Story: Love Walked In
Author: Marisa de los Santos
Story URL: Amazon Link
Page count: 320 pages
Rating: Young Adult
Amazon Booklist Summary: Cornelia is a single thirtysomething who lives her life like a series of movie moments. She’s a manager of a cafe because she hasn’t figured out anything better to do. Her ideal man is Cary Grant. And just when she thinks he’ll never show up, he does, in the form of Martin Grace. What she doesn’t know is that Martin, with his cool charm and debonair demeanor, has a daughter, Clare. And she never would have known that except that Martin, in a state of panic, shows up with the girl at the cafe after her mother had a breakdown and left Clare to fend for herself. Estranged from his daughter for years, Martin doesn’t know what to do with her. Both women’s stories are told in alternating chapters, Cornelia’s in first person, Clare’s in third.
How on earth do I describe my absolute adoration for this book? I really was incapable of concentrating on much else as long as this story was on my mind. Over on my own LJ, the night I finished this, I wrote: “My husband and my sister-in-law (SIL) went to see Life is Beautiful many years ago when it was first in the theaters. When they left at the end of the film, SIL said, in all seriousness, ‘I just can’t imagine how I’m going to continue my life without him!’ She definitely nailed the way one can get completely sucked up into a narrative so completely that you wonder how you’re going to continue without these people – these unbelievably real, tangible people – as a part of your life.”
I read the sequel, Belong To Me, before reading this one. It did spoil some things in the book for me, but not so badly that I was unable to be wowed. I’m in utter awe of how the author pulled off this ending. I spent the entire book wondering how she was going to get the characters where they needed to be for the second book, and seriously doubting (in spite of the obvious!) that she could do it and make it work. And yet, she nailed it. GAWD I wish I could write like this! 🙂 Those of you who haven’t read the books yet better hop to it, lest I track you down and beat you with the hardback editions. And they’re thick, so you really won’t want that.