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Marisa de los Santos

Author of Love Walked In

16+ Works 6,201 Members 385 Reviews 39 Favorited

About the Author

Marisa de los Santos is an American author and poet. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Virginia. She earned an English degree from the University of Virginia, as well as an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D in English and Creative Writing from the University of show more Houston. In addition to her collection of poetry entitled From the Bones Out, Marisa has written numerous novels, including: The Precious One, Falling Together, Belong to Me and Love Walked in. She also co-wrote Saving Lucas Biggs, with children's author, David Teague. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Marisa de los Santos

Love Walked In (2005) 2,500 copies, 99 reviews
Belong to Me (2008) 1,750 copies, 104 reviews
Falling Together (2011) 558 copies, 58 reviews
The Precious One (2015) 410 copies, 53 reviews
I'll Be Your Blue Sky (2018) 384 copies, 30 reviews
Saving Lucas Biggs (2014) 213 copies, 10 reviews
I'd Give Anything: A Novel (2020) 165 copies, 24 reviews
Connect the Stars (2015) 144 copies, 5 reviews
Watch It Shine: A Novel (2023) 44 copies, 2 reviews
From the Bones Out (2000) 21 copies
O Amor Chegou (2008) 1 copy

Associated Works

Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation (2004) — Contributor — 20 copies


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
de los Santos, Marisa
Other names
Whren, Merrillee
Places of residence
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Virginia, USA
Wilmington, Delaware, USA
University of Virginia (BA, English)
Sarah Lawrence College (MFA, Poetry)
University of Houston (Ph.D, English, Creative Writing)
Short biography
Marisa and her husband live with their son and daughter in Wilmington, Delaware.



This was an amazing novel – first because of the beautiful writing. The descriptions of nature were often poetic, lyrical, and evocative – reminded me of the memorable writing in "Where the Crawdads Sing." As the publisher’s blurb says, the story is a “captivating, beautifully written drama involving family, friendship, secrets, sacrifice, courage, and true love.”

This novel is told in two timelines, the 1950s and the present day. A few weeks before she dies, elderly Edith Herron encourages Clare Hobbes to reconsider her upcoming marriage to Zach. Clare doesn’t know Edith, but her wise words give Clare the courage to follow her heart.

Then three weeks later Clare learns she has inherited Edith’s old but well-kept house on the Delaware shore. She now has “Light and space all my own. A place to breathe easy. I told (Edith) I used to carry my safe place around with me like a turtle, but then, when I got involved with Zach, I somehow stopped.”

Clare’s mother sums it up: “An almost total stranger talked you out of your engagement to the wrong man and then gave you a safe place to go. Unbelievable.”

Thus begins the adventure of Clare and her long-time friend (and former boyfriend) Dev putting together the puzzle pieces. The clues are there for the reader, and sometimes the truth is easier to figure out than other times, but when I had finished the last page I felt satisfied with the story, the characters, and the resolution.

Content warning: vivid descriptions of domestic violence

Apparently, this is the third book with the same characters from the two novels in the series titled: "Love Walked In." It easily reads as a stand-alone, though now I’ll have to go find the earlier two and return to this world and these characters.
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PhyllisReads | 29 other reviews | Mar 15, 2024 |
BooksInMirror | 103 other reviews | Feb 19, 2024 |
Very good story of finding themselves and each other.
bentstoker | 103 other reviews | Jan 26, 2024 |
I really enjoyed Edith’s story. However the modern story around Clare fell flat, particularly at the end. I’m giving this four stars because I enjoyed the beginning of the book so much, but one the fence for three.
cmahaffey | 29 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |



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