It's a rare author who can draw her characters so vividly that the reader just 'knows' them. So completely that they can pick up a book and escape thoroughly into someone else's world. And for me, Marisa de los Santos has always been one of those authors.
In I'll Be Your Blue Sky, I was charmed by elderly Edith Herron, whose extraordinary life in the 1950s is uncovered by her surprised young heir, Clare Hobbs. Edith, a stranger on a park bench, gave Clare the courage to call off her marriage on the eve of her wedding by casually noting that 'no one should live with someone who scares her'. Not only did that advice save Clare from an unhappy future, it became her first clue into Edith's own life as Clare first explores the charming seaside cottage Edith has mysteriously left her in her will.
de los Santos has a gift for endowing her characters with the very qualities which endear us to the people we love in real life, and perhaps that's the secret which draws us oh-so-willingly into her novels.— Jill
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—fiancé.
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.
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.