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Love Walked In

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  23,626 ratings  ·  3,588 reviews
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...more
Published (first published December 29th 2005)
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Lisa Topp
Jun 10, 2008 Lisa Topp rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Therese
I finally met my match - an author that slowed me down! I'm a very fast reader - skimmer actually (you get more read that way), and the style and beauty of this book deserved to have every savory word read.
Clearly an accomplished writer in the craft of poetry, de los Santos conveys the flow and beauty of the written word in this novel.
In addition, she molds likeable, believable characters, and creates an intriging story.
I will read anything she writes!
For the first two-thirds of this book, I was in love. The prose was so taut and engaging, I didn’t want to put the darn book down (even though I am technically supposed to be reading Emma). The cultural references alone (books, movies, music) were enough to keep me riveted. I loved the pert and unique language of the adult heroine: Cornelia. Also, the author was very adept at creating very different, very believable voices for the two protagonists: Cornelia and Clare.

So, when the last act came a...more
I was skeptical about this book at first - a former coworker at the bookstore told me I had to read it, but we tend to have different taste. I expected generic chick lit, and was extremely surprised: it wasn't that at all. It was amazing. I adored it. I carried it around for days so I could read every chance I got. I loved it so much that I'm having a hard time articulating why, exactly. The writing was captivating, and I identified with both of the main characters in various ways. The chapters...more
Love Walked In centers on an unlikely meeting between two narrators -- Cornelia, a 31-year-old cafe manager, and Clare, the 11-year-old daughter of Cornelia's current boyfriend. What unfolds is a strange and at times hopeful narrative of relationships, connections, and love.

Cornelia's narrative is chatty -- like a girlfriend catching up on a whopper of a story --, but it's often over the top. The author uses Cornelia as a place to indulge in being in love with her own precocity, and it is more o...more
Abigail Hillinger
After two semesters of doom and gloom novels, my soul needed verbal cuddling. I can see this book translating into a chick-flick, the type of movie mothers bring their daughters to and weep mercilessly halfway into the film. The title itself says it all.

I wasn't hooked immediately into this book, as I normally am with guilty pleasures...and here's why. The author didn't have a set voice she settled into. Her chapters alternated between Cornelia, a thirty-something cafe manager, and Clare, an ele...more
Jun 09, 2008 Sydney rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes well crafted writing, mom, Jen A, Jen G, Sarah, Janice, Amy
Recommended to Sydney by: Therese
Shelves: book-club, favorites
This is one of the best-written books I've read in years. From the first paragraph, I was hooked. The writing style was just fantastic. It far exceeded my expectations in terms of a first novel.

Cornelia is someone I think I would be friends with in real life. I found myself in her world through the vivid descriptions. It was almost as if the main character was inviting you into her life.

I didn't want to read it too quickly (and I couldn't put it down) because I felt like I had to savor every sin...more
Jun 24, 2008 Christina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romantics
Audio Version.

Written by a poet, Love Walked In described love, family, and womanhood in a beautiful heart-wrenching way.

I quote a section describing exactly, well almost exactly how I feel about my purpose as a mother. The main character's mother has just told her daughter about her life growing up with a mentally ill and alcoholic mother:

“I swore nothing like that would ever touch this family.” And her whole body tilted forward when she said it so great was her ferocity. It was the scene in Go...more
Reading, it is truly what I love to do. However, I do not like wordy books. By this I mean, when something can be essentially and beautifully written in say 10 words, why ruin it by writing it with 20. The story, its premise and its entirety are nice concepts which had the possibility of many things. Yet, I could not wait for it to end because the boos itself is so over-the-top wordy, I just wanted to scream. Perhaps it was just me, but some of the sentences were just painful because it was as i...more
Erica (daydreamer)
There’s a kind of holiness to love, requited or not, and those people who don’t receive it with gratitude are arrogant beyond saving…I held fast to that fact too, held fast and then, in the last seconds, let it go. I released my thanks into the air like birds, with the hope that, if they didn’t find Martin, they’d at least add themselves to whatever accumulation of goodness might be out there.

