Love Walked In
Love Walked In

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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 caf¨¦, 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.

Customer Reviews:

  • Nothing to write home about.
    While the story itself was alright, the characters were so unbelievable it was hard to get through. Cornelia's constant movie references were annoying and at only 11 years old, Clare was a little too knowledgable. I don't think Clare's mother's breakdown was fully justified and her father was just so blah. As for Teo, give me a break!...more info
  • Just plain boring -- even though I wanted to love it
    I thought it sounded like a great story to curl up with over a fall weekend. I was so very wrong! The story started out odd and got worse as it went along: characters that I wanted to love, but couldn't and a story that was choppy and uncompelling. If you want quirky, this is it. If you want quirky and enjoyable, look elsewhere. ...more info
  • loved it
    I read this while traveling through Europe. It was so wonderful, I had a hard time putting it down, even with the temptation of the beautiful Italian countryside out the window...I was sad when it was over....more info
  • Boring, Repetitive, Uninspired
    I really wanted to like this book..but, after the first few chapters - in which EVERY point is repeated too many times with too many adjectives and correlations...I gave up. I think the author has potential - good editing would help pare the story down. I'm disappointed....more info
  • This one will stay with me...
    I enjoyed this story, particularly the storyline involving an 11-year-old girl named Clare. Her story brought tears to my eyes more than once. I know others have said that she acted old for her age, but that became part of the pathos and charm -- a child having to take on adult responsibilities.

    However, this was not a perfect story. The ending was a little too perfect -- everything was a little too neat. It seemed out of place outside of a Harlequin or a child's book. Happy endings are one thing, but this one relied too much on plot devices and serendipity normally only seen in Dickens. Maybe I'm being a Scrooge though. ::wink::

    Cornelia, the other main character, was also a little too perfect. This was covered in other reviews. It was like even when she did or said the wrong thing she was instantly forgiven and adored. Much of this book relied on Cornelia viewing Clare and vice versa. Clare clearly adored Cornelia, but it kept feeling more like the the writer was inserting her own love for her creations rather than it always being the thoughts of the child.

    An unfair criticism that I read is that the book is filled with movie references. Cornelia was a movie buff and that would inform her thoughts and language.

    What I did like was that the title meant something different -- referred to a different relationship -- than one might assume at the beginning.

    I recommend this as a touching, well-written -- but imperfect -- read. I'm glad I bought it and it will stay with me instead of merely being a story I vaguely remember. ...more info
  • Would I have finished this novel if not for book club?
    Definitely not! The first 90 pages were awful. It became much more enjoyable halfway through, but not enough to redeem the book. All in all, I'm sure you could find a much better title than this one. ...more info
  • so much potential
    this one is a mixed bag. overall, i enjoyed reading it but it could hae been so much better. cornelia, who some reviewers have described as unlikable, was at least a really irritating narrator. she drops old movie references heavily- several to a page. she talks directly to the reader, overexplaining her motives and trying to win you over to her side. she comes across as vain and self-centered. she seems utterly convinced of her own wittiness and demands the reader agree. clare is more likable, although even as a precocious child she isn't believably 11. the dialogue tries too hard to be witty; the plot twists are pure fantasy.
    that said, there is a lot to reccommend this book. much of the emotion rings true. the relationship between cornelia and martin, her wanting to fall in love with him, her struggle to decide how much of a person's flaws you learn to accept in love- this felt very real. clare's relationships with her parents and cornelia rang true.
    all in all, this is a light read. i feel like it tries to be meaningful and fails. it is fun, not life-changing....more info
  • Poignant, witty and enchanting!
    Have you ever gone to a bookstore and, while browsing through the shelves, you grab a random book and then it captures you with the opening paragraph? Well, that is the purpose of most writers, right? The opening paragraph is supposed to grab the reader. But few of them manage to grab you in the same way throughout the book. Love Walked In isn't one of those books. This beautiful, poignant and memorable gem was readable from beginning to end, so much so that I caught myself reading it while I was supposed to be working. Thirty-one-year-old Cornelia Brown had no idea just how much her life would change the moment Martin Grace walked into the caf¨¦ she works in. He looks like Cary Grant -- her dream man -- which is great, because their conversations and encounters remind her of the old movies she loves so much. She has found true love... or has she? Then there's Clare Hobbs, an eleven-year-old girl who is suddenly abandoned by her manic-depressive mother. With an aloof father and indifferent neighbors, Clare has no one to turn to, until she walks into Cornelia's caf¨¦. Life has many surprises in store for Cornelia and Clare. Together they learn what love is all about and how life takes unexpected directions; sometimes painful, but sometimes also wonderful.

