Maybe not quite a "four", but it was at least a notch above average. The author created characters that I cared about and for whom I wanted a happy ending, even though "chick lit" is not really my "thing." The main character, Cornelia, starts out as a thirty-something educated woman with some not very realistic ideas about love and no particular aim in life. But when an 11-year-old girl needs help, Cornelia steps in and becomes transformed in the process. This book would make a charming Hallmark movie.
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.
Love Walked In, the first novel by award-winning poet Marisa de los Santos, is bursting with keen insight and beautifully rendered prose. Invoking classic movies to illuminate the mystery and wonder of love in all its permutations, Love Walked In is an uplifting debut that marks the entrance of an enchanting literary voice.