Cornelia Brown is a café manager in Philadelphia who seems to be drifting through life unattached with a near obsession with romance. 11-year-old Clare is a young child of divorced parents whose mother is a popular party planner who seems to be falling apart.
The book alternates in chapters between the two characters, telling the story of how they are drawn to one another. Early in the book, Cornelia quickly falls for a Cary Grant look-alike; later in the story, his relation to Clare is revealed. Cornelia ultimately discovers hidden maternal instincts in herself as she learns how to face Clare with newfound honesty.
Even though the plot may sound off-the-beaten-path for chick lit, it definitely fits the bill. While the book has some endearing, intense moments, it presents a basic, sweet story about finding love in different relationships.
Readers who loved the novel appreciated the intersecting narratives and charming voice of Cornelia. Other readers called the book a “relaxing read” but didn’t like the contrived dialogue and somewhat unbelievable characters.
According to readers, you may be surprised to find that Clare is your favorite character. It’s easy to identify with her fresh honesty, especially if you too were a child caught in the middle of a tumultuous divorce.