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Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos

Love Walked In (edition 2006)

by Marisa de los Santos

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Title:Love Walked In
Authors:Marisa de los Santos
Info:Plume (2006), Paperback, 320 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:@read: own, May, 2008

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Cornelia believes she has found the man of her dreams when Martin walks into the coffee shop she manages and they begin a relationship. Alternate chapter feature Clare, an unnaturally (in my opinion) precocious 11 year old, who is trying to cope with the fact that her mother is mentally unwell and failing to care either for herself or for Clare. Eventually Clare's situation reaches a crisis and it emerges that Martin (Cornelia's Martin) is her father and he is forced to step up and take care of her.

The Cornelia chapters, which are told with a lot of humour and a certain amount of detachment were a good contrast and welcome relief to the Clare chapters, which were very sad. Cornelia referred constantly to vintage films, almost all of which I have not seen/cannot remember and this became tiresome. The character of Martin was very well done - I spent about 50 pages shouting "But Clare DID phone him for help" at the book. The ending was a bit messy; things would get settled and then rearranged and I just wanted people to stick to a plan - any plan. The joke about Clare's brothers complaining that they had bagged Teo next was very amusing. ( )
  pgchuis | Jul 24, 2015 |
A complete surprise!! I expected a chick-lit forgettable romance, what I found was not a forgetable romance, tho' this still may be considered chick-lit! Love blooms it's beautiful fragrant blossom between two strangers and between two childhood friends and in this amazingly touching story, you just can't be sure how the author is going to pave the path of this story until you are reading the words. ( )
1 vote olongbourn | Mar 1, 2015 |
This is a must-read book! If you're thinking that this is your typical love story, chic-lit book then you're wrong! It is a love story but the focus is not on romantic love between a man and a woman but more of love between "friends", love between mother and daughter. You have to read this to truly appreciate it. Apart from a great story line it also has great characters (consistent characterization) and great writing style. I would recommend this to everybody! ( )
1 vote krizia_lazaro | Feb 9, 2015 |
Couldn't finish this book. It didn't make much sense and it was boring. Not engaging at all. I was extremely disappointed as the summary made it sound so interesting. ( )
  tielwingsmama | Sep 29, 2014 |
Couldn't finish this book. It didn't make much sense and it was boring. Not engaging at all. I was extremely disappointed as the summary made it sound so interesting. ( )
  tielwingsmama | Sep 29, 2014 |
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My life- my real life- started when a man walked into it, a handsome stranger in a perfectly cut suit, and, yes, I know how that sounds.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0452287898, Paperback)

When Martin Grace enters the hip Philadelphia coffee shop Cornelia Brown manages, her life changes forever. But little does she know that her newfound love is only the harbinger of greater changes to come. Meanwhile, across town, Clare Hobbs—eleven years old and abandoned by her erratic mother—goes looking for her lost father. She crosses paths with Cornelia while meeting with him at the café, and the two women form an improbable friendship that carries them through the unpredictable currents of love and life.

Love Walked In, the first novel by award-winning poet Marisa de los Santos, is bursting with keen insight and beautifully rendered prose. Invoking classic movies to illuminate the mystery and wonder of love in all its permutations, Love Walked In is an uplifting debut that marks the entrance of an enchanting literary voice.

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Thirty-one-year-old Cornelia Brown adores classic romantic films. Anything starring Jimmy Stewart or Cary Grant will do nicely, especially The Philadelphia Story. Unapologetically idealistic about love, Cornelia appears to catch the break of a lifetime when the dashing Martin Grace, her own personal Cary Grant, comes strolling into her life. But Cornelia's life truly changes one snowy day when she looks up to find troubled 11-year-old Clare Hobbes standing before her.… (more)

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