de los Santos, Marisa. Belong to Me.
6 word synopsis: Suburban lives: Love, loss, and learning.
I had actually read the previous book about these characters, but didn't realize it when the ARC arrived. I really enjoyed this one, and didn't go back and re-read my review of the previous novel Love Walked In until I had finished Belong to Me.
Probably a good thing, because although I had liked parts of the first one, my overall impression of Love Walked In was "simply Chiclit."
De los Santos' latest effort, however, is much more. Certainly, it will appeal more to women than to men, but the narrative and the characters have grown and developed; they have blossomed into something much more complex than the original.
Here is a link to my 2006 review of Love Walked In. I still love the poem I found by de los Santos (Milagros Mourns the Queen of Scat) and included in the review.
Thanks to Christine at Harper Collins for this one.
Another review can be found at Lesley's Book Nook. Interestingly, Les read Belong to Me first, and Love Walked In second and liked Love Walked In better. I had completely forgotten about Cornelia and Clare when I read Belong to Me but definitely preferred the Belong to Me.
Fiction. 2008. 388 pages.