For thirty-one year old Cornelia Brown, life is a series of movie moments, and “Jimmy Stewart is always and indisputable the best man in the world unless Cary Grant should happen to show up”. So imagine Cornelia’s delight when her very own Cary Grant walks through the door of the hip Philadelphia cafe she manages. Handsome and debonair, Martin Grace sweeps Cornelia off her feet, becoming Cary Grant to Cornelia’s Katharine Hepburn, Clark Gable to her Joan Crawford.
Meanwhile, on the other side of town, eleven year old Clare Hobbes must learn to fend for herself after her increasingly unstable mother has a breakdown and disappears. With no one to turn to, Clare seeks out her estranged father, and when the two of them show up at Cornelia’s cafe, the lives of Cornelia and Clare are changed in drastic and unexpected ways. A cinematic and heartfel debut that pays homage to the classic Grant/Hepburn romantic comedy The Philadelphia Story, Love Walked In is sure to win over critics and readers of contemporary fiction.
Reviews for Love Walked In:
‘A touching debut’ – Heat *****
‘Irresistible … it’s impossible not to cheer for these characters as they search for happiness. A timeless gem’ – Kirkus
‘A heartwarming, original, old-soul romance’ – New York Post
‘Exquisite and stylish’ – Sarah Jessica Parker
‘A touching, triumphant story. A joy to read’ – Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club
‘An impossibly warm, acute, romantic spree, with room in its heart for all of us’ – David Schickler, author of Kissing in Manhattan
‘Marisa de los Santos’s funny and beautifully written love story is as luminous as the silver screen’ – Lolly Winston, author of Sophie’s Bakery for the Broken Hearted
‘Delicious . . . enchanting . . . brings us a breath of old-fashioned romance’ – Red