Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Book Review: "Belong to Me" by Marisa de los Santos

Marisa de los Santos recently released Belong to Me, the sequel to Love Walked In. I just read it and...I loved it!

Many have asked if you have to read Love Walked In before cracking open Belong to Me? Not necessarily, but I would. While Belong to Me stands well on its own, and de los Santos does a solid of job of providing the relevant backstory, reading Love Walked In first will carve out a little place in your heart for Cornelia Brown that makes reading Belong to Me all that more fulfilling. Plus, to feel the true impact of the storyline, you really need to understand the relationship between Cornelia, Teo and Clare, which only Love Walked In can provide.

Regardless, Marisa de los Santos' voice is captivating, no doubt the result of her PhD in creative writing and her extensive background in poetry, and Belong to Me secured her as one of my favorite women's fiction writers. If you haven't read her work yet, I highly recommend it.