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Cornelia Brown, heroine of de los Santos's bestselling Love Walked In, returns in a gracefully written if formulaic sophomore effort. Cornelia and her husband, Teo, move to suburban Philadelphia, where she finds it difficult to fit into the sorority-like atmosphere. Despite a bevy of domestic dramas (planning a family among them), Cornelia's first-person chapters are the quietest of the three points of view. Seemingly shallow and vicious, neighbor Piper shows her kinder side as she struggles through her best friend's fight against cancer. Though the extreme of Piper's two-facedness isn't convincing, her moments of sincerity invite genuine empathy. Cornelia also yields narrative time to Dev, a precocious teenager whose father is missing and whose mother develops a friendship with Cornelia. Dev's connection to the story is initially unclear, though he does grow close to Clare, a troubled teenager with an unconventional connection to Cornelia, and a late-breaking development grounds his role more firmly. Though each story line is a good read on its own, they don't always braid nicely, and while the predictable plot wanders into sappiness, the prose is polished and the suburban travails are familiar enough that fans of the women's fiction and higher-brow mommy lit will relate. (May)
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Cornelia Brown surprised herself when she was gripped by the sudden, inescapable desire to move to the suburbs with her husband. Her mettle is quickly tested by her impeccably dressed, overly judgmental neighbor Piper Truitt—the embodiment of everything Cornelia feared she'd find in suburbia. With Lake, another recent arrival, Cornelia shares a love of literature and old movies—as she forms an instant bond with this warm yet elusive woman and her perceptive, brilliant young son Dev.
Acclaimed bestselling author Marisa de los Santos's literary talents shine in the complex interactions she creates between three unforgettable women, deftly entangling her characters in a web of trust, betrayal, love, and loss that challenges them in ways they never imagined.See all Editorial Reviews
I loved this story that develops characters in unexpected ways. Alternating people tell the story in different chapters, so you get different perspectives. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Rhoda Houge
If you love great characters that you have to remind yourself you don't actually know, read this book. I found myself missing the characters when I finished the book. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Leigh Middleton
I had a hard time getting into this book and almost stopped reading it at one point. I am certainly glad I didn't. It turned out to be a wonderful read.Published 26 days ago by ChocoAmigo
I can't get enough of these characters who are so alive and so like my own life. A joy to read.Published 1 month ago by Tracy Williams
A perfect novel. Well written. Interesting characters. Believable, though unique, dialogue. Unpredictable plot. I'm in love with this author! Next...Published 2 months ago by sharon kanan
I was three-quarters of the way through this book and telling my friend how great it was when she interrupted with, "What's it about? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I didn't read the author's book, Love Walked In, though I think Belong to Me Stands on its own. Marisa de los Santos is an excellent writer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lucy M.
de los Santos has a real gift for story telling from different narrators - and the inner voices of each that often mirrors our out misgivings, fears, desires, etc. Read morePublished 2 months ago by HarL