The precious one book review

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TitleThe Precious OneAuthorMarisa De los Santos

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Sometimes once I"m talking about romance novels, I try to define that among the primary reasons I love a good love story — indeed, why many kind of romance fans love them — is because they provide us a feeling of hope. If these characters can overcome obstacles, come to be much better people, and prove that they deserve each other, then love prevails. Love can readjust the world.

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But simply what provides a romance novel? Is it the entwined couple on the cover? Or deserve to it be a book through a huge romantic arc that just doesn"t happen to be shelved with romance at the bookstore? Due to the fact that authors choose Marisa de los Santos, Rainbow Rowell, Joshilyn Jackson and also Jojo Moyes are regularly the ones I turn to as soon as I"m trying to convince more literary readers to give romance a try. And then, as soon as someone"s check out the book and also loved it, I tell them they"ve been analysis a romance novel: At the core of the story, there is love.

If you whittle dvery own the plot of de los Santos" newest book, The Precious One, into a sentence or 2, you"d get somepoint choose this: After her estranged father suffers a heart attack, Eustacia "Taisy" Cleary goes ago to the tvery own where she grew up and also suddenly becomes embroiled in the lives of her father"s various other wife and daughter — the brand-new family members for whom he abandoned her 17 years back. She also reconnects with the high school boyfriend that was scorched in her family"s implosion.

And that"s an accurate description, however it does not do anything to convey de los Santos" talent for quirky characters and mesmerizing storytelling.

Taisy"s distant, disproviding father Wilkid Cleary – while not a major character — casts a shadow over everyone and also whatever in the book. Taisy and also her twin brvarious other Marcus describe him as "Wilchild," not Dad, and Marcus can not believe it as soon as Taisy actually agrees to come residence. Once she gets tbelow, she"s surprised by the warm welcome from artist Caro, Wilson"s second wife – but Willow, their cherished daughter, lashes out.

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The chapters are split between Taisy and Willow, which helps construct sympathy for the scornful Willow: We check out her struggling via the family"s problems, facility by garden-selection teen angst, a high intellect and social floundering. Homeschooled her entirety life, Willow ends up in private institution after her father"s heart attack. "To anyone out tright here that believes, the means I did, that you live your life on a plane above Darwinian adaptation," she states, "step foot inside a school classroom for the first time ever at the age of sixteen."

Meanwhile, Taisy discovers that her high school boyfrifinish Ben is ago in town, helping his father run his nursery and landscape service. Taisy has never before truly respanned from shedding him (though she was the one who initiated their breakup, it was engineered by her father, that hated Ben). Now, years later on, he is resistant to the idea of any kind of relationship at all, even even more a romantic one.

Eventually Willow and also Taisy — and also Caro, in a potently hazy way — create a new fact for themselves and also the people they love, largely in spite of Wilboy, that, having collection everyone in motion, thinks he can command also them to speak again as soon as they go in uncomfortable directions.

De los Santos writes via the lyricism of a poet, a keen and also clever before wit and a wise, perceptive eye towards the finest and also worst of huguy nature. The Precious One reminds us that love, romance, family members and also relationships are all effective things that come to us in many kind of ways. Sometimes they"re magic, automatically best and brilliant. Sometimes they blossom slowly but gracecompletely. And periodically we have to fight for them once we"d never before thought we"d want to, with tools we"re learning on the run.

Overall, though, love prevails. It"s love that alters the human being.

Bobbi Dumas is a freelance writer based in Madikid, Wis. She writes, blogs and reviews for Kirkus Media, and celebrates romance and women"s fiction on her website