It is no secret that I am a fan of Marisa de los Santos. I was handed her first novel Love Walked In and the title gave it all away, and the rest, as they say, is history.
My review of Falling Together can be found here.
“He smiled the kind of smile that is the reason for wars and poetry.”
The Precious One is a beautiful evocation of the chosen daughter in the Cleary Family. Taisy and Marcus, twins, have been cast aside by Wilson Cleary – a brilliant man, an inventor, a scientist – but Willow, who is his love child from an affair with artist Caro.
When Wilson invites Taisy and Marcus for an extended stay, Marcus says no immediately, but Taisy goes because it’s Taisy, and she is a sucker for all things Wilson Cleary.
So begins this family saga of old meets new, and new has to move over. Marisa de los Santos truly knows the family dynamic, its bristle points and where to let up the drama. Compared to her previous novels, this one is by the darker of the four.
As young Willow is sent to public school for the first time because Wilson has taken ill, she is forced to navigate life in territories he hasn’t prepared her for in her widely educated home schooling. A teacher takes a liking to Willow and lines begin to blur. Luka who befriends Willow, adds a definitive point in what Willow is going to learn about love.
When Taisy arrives at the house, she also arrives back to a town she left ages ago. Ben, the boy Taisy gave her heart to, is also back. So begins the facing the past, the deciding of the future and secrets in between them all.
A beautifully crafted novel with the deft hand of previous novels, de los Santos moves around family, love and hidden skeletons so easily. In parts, I found them melodramatic, and contrived, but then again I hadn’t picked up a book of cynical love triangles and brutally honest characters. I picked up a book that would whittle away at the bad and end up good – the modern day fairy tale, the ‘They All Lived Happily Ever After’ book.
I can happily tick this off the to-be read pile (you can watch the video here).