Beyond Words Book Review by Colleen Bohensky

May 18, 2015 · By Colleen Bohensky
Beyond Words was written by Diane O’Key. This post was organized by N K Author Services. I was provided a copy in exchange for my honest book review. All opinions are my own.


The last thing Abby Mathieson wants is what she most needs: a take-care-of-the-business-end partner. Emotional and financial demons spur her dreams of self-reliance and her vow to continue her aunt’s legacy of Beyond Words, a Blue Ridge Mountains book-and-gift shop.

Trey Dalton, sexy CPA with a heart of gold and backbone of steel, wants nothing more than to return to his home in sunny Florida. But he made a death-bed promise to help Abby succeed… whatever it takes.

Conflict and sexual tension intensify as they wrangle over the shop and deal with Abby’s quirky best friend and the incorrigible resident parrot. Abby’s sworn to trust no man, but Trey has her tangled up worse than knotted fishing line. If she can’t overcome her insecurities before he unravels her finances and leaves town forever, her precious independence will cost her a love Beyond Words.


I loved Beyond Words for so many reasons. First… it brought back memories of my college years. I went to school in a little mountain college town in North Carolina… right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. I could immediately picture Beyond Words being one of my very favorite places to go on Main Street. I could perfectly imagine Abby getting the shop ready for it’s grand re-opening day before the beautiful autumn colors of the mountains brought in all of the mountain tourists… right after the college students all settled in to classes. I would have loved to have gotten a job working with Abby in her shop. The whole little book shop with locally made gifts just has such appeal to me. It’s kind of a wonder to me that I never actually did work in a book shop or library.

I loved Abby’s character. Honestly, just everything about her. She was just so real. Her independence, her insecurities, her love for her aunt, her relationship with her best friend, her reactions to Trey. Each bit of her made me love her more. I have to say I especially enjoyed Abby’s reaction and the relationship development between Abby and Trey. Having never met, and being forced together after their aunt’s passing was anything but easy. Everything about them was at odds. It really just made it all the more fun to read!