Belong to Me

  • Title: Belong to Me
  • Author: Marisa de los Santos
  • ISBN: 9780061240270
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Belong to Me 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 than herself when she was gripped by the sudden
    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 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 approacheEveryone 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 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.

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      Published :2019-05-10T09:47:57+00:00

    About Marisa de los Santos


    1. Marisa de los Santos is the New York Times bestselling author of LOVE WALKED IN, BELONG TO ME, FALLING TOGETHER, THE PRECIOUS ONE, and her newest novel, which continues with characters from the first two, I LL BE YOUR BLUE SKY Marisa has also co authored, with her husband David Teague, two novels for middle grade readers SAVING LUCAS BIGGS and CONNECT THE STARS.Marisa and David live in Wilmington, Delaware with their two children, Charles and Annabel, and their Yorkies, Finny and Huxley Marisa is currently at work on her sixth novel for adults, I D GIVE ANYTHING.


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    1. I'm basically copying this from what I wrote on my blog, which is why it's so lengthy:I thought this was positively delicious. And I’m not just saying that because I got the book for free, either. I’m not afraid to trash free stuff, you know (Hi there, Old Navy Jeans! You still suck!). I’m saying it because it really is lovely.I first encountered Ms. de los Santos’s writing when I picked up her book Love Walked In off one of those tables at the megabookstore with the “buy 2 paperbacks [...]

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    2. 3 stars? 4 stars? I'm not sure. Some of the writing is terrific. I mean really stop-you-in-your-tracks wonderful. Many lines struck me as so lovely I had to read them over and over. And yet I'm just not sure how I felt about it overall.The story is told in 3 different voices and I don't like that. Cornelia, a woman who has just moved from NYC to the suburbs, Piper, a woman of roughly the same age who lives in the neighborhood Cornelia moves to, and Deveraux, a 13-year-old genius boy who moves to [...]

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    3. *sigh* finally finished it!! This book was a selection for my non-GR bookclub and not my choice. I'm not going to describe the story line because I suck at that so all you are getting, as usual, is my opinion.The first half is difficult to read. The author loves to embellish everything. Paragraph upon paragraph of description of something that is not even that important to the storyline. I'd say she spends the first half of the book just describing the characters. I put the book down about halfw [...]

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    4. What a sweet story really, with nice poetic references and beautiful, loving people that don't exist anywhere but in books like this. So, yeah of course, I hate them Mostly because I'm that woman the urbanite who moved to the suburbs and I'm thatwoman longing for the security blanket that is estrogen-induced friendship. Of course I didn't have the hot doctor husband and the financial security and BA in Art History, But, you know those are really just the perks of the story, not the meat Anyway, [...]

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    5. A great follow-up to "Love Walked In" your favorite characters plus new ones to fall in love with! I just love De Los Santos's style of writing, it sucks me right in and I want to be friends with her characters. :)

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    6. Cornelia Brown and her husband Teo have been married for two years and decide they've had enough of city life. They find a a house in the suburbs in a nice neighbourhood.Cornelia meets Piper Truitt who lives in the street. Piper is exactly the kind of person Cornelia was worried about meeting. Piper is a very picky type of person and is one for perfection and very judgemental.Cornelia also meets Lake and her son Dev. Lake is a single mother who works as a waitress in a local restaurant and she a [...]

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    7. I had bought both books together not knowing much about them, I didn't even realize they were connected (was actually afraid I had bought a collection of poetry by mistake) so I am happy I read them in the right order. This sequel is better than the first in a lot of ways - the characters have more edge, the plot is less predictable. While the premise (city girl moves to suburbs, insert cliched snarky lines about soccer moms in their SUVS baking muffins for the new neighbor while gossiping about [...]

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    8. I fell in love with BELONG TO ME. This novel is so beautifully written, and the character are so wonderfully described I felt I knew them. Only after I finished reading did I discover that the author's previous novel, LOVE WALKED IN, included a few of the same characters, and I'm now looking for a copy. This novel contained quite a few memorable lines. The book was about family, friendship, lying to protect others - so many different things. I really hated when BELONG TO ME ended. I would not co [...]

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    9. To say I disliked this book, is bit of an understatement. But I seem to be in a very slim minority in this regard. Surprisingly, I've wanted to read this book for a long, time. I first saw it sitting on the shelf at a used book store, but never picked it up, another book I wanted more turned up - maybe I should have took that as a hint to stay away from the book - because I did not like this one much at all. To be blunt, I hated the characters and story. I found them all to be cliché and predic [...]

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    10. Loved, loved, loved, loved, loved LOVED this book. It was the kind of book that I would think about all day dying to get home and pick it up again. I even started bringing it on my lunch break and reading it in the park-- I couldnt get enough! I can't remember the last book I read that I became so obsessed with. You have to read Love Walked In before you read this one in order to truly fall head over heels in love with Teo, Cornelia, and Clare and then in Belong to me you will fall MORE in love [...]

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    11. Well. This was downright lovely ❤️

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    12. Whenever I read one of Marisa de los Santos' novels, I just want to reach out and shake her and ask her, "WHY ARE YOU NOT WRITING POETRY ALREADY?!?" since de los Santos' writing style is flowery and drawn out. Her novels are filled with situations that should only take a few pages to write, but the author frequently takes her sweet time just describing situations that her characters get into or the characters' thought process to the readers often times wasting time to stop and explain some rando [...]