    This is such a great novel, so beautifully written. The characters' voices jump out of the pages and you cannot help but fall in love with these people. Cornelia has a wonderful first-person narrative style. You feel like you are reading about your closest friend. As for Clare, she is a wonderful character, someone every person -- young or old -- could relate to. All of the characters are vivid and wonderful, except for Martin, but I think he is meant to be as he is depicted in the book: handsome and charming, yet mysterious and detached -- like a movie star. Teo, Cornelia's brother-in-law, is my favorite character in the book. I don't know why, but I pictured Gerard Butler in the role. (Must have been the green eyes.) The movie references add a definite charm, making it feel like an old-fashioned film in itself. Sarah Jessica Parker wrote a back-cover blurb, and now I find out that she may play Cornelia in the movie version. I can't picture her as Cornelia. Though petite, Parker is not quite as small as Cornelia. Then again, it would be difficult to find someone who fits the character's description. Anyway, Love Walked In will draw you in, pull at the heartstrings and take you on quite a wonderful journey. My one complaint is that the plot becomes contrived and predictable toward the end, which disappointed me greatly. However, that wasn't a good enough reason to give it less than five stars. This is one of the best reads I've had all year and it has earned a special spot on my bookshelf.
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  • Boring, Boring, Boring
    Boring, Boring, Boring, book! This book was awful! The book was way too discriptive. It took the writer a whole page to say something it could have taken a few sentences to say. I found myself skipping paragraphs to just find out what the point was. The plot was thin and predictable. One reviewer said it could have been written for young teens and I agree. I am not even sure why I bothered to finish the book.
    Terrible! Don't waste your money, if you must read it borrow from a friend or go to the library....more info
  • Is there a word stronger than both Hate and Boring but ecompasses them both?
    I didnt like this book at all. I felt like, every character was soo.....I dunno, she tried way too hard to make each character overly interesting.It got kind of boring. I wanted to put the book down right after I got to clares first chapter. I didnt like the change in narration...I didnt like the cheesiness of it...or the predictability. This book was awful. I would never read it again. Also, you'd better be on your p's and q's about old movies...and pieces of literature if you're going to read this
    if not, you'll be completely bored with that too. No one told me I had to take a prerequisite course before sitting down to read this.
    I wanted to like this book so badly, I loved the cover and the title. I thought for sure that this was going to be my new favorite. Instead, I found myself struggling through sentences,paragraphs, pages, and chapters. This was probably the worst book Ive ever made myself read....more info
  • A Look At Unconditional Love
    While the style of writing drove me crazy, I am compelled to recommend this book to others. The Author's continuous references to movie lines made this book hard to read; but the characters seemed to compel me at some point to just keep going. This book will make you laugh and at times leave a lump in your throat. Most of today's fiction does not tackle mental health issues. I applaud Marisa de los Santos for bringing awareness to the mental health condition known as bipolar disorder. I liked this book because it wasn't perfect and it does not have a fairytale ending. It is however, a good example of unconditional love. While I am not sure I would read anything else from this author, I am glad I read this one to the end. Read this book and pass it on.......more info
  • Non-stop reading
    Marisa de los Santos' writes in a scattered manner so easy to follow. Although she made the main character thin, pretty, and smart- she was just weird enough to be likeable. Clair's point of view is thrilling. The ending was a little 'sicky-sweet'... but the writing made up for it. I am looking forward to the next!...more info
  • Angieville: LOVE WALKED IN
    This is de los Santos' first novel. She is an accomplished poet and her way with words is evident throughout this charming debut. When I read the dedication, I knew this book and I would get on together. The book is dedicated to her significant other, with the lines, "You're the Nile, You're the Tower of Pisa." Ah, Cole Porter. What follows is essentially an homage to the films and film stars of the 1930s and 40s, particularly The Philadelphia Story. Not far in Cornelia, our protagonist, notes, "Jimmy Stewart is always and indisputably the best man in the world, unless Cary Grant should happen to show up." I nod my head, Yes, this is true. I liked Cornelia and the way she viewed her life as a film, waiting for Cary Grant to walk through her door. I liked Teo and his wonderful, warm Jimmy Stewart. I even liked Martin's flawed Cary Grant and the choice Cornelia makes between the two. In this book, refreshingly, the adults manage to take control of things at the right point, so that 10-year-old Clare is not forced to make it all come together herself. Cornelia's tiny hands held onto them all so tightly, how could they not come to love each other? I did....more info
  • Luminous yet annoying
    I've never read a book that was both luminous & annoying at the same time. It is a smart, beautifully descriptive story, yet I found myself thinking there was something very 'designerly' about the characters that I found very two dimensional. They could have been called Prada, or Chloe, or Dior,so perfect and even their flaws cherished and polished to a high sheen. Every heartbreak has a perfect save, and though I love happy endings, it was all a bit too tied up with shining bows & ribbons and too perfect a world, despite it's contrived tragedies, for me to find deeply satisfying.I look forward to this writer's works with another 15 years of life behind her....more info
  • Predictable and Boring
    I can't finish this book. Book club is 3 days away, and it's been sitting on my desk for 2 weeks with only 50 pages left to go. Has to be one of the most predictable books I've read. I had no empathy for the characters, and the plot was as interesting as People magazine. The author attempts a breezy, familiar style by talking directly to the reader, but I found it annoying and disruptive. Read something else. ...more info
  • Beautiful words, needs deeper characters
    I read this book and discussed it with a book club. It sparked a lively discussion, but we agreed that most of the characters were a little flat. The only one that any of us identified with was the little girl Clare. Cornelia, the main character, seemed to reflect the author's inability to get out of her head and into the story. We were pulled out of the story and into exposition at key moments (e.g., right before a first kiss), rather than being able to experience them along with the character.

