Saturday, January 10, 2009

Love Walked In

Love Walked In Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos

Book 3 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge

rating: 4 of 5 stars

You know what? I liked it...a lot. I know it had flaws and I know some parts might even not be plausible, but I was drawn into the voices hook, line and sinker. 

Cornelia is a 31-year old woman who works as a cafe manager in Philadelphia.  She loves old movies (and although I'm not a classical movie buff, the frequent references throughout the book to them did not bother me) and shopping in antique stores.  She is college educated and very smart, but hasn't quite figured out what will make her truly happy in life.  Everything changes for her the day a Cary Grant look-alike comes in to the cafe.

Clare is an 11-year old girl living in the suburbs with her single mom.  Clare is extremely bright and creative and attends a swanky private school.  Her mother comes from old money and they want for nothing...except Clare's mother hasn't been acting like herself and Clare is scared and very worried.

Each chapter in the book alternates from Cornelia's to Clare's perspectives.  Cornelia's chapters were my favorites because they were told in first person.  I thought it was a little strange that Clare's chapters were told in third person, but I got over it.  The writing is so beautiful, in the way it is lyrical yet tight, and so full of meaning and dichotomy.  It's hard to believe this is Marisa de los Santos' first novel.

I think this is a great book to curl up with and reading clubs would enjoy discussing it.  There is a smattering of offensive language and sexual content, but nothing egregious.  Overall, I really enjoyed the time I spent with this and I ran out to the library to get Belong to Me (the sequel) right after I closed the book.

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Anonymous said...

Wow,does that sound good.

stacey @ bookthirty said...

Oh, look! You've got my old book blog on there! (paper diet books) Thanks for that. :)

I'm so glad you liked this - I really enjoyed it, too. I suggested it for my book club this year, but it didn't get enough votes. I haven't read Belong to Me yet, but it's definitely in the TBR pile.

Anonymous said...

For as much as I loved Love Walked In, and I actually liked Belong To Me even better! Marisa de los Santos is a master of language. Definitely don't miss Belong To Me! :)

Jeanette said...

I've read very mixed reviews on this book so I have it on my list to check out and see what I think of it. It sounds pretty good.

Anonymous said...

This does sound like a good one! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

Anonymous said...

I absolutely loved this book, as well as Belong to Me. I hope you like that one, too! (I may have liked it better actually.)