Belong to me by marisa de los santos wonderfully crafted story
Belong to Me by Marisa De Los
Wonderfully Crafted Story
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. Cornelias 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 Santoss literary talents shine in the complex interactions she
creates between these three women. She deftly explores the lif e-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.
Personal Review: Belong to Me by Marisa De Los Santos
Early on I began to enjoy Cornelia and Teo and their move from the city to
suburbia. Once I reached about page 200, I began to wonder what all the
characters had to do with one another. I thought that halfway through the
book I should have a few more missing links. The characters were all so
different from the perky Cornelia and her gorgeous doctor husband, Teo.
The precise and proper Piper is not likeable at all even as she cares for
her dying friend, Elizabeth. And Dev. Dev is a charming and intelligent
fourteen year old who melted the hearts of all who met him because of his
wit and wisdom far beyond his years. His mother, Lake holds the biggest
secret of all.
The author dropped the bomb so to speak at precisely the right moment to
hook me for good. I gasped when I read it. I cried when Cornelia and Teo
at the same exact moment came to the same conclusion. I decided that
Piper wasn't a bad person after all when she became true to herself and
her family for the first time in her life. And Dev. Dev found a family who
loved him and he loved back. They all discovered they did belong to each
As a writer I believe that Belong To Me is a shining example of 'show don't
tell' every writer's manta. The pacing and timing were perfect. It's a
wonderfully crafted story that will make you laugh, cry and beg for more. I
rate this book 5 out of 5 and I'm going to keep this book on the shelf for a
little while as a reference. I loved Belong To Me. You will too.
Linda C. Wright
One Clown Short
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