    In addition, the message of this book, being transformed by love, was weakened by contrived plot points (e.g., a sudden and convenient death). Several of the key events required a leap of faith to believe, mostly related to odd or sudden decisions of a character. Big things, like falling in love with a family friend, ditching your child on the side of the road, deciding to get divorced, moving, etc. are decided spur of the moment and with very little build-up. It would be one thing if it were limited to one or two spontaneous characters, but it happens randomly across the board. Again, this is related to poor character and plot development.

    That being said, the author's beautiful use of language, touching insights, and compelling citations of classic books and movies made this an enjoyable read. I found several gems of wisdom and poetry scattered throughout (although it was inconsistent whose mouth it was coming from). I was not surprised at all to learn the the author is a poet. She has a lot to say but needs work writing in the novel format. ...more info
  • Loved this book.
    Oh my goodness, I cannot believe how much I loved this book. I couldn't put it down, laughed, cried and read it over two days time, to the exclusion of just about everything else.

    Cornelia Brown is a tiny sprite of a woman who loves old classic movies; in particular The Philadelphia Story. When Martin Grace walks into her coffee shop one day, looking so much like Cary Grant it's unbelievable, Cornelia goes out with him and begins to fall in love. What she doesn't know is that Martin has a few secrets he has yet to share, and when one is revealed to be his eleven year old daughter, Clare, Cornelia begins a journey that changes her entire life.

    This book was pitch perfect, with two amazing characters in Cornelia and Clare, people you just wish you really had in your life. The secondary characters were all wonderful, and fleshed out people. The movie and poetry references were so clever and I was completely bewitched by this book. I was also very pleased to know there is a sequel, entitled Belong to Me....more info
  • Maybe I'm Amazed...
    I've read so many books over the years, I didn't think anyone could surprise me. My sister loaned me a copy of this book- and after 5 pages- I rushed out to buy my own copy. I loved what another reviewer said- this book breathes...and you want to mark special passages, turn down pages, but mainly you never want it to end. I though that Anne Lamott, Lorrie Moore and Elizabeth Berg were the queens. Well, move over. This woman's writing SHINES. I am so enthralled- can't wait to read her next one!...more info
  • A Perfectly Packaged Tale
    Marisa de los Santos is a brilliant writer and this books perfection is based in her talent.

    You are drawn into the book from the first page and a sweet and endearing love story unfolds from there. It's very sweet but not sappy and falls away from the typical love story shining brightly in it's wit and charm.

