Author: Marisa de los Santos
Reading Level: Adult
Released: March 24th 2015
Review Source: William Morrow & Company
From the 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.
This is the first time I read a novel of Marisa de los Santos. I’ve heard the praises and now I know she deserves them all. Marisa shared a wonderful story about second chances and it brought me to tears.
Sometimes, when you hear from someone you haven’t seen in such a long time may brings you happiness. Other times, this can break you. With Taisy, hearing from her father, this brings her curiosity. Why is he contacting her after so many years of departure? As she moves into his pool house, Taisy realizes she must share her father with a teenage half-sister. One that she doesn’t seem eye to eye. For Taisy putting aside her jealousy is her goal. She wants to give her father a second chance, learn and care foer her sister and maybe even befriend Ben, her old boyfriend.
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. Unsuitable for young adult since it deals with parental emotional abuse, teachers who sexually about students and such topics. Nonetheless, this is a story about forgiveness. A story that shows you that no matter what the circumstances, if one is able to forgive, wonderful things can happen. A chance to be truly happy.