Thursday, June 12, 2008

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Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos

Cornelia Hobbs has recently started dating the man of her dreams when one day he shows up at the cafe she manages with his daughter in tow. Up until this point, Cornelia didn't even know of Clare's existence, and her appearance leads Cornelia to make some reappraisals of Martin Grace. Clare has spent the past few weeks hiding her mother's erratic behavior but when her mother leaves her, she has no choice but to turn to her distant father for help. The novel is mainly about the relationship between Cornelia and Clare, and the influence they have on each other's lives.

Cornelia is obsessed with classic movies, and in the first few chapters, she made comments like, "I don't believe in signs but . . ." which I found slightly annoying, although other than that, I liked the character. In the beginning, I was much more interested in Clare as she was trying to understand and protect her mother, who was bipolar. I don't actually have very much to say about it, but it kept me entertained on the plane, and I liked all the character interactions. Cornelia, who in ways still lives in a dream world, discovers some things about herself throughout the novel, and also grows up, getting over the Hollywood fantasy (Martin looks like Cary Grant). Overall, it was a good novel about human relationships, and finding one's direction in life.

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