    If your looking for a light but unique book that leaves you feeling good about people and life read Love Walked In. It will stay with you for years to come as an every day fairy tale- all lose ends tied up and warmth within your heart. ...more info
  • Good book with one huge problem
    Love Walked In was a beautiful book. I loved Clare and Cornelia's relationship - they were well-defined characters - and I always love a good ending. Ms. De Los Santos ending was practical, though I would have loved to have seen Clare end up with Cornelia and Teo. I realize that's unrealistic, though.

    My only problem with this almost perfect book is the disrespect she has for God. I couldn't stand when Ms. De Los Santos used God and Jesus' names disrespectfully - that really bothered me and it was so unnecessary. Love Walked In will never be a classic because the author, for no reason, trashed a few of the pages. Most of us in the world love God, Jesus and the Holy Spirt and we count our blessings. Ms. De Los Santos has received the gift of writing and she should be thankful instead of degrading the One Who gave her this gift....more info
  • I hate this book!
    I wanted to like this book so badly...I read the first 120 pages or so, and couldn't stop reading, but I soon became disgusted. The story is so far-fetched that its predictable, if that makes any sense. Every time I thought to myself: "There's no way something ridiculous like that is going to happen!" it did...I wish that I had the ability to stop reading a book, but I just can't. I have about 70 pages left, and I'm hoping that I will be pleasantly surprised, but I won't count on that. I do think, however, that this would translate better to the silver screen. It seems that is already in the works....more info
  • Yummy!
    I grabbed this book off the bargain rack at my favorite bookstore. I'd never heard of the author or the book. After some hesitation, I dove into the first chapter. Wow! It swallowed me whole. 48 hours later, I found a new favorite author. She writes beautifully, uses actual vocabulary, and there weren't any awkward "love" scenes. For an accidental find, I am VERY happy. Best $2 I've ever spent!...more info
  • Smart!
    I'm so happy I stumbled across this book. It's fresh, new and smart. Kept me wanting for more!...more info
  • Very Disappointed
    Won't waste words here...I agree with most other 1 or 2 star reviewers. First half was dull, dull, dull. Somehow I kept going only to be whisked-off to fairytale land where all happy endings come true. Rubbish. The only thing I didn't notice was the bad language...must be pale compared to my own salty tongue!...more info
  • My New Favorite Book
    I loved every minute I had with this book. I know that sounds weird, but it was such a passionate book that really made you feel the love between the characters. This is my first book from this author and I was real impressed with how well it was written. Will Definately be looking for more from Maria De Los Santos....more info
  • Would have been better if told in 1/2 the time
    I read this book based on many four- and five-star reviews, but sadly, didn't feel the same. The plot is pretty good, but the story could have been told in about half the amount of pages. The author's character, Cornelia, rambles on unnecessarily about backgrounds and relationships. Everything is "profound" according to this character and it's ANNOYING. I found myself rolling my eyes every time she'd ramble about this movie character or that movie character, my insides screaming - "I GET IT! MOVE ON!" However - the story itself, the actual plot, if you can get beyond the "MOVE ON!" feeling, is pretty good. Read this if you have a copy hanging around... but don't expect to love it. If it weren't for the good plot idea, I would have given this two stars. ...more info
  • Loved It After First 30 Pages
    I absolutely loved this book, but it took me at least 30 pages to even start liking the book. Kind-hearted Cornelia is very annoying in the beginning of the story. She is a romantic. She compares everything that happens in her life to movie scenes and actors and actresses. She is a much more child-like character than the actual child Claire. Claire's section of the book I liked right from the start. She is a child living with her mother who seems to be suffering with a bi-polar disorder. It is when these two characters, Cornelia and Claire, come together that you fall in love with the story. Cornelia will touch your heart with her kindness. Claire will bring you to tears. Together they will make you glad that you were given the chance to get to know them....more info
  • Great book!
    A moving story. I love the compassion she has for her characters and the way she captures childhood. This was a book I had a hard time putting down....more info
  • Really disappointing and actually very boring....
    I was really hoping to agree with most of the reviews about this book. But once I got started reading it it got really boring fast. In my opinion the author overused movie actors & actresses, book titles and even songs. The first half of the book consisted of mostly references to them, and while I mostly enjoy a few references this book was flooded with them. The second half of the book was much better than the first half. Even though I found the ending to be predictable and I was very glad to have it end.

