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Review: Love Walked In

June 25, 2009

Love Walked In

Cornelia manages a coffee shop in Philadelphia.  She is happy with her life, but when a handsome stranger named Martin walks in one day she thinks it’s fate and desperately hopes to fall in love with him.

Clare is an eleven year old girl being raised by her mother.  Her mother has been acting strange lately and leaves Clare by the side of the road one day.  Desperate, Clare seeks out her mostly absentee father, Martin.

Not knowing what else to do, Martin brings Clare into the coffee shop that Cornelia manages, for breakfast.  Clare is so upset, she begins to cry and Cornelia comforts her without thinking.  At about the same time, Cornelia’s brother-in-law, Teo, walks in and Cornelia, Clare and Teo form an unlikely bond.

Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos is a wonderful story of love.  Chapters alternate between Cornelia’s point of view and Clare’s point of view.  Cornelia’s chapters are told from the first person and Clare’s are told from the third person, which I found a little confusing at first, but quickly adjusted to.  It didn’t take me long to become attached to Cornelia and Clare since the character development in this book is top notch.  The story line is fantastic too.  I found Love Walked In to be a delightful reminder that love is precious and comes in many different forms.  One of my favorite quotes from the book is:

A real life doesn’t mean getting what you want;  the achievement, the privilege is knowing what you love.

But getting what you love?  Having what you love love you back?  Oh, my friend, it’s a miracle: your one tiny life’s head-on collision with divinity.

27 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2009 6:36 am

    Nice review, Kathy. I finished this book last weekend and it’s still “with me”. Loved it.

  2. June 25, 2009 6:49 am

    Sounds good – another one for my wishlist!

  3. June 25, 2009 8:03 am

    Sounds wonderful — which is a good thing, because I bought it for my eReader!

  4. June 25, 2009 8:23 am

    Great review Kathy! I read this for book club last month and the club really enjoyed it. We had a great discussion about Claire’s mother and how the book ended. I am looking forward to reading the sequel. Have a great day!

  5. June 25, 2009 8:39 am

    This book sounds excellent, both from your review and the quote. I’ve heard good things lately about this author but haven’t read her yet. I will have to fix that. Thanks.

  6. June 25, 2009 9:01 am

    This is such a wonderful book. I’m glad you liked it too! And you picked a gorgeous quote for your great review. =)

  7. June 25, 2009 9:15 am

    This was a cute story. Her latest book is good too. Great review.

  8. June 25, 2009 9:19 am

    I was listening to this book on CD. I had trouble with the choice of readers for Clare and Cornelia so I never finished. I’ll have to try reading it.

  9. June 25, 2009 9:21 am

    I can’t wait to read this one! I loved BELONG TO ME and I thought Ms. de los Santos was terrific on the BTR show.

  10. stacybuckeye permalink
    June 25, 2009 9:24 am

    This is a recent add to my list. Great review!

  11. June 25, 2009 9:37 am

    Yes, Library Thing says I own this book, waiting in my TBR pile…piles….Your excellent review will have me moving it up in rotation!

  12. June 25, 2009 9:41 am

    Wow, that’s a pretty cover.

  13. June 25, 2009 9:49 am

    Sounds like a really good book! Great review!

  14. June 25, 2009 9:56 am

    I read this book last year and loved it. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Cornelia is such a memorable character.

  15. June 25, 2009 11:35 am

    What a beautiful review and I love the passage you ended with…I adored this book too!

  16. June 25, 2009 11:38 am

    I just finished Belong To Me and loved it. I adored Cornelia as a character and Clare is in the book as well. I have this book TBR and look forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing the beautiful quote.

  17. June 25, 2009 12:22 pm

    Nice review, I’ve been trying to read this one for years it seems, but it never makes it to the top.

  18. June 25, 2009 2:18 pm

    I liked this book even better than Belong to Me. Such a great story.

  19. June 25, 2009 3:23 pm

    I loved this story, too, though I have to say that I adored Belong To Me even more. Marisa de los Santos is such a talented writer — her prose is gorgeous!

  20. June 25, 2009 4:19 pm

    This sounds like such a sweet book that I totally want to read now. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful quote with us.

  21. June 26, 2009 5:02 pm

    I’ve had this on my TBR pile FOREVER! I really must get to it soon!

  22. PAtrick permalink
    June 26, 2009 11:40 pm

    I thought this was a follow up to The Time Traveller’s wife.

    One can only hope.

  23. June 27, 2009 1:48 pm

    Good review! I’ve hear lots of good things on Marisa De Los Santos’ writing, but I have yet to read her words. It’s definitely on my TBR list though! (Plus, I really like this one’s cover!)

  24. June 27, 2009 5:08 pm

    This sounds like a good one. I’ve added it to my wishlist!

  25. June 29, 2009 9:52 am

    I absolutely loved this book! Marisa de los Santos is definitely one of my favorite authors.

  26. July 7, 2009 1:30 pm

    Love the quote you included. This sounds like a book I would like.

    –Anna

  27. avisannschild permalink
    July 14, 2009 1:23 pm

    I loved loved loved this book! I’m glad you enjoyed it too. I just read the sequel, Belong to Me and it’s great too.

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