William Morrow An Imprint of Harper-CollinsPublishers, 2015
My Review (5 Stars: Loved it!)
The Precious One: A Novel by Marisa de los Santos is one of She Reads’ 2015 Books of Spring. She Reads has picked another winner. This novel has many moving parts. It is smart and engaging. It has romance, suspense and great character development.
Chapters alternate between the point of view of Taisy, who is 35 and her half sister, Willow, who is 16. Their arroagant father, Wilson, never showed Taisy or her twin brother, Marcus, any approval, but places Willow on a pedestal.
After Wilson and his first wife divorce, Taisy (a recent high school graduate, at the time), her mother and brother move away from their hometown. Taisy leaves behind the love of her life, Ben.
Wilson sheltered his youngest daughter all of her life and homeschooled her. When Wilson has a heart attack, Willow, at age 16, attends a private school for the first time. Academically she is fine, but suffers from not knowing how to conduct herself socially. For example, something as simple as how to raise her hand in class causes her great concern. She is vulnerable.
At this time, after years of absolutely no contact, Wilson, with no change in attitude, asks Taisy (who is a ghostwriter) to return to her hometown to visit and write his autobiography.
The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos is well written and intriguing. About half-way through the novel, with romance and suspense building, when the sister’s point of views begin to meld, I found I did not want put it down.
On the publisher, Harper-Collins’ web site there are discussion questions that would be perfect for a book club (Although, I cut the list down to 8 questions from 13).
IF I HADN’T BEEN alone in the house; if it hadn’t been early morning, with that specific kind of fuzzy, early morning quiet and a sky the color of moonstones and raspberry jam outside my kitchen window; if I had gotten further than two sips into my bowl-sized mug of coffee; if he himself hadn’t called but had sent the message via one of his usual minions; if his voice had been his voice and not a dried-up, flimsy paring off the big golden apple of his baritone; if he hadn’t said “please.” if it had been a different hour in a different day entirely, maybe — just maybe — I would have turned him down.
About The Author
A New York Times best-selling author and award-winning poet with a PhD in literature and creative writig, Marisa de los Santos lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with her family.
Also By Marisa de los Santos
Belong to Me
Love Walked In