Wednesday, December 12, 2018

I'll Be Your Blue Sky - Fiction Review


About I'll Be Your Blue Sky

• Paperback: 352 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks;
Reprint edition (December 4, 2018)

The New York Times bestselling author revisits the characters from her beloved novels Love Walked In and Belong to Me in this captivating, beautifully written drama involving family, friendship, secrets, sacrifice, courage, and true love for fans of Jojo Moyes, Elin Hilderbrand, and Nancy Thayer. On the weekend of her wedding, Clare Hobbes meets an elderly woman named Edith Herron. During the course of a single conversation, Edith gives Clare the courage to do what she should have done months earlier: break off her engagement to her charming—yet overly possessive—fiancĂ©. Three weeks later, Clare learns that Edith has died—and has given her another gift. Nestled in crepe myrtle and hydrangea and perched at the marshy edge of a bay in a small seaside town in Delaware, Blue Sky House now belongs to Clare. Though the former guest house has been empty for years, Clare feels a deep connection to Edith inside its walls, which are decorated with old photographs taken by Edith and her beloved husband, Joseph. Exploring the house, Clare finds two mysterious ledgers hidden beneath the kitchen sink. Edith, it seems, was no ordinary woman—and Blue Sky House no ordinary place. With the help of her mother, Viviana, her surrogate mother, Cornelia Brown, and her former boyfriend and best friend, Dev Tremain, Clare begins to piece together the story of Blue Sky House—a decades-old mystery more complex and tangled than she could have imagined. As she peels back the layers of Edith’s life, Clare discovers a story of dark secrets, passionate love, heartbreaking sacrifice, and incredible courage. She also makes startling discoveries about herself: where she’s come from, where she’s going, and what—and who—she loves. Shifting between the 1950s and the present and told in the alternating voices of Edith and Clare, I’ll Be Your Blue Sky is vintage Marisa de los Santos—an emotionally evocative novel that probes the deepest recesses of the human heart and illuminates the tender connections that bind our lives.

My Thoughts:   This was my first experience with Marisa de los Santos but I can guarantee that it won't be my last.   I loved how the dual timeline was handled.  While we get quite a lot from Edith's perspective the focus was really on Clare and what she discovers about herself while she's learning about Edith.  I loved the way this was done and just how information and character development was handled.  Even before I was fully connected with the characters I really enjoyed how that was done.  Honestly, I didn't love Clare at the beginning of the book but I really grew to understand her and I loved having that opportunity.  I also really enjoyed getting to know Blue Sky House along with Edith.  This is a fantastic read with character that I didn't always love but really enjoyed getting to know.  I'm excited to have discovered this author and am looking forward to trying more of her books.  Rating: Very Good


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About Marisa de los Santos

Marisa de los Santos is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning poet with a PhD in literature and creative writing. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with her family. Connect with Marisa on Facebook and Twitter.  


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  2. I enjoyed this one too, there are two before it that are loosely related but very worth reading.

  3. Another title waiting for me on my kindle. I bought it a while ago. Loved your review.

  4. I'm glad you enjoyed this one and that you'll be looking for more from this author!

    Thanks for being on the tour.