Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Belong to Me - 2nd in the Cornelia Brown series
Author: Marisa de los Santos
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
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.’
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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