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Love Walked In

September 14, 2009

It’s not often I’m captivated by a book within three pages.  But I was drawn to Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos because of the beautifully poetic prose and what started as an intriguing plot.

Alternating chapters tell the stories of two characters: thirty-something Cornelia, with an abounding adoration for classic movies and fantasizing; and eleven-year old Clare, with a penchant for books, lists, and thoughtful insights beyond her years.   Cornelia’s story begins with romance as Martin, a Cary Grant look-alike, walks into her life.  Clare’s story is a more serious account of how she conceals her mother’s increasingly manic-depressive behavior.

As both Cornelia’s romance & Clare’s mother’s mental decline progress, you begin to wonder how these characters relate to each other.  And predictably, after a hundred pages of wondering, it’s confirmed that Clare is Martin’s mostly-forgotten daughter.

Cornelia & Clare bond instantly over everything, seeming more like sisters than mother & daughter.  Through all of this happy bonding, Clare tries to cope with the uncertain future of her world, with a mother who’s gone missing and an overwhelmed father who wishes he could disappear.  Meanwhile, Cornelia tries to cope with her uncertainty about which of the stunningly handsome men in her life she is actually in love with: Martin, the man she’s been looking for since childhood, or Teo, the beautiful and smart childhood friend who Cornelia suddenly & dramatically begins to see in a new light.

While the elegant writing continues, its novelty wears out while the intrigue & interest of the story diminishes at an accelerating pace as every twist is predictably and outlandishly resolved.  Happily, the book ends well, but left me wishing the journey to the end had reached the potential of the first pages.

Overall Rating: 3.5 / 5

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 14, 2009 8:26 pm

    So would you recommend this book? Or should I just read the first three pages and call it good? haha

    • bo permalink*
      September 15, 2009 8:09 am

      haha. It’s a good read, though fairly predictable. Overall I’d recommend it.

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