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Belong to Me

(Love Walked In #2)

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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  27,721 ratings  ·  3,616 reviews
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, s
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2008)
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Lara
May 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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smetchie
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
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Roxy
*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
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Kim
Nov 06, 2008 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 the m ...more
Julie-Ann
May 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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. :)
Lisa
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
[3+] A charming comfort read.
Patricia
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with BELONG TO ME. This novel is so beautifully written, and the character are so wonderfully described I felt I knew them. Only after I finished reading did I discover that the author's previous novel, LOVE WALKED IN, included a few of the same characters, and I'm now looking for a copy.

This novel contained quite a few memorable lines. The book was about family, friendship, lying to protect others - so many different things. I really hated when BELONG TO ME ended. I would not co
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M
Sep 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Sharon
Sep 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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 restaura
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Andrea
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Well. This was downright lovely ❤ ...more
Adira
Whenever I read one of Marisa de los Santos' novels, I just want to reach out and shake her and ask her, "WHY ARE YOU NOT WRITING POETRY ALREADY?!?" since de los Santos' writing style is flowery and drawn out. Her novels are filled with situations that should only take a few pages to write, but the author frequently takes her sweet time just describing situations that her characters get into or the characters' thought process to the readers often times wasting time to stop and explain some random detail that pops ...more
Whitney
Apr 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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Valerie
Aug 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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(Love
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Diane Chamberlain
May 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I liked this sequel even more than the first, Love Walked In. de los Santos has a gift and I'm so glad she's sharing it with us!
melanie (lit*chick)
Mar 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
MP
May 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 snob..free 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
Kathryn
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
At first I was resentful towards all the new characters in the story of Teo and Cornelia and Clare and then... I was hooked and I didn't want to leave them. Really enjoyed the read.
Tiffany
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I liked the first book in this series more. A lot of the story line revolved around a new neighbor and her life and not as much about the characters from the first book. It was a bit slow for me. Although I'm glad I read it because there is some important character development included. I'm excited to read the 3rd book and see what happens to all the characters.
Patty
This is the second book I have read by Marisa de los Santos in less than six months. The only problem with this is that she has only written one other novel. I might have to save it for a special occasion.

As I noted with Falling Together, de los Santos writes about people that I would like to spend time with. They lead interesting lives and have a good sense of humor. They don't take themselves too seriously and it turns out that they make good friends. Because it is fiction, there are plenty o
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Julie
Apr 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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. (an
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Jenni Moeller
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 I liked this more than the first, although it was slow at the beginning and am looking forward to the third book. I loved the character growth, honesty, different story lines, and humor. Aiden had me laughing out loud! I listened to the audiobook and it was very good.
Gina
Absolutely wonderful book about love in all of its forms. 5 stars!
Judy
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, fiction, 2018-reads
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. What I liked most was the positive tone throughout the book even though each character had crises in their lives that they had to work through. It was nice to read a book that was comfortable to read. (view spoiler) Cornelia was one of the nicest characters ever. I hope their will be a sequel.
Michele
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Carol (Reading Ladies)
“Love can be a decision. Forgiveness, too.” I loved the themes of family, belonging, forgiveness, and inclusiveness, and for me this was better written than Love Walked In.
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Brittany Casteel
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first Marisa de los Santos book and I adored her writing style. Her way with words is unbelievable and beautiful without being too much. This story was enjoyable and interesting and the characters were very likable and had depth.
Anne
May 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Kristen
Aug 05, 2008 rated it liked it
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.

BUT!

I still enjoyed it a good deal. I really liked the main character and found de los Santos' prose believ
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Tania
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Karma Hope
Apr 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 the simple complex. 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
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Marisa de los Santos is the New York Times bestselling author of LOVE WALKED IN, BELONG TO ME, FALLING TOGETHER, THE PRECIOUS ONE, and her newest novel, which continues with characters from the first two, I'LL BE YOUR BLUE SKY.

Marisa has also co-authored, with her husband David Teague, two novels for middle grade readers: SAVING LUCAS BIGGS and CONNECT THE STARS.

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