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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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. It is a classic love story—with some modern twists. 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.
Working with the basic architecture of the love story genre, Merullo—a former carpenter known for his novels about family life—breaks new ground with a fresh look at modern romance, taking liberties with the classic design, adding original lines of friendship, spirituality, and laughter, and, of course, probing the mystery of love.
Paperbackpages. Published August 8th by Vintage first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Little Love Storyplease sign up. Please someone explain the date range at the end? I don’t get it. See 1 question about A Little Love Story…. Lists with This Book. Just want I needed, a bit of fluff. This story is the title, A Little Love Story. There is some sadness though, one of the main characters has a terminal disease and there is a tie-in to the tragedy.
I didn’t cry though. I guess I’m not in a weepy phase right now. The main character, Jake, has a best friend, Gerard, who had me chuckling out loud at times. The ending probably pisses some people off: Not a bad read if you’re looking for this type of story. View all 11 comments. Aug 26, Jan Risher rated it really liked it.
A Little Love Story
A stranger sent this book to me. I thought it was because he or she thought I would like the book.
In that sense, she was right. I enjoyed the book much more than I expected.
The story shouldn’t work, but it does. When Loe 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. I had no idea it was there until I turned the page.
In the sp A stranger sent this book to me. In the spring ofour sweet, granddaughters, Elyse and Alaina, were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. May they witness a cure in their lifetimes. If you’ve read the book, you get it. I write a weekly column for my local newspaper. This grandmother was doing what she could — through a simple book — to help educate others about the plight of her grandchildren.
Her effort touched me deeply. And I pray that someone out there does find a cure for cystic fibrosis for all the little Elyses and Alainas out there. Apr 27, Read It Forward rated it it was amazing Storj My very favorite love story.
A Little Love Story Reader’s Guide
Unsentimental, without cliche, Roland Merullo’s novel goes to the heart of what it means to love someone. A great choice for book groups – lots rroland discuss, including the male narrator, who presents his love with a raw honesty that’s moving and absolutely unique. May 11, Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is the fourth or so book I have read by Merullo.
I was not merulli find of Golfing With God. I really liked American Savior, and I would have to say that this book probably ties for first place as my favorite Merullo book, Breakfast With Buddha. This book was not as heavy on spirituality as some of his other books and didn’t hold a lot of answers, but it litttle me that no matter how hard the situation is, no matter how hard the rolznd, you cannot give up.
I literally had to go back an This is the fourth or so book Lirtle have read by Merullo. I 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. Another great thing is that Merullo books are quick reads. Started and finished in one day. Oct 31, Lynn rated it really liked it. On the face of it, and given the title, this would normally be the type of book I would shy away from.
The litte two books by Littld Merullo were so outstanding though, that when this was on the shelf at the library, I just had to take it home. I am so glad I did. Janet is one of the governor’s top aides with a seemingly tragic future. Sounds like time to reach for the Dramamine, right? And in other hands, that might be the case. 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. In Merullo’s grip, however, the reader can relax and be entertained.
His descriptions of physical things, as well as emotional ones are humorous, real, and true. When he describes a season, you want to look out the window to assure yourself of the reality of our own world.
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. He takes the small, everyday feelings, and the big, sort of cosmic ones, and expresses them in a way that makes one feel as if that was exactly the way they had always wished to explain things. This is not smack-you-upside-the-head writing but rather slice of life, simple and satisfying.
Interesting characters, an uncommon twist to a perhaps familiar story-line, and nice Boston setting all add up to another winner for Merullo.
Aug 14, Maria rated it liked it. I enjoyed this but it was also torture. The story itself is heartbreaking and to top it off, the ending really left me hanging. May 05, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of my favorites. Very touching story with great characters.
I found it difficult to put down. The surface story about two lonely people who almost seem desperate develops to expose a painful history and joy filled albeit quirky relationship in the present. 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.
Apr 11, Bethany rated it it was ok. Jun 30, Carol rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Half way through this story, I realized I was reading the wrong book. Now how bad is that? Right author, wrong title. Stepping out for a donut his car is hit by Janet, an aide to the governor.
Jake imm Half way through this story, I realized I was reading the wrong book. Jake immediately becomes besotted with Janet and asks her out on a date.
Janet calls Jake her Joe Date and their first outing is a head over heels disaster, but in a funny way.
They agree to see each other again and a romance begins. Under less skilled narration this could have been just one sad story. Like real life, Merullo faces the challenges of these two lovers. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think.
Merullo has a nice way with words, with humor, with feelings, with life. So though I thought I got the wrong book, I actually got the right book. Funny how that happens. May 03, Laura rated it really liked it.