    I do feel the general sense of genuine true love is evident in this book, and the story itself is heartwarming. However, I don't think I will be reading any other books from this author....more info
  • Take out language and sex and 9-13 year olds would love this book.
    I had not read one of De Los Santos books, this one was on someone's list of good reads, now I would like to remember who and why so I won't listen to them next time. This is a perfect book for pre-teens, about the age of the partly dipicted female child on the cover(of my edition), except that it throws in references to sex and bad language. The writing is filled with copied references to old movies with long paragraphs on other insignificant subjects which serve to prolong a very simple story, that is so simplistic and silly I couldn't even get to my "100 page" rule. Take out the bad words and make less reference to sex and she could have the 9-13 year old audience wrapped up. ...more info
  • Must Read!
    The title of this book made me think it must be some boring gushy love story. Then I read some reviews about it and gave it a try. I'm so glad I did try it! Although it starts out a little slow, you quickly get to know the characters and care about them. I couldn't put the book down. I've given the book to several people and they all loved it too. I can't wait for this author to write another book!...more info
  • Love Walked In
    This was somewhat different than my usual readings....I got into the story after a bit. Not a bad read at all. Not the normal love story but a good one....more info
  • Delightful!
    Marisa de los Santos is an exceptional writer. Her style captivated me from page one. A great story. Wonderful....more info
  • Great fun and good writing
    At first I thought this was "chick lit" when my friend gave it to me, and almost didn't read it. (O.K., I'm a bit of an intellectual snob.) But it's not. It's well written and fun and clever and full of love. I highly recommend it....more info
  • The Stepford Characters
    I really can't believe that so many people like this book. I found so many things annoying about it, that it's hard to know where to begin. The fact that everyone is not just beautiful, but movie star beautiful, was a big turnoff. I mean come on, someone in this book had to look average. The narrator insisted on reminding the reader over and over that she was just a tiny little wisp of a woman, with a breathtaking face. All the characters were not just amazing looking they were also wealthy and brilliant. The narrator was so smart she felt it necessary to tell the not so bright (or probably pretty or rich) reader what we were thinking all the time. And last, but clearly not the least, was the 11 year old savant, who wrote and illustrated a fairytale, and had the wisdom of someone 5 times her age. If you want a true fairytale read this book, this is not real life. Oh yeah, who thinks that two adult children whose mother leaves their family home, full of priceless antiques, to a neighbor might be angry? I do, but not the characters in this book, they understand....more info
  • One of the best!
    This book is one of the best reads I have had in the past two years or so. Well-written, caring and warm. I didn't want it to end....more info
  • Promise walked out....
    Marisa De Los Santos is blessed with a writer's voice that renders her protagonist a witty, passionate personality whose observations and dialogue lines jump off the page. Cornelia is spicy, clever and caring woman who, at thirty, is still searching for herself when the perfect man walks into the caf¨¦ she manages. But when the sheen wears off Martin's "perfection," what he leaves behind is his eleven-year-old daughter, Clare. The bond forged between Cornelia and Clare is touching. Their needs mesh well--Cornelia's to nurture, and Clare's to be mothered following the disappearance of her unstable mother.

    What a great premise for a novel. What a great promise to the reader for hours of indulgence in a simply good book. And indeed, the wonderful prose kept me going. It kept me turning the pages seeking more.

    But that's where the novel fizzled. In terms of plot development, it took almost third of the novel before the two main characters first came face to face. And in that span of time, the relationship between Cornelia and Martin never got far. The cracks in the potential for the great romance were gaping already before the reader became fully invested--along with Cornelia who genuinely tried to fall in love with him--in the blooming of this love story.

    Reading on, though, the plot turned into pure schmaltz. The last third of the book introduced a new cast of characters unessential to the story; tacking them on into the plot seemed forced. And the unfolding events were no more than a sweetened version of a Hallmark card. Clare breezes through the most horrific traumas a child can experience with little scars. I would have considered discussing this section of the book a SPOILER had it had some credibility, but every aspect of the story simply lay flat. The prose that De Los Santos used until now to keep me going was overused to try to create excitement where none existed.

