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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Janet calls Jake her Joe Date and their first outing is a head over heels disaster, but in a funny way. Before taking his painting of Janet to Dr. It dealt with real life issues and the effects on people and kove. Oct 30, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the first opening chapters, but found myself eventually glued to the story. What Roland does is show how these two characters, told from Jake’s perspective, move through certain uncertainty as they try to build a relationship.

The characters are fleshed out nicely, and it’s interesting to read a romance written from a man’s point of view. However, by the end I was drawn in – and again, perhaps it has more to say about me and my experiences.

A Little Love Story

What thoughts and feelings should he have expressed more explicitly? What qualities do you think the painting conveyed before the revision? What is it that makes each of them decide to take the risk?

The third I’ve read by Roland Merullo. How does Janet make him feel this way?

It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think. Jun 30, Carol rated it really liked it. Why does Jake take Janet to Shanksville?


And I littoe the themes of life and death, love and heartbreak, healing and rebuilding, family, and spirituality. In Merullo’s grip, On the face of it, and given the title, this would normally be the type of book I would shy away from. Her effort touched me deeply.

You hurt no one. How they reacted matched their make – it all made sense. The main character, Jake, has a best friend, Gerard, who had me chuckling out loud at times. Well, as far as endings go, I was not the least bit disappointed, and without giving even an idea of the ending away, there is a sudden twist, an element that suddenly arrives that makes you say, “Hey wait, I thought for sure I knew how this was gonna turn out I know a live This one was hard for me to get fully into.

It’s interesting how the relationship of these two souls develops into something that is truly remarkable. Both Jake, with his painful, recent, romantic history, and Janet, with her realistically limited expectations for a romantic future, have reasons to be reluctant in exposing their hearts to what seems like a doomed relationship.

To ask other readers questions about A Little Love Storyplease sign up. I thought it was because he or she thought I would like the book. I enjoyed this but it was also torture. You as the reader WANT to “watch” these two people meet, get to know each other, tenderly discover the many nuances of a new relationship while also navigating all the secret hurts we carry that make us “broken” to the next person who may come along.

My very favorite love story. This is the fourth book I have read by this author. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. 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. This book had a good taste of all of those.


Now how bad is that? 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. During this time, however, Janet is struggling in her losing battle with cystic fibrosis.

It is a classic love story—with some modern twists. Interesting characters, an uncommon twist to a perhaps familiar story-line, and nice Boston setting all add up to another winner for Merullo. There is something to learn from all of them.

A Little Love Story by Roland Merullo

They have their own language and jokes and secrets and assumptions about the right and wrong ways of doing things, and merull 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. Of his mother, Gerard, and Ellory, is there one character who you think provides Jake with the best moral support? Mfrullo and try again.

Mar 24, Latarsha rated it it was amazing.