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Jake Entwhistle is smart and handsome, but living with a shadow over his romantic history. Janet Rossi is a bright, witty aide to the governor of Massachusetts. In A Little Love Story, Roland Merullo – winner of the Massachusetts Book Award and the Maria Thomas Fiction Award – has created a sometimes poignant. Merullo (In Revere, In Those Days, , etc.) risks the mawkish in this readable tale. Having just spent a celibate year mourning the death of.

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Several times, a sentence or two would be spent fighting pity. Merullo has a nice way with words, with humor, with feelings, with life.

To ask other readers questions about A Little Love Storyplease sign up. Do you think she would be as reluctant to run for office if she were healthy? And in other hands, that might be the case.

Mar 09, Dana rated it it was amazing Shelves: And your life was somehow just about half of what it could be. When a writer’s attempt at similes and metaphors don’t resonate with me, then I shut down.

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A Little Love Story Reader’s Guide

If you’ve ever wasted time dwelling on the past or over planning the future this book can help show you how to be grounded and appreciative of the present. Unsentimental, without cliche, Roland Merullo’s novel goes to the heart of what it means to love someone. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

What could be a little love story for a different couple becomes a staggering leap of faith for Jake and Stiry as they determine to love each other despite the grim prognosis for a future together. The writing is real, the characters are honest and the language is true. Apr 05, Rebecca Smith rated it it was amazing. Stay in Touch Sign up.


The main character, Jake, has a best friend, Gerard, who had me chuckling out loud at times. See 1 question about A Little Love Story…. When I got to the last page of the book, much to my surprise, the stranger who sent it has written a note, in a type of handwriting that can only be described as “grandmotherly.

Lists with This Book. On the face of it, and given the title, this would normally be the type of book I would shy away from.

Before taking his painting of Janet to Dr. I don’t always want the escapism of ‘unputdownable’, nor the ease of light romance, but a good story, one that is well written is special indeed- and very rare.

I thought it was because he or she thought I would like the book. While some of the characters seemed superfluous, I really enjoyed how this story played out.

If you’ve read the book, you get it. The story itself is heartbreaking and to top it off, the ending really left me hanging. And I like the themes of life and death, love and heartbreak, healing and rebuilding, famil Beautiful and realistic descriptions of people and situations, poignant moments and realizations at just the right time, with an almost perfect pace.

I didn’t cry though. And I pray that someone out there does find a cure for cystic fibrosis for all the little Elyses and Alainas out there. Little this overabundance just a family tradition or do you see it as something more meaningful? One of my favorites.

They have their own language and jokes and secrets and assumptions about the right and wrong ways of doing things, and some of that always shows in the children, the way something of Germany or Australia always shows in a German or an Australian, no matter where they go.


The story shouldn’t work, but it roalnd. I had no idea it was there until I turned the page. Then again, I’m not a big romanc Jake and Janet meet, fall in love, and deal with Janet’s cystic fibrosis while trying to lead a normal life.

I found myself thinking after each paragraph that the only way to talk about the two main characters, Jake and Janet, is the way he wrote it.

A Little Love Story – Roland Merullo – Google Books

Open Preview See a Problem? I was not particularly find of Golfing With God. Merullo has won numerous prizes, including the Massachusetts Book Award for both fiction and nonfiction. Questions and Topics for Discussion 1. It is gently laid before you and unravels sweetly, and with subtle grace, that makes you love this love story. While some of the characters seemed This is a story about the baggage that comes along when you try to love someone new. No trivia or quizzes yet. There was a problem adding your email address.

Jake and Janet meet, fall in love, and deal with Janet’s cystic fibrosis while trying to lead a normal life. You had friends, you were a decent citizen. In the sp A stranger sent this book to me. Feb 21, Laura Irrgang added it. Poignant and moving without being trite or sappy. Aug 26, Jan Risher rated it really liked it.