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 show up. So imagine Cornelia's delight when her very own Cary Grant walks through the door of the hip Philadelphia café she manages. Handsome and debonair, Martin Grace sweeps Cornelia off her feet, becoming Cary Grant to Cornelia's Katharine Hepburn, Clark Gable to her Joan Crawford. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, eleven-year-old Clare Hobbes must learn to fend for herself after her increasingly unstable mother has a breakdown and disappears. With no one to turn to, Clare seeks out her estranged father, and when the two of them show up at Cornelia's café, the lives of Cornelia and Clare are changed in drastic and unexpected ways. A cinematic and heartfelt debut that pays homage to the classic Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn romantic comedy The Philadelphia Story, Love Walked In is sure to win over critics and readers of contemporary fiction.
"A touching, triumphant story of the power and variety and responsibility of love. A joy to read, filled with characters you wish you knew in real life. Love Walked In is every bit as engaging as the classic movies Marisa de los Santos lovingly invokes."
--Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club
"An impossibly warm, acute, romantic spree, with room in its heart for all of us. Marisa de los Santos offers us two fine young heroines, Cornelia and Clare, and she trains a rich, brimming, silver screen light on their sorrows and elations. Since Love Walked In borrows so magically from the spirit of a certain Frank Capra film, I'll second the motion: It's A Wonderful Novel."
--David Schickler, author of Sweet and Vicious and Kissing in Manahattan
Love Walked In is a brilliant novelbeautiful, hilarious, rich in detail and cultural commentary. While an expose of our desires for old world romance, elegant leading men, and the perfect shoes, this novel is also a bone-deep examination of inner lives, the bonds between women, and the prospects of borderline madness.
--Julianna Baggott, author of Girl Talk, The Miss America Family and The Madam
I give up. I picked up Love walked in because I was looking forward to reading something light-hearted, but after 30 pages it's pretty clear to me that I will not enjoy this story at all.
Narrator one, a 30 something year-old, is a compulsive chatter. She's the kind of person who talks to you and you wonder "Why, why? How can I get away from this me-me-me bore?" At least this is how she made me feel, anyway. She tries to be funny, but you can tell she's trying, and I find that annoying. She's also the stereotypical 30 something that's looking for Mr Right, who looks at other's babies longingly and goes vintage-shopping with her friend (and tells you about it like it's the most amazing thing she's ever done). She also describes how her girlfriend rolls her eyes when she hears that she, the Narrator, has indeed found Prince Charming and how upon meeting him she heard the bells ring... I rolled my eyes too.
Narrator two is an 11-year-old girl obsessed with the orphans in classical novels. It's not that I dislike her, but I don't find her interesting enough to want to know more about her story.
I'm surprised this book has got so many four and five stars, and more surprised still to read people who consider this "good writing"; I guess we all look for different things in a book, and we certainly have different quality standards. But hey, I'm only commenting on this having only read 30 pages or so......Continua
This one was really hard for me to read. The author's constant side stories left me lost and going back to see what she was originally trying to say and the constant references to movies and stars was really annoying. I'd bypass this one if I were you....Continua