Published by HarperCollins on 2015-03-24
Genres: Family Life, Fiction, General, Literary
Source: William Morrow
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Belong to Me, Love Walked In, and Falling Together comes a captivating novel about friendship, family, second chances, and the redemptive power of love.In all her life, Eustacia “Taisy” Cleary has given her heart to only three men: her first love, Ben Ransom; her twin brother, Marcus; and Wilson Cleary—professor, inventor, philanderer, self-made millionaire, brilliant man, breathtaking jerk: her father.Seventeen years ago, Wilson ditched his first family for Caroline, a beautiful young sculptor. In all that time, Taisy’s family has seen Wilson, Caroline, and their daughter, Willow, only once.Why then, is Wilson calling Taisy now, inviting her for an extended visit, encouraging her to meet her pretty sister—a teenager who views her with jealousy, mistrust, and grudging admiration? Why, now, does Wilson want Taisy to help him write his memoir?Told in alternating voices—Taisy’s strong, unsparing observations and Willow’s naive, heartbreakingly earnest yearnings—The Precious One is an unforgettable novel of family secrets, lost love, and dangerous obsession, a captivating tale with the deep characterization, piercing emotional resonance, and heartfelt insight that are the hallmarks of Marisa de los Santos’s beloved works.
I received this book for free from William Morrow in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’ve been a fan of Marisa de los Santos since reading Love Walked In. It was that book that introduced me to a world outside of the cheap, paperback, grocery-store romances and, as such, Marisa’s books will always hold a special place in my heart. I was excited to see that she was releasing a new one so I requested The Precious One to review and put it on my bedside table as a treat – something to read outside of all of the graduate studies and required reading that has been bogging me down this semester.
The Precious One is a story of family: messy, broken, beautiful, heart-breaking family. Two sisters, Taisy and Willow, take turns narrating and introducing us to various members of the family. There’s stories of lost love, of first crushes, of mysterious backgrounds and long-lost family members who are just emerging into the picture. It’s almost too much, to be honest – I felt as if I needed to stop and just catch my breath a few times because of the amount of drama and craziness surrounding these two women.
Still, in spite of the high levels of unbelievable occurrences, Marisa de los Santos taps in well to the complicated, messy way in which sisters come to love one another. I have five sisters and while my relationship with each of them is wildly different from one another, the few that are good are so good that it feels as if my heart squeezes to protect itself from the sheer emotion I feel when I think of those sisters.
The Precious One is a great beach/summer read. This is the book that will give you something thrilling every time you pick it up, even if it’s just for a chapter at a time, and yet will not have you so disturbed or distracted that you can’t enjoy life around you or beautiful weather or gorgeous views.
Check out these reviews!
- “The Precious One was a good escape that flew by and left me feeling happy at the end. ” – Kahakai Kitchen
- “This certainly is a wonderful story to read while trying to relax. It’s a romantic book with a touch of family secrets and friendship.” – Once Upon a Twilight
- “I absolutely devoured this book and am now eyeballing another book I have waiting for me by this same author, Belong To Me.” – Book Journey