Love Walked In wasn’t what I was expecting, I was expecting something sweet and cute, and it was, but it...more
Heidi L.
Wow, I can't remember exactly how this book came to my attention. I think I fell in love with the cover and then listened to an interview with the author on It's hard to describe this book and how it's written -- crisp, elegant, gut-wrenching, lyrical, heartbreaking, then funny. At first it was hard to get used to the author's style and I had a hard time getting into it, but then after the first 80 pgs. or so (don't all great books take about that long??) I was so attached to t...more
Aug 24, 2008 Sera rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sera by: Sarah
Shelves: literary-fiction, own
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I'm going to be completely honest about this and hope that my own recent... bitterness isn't seeping in to my review at all.

First, let me talk about the format of the book. I've only read one other book (recently) that used a shifting perspective to tell the story. I thought the vacillation between Cornelia and Clare to be fascinating, as well as much more successfully rendered than The History of Love (as well as less-confusing than said other book, mainly because each chapter says which perspe...more
Jul 27, 2009 K rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: uncritical chick lit fans
Recommended to K by: margueya
Shelves: marysues, chicklit
So after that cynical, depressing Indian book I thought what I needed was some chick lit, and this was supposed to be more intelligent than average chick lit. Was it? Well, if continual annoying references to old movies (in which I have absolutely no interest), a slightly less hackneyed (perhaps) story line, and a heroine who’s making a valiant effort at having a Personality qualifies as more intelligent chick lit, okay, I’ll give it to you. I guess the fact that I didn’t close the book halfway...more
Sorry, Anastasia, this book sucked.

This is your typical chick lit novel where the single girl (Cornelia) meets the guy of her dreams, hates the guy of her dreams, and loves the guy who has been under her nose the whole time. In addition to the single girl, there is also an 11 year old girl, Clare, whose mother leaves her on the side of the road and her father (who happens to be Cornelia's dream man) doesn't want to take responsibility of Clare. So Cornelia steps up and decides to take Clare in....more
Must, must, must get past the title, which I would bet you a million trillion dollars is not what the author wanted to call this book, smacking as it does of some marketing gal with funky glasses but terrible taste in books' idea of a kicky funky and SELLABLE! title. Ugh. So gross.

But must get past it, for this book is wholly delightful and surprising and moving and lovely. I think it was on the "staff recommends" shelf at my bookstore; it's now a book that I recommend (and give to) others.

Aug 17, 2008 Alison rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantics; anyone who ever wanted to marry Cary Grant
Recommended to Alison by: Sarah
"But in the months that followed Martin's gracing of Cafe Dora's doorway, I'd figured out that a real life didn't mean attaining my heart's desire, but knowing it, meant not the satisfaction, but the longing."

This is a sweet, sweet book with a great story about love in all of its forms, redemption, knowing what you want...and the privledge of having things that you're passionate about.

To re-tell any of the story would be to spoil its surprises.

Anyone who's heart is warmed by a cup of hot chocol...more
Okay, I might catch a little grief for this from those of you who gave this book only a couple of stars. Yes, I agree that some plot elements were a little too convenient--like getting a certain character out of the way, but . . .

Kudos to the author for taking a unique approach to writing and story-telling. Maybe not totally unique, but something you don't find in contemporary bestsellers today (unless you count mid-grade fantasy).

Cornelia's story is told in 1st person omniscient POV, and I felt...more
Marika Gillis
May 05, 2009 Marika Gillis rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erin, Danica, Andie, Shera, Shannon, Lauren, Nan
Shelves: fiction
This book is a love story. Cornelia Brown is the manager of a Philadelphia coffee shop when she begins dating Martin Grace, a Cary Grant look-alike. However, their fairy tale romance doesn't quite unfold the way one would expect.

When 11-year-old Clare is dropped off on the side of the road by her demented mother, she begins a desperate search for her absent father.

Circumstances lead Clare to Cornelia's coffee shop and the love story begins.

