Hello everyone, sorry I have been absent these past two weeks, but I’m back and ready to finish my discussion on “Love Walked In” by Marisa de los Santos. So I did finish “Love Walked In” and what a touching story that just can’t help to tug on the heart strings on I’m sure of even the most cynical of people. When I left off two weeks ago we had just met Cornelia and Martin and their love story and Clare with her erratic mother who seemed to be going through some changes.
Soon after Clare’s mother starts to change she eventually falls apart and ends up leaving Clare on the side of the road. With nothing or no one to turn to she turns to the only person she can think of, her father. Who, as we have found out does not play a significant if any part in Clare’s life thus far. We soon find out, along with Cornelia, that Martin has a daughter and her name is Clare. This throws Cornelia for a loop but she somehow manages it all very well and falls for Clare very easily, as does Clare for Cornelia. We can see that Martin’s estranged relationship with Clare the past years play a major role in his inability to show affection towards his daughter and relies heavily on Cornelia to help him with Clare. The reader is soon drawn into this relationship and connection between Clare and Cornelia and soon finds them self rooting instead for Clare and Cornelia instead of Cornelia and Martin. Although, you can’t help but hope that Clare’s mother will return if only for Clare’s sanity. Martin soon has to leave on a business trip leaving Clare and Cornelia together. While on his trip, Martin is involved in a horrific car accident, leaving him dead and Clare to feel like the orphans she has always read about.
During this time that Clare is with Cornelia, her brother-in-law Teo comes and visits her. Clare falls instantly for Teo and the three of them soon look like a sweet, little family. After Martin’s death, Cornelia come to the conclusion that she will be raising Clare and finds herself feeling very happy about this decision. Cornelia and Clare soon find themselves back in Cornelia’s hometown with her family due to a close mother figure of Cornelia’s passing away. While there several things happen: Cornelia realizes her feelings for Teo and that she loves him, Clare’s mother comes back for her after being seen and helped from a doctor, and Teo announces his separation from Cornelia’s sister and realizes his feelings toward Cornelia. In the end, although Cornelia would love to stay and help raise Clare she feels it best that Clare and her mother stay together and she move up to New York with Teo and they visit Clare as often as they can.
After reading this book it made me realize how quickly you can grow up and become a grown-up. Even though we are in are twenties I believe a lot of us are still kind of care-free and don’t have a lot of responsibility on our plate. But, how quickly that can change with a decision you make or a decision someone makes for you. Growing up can be hard, the pressure and the responsibility almost makes you want to go back to being a kid. But, there are also so many great things about it: making your own decisions, falling in love, having a family, working at a job that you want to succeed in, etc… I know that growing up can sound like a scary thing and that we will all have some troubles along the way while growing up but I hope that the outcomes in the end are well worth some of the trouble.