Love Walked in

Love Walked in

A Novel

Book - 2005
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A tribute to classic film and true romance, LOVE WALKED IN tells the story of two women – one older, one younger – and the unexpected ways in which their lives are forever changed by chance.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 Inis 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 Inis 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 Inborrows 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 Viciousand Kissing in Manahattan “Love Walked Inis a brilliant novel—beautiful, 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 Familyand The Madam
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2005
ISBN: 9780525949176
Branch Call Number: FICTION De los Santos 2005
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 24, 2018

If you're a movie fan, you'll enjoy all the references to (mostly) classic b&w movies. An enjoyable book, fun to read, not terribly memorable now that I'm revisiting whether or not I read it, one year later.

Aug 09, 2018

Liked this child character almost as much as the one in "A Gentleman In Moscow."

Sep 21, 2013

Set aside the fact that no 11-year-old I've ever encountered would remotely be self-actualized enough to have the thoughts or conversations attributed to the youngest character, Clare, in this novel. Or that almost no one so consistently could pull off the snappy dialogue attributed to most of the book's other characters. If you can do that -- and I could, actually -- it will be easy to engage in this heartwarming/heart-wrenching story. It's worth overlooking the book's flaws, including some implausibility in the story line, to immerse yourself in the beautiful writing and to root for the key characters. You could also come away from this book with a pretty strong list of must-see old movies!

Nov 03, 2012


Feb 08, 2012

it was okay...interesting story, but once again, her writing style irritated me.

Jan 11, 2012

Terrible book.
I like light easy reading but this was dull, predictable and a waste of time.

Ljubica81 Dec 28, 2011

Great and enjoyable read, feel-good book.

Sep 10, 2009

Overall this was an ok book. I had read her second book first "Belong to Me" so this book was easy to predict for me. If you are looking for something light this is the book. Otherwise, I found myself skimming through pages to get to the end. Not a bad story line but not compelling enough for me to keep wanting to read.


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nadian Jan 27, 2008

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 great 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 cafe, and the two form an improbable friendship that carries them through the unpredictable currents of love and life.
- From back cover.


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