Marisa de los Santos tells this enchanting story of a...more
Awesome! I know, I know… it is such an overrated word, but it honestly does apply in this case. The writing is lyrical.. In the best sense of the word. Everything out of their mouths, so descriptive. In fact, pages one through fifty were a challenge. Getting used to the way things were said, Cornelia’s thoughts in particular, her wordiness, (just like this sentence is going right now,) even her braininess had me pulling back a bit. But as I have said, I took it as a challenge. And from page fift...more
Oct 05, 2008 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Shana
After being disappointed by the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer, this book became the savior of my faith in good writing. I loved the style in which it was written. I liked the changes between the two main characters. 1st person for Cornelia, 3rd person for Clare. I think it was smart to write Clare's point of view from 3rd person since after reading books in the 1st person point of view of a teenager was driving me crazy. Not that Clare isn't smart for her age, but the teenager was "supposed...more
The book starts out when a stranger walks into a store and asks the main character to come to London with him on a whim, which is somehow supposed to be romantic because he's handsome and elegant. I didn't find it romantic. At all. I found it creepy and loaded with red flags of instability. I spent the first hundred pages asking myself why I read modern fiction when I get so irked with stories about jumping from one bed to another until you hit the right one and somehow that is supposed to stick...more
I don't think I have ever been more moved by a story then when I read Love Walked In. I saw so much of myself in Cornelia and as I read I felt like I had known her my entire life. It is a sweet, pure, story of finding out what you are made of. The story begins by saying "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". Love walked in that day but not in the way you would expect. Its not a story of man coming into...more
Wow. this book was sooooo good! Reading the back cover, I can honestly admit I had real second thoughts about whether I would even be interested enough to actually read it. But, the writing really transcends the makes the story. This author has a real gift with words and sentence composition/structure/etc... The book was so beautifully written. It was great and vivid and all kinds of unexpected fun. I read this book extremely fast and could have easily finished it in a long weekend. I...more
About two years ago, my sister told me that I would really like this book and even sent me a copy and I was disdainful of it because of its girly cover. But, I've been carrying it with me for a while, through two moves, so I picked it up off my shelf (in search of something silly after the brilliant Divisadero) and realized that this girl can write! True the book is about relationships, but I think it is really smart and well-written. I will definitely read her second one.
Perfect Airport/Airplane book!
Rapturous use of adjectives.
If you read this for high school you'd talk about the Blue & Brown motifs... just sayin'.... (Romeo & Juliet scarred me that I still look for these whist reading)

This is a sweet feel good book, well-written much of the time but dragging in others with too much explanation of feelings. People conveniently are absent or die to forward the plot, but this is easily forgiven as the book is soft romance and that seems like a genre that an author is allowed to arrange things in an obvious way to forward the story. I liked how she told the story of Clare's mother and her illness; Clare herself never seemed to stay the same age, close maybe, but still inconsisten...more
Christine Rebbert
This is the first book in a series of 2, but I read it second, not knowing it even existed. As I read the other book, it seemed the author expected you'd already have read this one, as the story just kind of continues and it takes a while to get the backstory. So I definitely recommend reading them in the proper order.
So when I read this, I was getting the backstory for the second book, and some of it surprised me -- would not necessarily have been the way I would have expected the characters t...more
As children, the stories we love most end well. Dorothy wakes up at home with Auntie Em and Toto by her side. The Beast turns back into a prince and he and Belle live happily ever after. Sleeping Beauty opens her eyes after her enchanted sleep to find a prince who is not only handsome, but also just happens to have a beautiful tenor voice. Essentially, the good guy (or girl) wins, the damsel (or the male equivalent of a damsel) is saved, and everyone rides off into the sunset safe, happy, and in...more
Steph Hundt
Okay I may sound extremely gushing in my review of this book, but I don't care! I LOVED it and am adding it to my list of favorites! It blows me away that this was de los Santos's first novel! WOW! It is very evident from her beautiful fluid descriptions that she has a background in poetry. This was a novel where I would reread certain parts numerous times over just to fully absorb the eloquence of her prose.
I also just adored that Cornelia, the heroine in this novel, is short and petite. This...more
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Marisa de los Santos was a poet for a very long time, with an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Her first book, FROM THE BONES OUT, a collection of poems, was published in 2000.

She and her husband, writer David Teague, lived in Center City, Philadelphia for a number of years before moving to Wilmington, Delaware in spring of 2003. That summer, Marisa bega...more
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