Wednesday 16 August 2017

The Precious One by Marisa De Los Santos

"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. "

I tore through a paperback version of this, and for the time I was reading, it felt like I was on holiday. Firstly there it the very pretty cover. And to go with that - such a lovely story. That as you read, you realise is masking an undercurrent of pain so deep, and heartbreak so intense that you can't stop, and at times you feel like you can't go on.

Taisy - quirky, yet sad and nostalgic and Willow - innocent and apple of everyone's eye are the alternating voices here. This is a story of family - broken and healing, disparate yet joined by unseen bonds of love.

As the narrative unfolds, the remarkable thing is it's wonderful optimism, nevertheless. I'll be looking for more by Marisa De Los Santos.

A heartwarming escape.

5 stars

ISBN: 9780061670916

You may also enjoy Faithful by Alice Hoffman, or  Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott


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