Summary from Goodreads:
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 was the book club’s book of the month for February. It was supposed to give out feels (was it?) and it did, except that I felt the feels much later in the story. Or maybe it was just me because I didn’t really feel anything for Martin Grace. Sure, he was depicted to be Cornelia’s dream boy (did I just say dream boy? How high school, haha!) but I didn’t like him at all. I didn’t like him at the start — at the time he walked in to Cornelia’s coffee shop. He was too good to be true. I was shocked when Martin met that accident but later on in the story, I felt how everything felt too contrived, too convenient, for Cornelia. In hindsight, I realized how that accident should happen the way it should to give way to the entrance of (spoiler) Teo, but it was Cornelia’s reaction that really put me off.
The story started slowly for me. I was bored for the first few chapters; my interest perked up only after Clare’s phone call with his dad. This was when the plot started to take shape for me and although I initially enjoyed Cornelia’s soliloquy, especially how she tends to relate everything that happens in her life to books and movies (geek alert!), I got tired reading about her verbose accounts after quite some time.
It was Clare that really got my heart. She was a talkative kid and I liked how she was both strong and weak at the same time. It was really sad that she had to grow up in a house (and a family) like that but she held up. Thanks to Cornelia, she found her kindred spirit.
I never really developed any strong fondness for the men in this story. Well, okay, maybe a little bit for Teo, but only because he is Filipino (biased, I know). But I loved the words, and how I felt like I was swimming in them while reading. I also loved the themes explored in the story other than the romance: parenthood, friendship, family.
All in all, Love Walked In was an okay read. I shed some tears but I feel like there is something missing. Maybe I still haven’t moved on from the fact of how Martin Grace so easily came into Cornelia’s life and how conveniently he went away, too.
“Even if someone wasn’t perfect or even especially good, you couldn’t dismiss the love they felt. Love was always love; it had a rightness all its own, even if the person feeling the love was full of wrongness.”
My Rating: 3/5 stars.
TFG’s Book of the Month for February.