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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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Mar 24, Latarsha rated it it was amazing.


I know a live organ donor, and I cannot imagine doing it Am I inherently selfish? 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. When he meets the beautiful Janet Rossi by accident, the timing seems right to take another chance at romance.

Instead, it showed the steady progression of love, the unassuming ways it crept into their lives. Janet Rossi is very smart and unusually attractive, an aide to the governor of Massachusetts, but she suf In A Little Love StoryRoland Merullo—winner of the Massachusetts Book Award and the Maria Thomas Fiction Award—has created a sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious tale of attraction and loyalty, jealousy and grief.

Janet explains to Jake the reasons she is drawn to politics, and also a list of reasons she would not wish to hold an elected office herself. Outsiders like it or they don’t, they feel at home there or they don’t. He meets Janet after a fender-bender brings them together one night.


Aug 14, Maria rated it liked it. And your life was somehow just about half of what it could be. While some of the characters seemed This is a story about the baggage that comes along when you try to love someone new. Refresh and try again. I am unhappy with the ending, but I understand why it ended the way it did. Having just spent a celibate year mourning the death of his girlfriend Giselle, Jake Entwhistle emerges for a donut, only to meet and fall for Janet Rossi, a woman dying of cystic fibrosis.

I guess I’m not in a weepy phase right now. I think that Merullo is a wonderful writer and really brings his characters alive. Just want I needed, a bit of fluff. He has a good life, a comfortable life but is missing something, the connection we all long for.

Open Preview See a Problem? Literary Fiction Contemporary Romance print. Janet, who was having an affair with her boss, Charles Valvelsais, the shady but recently reelected governor of Massachusetts, may not survive the year it will take for her to find a lung transplant donor.

A Little Love Story Reader’s Guide

Not a bad read if you’re looking for this type of story. I finished it last week, and I’m already forgetting key points.

I didn’t cry though. This is a gem of a book, so honest and sincere and at times also quite funny. But instead of trying to repair the broken place, or at least really stop and look at it, you skated and joked.


A LITTLE LOVE STORY by Roland Merullo | Kirkus Reviews

Mefullo literally had to go back and read the first page of the book 3 times after finishing it to make sure that I got the ending right. Often when he describes a common human emotional situation the reader is startled to recognize themselves, and to identify with the character on a level where they might otherwise have felt they were alone. I was interested enough in vy plot to finish the book.

One of my favorites. That’s how “A little Love Story” was to me. I enjoyed the book much more than I expected. How does Janet make him feel this way? Read it Forward Read it first.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jake and Janet came across as both real and troubled, yet still believing in love. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Oct 30, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s interesting how storyy relationship of these two souls develops into something that is truly remarkable.

In her case, is the description negative? Jake imm Half way through this story, I realized I was reading the wrong book.

It’s so quiet yet so deeply moving; I’m still ruminating roladn it. What thoughts and feelings should he have expressed more explicitly?