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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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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.

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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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        Praise for The Precious One: "Emotionally potent, painfully honest, and, at times, delightfully funny, de los Santos's latest is a must for fans of intelligent, thoughtful women's fiction." — Booklist (starred review)

        "The slow fracturing of each sister's perception of the other and the strong three-dimensional characters are exceptionally well crafted. ...de los Santos's characters' journeys are perfectly paced." — Publishers Weekly on THE PRECIOUS ONE

        "de los Santos offers a comfort-food story in which men are either predators or perfect and women are both beautiful and brilliant." — Kirkus Reviews

        "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." — Library Journal

        "With talent as keen as a new razor and generosity born of a humane heart, de los Santos offers an affecting story, brilliantly conceived characters and arresting prose." — Richmond Times-Dispatch

        "You won't be able to put this wonderful novel down....The Precious One is...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." — Fresh Fiction

        Praise for Falling Together:"The mix of perfectly realized personalities and genuine emotion make this a winner." — Publishers Weekly on FALLING TOGETHER

        "A satisfying novel about friends rediscovering one another—and confronting unwelcome truths—at their college reunion." — People on FALLING TOGETHER

        "[FALLING TOGETHER] is a good, solid read that succeeds in being both funny and heartbreaking. De los Santos has a knack for best-friend banter and stays true to the emotions involved in letting go of treasured relationships." — Booklist on FALLING TOGETHER

        Praise for Belong to Me: "The novel reveals layers of rich patina—the story underneath is more complex, engaging, and surprisingly moving...de los Santos delivers an interconnected network of compelling little stories. Her writing is both vividly descriptive and surprisingly insightful." — Boston Globe on BELONG TO ME

        "By the book's end, humanity is discovered in the unlikeliest places, and Cornelia learns that tempting as it is, you can't always judge a woman by her hairstyle." — New York Times on BELONG TO ME

        "Witty and intelligent." — Kirkus Reviews on BELONG TO ME

        "Marisa de los Santos's BELONG TO ME is my favorite discovery of the past years: a terrific page-turner that's also poignant, funny, surprising and deeply heartfelt. BELONG TO ME is the kind of novel you can't wait to share with your friends. The perfect book club pick." — Harlan Coben on BELONG TO ME

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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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        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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