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