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The Precious One

By: Marisa de los Santos
Narrated by: Abby Craden,Arielle DeLisle
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Summary

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-04-15

Stick with it...it gets good!

Slow to start, but unraveled beautifully. More complex than I expected! Glad I took the risk.

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  • Robin
  • 03-04-15

Great Read

Ouch! Wilson was awful
The characters were believable with breadth and depth
Didn't want the story between Tazie and Willow to end!!!

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  • Dorothy Kimball
  • 17-09-20

The Precious One

I didn’t think I was going to like this book but the excellent reader got me through the first couple of chapters and then I was hooked! Great story... you will like it.

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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
  • 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.

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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.