2 words that describe the book―Modern-Day Fairy Tale
3 setting where the book took place or characters I met
- Setting: Philadelphia Area, Modern Day
- Cornelia Brown loves classic movies (especially The Philadelphia Story), can keep up her end of a clever conversation and manages a cafe (while she figures out what she really wants to do in life). Despite her down-to-earth demeanor, she believes in romance. So when Martin Grace, a Cary Grant look-alike, walks into her cafe one afternoon, she is dazzled–especially when he asks her to accompany him to London on a whim. Although she declines the invitation, she begins a relationship with him when he returns.
- Clare Hobbes is a smart and sensitive 11-year-old girl who lives with her gorgeous but increasingly troubled mother. Her father is almost a stranger to her after her parents divorced years earlier. Although Clare loves her mother with all her heart, lately her mother’s behavior has become increasingly strange. When Clare calls her father for help, he downplays her concerns. Scared and desperate, Clare does everything she can to keep her life as normal as possible–despite her mother’s increasingly erratic behavior. When fate brings her in contact with Cornelia, both of their lives are changed forever.
4 things I liked or disliked about the book
- I disliked that I accidentally read the sequel to this book, Belong To Me, first. Don’t you hate when that happens? Although each book can certainly stand alone, I wish I had read them in the proper order as I knew some of what was going to happen in this book because I’d read the next one. Don’t make the same mistake!
- I liked (no, let’s make that loved) Cornelia! She is such a fun and likable character, and I loved visiting with her again. She has a wonderful way of telling her story that draws you right in and makes you wish that she could be your friend in real life. She is utterly down-to-earth but has this witty and clever way about her that charmed me as much as she charmed Martin.
- I liked the relationship that develops between Clare and Cornelia. de los Santos makes the relationship feel utterly believable, and Clare is such a wonderful kid that you can completely understand why Cornelia gets so involved with helping her.
- I liked how de los Santos writes. She has a lovely way with words, and her writing seems so effortless that you just disappear into Cornelia and Clare’s world. I guess some might call this book “chick lit,” but I hate that label because de los Santos’s writing and story transcends what you might expect from the “chick lit” genre.
5 stars or less for my rating:
I’m giving the book 4 stars. This was de los Santos’s debut novel, and I’m amazed how assured and confident her writing is. Cornelia and Clare are characters that will stay with you (as will Teo and Linny), and I hope de los Santos revisits these characters in her third novel. If you’re looking for a well-written, touching and funny story about how love can change our lives in an instant, this would be a wonderful choice. You can be sure that I’ll be reading de los Santo’s next book as soon as it comes out. Highly recommended!
The Whys and Wheres: I got this book from Paperback Swap as soon as I realized that it was the book I SHOULD HAVE read before Belong To Me.
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