Title: Love Walked In
Author: Marisa De Los Santos
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: 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 café, and the two women form an improbable friendship that carries them through the unpredictable currents of love and life.
Starting out I couldn’t understand why I’d picked up the book in the first place. It was slow going because Marisa De Los Santos did a very thorough job of setting up the “before.” Before Claire’s mother left and the beginning of Cornelia and Martin’s whirlwind romance. We saw Claire’s mother decline in mental health, saw Claire struggle through home and school, and saw Cornelia compare her love to a whole bunch of different movies, none of which I had personally seen.
As you can see, a dichotomy quickly formed for me. I was interested in Claire’s perspective because it was heartbreaking and disinterested in Cornelia’s perspective because I couldn’t relate to her.
Not to mention, Cornelia’s perspective was in first person and Claire’s was in third. It was a very interesting choice made by the author.
The story got significantly better once Claire and Cornelia finally met. Not only do Claire and Cornelia become fast friends (which was fun to read), but Claire reveals a side to Martin (who is Claire’s father) that Cornelia hadn’t known, and which makes the whirlwind romance more whirlwind and less romance.
The novel places a huge emphasis on family, and who is a part of your family, and how you treat family. And while I could understand that, the biggest part of that emphasis had to do with parental love, and having not been a parent myself, I couldn’t empathize as much as I wanted to.
All in all, the book was cute. There’s a huge twist I didn’t see coming, and the ending was a very satisfying one. I’d recommend it to someone for a summer read.