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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.

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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.

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      • content: Narrators Abby Craden and Arielle DeLisle are magnificent as the half-sisters who recount this heartrending family drama. Craden narrates from the point of view of Taisy, the 35-year-old sister who is involved with a broad array of characters, including her twin brother, her boyfriend, and her father. These characters are a tour de force on their own: funny, smart-alecky, and impassioned. Craden's character transitions are flawless, even when she shifts from one gender to the other. Her portrayal of Taisy's father is impressive with its dual vocal personas, one for the man before his heart attack and the other for the man after. DeLisle perfectly captures the other sister, 16-year-old Willow, even delivering occasional minor mispronunciations that sound completely consistent with her character. As Willow's love interest, DeLisle comes through flawlessly. This is a magical pair of performers. M.C. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine
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        Two sisters struggle to please their smart, manipulative, and narcissistic father, in bestseller de los Santos’s (Falling Together) newest family drama. For 17 years, Taisy Cleary (now 35), along with her mother and her brother, Marcus, have had minimal contact with her father, Wilson. When Wilson beckons after suffering a major heart attack, Taisy, who still yearns for his approval, requires little persuasion to come to his side. Sixteen-year-old Willow is Wilson’s other daughter (Wilson left Taisy’s family to be with Willow’s mother). Willow has been sheltered and controlled by her father her entire life—he forbade her from watching television or movies or reading books written later than the 19th century—but she’s jarred into the real world following his heart attack. To Taisy, Willow has always been the golden child—the one Wilson chose to love. To Willow, Taisy and Marcus are the seedy others, the “earlier ones.” The sisters’ shaky relationship is altered when Taisy learns of Willow’s inappropriate relationship with an older man. The slow fracturing of each sister’s perception of the other and the strong three-dimensional characters are exceptionally well crafted. And the predictability of the ending is more than made up for by the fact that de los Santos’s characters’ journeys are perfectly paced.

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        October 15, 2014
        Eustacia "Taisy" Cleary's rich, obnoxious father abandoned the family to marry a beautiful young sculptor, and Taisy has seen him and his new wife and daughter only once in 17 years. So why does he want her to visit, make nice to her half-sister, and help him write a memoir? With a 150,000-copy first printing.

        Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        De los Santos's fourth novel (after Love Walked In; Belong to Me) unfolds in two voices: Eustacia "Taisy" Cleary, 35, and Willow Cleary, 16. The two are half sisters, though they've barely met--until Taisy's estranged father invites her back into his life after a health crisis, ostensibly to have her ghostwrite his memoir. Taisy, additionally pulled to her hometown by the presence of her old high school flame, is still able to forgive her father, and mentor and protect Willow. Her half sister has previously been homeschooled and although she's intelligent and beautiful, she's also socially naive and is in over her head at the local high school. But even while being bullied by her peers and groomed by a predatory teacher, she encounters a saving grace: friendship with a handsome, popular classmate. VERDICT Despite some modern melodrama, the author writes engagingly and creates complex and lovable characters who carry the story. Readers of character-based fiction with heartwarming, hopeful endings (e.g., books by authors such as Elizabeth Berg or Ann Hood) will love this one, too. Also recommended for adult fans of John Green who enjoy preternaturally clever, sophisticated teens and witty banter between romantic leads. [See Prepub Alert, 9/22/14.]--Melanie Kindrachuk, Stratford P.L., Ont.

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        October 15, 2014

        Eustacia "Taisy" Cleary's rich, obnoxious father abandoned the family to marry a beautiful young sculptor, and Taisy has seen him and his new wife and daughter only once in 17 years. So why does he want her to visit, make nice to her half-sister, and help him write a memoir? With a 150,000-copy first printing.

        Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        January 15, 2015
        Half sisters who don't really know each other are brought together by their emotionally domineering father for reasons of his own.Inventor/professor/entrepreneur Wilson left his first wife and their adolescent twins, Taisy and Marcus, 17 years ago, and he hasn't seen them in 15 years, since the first birthday party for Willow, his daughter with his new, much younger wife, sculptor Caro. But when Wilson invites Taisy, now a successful ghostwriter in her 30s, to visit him after his heart surgery, she quickly agrees. As she travels, Taisy thinks about her high school boyfriend, Ben, and the way her father destroyed their relationship. What a coincidence that Ben turns up back in town, too. Realizing that her father wants her to ghostwrite his biography, Taisy decides to learn his real story. For all his genius, Wilson has warped almost all the lives he's touched. As Taisy starts her research, she also begins to re-establish a relationship with the unbelievably sensitive Ben as if neither has changed in almost two decades. Meanwhile, Willow-who considers herself Wilson's "true daughter"-is struggling. Despite appearing tall, beautiful and collected, she's intimidated by her older sister's visit. She's also judgmental, assuming Taisy did something horrific to alienate their father, who's shown his younger daughter nothing but affection. And she's having difficulty adjusting to the private high school she's begun attending while Wilson recuperates. Home-schooled by Wilson through her entire childhood, Willow has little experience of peer friendship or the outside world in general. Soon she has a dangerous crush on her English teacher, but waiting in the wings is a high school boy almost as perfect for her as Ben is for Taisy. Despite intellectual pretentions, including lots of references to Middlemarch, de los Santos (Falling Together, 2011, etc.) offers a comfort-food story in which men are either predators or perfect and women are both beautiful and brilliant.

        COPYRIGHT(2015) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        Taisy Cleary has spent the majority of her adult life estranged from her father, Wilson, a difficult, demanding college professor. Now in her late thirties, Taisy is shocked when her father calls and asks her to visit. Is he trying to mend their relationship from his deathbed, or does he have ulterior motives? Despite her twin brother Marcus' misgivings, Taisy agrees to visit Wilson, his second wife, Caroline, and their only child, 16-year-old Willow. Willow doesn't know what to make of Taisy's sudden appearance, which coincides with her move from home school to high school, and she fears that Taisy will replace her in her father's eyes. Meanwhile, Taisy has fences to mend with her first love, Ben. De los Santos alternates between Taisy's and Willow's points of view, slowly revealing a variety of family secrets. Tenderhearted, brilliant Willow has her own hidden concerns as a close friendship with a teacher develops into a full-fledged romance that she is too naive to handle. Emotionally potent, painfully honest, and, at times, delightfully funny, de los Santos' (Falling Together, 2011) latest is a must for fans of intelligent, thoughtful women's fiction.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

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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?

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