Sunday, October 9, 2011

"A real life doesn’t mean getting what you want; the achievement, the privilege, too, 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.”

Love Walked In – Marisa de los Santos

307 pages

Genre:  Contemporary; Romance; Literature

Summary:  Love Walked In is a dual narrative told from the perspective of Cornelia, a twenty-something barista who isn’t quite sure what she wants to do with her life, and Clare, an eleven-year-old whose familial situation forces her to grow up fast.  On a seemingly average day, Cornelia is toiling away at the coffee shop when Martin, a handsome man a few years her senior, wanders in and turns her world upside-down.  Meanwhile, Clare, neglected and eventually abandoned by her unstable mother, is searching for her absentee father, wanders into an unassuming coffee shop, and gets much more than she bargained for.  Will Clare and Cornelia find what they’re looking for, or will they find that they want something different altogether?

Review:  Love Walked In was a charming, sweet tale that was full of twists and turns.

This book was a little bit disjointed for me.  At Love Walked In’s onset, I was absolutely hooked and loathe to put it down.  I loved Cornelia’s quirks and temperament, and could relate to her right away.  Additionally, many of the instances in the beginning of the book were quite funny, and I truly enjoyed reading about them.  Clare was also easy to love, and I spent the entirety of the book hoping things would work out the way in which she wanted them to.  Her situation absolutely broke my heart.

Towards the latter third of Love Walked In, however, my feelings began to change a little bit.  The beginning was mostly spent getting to know the characters, so I was a bit surprised at how rushed the events felt towards the end.  Yes, there was quite a bit of ground to cover, but everything happened so quickly that it was hard to keep up.

Nonetheless, Love Walked In was quite enjoyable and moved along at a nice pace.  All of the characters were really well-developed, and the fact that they had flaws made them very believable.  I was never a big fan of Martin, but still enjoyed reading about him (he just seemed too perfect), so when his flaws began to present themselves as Cornelia’s blinders were taken off, it made me feel kind of vindicated.  I also really liked Teo, who was an incredibly sweet character, and I was hoping things would work out exactly how they did by the book’s end in regard to his circumstances.

Love Walked In was a fun romp that will take you on an emotional journey through the lives of various characters.  If you’re looking for a well-written book packed with romance and friendship, I definitely recommend it.

Rating:  3/5

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