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Belong to Me | [Marisa de los Santos]

Belong to Me

A devoted city dweller, Cornelia Brown surprised herself when she was gripped by the sudden desire to head for an idyllic suburb. Though she knows she's made the right move, she approaches her new life with trepidation and struggles to forge friendships. Cornelia's mettle is quickly tested by judgmental neighbor Piper Truitt, the embodiment of everything Cornelia feared she would find in suburbia.
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Publisher's Summary

Everyone has secrets. Some we keep to protect ourselves, others to protect those we love.

A devoted city dweller, Cornelia Brown surprised herself when she was gripped by the sudden desire to head for an idyllic suburb. Though she knows she's made the right move, she approaches her new life with trepidation and struggles to forge friendships. Cornelia's mettle is quickly tested by judgmental neighbor Piper Truitt, the embodiment of everything Cornelia feared she would find in suburbia. A saving grace soon appears in the form of Lake, and Cornelia develops an instant bond with this warm yet elusive woman.

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.

©2008 Marisa de los Santos; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 04-08-08
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 04-08-08 Member Since 2003

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    "Entertaining but shallow"

    This book reads like the audio version of "Desperate Housewives", with its benign suburban setting, the musical, gossipy tone of the narrator and the intermittent soundtrack that transitioned the scenes. The story was pleasant enough but everything was just too perfect and the author never really effected the transition of the shallow, loathsome Piper Truitt into a caring individual with any real depth. In short, everything in this book was just too "beautiful and wondrous", with its fairy tale narrator, to be believed.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Elizabethtown, PA, USA 04-16-08
    Jennifer Elizabethtown, PA, USA 04-16-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Readable"

    Make no mistake, this is not chick lit! Shes a great fiction writer, and it is not a cheesy sequel. Corniela and Teo have moved to the suburbs and me some interesting people, definitely interesting characters, there is some reference to Claire from the last book, but this is a great book from a more mature author!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Union, KY, United States 05-21-08
    Derek Union, KY, United States 05-21-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Story!"

    This was a story with believable characters. I felt I knew every person in the book. The narration was very well done. The only distracting part was the music that seemed to be randomly inserted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    erin miller MERCER, PA, US 07-14-09
    erin miller MERCER, PA, US 07-14-09 Member Since 2009
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    "great book!"

    I thought this was a fantastic book. i read the reviews before i bought it and debated it out. glad i didnt listen to some of them...very much real to life with some surprising twists. Going to continue listening to this author!!

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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 11-01-08
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 11-01-08 Member Since 2005
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    "I'd rather not"

    Sorry, but this book was really very strange. One part was a comment on life in the suburbs, another part chronicled a dying woman's last days, and yet another section was about a 12 year old boy. Then the author tried to fit all the pieces together at the end - just did not work. It seemed as if the author was trying to write 3 novels and then got lazy and just combined them into one. No thanks.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan jeffersonville, VT, USA 07-30-08
    Susan jeffersonville, VT, USA 07-30-08
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    This is a good read. One that you could relax to on the beach.

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    Csue Charleston, SC, United States 06-25-08
    Csue Charleston, SC, United States 06-25-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Loved this book."

    The book and the narrator made for a very enjoyable listen. I was very sorry when it ended! I will be looking for more books by this author as well as the narrator.

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