Marisa de los Santos
Belong to Me

Belong to Me

This is the standalone sequel to Love Walked In, but go ahead and read them in order. (Belong to Me has higher ratings on Goodreads, but I enjoyed Love Walked In more. Though comfortably predictable and a little too feel-good for some people's taste, it's well-written, intelligent, and thoroughly readable. This would make a great beach read.

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Love Walked In

Love Walked In

Cornelia is a hopeless romantic, obsessed with the epic love stories portrayed in classic films, but floundering in her own life. Everything changes the day a Cary Grant look-alike walks through the door of the coffee shop she manages. Of course she falls for him, and strikes up an unlikely friendship with his 11-year-old daughter. You can’t help but cheer for these characters as they navigate the tricky waters of friendship, heartbreak, and love. De los Santos is a poet by training, and it shows in her prose. If you love this, good news: there’s a sequel.

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The Precious One

The Precious One

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Taisy Cleary hasn't seen her father in 17 years. After he survives a heart attack, he summons her to write his biography (The Thirteenth Tale, anyone?), and Taisy is plunged back into her past, giving her the opportunity to write past (and current) crucial mistakes. Not my favorite de los Santos work, but the gorgeous writing and Middlemarch references keep it on my "worthwhile" list.

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Falling Together

Falling Together

Pen, Will, and Cat met ("met cute," in fact) during their first week of college and were inseparable during their years on campus. After graduation, they hated the thought of their amazing friendship slowly fading, so they decided to end it. Years go by with no contact, until Pen receives a strange email from Cat begging her to meet her at their college reunion. She can't help but say yes, and that's when their journey begins.

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Saving Lucas Biggs

Saving Lucas Biggs

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I love Marisa de los Santos's adult work but haven't read this middle grade novel. From Kirkus: "the authors seamlessly incorporate heavy social-justice issues into a riveting time-travel adventure story."

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I’ll Be Your Blue Sky

I’ll Be Your Blue Sky

A MINIMALIST SUMMER PICK. Marisa de los Santos returns to the characters she introduced in Love Walked In. The day before her wedding, Clare has cold feet. Enter Edith, an elderly stranger Clare connects with instantly, who nudges Clare to cancel her wedding to a man who scares her. Not long after, Clare receives notice that Edith has died, and bequeathed her a strange gift—her house. Clare seeks refuge there after her nonwedding, and soon learns hints of the past role the house—and Edith—played in a “relocation system” that served women fleeing domestic violence in the 1950s. The story flips back and forth in time between Clare’s current dilemma and the 1950s mystery. This is the sequel I didn’t know I wanted, easy to read while covering serious emotional territory, packed with literary references that will warm book lovers’ hearts.
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Connect the Stars

Connect the Stars

I love Marisa de los Santos's adult work but haven't read this middle grade novel. From the publisher: "When 13-year-olds Aaron and Audrey meet at a wilderness camp in the desert, they think their quirks are enough to prevent them from ever having friends. But as they trek through the challenging and unforgiving landscape, they learn that they each have what it takes to make the other whole. Luminous and clever, Connect the Stars takes on some hefty topics of the day - bullying, understanding where you fit in, and learning to live with physical and mental challenges - all in a joyous adventure!"

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I’d Give Anything

I’d Give Anything

In trademark style, de los Santos presents a seemingly light story with hidden depths. Years ago, Ginny settled for marriage to a bland, dependable man. He’s the last man you would expect to get caught up in a scandal, but then he does. With his intern. The revelation shakes Ginny to her core, and fractures the seemingly perfect life she’s built for herself. Through an unexpected chain of events, one revelation leads to another, and Ginny is forced to re-examine—and finally reveal—a secret she’s been keeping for twenty years, one that broke precious relationships long ago. Her teenage daughter is also rocked by her father’s revelations, and sets out on a quest of her own. An absorbing tale of love, secrets, and forgiveness.

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