    Take the death of Mrs. Goldberg. A character mentioned in passing before, an Alzheimer patient that Cornelia never even visited in the many weeks of the first part of the novel, was suddenly mourned with depth that was hard to emphasize with. No matter how much prose De Los Santos compiled postmortem on Mrs. Goldberg, the old woman never became a real person, nor could her house so "full of treasures" be visualized. I wish the author had given the reader one important such item to understand "the stories" that suddenly so captivated Cornelia to hijack her full attention and emotions, but which the reader still was not a part of. The obscurity of Mrs. Goldberg became more so as I wondered why name a character by a distinctly Jewish name yet strip her of any cultural or religious background that would have made her life and death authentic? (No mention of who officiated her funeral, while Cornelia attended it with the reader, her heart broken....) As Cornelia devoted herself to documenting Mrs. Goldberg's stories, the reader learned none of them other than the not particularly interesting way Mrs. G. had met her husband fifty years before.

    Not to spoil the story for those readers who want to learn what happened to Clare's mother and how Cornelia's commitment to the frightened girl held up, I will not delve into my disappointment of the non-plot on these fronts.

    A good editor could have pointed these out as well as some others. (e.g., Why must each leading man in this novel be so over-the-top outstandingly handsome? And why must everyone talk about these men's looks at every opportunity?) I am certain that, with some guidance, this capable author could have streamlined the story to make this book the kind of satisfying experience it first promised but failed to deliver.

    Talia Carner, author,
    Puppet Child and China Doll

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  • Good plot points, not so much for the characters
    I liked this book, but I wanted more from it. The characters felt... plastic? At times my heart just screamed for them and the situations they were in, but the characters themselves... it was an odd read for me in that respect. The writing and the situations were wonderful, but the characters felt hollow and, well, made up. Yes, it's a fiction book, but I like to forget that while I'm reading.

    It's definitely worth a read and might make a good Summer read for a book club. There was a lot of different issues you could talk about, just ignore the characters - they needed something more......more info
  • So boring I couldn't get past the 2nd chapter.
    Ironic (or maybe not) that one of the previous reviewers grabbed this book off the "bargain rack." That's about where I think it belongs. So dull and the endless references to old movies and actors was completely off-putting. I'm glad I didn't buy it and got it FREE from the library. I'll be returning it pronto....more info
  • great book
    This was one of the best books I've read in a while. I read this for a book club and thought it would be just a normal light love story but it was so much more. Beautiful writing; feelings put into words that made them so clear. Feelings I've had but couldn't describe. I loved the characters that became people I knew well. I was so sorry to see it come to an end. It was one of the few books that I'll read again....more info
  • 4.5 Stars. . . Sweet, Sad, Tender, Lovely
    I really enjoyed this story. Cornelia Brown narrates her life for us with classic old time movies; The Philadelphia Story, Casablanca, Rear Window, Notorious. Eleven year old, Clare Hobbs, uses fictional characters from classic children's literature.

    Thirty-something Cornelia Brown manages a hip Philadelphia coffee shop. She loves old movies and Carey Grant. When she meets handsome Martin Grace she thinks she might fall in love.

    Eleven year old Clara Hobbs has been completely abandoned by her erratic mother and turns to her estranged father for help.

    Clare and Cornelia meet and form a surprising friendship.

    Their stories are told in alternating chapters with Clare's written in the third person and Cornelia's in the first person.

    This is a book about love, romantic and true, the love and knowing of best friends, mothers and brothers, the love for a child and the love of family.

    I thought it was sweet and tender. I really liked these characters. De Los Santos keeps things realistic and doesn't tie everything up neatly in the end.

    It took me a bit to get used to the alternating narrative style and I would have liked to have a better idea of the passage of time. I know that weather condition are mentioned as well as Christmas but was never certain how much time had passed between events.

    But overall I would say.. if you like what I like you would probably like this to. I think it would stir some good discussions for a book club....more info
  • This book can be summed up in one word:

    I have struggled through 200 pages and I am just going to call it.

    Time of death 4:28PM.

    I can NOT finish this book....more info
  • Breathing Life into Love
    In this novel, Marisa de los Santos breathes life into the abstract concept of love. Initially, Cornelia falls for all the cliched traps of love stories--handsome leading men, feet being swept off the floor, life-altering kisses. She's like so many of us, waiting and hoping for our chance at meeting our soulmate.

