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The Precious One

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Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
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From the New York Times best-selling 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' beloved works.

©2015 Marisa de los Santos (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Tina
  • 03-04-15

Another hit

Marisa de los Santos never disappoints. It always amazes me how much she makes me feel about the people in her books. She makes them seem so real. I can't wait for her next book!

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  • wise consumer
  • 16-07-15

I'm so sad this is over

I've read her other books already - now what? this story was so great - a few twists and turns, a love story but more than that. It's a life story - about all of us struggling to make sense of this crazy ride we're on

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  • James R. Racheff
  • 03-06-19

Excellent!

I absolutely fell in love with these characters and I am not ready to say goodbye. Superb character development and I experienced a roller coaster of emotions. Well done!

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  • candy heron
  • 07-01-19

the narrator was AWESOME

tender, some flaws and easy oversights in some details in the plot, and somewhat predictable love story lines, but overall enjoyable

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  • Leslie J.
  • 12-03-17

Characters fell flat

I really disliked the voice and character of Willow . And the ending was really stereotypical , couldn't wait for it to end ! But overall the voices weren't terrific.

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  • MJ Ryan
  • 02-09-16

Disappointing

Would you try another book from Marisa de los Santos and/or Abby Craden and Arielle DeLisle ?

I will read her next book because I so enjoyed her first two.

If you’ve listened to books by Marisa de los Santos before, how does this one compare?

I thought the story was quite shallow, and I could not appreciate the characters as I did those in Belong to Me and Love Walked In.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator's voice was so nasal, so whiny, so very unpleasant that it distracted from any pleasure I could derive from the author's work.

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  • Mik'maq Educator
  • 16-08-16

excellent writing style

De Santos provides characters to love and to hate with personalities worth getting to know. if you are looking for a love story/ feel-good read, this is the book and author for you.

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  • Kathryn @theBookDate
  • 18-12-15

Kept Me Engaged.

I very much enjoyed the audiobook of The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos. Told in alternating voices of Taisy and her younger half sister Willow by two different narrators, it was well worth the credit spent at Audible.

It's about a messed up family, with an uncompromising and odd father - Wilson, who has cast out his first family - his wife, Marcus his son and Taisy his daughter. He is now married to Caroline and is the father of Willow, whom he loves very much.

Willow is seventeen, young and naive, gifted and somewhat snobbish with a definite dislike of Taisy. She has been home schooled up to this and as the story begins she is finding it a struggle to find her place at a local high school. Left alone by others, she welcomes the interest of her English teacher. She also strikes up a friendship with Luca, a boy in her class. I really enjoyed their work on Middlemarch - so much so that I might almost be persuaded to read it - I did fail to do so once. I followed Willow with interest and loved seeing the development of her character.

Taisy, asked by her father to come write his biography of his work accepts and faces into the place she was sent. I loved her, she was strong, independent and persistent. She is able to deal with the young Willow and her mother Caro, and I really liked her interactions with them all the way through the story.

Family dysfunction, creepiness, youth, secrets, love and forgiveness, second chances - all abound.

I only came to enjoy this book because of two bloggers who shared their enjoyment of this book. So pleased I sampled it for myself.

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  • JillyJD
  • 31-10-15

Conflicting Emotions...Bad Voices

I love Marisa de los Santos like a raging forest fire. When this title began, I had to sigh and it occurred to me that this may be the first one that was a miss. Then as the story went on, I realized it was the performance. The character that played Taisy was so breathless and odd sounding that I could barely listen. The voices of Wilson and Ben's father, which sounded exactly the same, were that of some withered-up corpse. Sorry, but that's the vision I got.

Ben's voice was bad as well. I didn't get any of the perfect specimen he was supposed to be - just a sort of sarcastic loser.

As the book went on, I was taken in by the story and was able to put the voices aside by imagining them differently in my head. The voice of Willow was great - but Mr Insley was another matter. Just awful. Since there were two voices already, reading Taisy and Willow, it would have done the book a great deal of service to hire a man to do all the men's voices. The stilted and odd performances really took me out of the story.

Aside from the voices, this is another winner from Marisa. The only criticism I have is that the character of Trillium was completely superfluous. I don't understand the point of her at all. She was such a cliche and could have been completely eliminated without doing the book any harm.

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  • Carol
  • 26-09-15

Wonderful story

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I loved reading about ALL the characters - even the one who was totally unsympathetic. All were believable, and their intersecting stories completely held my interest. Definitely worth reading.