Love Walked In (Love Walked In #1)
For thirty-one-year old Cornelia Brown, life is a series of movie moments, and Jimmy Stewart is always and indisputably the best man in the world, unless Cary Grant should happen to sho...more
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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!
So, when the last act came a ...more
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
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
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
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
Love Walked In wasn’t what I was expecting, I was expecting something sweet and cute, and it was, but it ...more
Love Walked In was the book club’s book of the month for February. It was supposed to give out feels (was it?) and it did, except that I felt the feels much later in the story. Or maybe it was just me because I didn’t really feel anything for Martin Grace. Sure, he was depicted to be Cornelia’s dream boy (did I just say dream boy? How high school, haha!) but I didn’t like him at all. I didn’t like him at the start — at ...more
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.
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
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
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
I feel I got this book the wrong way around - I read the second of these two books first. Not actually knowing that this one existed and that it came before Belong to Me. I kind of wish I read them in the right order, because having read Belong to Me gave me knowledge which meant I knew how things turned out!
This is the third book from this lovely author that I have read, and I lo ...more
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
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
I thought this book was terrible. What I hated the most was just her wordy, wordy writing. It was messy and all over the place and just too much. No one I've ever met talks like that and I'm fairly confident that ...more
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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