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    13. Belong to Me is the ultimate chick lit book, and as a bonus it's really well-written. I fell right into the story, and although I read the novel that preceded it (Love Walked In) I don't think it's absolutely necessary - a reader new to Marisa de los Santos could follow this novel just fine.Back to the chick-lit categorization: it's just so girly. I can get into a girly book as well as the next girl, but I don't think this was written with men in mind (unless the men in question were the type th [...]

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    14. You know when you read a book about women that are friends.d these friends just all fit together in a perfect little group, well this isn't about those storybook friends. This book is about real people. The snob.ee spiriter patientbut you learn that really isn't who they are, there is much more to them and you realize how they can be friendsI'm 1/4 way into the book and I think I love these people more than most characters I've ever read. Marisa de los Santos writing is so fluid. I can't wait to [...]

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    15. Utterly readable, even if you haven't read Love Walked In, this story stands alone. The author (a poet) has a lovely fluid style. She makes the reader privy to all of the private thoughts (and this is a VERY thoughtful bunch) and weaves it all together with just enough history and background that the story makes sense. And I especially enjoyed how it explored women's friendships - the work it takes to make friends in adulthood. So often characters are "lifelong" friends or fall easily into frien [...]

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    16. Cornelia, Teo, and Clare fromLove Walked Inreturn along with some other lovable (Dev) and questionable (Piper) characters, all of whose lives intersect in a most satisfying way. In chapter 2, I was afraid this would be a common housewife story. By chapter 3, I liked the book. By chapter 9, I was in love with the story! And by chapter 15 I was up 2 hours past my bedtime trying to get to the end!Another really good story with well-developed characters from Marisa de los Santos. (and already at #5 [...]

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    17. Absolutely wonderful book about love in all of its forms. 5 stars!

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    18. At first I was resentful towards all the new characters in the story of Teo and Cornelia and Clare and then I was hooked and I didn't want to leave them. Really enjoyed the read.

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    19. This was my first Marisa de los Santos book and I adored her writing style. Her way with words is unbelievable and beautiful without being too much. This story was enjoyable and interesting and the characters were very likable and had depth.

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    20. 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 impossibl [...]

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    21. This book isn't normally something I gravitate toward. It involves suburban housewives, happy families and fairly predictable plot "twists." It also treads dangerously close to the cliche theme of "love and friendship will prevail if we just learn to forgive." Clearly de los Santos' wanted the book's legacy to be uplifting and tidy. That's okay--it just isn't normally my style. BUT!I still enjoyed it a good deal. I really liked the main character and found de los Santos' prose believable and not [...]

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    22. I LOVED this book! In many ways the plot was unoriginal - finding your true self by not being afraid to deviate from social norms and expectations, women learning to get past stupid assumptions and biases, etc. Sometimes the writing verged on arrogant; either over simplifying the complex or alternately making the simple complex. BUT, then she would put words to a feeling or thought that I didn't even realize I felt or had thought! Her descriptions of motherhood were so beautiful and stunningly t [...]

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    23. Even though there were unimpressed cycnics in the room last night when we discussed this in book group, I LOVED THIS BOOK. It's magical and insightful and helps you believe in the innate goodness of mankind again. de los Santos writes as an omniscient narrator inside the heads of three people (one of whom is written in the 1st person while the other two are in 3rd person--an interesting narrative device!): a young married urbanite recently moved to suburbia, her imperious wickedly judgmental nei [...]

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    24. The main protagonist of Belong to Me is thirty-two year old city girl Cornelia Brown, who has reluctantly given in to the pull of the suburbs. Her entrance on the scene in her neighborhood is awkward, to say the least, and she finds herself tested again and again by the new women in her life. While she meets others’ challenges head on with her confidence and general optimism, her own crisis threatens her in ways she never imagined.Cornelia is one of the most original and charming characters I [...]

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    25. If you only knew how close this book came to landing on my "aborted" shelf . . . I seriously dislike stories about girls or women who are catty & competitive, & this novel starts out that way--sigh. But I stuck with it for a few pages because it was the only book I had on hand just then, & fortunately the tone soon changed. The catty episodes do set up one character for an extreme transformation, which I have to say is not exactly believable, but it's a relief when she becomes nicer [...]

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    26. This is the second book I have read by Marisa de los Santos in less than six months. The only problem with this is that she has only written one other novel. I might have to save it for a special occasion. As I noted with Falling Together, de los Santos writes about people that I would like to spend time with. They lead interesting lives and have a good sense of humor. They don't take themselves too seriously and it turns out that they make good friends. Because it is fiction, there are plenty o [...]

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    27. A fantastic follow-up to her first book, Love Walked In. I think I might have even liked Belong to Me more! The book relies on several stock plot points: boy searching for his father, the interweaving of several families in a small town, a girl coming of age, etc. but uses lots of new ideas and unique characters, making it not feel hackneyed at all.One of the main characters, Cornelia (whom we know from Love Walked In), is a bit self-indulgent at times (not with her actions, but with her descrip [...]

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    28. I think this book will be percolating in my head for a long time. Belong To Me is beautifully written, and is one of the best approaches I've seen to a multi-perspective story. Especially in the early chapters, de los Santos gives such keenly insightful glimpses into how women relate to each other and see themselves, and how guardedly they dip their toes into trust and friendship that it's almost uncomfortable to read. In the end, though, her reflections on family and love and the sometimes sere [...]

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    29. This is a continuation of the story of Cornelius and Theo and their great love. But is not just their love for each other, there is still the Clear (in the first book they have been kept until it was returned to her mother), then there are also some new neighbors with all their problems and different relations, and finally Theo's son who learned only after 14 years. And each of them like their own way but to love one another. Over all of them arose from a huge aura of love that simply threatenin [...]

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