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Everyone has secrets. Some we keep to protect ourselves, others we keep to protect those we love.
A devoted city dweller, Cornelia Brown surprised no one more than herself when she was gripped by the sudden, inescapable desire to leave urban life behind and head for an idyllic suburb. Though she knows she and her beloved husband, Teo, have made the right move, she approaches her new life with trepidation and struggles to forge friendships in her new home. Cornelia's mettle is quickly tested by judgmental neighbor Piper Truitt. Perfectly manicured, impeccably dressed, and possessing impossible standards, Piper is the embodiment of everything Cornelia feared she would find in suburbia. A saving grace soon appears in the form of Lake. Over a shared love of literature and old movies, Cornelia develops an instant bond with this warm yet elusive woman who has also recently arrived in town, ostensibly to send her perceptive and brilliant son, Dev, to a school for the gifted.
Marisa de los Santos's literary talents shine in the complex interactions she creates between these three women. She deftly explores the life-altering roller coaster of emotions Piper faces as she cares for two households, her own and that of her cancer-stricken best friend, Elizabeth. Skillfully, de los Santos creates an enigmatic and beguiling character in Lake, who draws Cornelia closer even as she harbors a shocking secret. And from the first page until the exhilarating conclusion, de los Santos engages readers with Cornelia, who, while trying to adapt to her new surroundings, must remain true to herself. As their individual stories unfold, the women become entangled in a web of trust, betrayal, love, and loss that challenges them in ways they never imagined, and that ultimately teaches them what it means for one human being to belong to another.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
I am in love with this book! The characters were so compelling and intimate and I didn't want it to end at all. I look forward to reading more from this author.Published 3 days ago by Mom in sc
Full of good character development. Liked how it connected them in the end with an interesting twist during last third of book that kept me hooked to the end.Published 5 days ago by Tara Hall
I liked this book because of the writing. The language is delicious. The characters are people I would like to know.Published 13 days ago by Norma Harris
I liked this book as it began, and liked it at the end. However, I found it to be drawn out and took a while to get to the connection of the characters. Read morePublished 28 days ago by KSanch
Loved this read. It took a while to get into it, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down for long. a good read.Published 29 days ago by Joyce W Dreiling
This book was hard to read, but I finished it at least. With The way this author made her characters "talk," it made it hard for me to connect with them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rebecca
Loving and fun book at the same time. Characters were instantly loveable and connecting. Not a predictable plot, which is nice for this type of lit. Enjoyable.Published 1 month ago by A. Stoner
I sometimes feel like I should only read books for the first few chapters and then leave it there. I think it would make me a nicer reviewer of books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Heather B.
I wanted to like this. I was interested in the idea of Cornelia uprooting from the city and making a new life in the not-so-welcoming suburbs. Read morePublished 1 month ago by gailcny