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Belong to Me (Love Walked In #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  22,667 Ratings  ·  3,181 Reviews
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 te
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May 01, 2008 Lara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 for the pr
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
*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
Jun 04, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
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 that woman 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 t ...more
May 08, 2008 Julie-Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. :)
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
Apr 18, 2008 Whitney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 i
Sep 21, 2008 M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mar 27, 2016 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 predict
Nov 05, 2008 Valerie rated it really liked it
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
Jun 16, 2008 MP rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know when you read a book about women that are friends..and 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 spirit..cancer patient..but you learn that really isn't who they are, there is much more to them and you realize how they can be friends..I'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. ...more
melanie (lit*chick)
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 ...more
Apr 24, 2008 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Cornelia, Teo, and Clare from Love Walked In return 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
Feb 06, 2013 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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 ...more
Jul 21, 2008 Karma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 complex the simple. 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 ...more
Jun 09, 2010 Tania rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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 ...more
Aug 13, 2008 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodfiction
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.


I still enjoyed it a good deal. I really liked the main character and found de los Santos' prose believable and not
Feb 22, 2016 Liliflaj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: laguna
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 ...more
Aug 09, 2008 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who liked Love Walked In
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
Nov 21, 2008 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recently-read
If you only knew how close this book came to landing on my "aborted" Goodreads 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 beco ...more
Dec 07, 2014 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Apr 05, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man, I just love the way Marisa de los Santos writes.

There were some elements of this story that bugged me, but overall, really enjoyed this.
Nov 13, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I am quite conflicted about the characters in this book. I was prepared to hate Piper right from the first time she was introduced, but then she grew on me (and she probably did some growing of her own), and when I found out who the real 'villain' was, there was no going back. It was incredibly well-written, and I was utterly convinced there was no plot until it snuck up behind me and yelled 'Surprise!' in my ear as everything fell into place. I would have preferred more of a resolution, but can ...more
May 29, 2008 L.e. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: past-read
So, this is Dr. Teague's( my beloved chemistry professor) daughter in law. She is a poet and this is her second novel. The first Love Walked In was lovely and this is the sequel. She writes so beautifully that sometimes I had to put down the book and relish the last sentence. This is the kind of book that when you finish you hold it out and look at the jacket lovingly. (although i am not a big fan of the cover art on this particular book)
Feb 16, 2015 Joei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that was unexpected.

Surprisingly a page turner for me despite the lack of action ala James Patterson.

If you find this book boring in the beginning, just give it a chance. Think of it as a Hallmark made for TV movie and try to get interested in the characters and the story of each of their lives.

It'll get better in the last few chapters. 4 stars (instead of 5) because there were some unnecessary story lines (Lyssa??).
Nancy Baker
This is a story of four couples: Couple 1 has two children, fairly upper class, wife a bit snooty, husband easy going. Couple 2 has two children and the wife is suffering with terminal cancer. Couple 3 is a doctor and his wife, new to the community, childless and trying to fit into the neighborhood. Couple 4 is actually a mother and her genius of a son who have moved there to place the boy in a gifted school. The drama and the lives of these couple unfold individually and begin to interweave as ...more
Feb 25, 2008 Elisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves community
Recommended to Elisa by: ARC
LOVE LOVE LOVE. Great, likable and believable (for a book) characters. I want to move in next door to these people and drink coffee with them. Well-thought out young people as well, not just token kids doing token kid things. Enough twists to keep you interested.
Anyone who loves community or knows how hard truly living in community is will love this.
May 02, 2008 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, borrowed, sequel
I love this author's writing. She's a poet, so everything feels lyrical and perfect. Like all of other books recently, I have to say that I should have reread her first novel, Love Walked In, just to refresh my memory of the characters. (What is with all of the sequels that come out in the summer?) Regardless, great story and characters in this one.
Jun 13, 2013 Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So....good. It's mid-day, there are things to be done, and here I sit finishing this book instead. The author writes in a very personal way. She makes you relate to and feel for the characters -- realistic, and each with struggles, doing the best they can and the yearning to belong. Jean, thank you for a wonderful read.
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Marisa de los Santos was a poet for a very long time, with an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Her first book, FROM THE BONES OUT, a collection of poems, was published in 2000.

She and her husband, writer David Teague, lived in Center City, Philadelphia for a number of years before moving to Wilmington, Delaware in spring of 2003. That summer, Marisa bega
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