I love when a book moves from your TBR list to your TBLF (to be loved forever) list.
Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos just became one of my favorite books.
The story is told from two female characters – Cornelia and Clare.
Cornelia is a messy, complicated woman who’s trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life, and who (if anyone) she’ll spend her life with. She’s looking for BIG romance and someone who will understand her passions and quirks. But, thus far, she’s been unlucky in relationships.
Clare is a precocious, 11-year-old girl who lives alone with her mom. Her life becomes precarious when her mother begins displaying very erratic behavior that gets worse over time. Without another parent to depend on, Clare desperately tries to keep their lives together amid the terror of her mother’s spiraling choices.
Then a man walks into a coffee shop and everything changes for both of them. Forever.
What I loved about this book is that it offers so many samplings of love. There’s:
- Unrequited love
- Forbidden love
- Passionate love
- Familial love
- Sacrificial love
- Love for community
- Love between neighbors
- Love between generations
- Love in the midst of death
Truly – every version of love plays a role in this evolving, touching story.
De Los Santos masterfully addresses important topics without getting bogged down in seriousness or misery. Somehow the narrative remains light and the characters shine as complicated, imperfect, but totally lovable people.
I also appreciated that, while the ending was tidy, it wasn’t squeaky-clean. There was room for imagination.
This will not be my last book from this author or this series.
I’m a fan.