This small excerpt is taken from BN.com. , and is not my words.
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 impossible standards, Piper is the embodiment of everything Cornelia feared she would find in suburbia.
Marisa de los Santos’s literary talents shine in the complex interactions she creates between these three women. She deftly explores the life-altering roller coaster of emotions Piper faces as she cares for two households, her own and that of her cancer-stricken best friend, Elizabeth. As their individual stories unfold, the women become entangled in a web of trust, betrayal,love, and loss that challenges them in ways they never imagined, and that ultimately teaches them what it means for one human being to belong to another.
I picked this book up because a fellow bookseller recommended it to me. I’ve also heard a lot of good things about it from other people. I was all ready for a great read. Then it happened…….I couldn’t get into it. The first few chapters just did not draw me in. I found my mind wandering, and I had to go back several times to reread, just to figure out who was doing the talking. The author switches back and forth between characters, and you sometimes need to figure out that she has moved from first person to third person. It took me almost 2 weeks to finish this book, which is highly unusual, as I have been known to plow through a 400 page book in one evening.
On the upside, the story was very good. You could really picture yourself in Cornelia’s place, having to deal with Piper, and having what she thought was the perfect marriage. The story is set in the Philadelphia suburbs, which is something I thought I could really relate to, because I am only an hour away from where the story is taking place. The characters were easy to like, or hate in some cases, but sometimes it seemed like you needed Cliff’s Notes to keep everyone straight.
All in all, the story was very likeable, and I believe that you would enjoy it. She also has another book, Love Walked In , that deals with Cornelia. I haven’t decided yet if I am going to read it, but if I do, check back for a review!