- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 31, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061240281
- ISBN-13: 978-0061240287
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 380 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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Some are content to tell a story, and that is an art...many readers are content to read that story...For some of us who may have been accused of "thinking too much"...the story is not complete without the psychology behind the actions...This is what I enjoyed about this book.The author loves words and uses them well...to paint a story,create a mood or pull at heart strings...We are all complex characters, seeking validation searching for acceptance and love...
As I read this wonderfully crafted story, I became more intrigued with each character and his/her development. Santos does a superb job of rounding out characters, making each more fleshed out as the reader turns pages. We are treated to growing pains in brilliant Dev; to societal standards in Piper, and almost spiritual depth in Cornelia. We learn through Lake that Truth does 'out,' and cries if thwarted.
My bookclub will read this next. I am eager to share this gem with them.
I didn't read Ms. de los Santos earlier book, so I'm not sure of it's quality etc. but this book can stand alone even if you haven't read the first. However, I would recommend looking further. There are plenty of good books out there, and while this one isn't awful, you can definitely find something better.