North Hills Meeting - Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos

We hope that Kim will be back soon to lead us but I'll be filling in again in September. For our September meeting, we are reading Love Walked In (which just happens to be on my list of all-time favorite books) by Marisa de los Santos. I hope to see a lot of you there!
Here are two synopses of the book:
From Publishers Weekly Philadelphia cafe manager Cornelia Brown drifts effortlessly through her unattached life, unapologetic for idealizing romance and breathlessly recommending The Philadelphia Story—to the reader and everyone else. Eleven-year-old Clare is a child of divorce whose mother, a successful party planner, is quickly going to pieces. In alternating chapters of Cornelia's first person and Clare's free and direct third, poet de los Santos, making her novel debut, tells the story of their finding each other. That Cornelia, early on, immediately falls for Cary Grant doppelgänger Martin Grace is no surprise; his relation to Clare, revealed a third of the way in, isn't really either. As she discovers maternal instincts she wasn't sure she had, Cornelia works up the courage to face her own feelings for Clare with honesty. As Martin exits, Cornelia's childhood friend Teo enters, but neither makes much impact, and Clare's rather serious issues get reduced to Clare-did-this, Clare-thought-that episodes. The two main characters exist for one purpose: to enact a cross-generational, strong-but-vulnerable-and-loving, screenplay-ready femininity. Chick lit? You bet: with rights sold in at least eight countries, and, indeed, to Paramount—Sarah Jessica Parker will star and coproduce with Sideways's Michael London.
From Booklist Cornelia is a single thirtysomething who lives her life like a series of movie moments. She's a manager of a cafe because she hasn't figured out anything better to do. Her ideal man is Cary Grant. And just when she thinks he'll never show up, he does, in the form of Martin Grace. What she doesn't know is that Martin, with his cool charm and debonair demeanor, has a daughter, Clare. And she never would have known that except that Martin, in a state of panic, shows up with the girl at the cafe after her mother had a breakdown and left Clare to fend for herself. Estranged from his daughter for years, Martin doesn't know what to do with her. Both women's stories are told in alternating chapters, Cornelia's in first person, Clare's in third.

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  • Josie

    I loved the book and it was great discussing it and just about anything and everything else!! It was nice meeting Jess and Jodi as well!

    September 16, 2010

  • Liselle

    Had a great time - we always laugh so much at this meeting! It was wonderful to meet Jess (Chris) and Jodi too.

    September 16, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a really fabulous time ladies. Thank you so much!

    September 16, 2010

  • Janet

    great conversation - enjoyed the two new members - welcome Jody and Jess!!!

    September 16, 2010

  • Kim

    Ladies, it was a great night! Haven't laughed that hard in quite some time--thank you all for a wonderful time : )

    September 15, 2010

  • Kim

    Thanks for hosting again, Liselle! Hope to see everyone this month, and look forward to being back in October : )

    August 28, 2010

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    North Hills Meeting Organizer, Assistant Organizer
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