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A New York Times bestselling author and award-winning poet with a PhD in literature and creative writing, Marisa de los Santos lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with her family. She is the author of I'll Be Your Blue Sky, Love Walked In, Saving Lucas Biggs, Belong to Me, Falling Together, The Precious One, and the poetry collection From the Bones Out.

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It's just like a movie-a romance starts when gorgeous Martin Grace walks into Cornelia's cafe. And the real movie will star Sarah Jessica Parker. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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 doppelganger 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. The book is fine, but for this property, it's a case of waiting for Carrie to walk in. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Love Walked In

"Exquisite and stylish, Love Walked In proves that love in all of its forms--romantic, friendship, familial--is all around us."--Sarah Jessica Parker "This is a book that will be passed from friend to friend with the words, 'You have to read this.'"--Richmond Times Dispatch "The kind of book that makes you want to hunker down on a chilly day in a comfy chair and read straight through 'til dark...This [is a] poignant, heart-tugging story about a single woman and a little girl who develop an unlikely bond."--The Washington Post Book World "A touching, triumphant story of the power and variety and responsibility of love. A joy to read, filled with characters you wish you knew in real life. Love Walked In is every bit as engaging as the classic movies Marisa de los Santos lovingly invokes."--Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

"Marisa de los Santos's funny and beautifully written love story is as luminous as the silver screen."--Lolly Winston, author of Good Grief

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