The Precious One

The Precious One

by Marisa de los Santos

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From the New York Times bestselling 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’s beloved works.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062323804
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 71,418
File size: 846 KB

About the Author

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.


Wilmington, Delaware

Date of Birth:

August 12, 1966

Place of Birth:

Baltimore, Maryland


Un. of Virginia, BA in Eng; Sarah Lawrence College, MFA in Poetry; Un. of Houston, Ph.D. in Eng. and Creative Writing

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The Precious One 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
jpcoggins More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, though it was quite different than her previous novels. This book takes a little longer to warm up to and get attached to the characters. It contains a couple of mysteries, which made it a fun read. The dialogue was very good, especially considering the different ages of the main characters. To read the book is to uncover layers of a family and realize that our destiny is not entirely the result of how we were parented.
Clamchelle More than 1 year ago
I was one of the lucky readers to get an advanced copy of this book so I have been waiting eagerly to do this review today on publication day! I read The Precious One in less than 24 hours...but before I reviewed it, I just went back and re-read it, savoring every nuance, phrase and idea. I have been a huge fan of Marisa de los Santos since I picked up Belong to Me at a book sale and fell head over heels with language again. I had almost forgotten how beautiful words can be woven together. I am so thankful for Marisa for reminding me again with her newest story. It is my favorite of the ones she has written so far! You will fall in love with the characters - even if you want to pick sides at the beginning of the story. Like the characters, you find you are caring and opening yourself more than you thought you ever would. I am sure it was challenging to write a story from the viewpoints of two different ages. Yet, I could open to any chapter without looking and know who was speaking - the voices were so different and unique. Marisa de los Santos has outdone herself with this one (again!)
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Dual narrated by a set of sisters who don't know each other at all, but are thrust into each other's lives and hopefully can form a bond and help each other to find true happiness.  Tasiy is a woman who had her father in her life but not quite the most attentive father until she turned 18 and her life fell apart.  Willow was born out of the collapse and he was a completely different father to her, almost too attentive. First, I already know I love dual narratives and then to have two sisters who weren't in each other's lives come together, I knew this book would be a hit.  I love a sibling story and that was the core and center of this book and man I adored it.  The arc of their relationship felt real and worked for me.
NichollD More than 1 year ago
I had the pleasure of being selected as one of Marisa's Angels to help promote this new book. It took me some time to get into the story because I kept thinking "what 16 year old talks like this?" One raised by Wilson Cleary. Once I started letting the characters tell me their stories without questioning how they told it, I was easily swept up into their world. The story belongs to Eustacia (Taisy) and her younger sister, Willow. They are brought together by their father's illness. Taisy, the abandoned daughter, has to forgive her father and learn to love her younger sister. Willow has to learn how to navigate the world around her because she has been sheltered and shaped by her father's homeschooling. Together Taisy and Willow learn to forgive their father of his shortcomings and to redefine family.
malcocer More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to receive an early copy of this book, and I absolutely loved it!  You felt the emotions of loss, hurt and anger from Taisy, along with that ever present desire to be acknowledged and wanted by her father. When he asks her to come stay at his house she meets her step-sister, Willow, who has the father Taisy always wanted, but never had, she has to reconcile her feelings of jealousy while simultaneously being drawn to Willow.  A story about the joys and heartaches of family, with some romance thrown in, well worth your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was one of the lucky few who were given the chance to read this wonderful book before its release. Like all of Marisa's books, she had me from the beginning. I actually had to pace myself so I wouldn't race through it, I enjoyed it that much. The characters are extremely well written and you really begin to care about their well being and what will come of them throughout the book. Set aside a weekend when you pick up this book. You won't be able to put it down. Definitely a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. But I get super annoyed when authors make STUPID mistakes which EDITOR should catch. The appendix is on right side of body, not left, and gosh I do not even have the PhD the author has.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, Santos doesn’t disappoint! Intriguing story, alluring writing, just an overall great read. Loved it!
