The Precious One

Marisa De los Santos
4
Aug 7, 2015

Writer Taisy Cleary moves into the pool house at her father's house, invited there after two decades of silence. Wilson, her absent and hateful father, is recovering from heart surgery and wants her to write his memoir. Taisy's presence is at first greatly resented by Willow, her little known half-sister. Willow is sixteen and after being homeschooled her whole life, is forced to attend high school and is struggling to fit in. Up until now, Willow's world has been tightly controlled by her father.

Taisy secretly hopes her return to her hometown will bring her into contact with Ben, her first love. He too has returned to his hometown to work in his family's nursery business. Before long, Taisy and Ben develop a renewed "friendship", although Ben is hesitant because of the bitter way their relationship ended.

Each character de los Santos brings to life is complicated, captivating and entirely human. I was hesitant to read The Precious One because I did not care for De Los Santos last, Belong to Me. But I’m glad I did, as it's quick, easy and does not disappoint.

Written by Colleen O.

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