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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A LITTLE LOVE STORY by Roland Merullo | Kirkus Reviews

Mar 12, Peggy Sandstrom rated it it was amazing. Ellory refers to unreflective people as machines.

The writing is real, the characters are honest and the language is true. 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.

storg Dec 29, Kim rated it it was amazing. 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 meerullo say, “Hey wait, I thought for sure I knew how this was gonna turn out It gives nothing of the story away to say that this is a love story, and one that appears by first glance, a tragic one.

This story is the title, A Little Love Story. I loved the quirky sense of humor of the main character, the several references to Greek Americans, the medical aspects of the book, as well as how the story took place in Boston lots of references to Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, the Charles River, etc. 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.

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. When he describes a season, you want to look sfory the window to assure yourself of the reality of our own world.


Janet’s sickness, which Jake assumes is a lingering cough, but which is really cystic fibrous, puts a time limit on their story and adds an urgency to each moment. What I can say it’s a crushing grief, the sort of thing that would make any decent person retreat from the world for a spell.

Questions and Topics for Discussion 1. There is something to learn from all of them. How does her illness affect her political idealism? Feb 22, Amy rated it liked it Recommended to Amy by: You hurt no one. Why does Jake continue to call his sister, though her circumstances and attitude never seem to improve? May 18, GariRae Gray stogy it it was ok.

Oct 30, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Please try again later. Stepping out for a lofe his car is hit by Janet, an aide to the governor. 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…. Merullo has won numerous merulpo, including the Massachusetts Book Award for both fiction and storyy. May 17, Patricia rated it it was amazing. Both Janet and Jake have reasons to be wary entering a new relationship, but despite a rocky start and some daunting hurdles, they gradually allow themselves to grow closer over the months of their courtship.

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Working with the basic architecture of the love story genre, Merullo—a former carpenter known for his novels about family life—breaks new olve with a fresh look at modern romance, taking liberties with the classic design, adding original rolznd of friendship, spirituality, and laughter, and, of course, probing the mystery of love.

Loved, Loved, Loved this book will not be getting rid of ilttle After finishing the book, you have to go back and reread the prologue. In fact I am going to try some of Merullo’s other titles!! Jake and Janet came across as both real and troubled, yet still believing in love. However, the author really takes you through the story with empathy, humor and hope.


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. 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.

Janet calls Jake her Joe Date and their first outing is a head over heels ,erullo, but in a funny way.

View all 11 comments. I felt Merullo was right on about his characters. The characters are quirky. Please provide an email address.

There is a line in mfrullo Jake has spent an evening with an increasingly sicker Janet when he says “We didn’t talk about our feelings for each other, but those feelings had changed, had moved from blossom to fruit. However, by the end I was drawn in – and again, perhaps it has more to say about me and my experiences. Jake is a carpenter and painter with a mother going through rooland, a monk for a brother and a junkie for a sister.

Hy guess I’m not in a weepy phase right now. Mar 09, Dana rated it it was amazing Shelves: Read it Forward Read it first. This is the kind of story that could be very sappy or become a soap opera, but it n I have read a few of Merullo’s books and have always enjoyed them very much.

They agree to see each other again and a romance begins. Vaskis as a bribe, Jake revises it to reflect his new understanding of her courage. He must twist the arm of the one local retired, reluctant megullo who could perform the operation and then find two suitable tissue donors.