a poignant, empowering novel in which three sisters gather to celebrate their mother’s life—and find new inspiration for living their own…

Losing her father on the night she was born could have torn Beryl Graham’s family apart. Instead, it knitted them together. Under their mother’s steady guidance, Beryl and her older sisters, Isak and Rumer, shared a childhood filled with happiness. But now Mia Graham has passed away after battling Alzheimer’s, and her three daughters return to their New Hampshire home to say goodbye.

Swept up in memories and funeral preparations, the sisters catch up on each other’s lives. Rumer and Isak have both known recent heartache, while Beryl has given up hope of marriage. But surprising revelations abound, especially when they uncover Mia’s handwritten memoir. In it are secrets they never guessed at—clandestine romance, passionate dreams, joy and guilt. And as Beryl, Rumer, and Isak face a future without her, they realize it’s never too late to heed a mother’s lessons—about taking chances, keeping faith, and loving in spite of the risks…

Praise for the novels of Nan Rossiter

"Eloquent and surprising...I love this story of faith, love, and the lasting bonds of family." --Ann Leary, author of Outtakes from a Marriage on The Gin & Chowder Club

“An intimate portrayal of a family in crisis, with good character development and a bucolic setting.”  –Publishers Weekly on Words Get in the Way

Discussion Questions

1. When faced with tragedy, some people turn their back on God; others find strength in their faith—and their faith is strengthened. Why does this happen? What does Mia’s unflagging faith say about her? And how does her faith influence her daughters?

2. Mia’s old bulldog, Flannery, offers comic relief in an otherwise sometimes solemn story; Beryl often wonders if Flannery’s presence in her life is part of God’s plan to help her get through the loss of her mom. Do you think this is possible? Does God intimately intervene in our lives?

3. On several occasions throughout the book, Beryl talks about God’s tapestry—Mia’s colorful analogy for His way of weaving human lives together. What evidence of this is there in the story? Have you ever noticed this occurrence in your own life?

4. Mia also believed there is no such thing as coincidence and that everything happens for a reason. Do you think this is true?

5. Seeking long-term care for a loved one is always a difficult task. It’s a decision fraught with guilt and heartache, and in many cases families don’t agree. Some people make decisions with their heart, others with their heads. How do the sisters differ in their decision making? Who, if any, is right?

6. Sometimes it’s truly amazing that siblings turn out to be so very different from one another. How do Isak, Rumer, and Beryl differ? What real-life struggles do they face and how do they deal with them? To which sister do you most relate and why?

7. Mia was very much in love with her husband and even though she feels a growing attraction to David, she resolves to keep their relationship platonic. What changes? Why does she allow herself to be drawn into an intimate relationship with him?

8. Mia’s relationship with David is reminiscent of the relationship between Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. What similarities can be drawn from this famous Hollywood affair?

9. What lessons—if any—do Mia’s daughters take away from her memoir? How does it affect each of their lives?

10. Throughout the book, Isak seems to make the final decision on just about everything. In the end, however, Beryl stands firm in her belief that their mom would have wanted her ashes spread on David’s property. How has Beryl changed? How has Isak changed?

11. Within one week of Mia’s passing, Rumer’s and Isak’s relationships with their husbands are restored and Beryl is finding new love with Micah. It’s almost as if Mia’s death triggered several positive changes in her daughters’ lives. Do you think there’s truth to the adage “From tragedy comes good”? Where else in the story is this evident?

12. The possibility of a lasting relationship with Micah will fulfill another of Beryl’s deepest hopes. What hope is that? Will she be good at it?

About Nan Rossiter:

Nan Rossiter was born in Mount Vernon, New York. She grew up in Pelham, New York, and in Barkhamsted, Connecticut. From a young age she loved to draw. After high school, she attended Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a BFA in illustration.

After working in the freelance field and creating art for internationally recognized companies such as Viking, MasterCard, and UPS, Nan began writing and illustrating books for children. She is the author-illustrator of several children’s books, including, most recently, The Fo’c’sle: Henry Beston’s "Outermost House".

Nan lives in rural Connecticut with her husband and two handsome sons,. When she’s not working, she enjoys hiking with her family or reading a good book.

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and I love your more (Thursday, June 27, 2013)
Reviewer: jbarr

More Than You Know by Nan Rossiter
The girls are all back home to attend to their mother's funeral. As they are going through her thing they do find a ring with a card from David. None of them know who he is.
Love how the phrase in the book describes love and is the title. I have a similar one for one of our grandson-to the moon and back and his response is I love you more... Love to hear Micah and Charlottes response as it is so near to ours.
Their personal lives are in turmoil, for the most part as we find out more deeply about each of them.
The story also follows the life of Micah-a local who now runs a bookstore in Quincy, MA. His wife died and he has their daughter Charlotte to care for while living at his parents.
He helps them with more clues of who David is. There are newspaper clippings and I love hearing of the Old Man in the Mountain as I've seen it myself and have traveled there just last year to see what's left.
Love how they all get along, so easy with one another and as they find more clues in the letters she left them. Mia had met David when she worked at the artist colony serving meals. Her burden is a heavy one til the day before he's due to leave the area.
Loved learning so much from this book! I had just read the aviator's wife about the Lindbergh's.
Tragedy strikes the family anf they all rally together. Very detailed descriptions of the places and there are a handful of characters-easy to keep track of them all.
Recipes are included at the end!
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review.

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