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Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos


Cover art: Belong to Me Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Belong to Me - 2nd in the Cornelia Brown series
Author: Marisa de los Santos
Publisher: Avon
ISBN-13: 978-0-061-83841-5
Release Date: March 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Women's Fiction
Year/Setting: Present/Suburbs of Philadelphia
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild/Moderate
Violent Content Rating: None/Negligible
Marisa's Website/Blog: www.marisadelossantos.com

Dear Readers:

Once you become faint of heart, you are no longer ‘city’ material. And that is exactly what happened to Cornelia Brown. She had spent her life in the ‘big cities’ and loved the noises, the fast-pace - everything about her screamed city girl - even though she was born in a small Virginia suburb. At the beginning of this story, readers meet Cornelia and her husband - an oncologist who has secured employment at one of the big hospitals in Philadelphia - and watch as they move into their new home in ‘suburbia.’ Enter…the neighbor. Piper Truitt lives next door to the newly moved-in couple, and this is a woman who was born to be the head of the Stepford Wives Association. Piper is beyond judgmental and always is impeccably dressed, as if a camera is just waiting to take her picture. Cornelia is beyond depressed. In fact, Piper was the type of woman she did NOT want to come up against. But…it’s too late.

The upside is there is another woman by the name of Lake, who has a very intriguing son, who Cornelia forms a fast friendship with. They love books, old movies, and Lake is very accepting and very smart, allowing Cornelia to not be so afraid of the suburban life. But, soon what comes out is a world full of secrets, lies, and shocking relationships being played out all around Cornelia, and she has no idea how she’s going to survive this new ‘countrified’ way of life.

The author has done a brilliant job with this novel. The characters range from heartwarming and funny to brutal and a bit frightening. Readers will be enthralled by Cornelia’s everyday world, and will definitely think twice before moving to the suburbs. Enjoy!

Until next time,

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