When Cornelia and Teo Brown moved to the suburbs they didn't expect their lives to become so.well, suburban. They were prepared for the perfectly manicured lawns and semi-uppity neighbors, but not for the struggle they would face to fit in.
That's not to say they don't like their new life, though. They revel in the peace and space they've found and even manage to develop friendships, despite having a meddling, rude neighbor. What they don't enjoy is the feeling that something just isn't right; and when that something turns out to be much bigger and more impactful than they imagined, they must decide just how much they care for their perfectly-crafted, new life as well as each other.
Belong to Me demonstrates the sudden twists and turns life takes and the resolve it requires to weather them. The follow-up to Love Walked In, the novel sheds new light on the efforts needed to maintain love. Once again, Cornelia and Teo are amusing; Cornelia's banter and generally likable personality make the chapters dedicated to her point of view particularly enjoyable. Marisa de los Santos also creates well-rounded, interesting and complex characters that create make the neighborhood real - and establish a desire to visit it.
Everyone has secrets. Some we keep to protect ourselves, others we keep to protect those we love.
Cornelia Brown surprised herself when she was gripped by the sudden, inescapable desire to move with her husband to the suburbs. Her mettle is quickly tested by her impeccably dressed, overly judgmental neighbor Piper Truitt—the embodiment of everything Cornelia feared she'd find in suburbia. With Lake, another recent arrival, Cornelia shares a love of literature and old movies—as she forms an instant bond with this warm yet elusive woman and her perceptive, brilliant young son, Dev. But there are shocking secrets and unexpected surprises lurking beneath the peaceful veneer of suburban life—and nothing is quite what it seems.