Oct 13, 2009

Love Walked In

Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos

My rating: 4 stars

Quick overview: 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 cafĂ©, and the two women form an improbable friendship that carries them through the unpredictable currents of love and life. (From goodreads.com)

The first paragraph of this novel cracked me up. Always a good start. Within the first six pages The Great Gatsby (my all time favorite book) was referenced. I was hooked.

This is the first book I've read in awhile where I was able to see the characters. The author did an amazing job of showing (not telling) their stories. It wasn't predictable, but I definitely called a lot of things that were going to happen throughout the novel. I think this was the natural progression of the story - and it didn't deter me from continuing to read it.

At times it was hard to believe Clare was only 11 years old. Part of what the author was doing was painting her as more mature than other kids her age but there were a few instances when Cornelia's voice blended into Clare's voice and it was a little confusing.

However, parts of this book were...absolutely breathtaking. Not even huge moments, just some of the little things the characters did - it was beautifully written and made me never want to leave the story. There were times when I was covering the rest of the page with my hand because I was so excited to see what happened, I was afraid my eyes would skip ahead.

One of the things I love most about Cornelia's character is she mentions different Shakespeare plays from time to time. One of my favorite lines from the book came when she was referencing a Shakespeare play, I think specifically Romeo and Juliet. "But if you're like I am, you don't treasure that play for its tragic ending but for its flawless rendering of love achieved." (Page 296)

When I finished - I felt cozy inside. Like I would now be happier than before because I read this book. I know I didn't tell you a whole lot about what happens in the book but I don't want to ruin anything - because I would definitely recommend you read this one. I absolutely loved it.

(Photo: Daniel Hurst Photography)


Joy said...

Good review! I'm looking forward to reading this one!

Nicole said...

Great review. Sounds like a good book.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I loved this book. I remember staying up until like 2 in the morning to finish it. I also liked the 2nd book (Belong to Me).

I would like to go back and re-read this book and write down all the movies she mentions!!

val pal :) said...

sounds like a must read. please put this in my next batch! i have her book titled belong to me if you would like to borrow it. i have not read it yet, but you are more than welcome to borrow it! :)

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