    What I love about this book is Cornelia's transformation. She realizes that true love is attainable, and it is real. It is, at times, ugly and complicated. Love is hard; it cuts one to the soul. Love is romantic and familial and maternal. One's soulmate could be an old friend or a young child.

    The ending is not a happy ending, but it is the only possible ending. I wanted to shake Cornelia, to tell her to change her mind, to be selfish. But her decision was the right one. She has been changed--in an earth-shattering way--and has found a purpose in life. I can't wait to read BELONG TO ME, and perhaps I will find more closure....more info
  • Great book!
    This is a great book, and the very first one from this author. The character development is endearing and addicting...leaving you wanting more. Fortunately, there IS more, her sequel to this, "Belong to Me," is even better! Enjoy....more info
  • You can't tell a book by its cover.....
    I was pleasantly surprised by this multi-layered novel involving love, lonely children, mental illness, sex and one functional family. This book was recommended by a friend who does not read junk so despite the cover depicting a girl's legs, I read the book at a fast pace, I enjoyed the characters: Cornelia, the main protagonist and the very bright only child Clare, who charms and brings many adults to "see the light." I found the most poignant part of the plot was when Clare constructs a schedule to survive in school and as her mother's daughter as her mother becomes more steeped in a dangerous manic depression. Without giving away the ending, I did find the ending of Clare's mother ephiphany and the resolution to be unrealistic.
    The reader experiences hope, twists and turns in the plot and some joy to read about Clare who will have a chance to lead a life filled with honest love. She certainly deserves it....more info
  • Ugh!
    I, too, wanted to like this book, but from the first chapter, when Cornelia kept telling me what I was thinking, I was nauseated (she didn't pick up on that one). I can't stand this style of writing. I loved the first few chapters about Clare, they were well written and believable. I was really looking forward to finding out what happens to this little girl who is stuck in a horrible siutation. But the book quickly heads downhill when Cornelia and Clare meet. Everyone is just so witty and smart - including 11-year-old Clare. Come on. Her mentally ill mother abandons her on the side of the road, and 24-hours later, she's yucking it up with the Teo and Linny at the coffee shop. I couldn't read another page.
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  • Remarkable Debut Novel
    This is a charming yet dramatic and heart-wrenching story about the transformative power of love.

    It is remarkable that Marisa de los Santos, an award winning poet,somehow manages to make "Love Walked In" both old fashioned and hip. ...more info
  • It started out with a bang!
    I loved the beginning. I could feel Claire's pain in my gut. I thought the writing was great and I loved Cornelia's character. I hated her dad and thought the author did a great job in getting me to hate her dad.
    I then thought that the author copped out as so many do by having a tragedy occur rather than dealing with some of the difficulties of getting out of some of the messy relationships.
    Another thing that really bothered me about it, and this has been spinning in my head since I finished it is the way Cornelia wrapped it up with Claire. This is so unrealistic. As a mental health professional, one can NOT do this to a child! I am furious about the way the author handled this. Claire is so vulnerable and raw and on the verge of so much loss and was not handled well....I sure hope they get this lovely girl a good therapist, pancakes is just not going to cut it to rebuild what has been broken in this little girl....more info
  • Worth the read
    It took a lot for me to get through the first few chapters. It was the story of 11-year-old Clare that kept me reading. After I'd say the first 80 or 90 pages or so the story really started to open up and I just completely fell in love with it. I'm not a fast reader but I finished it within a week because I just couldn't stand not knowing what happens next. It defintely a book that captures you once you get into the real story. I hear they're making it into a movie with Sarah Jessica Parker and Dakota Fanning and I've got to say I can't think of anyone else who would be better for either part. It's definitely on my list of classic "must reads."...more info
  • Love Walked In
    I enjoyed this book even though it was entirely predictable once you get past the middle of it. I do have to say one other thing...about Martin's death. Could the author not think of any other way to get him out of the picture? It seems the writer fell short of creativity and didn't bother thinking of a more clever way to get rid of him and instead decided to just kill him off. Yes I know these things happen every day it just seemed too.. simple to me.
    I did love certain parts, especially everything about Clare and her story of Annikah and the Bears. ...more info


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