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.