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: “Don’t go thinking I wasn’t angry about all this. I was. In fact, I would say that I was at least as angry as Marcus, whose anger stayed red-hot for years before it cooled to something hard and shiny and black.” “He went back to his work, leaving me feeling like I’d failed, mightily. I wasn’t sure what I had been tested on; but I knew in my bones that I had gotten a great, big, red ‘F’”. “I stole a glance at Willow who had spent her life so cherished, so boxed up and restrained and watched over in her pretty, tiny, high-walled world. What would happen when she let her feelings loose upon that world? I imagined them running rampant, trampling the garden, jumping the walls or burning them to the ground. Heaven help you too, Willow, I thought.” “High school girls made fascist dictators look like dewy-eyed cocker spaniels; everyone knew that.” “Boys your age have terrible judgement and lack empathy. It is not their fault, necessarily; their frontal lobes are still developing and are connected to the rest of their brains by the flimsiest of circuitry.” “Luka’s car is a health hazard, a science experiment, a graveyard for banana peels. It’s like the Amazon rain forest; anything could be in there.” My Review: The Precious One is my first Marisa de los Santos read, but it certainly won’t be my last, as I am her newest fan-girl, despite it being far from my typical genre. Her writing was stellar, stunning, heart squeezing, and achingly clever. From her literary references and marvelous word choices, as well as the way she so casually selects and strings them together – it is obvious that she is nothing short of brilliant. I adore her humor, keen observations, wit and banter. The dual point of view of the half-sisters was genius and I thoroughly enjoyed how each personally evolved and carried the story line, as well as how they unraveled and exposed the mystery of their odious father. The plot and writing style were both exceptional and well-paced; full of metaphor, scenarios, humor, personal fantasies/anxieties, angst, resentment, intrigue, and dread. From one end of the emotional spectrum to the other, several times, in each chapter, and I couldn’t get enough.
JeannieWalker More than 1 year ago
The best thing in life is friendship and love. Heartbreak is often the result of families being broken apart with the first family pushed aside by the last family. But, I believe forgiveness is a must for happiness. “The Precious One” is a captivating novel that captures the power of love and friendship. Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author) "Forever in My Heart" - A True Story of Coincidence and Destiny
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bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
As Marisa de los Santos' The Precious One opens, Taisy Cleary receives a phone out of the blue from her estranged father Wilson, the man who left her mother, twin brother Marcus and her to marry a young sculptor. After not hearing from the man in ages, he calls her to inform her that he had a heart attack two weeks ago and summons her to his home to discuss an important matter. Marcus tells Taisy she is crazy to go see the man, but Taisy cannot say no. When she arrives, she finds that her father- a brilliant professor, inventor and self-made millionaire- wants her to help him write his memoir. Or rather, he will dictate it to Taisy and she can interview the many people who think he is brilliant too. Taisy says yes, even though she has to stay in the poolhouse. (You wouldn't expect her to be allowed to stay in her father's house with his wife and brilliant and beautiful golden child Willow, would you?) The only thing Willow knows about her half sister is that Taisy committed some horrible act when she was a teenager that made Wilson infuriated and lose all respect for her. Now Taisy is in their lives and Willow feels she must protect her father from her. The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Taisy and Willow. Taisy is curious about her father and his other family and slowly comes to care for Willow and her mother. Willow has been isolated from most other people, being homeschooled and smothered by her father's attention. As Taisy and Willow get to know each other, they come to understand and even like each other. Taisy helps Willow join the outside world, teaching her the things she needs to know. As I read this book, I felt like Taisy could be a character in an Adriana Trigiani novel. She is a hardworking woman with a good sense of humor, and an even more developed sense of right and wrong.  There's even a crazy family dinner scene that reminded me of the Roncalli family ones from Trigiani's Valentine series. The ladies in the book club all agreed that we liked Taisy, she might even make a great addition to our book club. Her growing affection for Willow and Willow's mother was touching and sweet. One of our members has twins, so she especially enjoyed the relationship between Taisy and Marcus. We did not like Wilson, he was pompous and self-righteous, although Taisy's discovery of his past helped to mitigate that feeling somewhat (OK, just a little bit). This was the first book I have read of de los Santos, and I would like to read more of them. I like her style of writing, and the way she was able to write in the voices of two distinct characters. If you're looking for a good family story, The Precious One is an excellent choice.
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stacybuckeye More than 1 year ago
Love the writing and the story of these two sisters.
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Locked out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll tell them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mm, thats a lot of animals dont ya think?