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I'll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los…

I'll Be Your Blue Sky

by Marisa de los Santos

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I liked this book. However, it felt like there had been 2 or 3 books featuring these same people. ( )
  shazjhb | Jun 13, 2018 |
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Clare Hobbs is engaged to be married, but for some reasons things don’t feel quite right. She unexpectedly meets a woman named Edith Herron on the morning of her wedding day. Somehow this stranger helps Clare find her way and follow her heart.

I had a hard time finishing this book, it just did not grab me. I usually enjoy books by De Los Santos, but for me, this wasn’t a favorite. ( )
  julyso | May 6, 2018 |
i have been trying (for two weeks) for this book to grab me. It just doesn't! sadly ( )
  LASMIT | Mar 30, 2018 |
I don’t know how I missed that this book was part of a loosely bound series – although perhaps series is too formal a word. It continues along the lives of characters from other books, fills out other characters story lines and introduces others. The book starts with the love story of Edith and Joseph; two people very much in love who build a place of refuge and peace within the walls of their house on the water.

The book then moves to the present as Clare is about to get married – but she is experiencing more than cold feet. She has far too many reservations about her fiance but doesn’t feel she can just stop things at this juncture. As she worries and frets she is consoled by her childhood friend and oddly enough by a stranger; a woman who happens to be at the resort where the wedding is to be held. This woman gives Clare the strength to make her decision.

As Clare goes on with her life she soon receives word that the woman she met for that one weekend has died and left her a house. Clare goes to the house, Blue Sky House – Edith and Joseph’s house – to find refuge and what she finds is Edith and her story.

This is the kind of book that stays with you long after you read it. The characters are so real you feel like you know them and you want to spend time with them. Neither Clare’s nor Edith’s story really dominates as each feeds the other. As Clare learns about the history of her unexpected gift she also starts to learn about the mystery woman who so altered her life. It’s a story that is full of love and loss, passion and sorrow. but most of all happiness and fulfillment. There is much to learn from a live well lived with a person you love.

I thoroughly enjoyed I’ll Be Your Blue Sky even when it wasn’t always easy to read. It covers some of the worst of relationships but yet love does triumph. One has to always hold on to that. ( )
  BrokenTeepee | Mar 20, 2018 |
There are many ways to describe the person you love. Love of your life. Soul mate. True love. The peanut butter to your jelly. Your home and your heart. Or you could call them, like Marisa de los Santos does in her newest novel, your blue sky. This third novel in a trilogy, albeit one that stands alone just fine, is an examination of love and family, sanctuary and doing right.

Opening in 1950 on Edith and Joseph Herron's wedding day, Edith remembers walking into the warmth and comfort of the beautiful home that her new husband has bought for the two of them in a small Delaware beach town. Joseph is Edith's soul mate, her comfort, and her anchor. He is her blue sky and their home is appropriately called Blue Sky House. In the present day, Clare Hobbes is preparing for her wedding to fiance Zach when she confides her unease about their future to her mother and dear family friend. But it isn't until the actual day of her wedding when she meets and talks to Edith, now an elderly woman, that she finds the courage to call off the wedding. Several weeks later, she discovers that Edith has passed away and left Clare a lovely home in Delaware. Why Edith left a perfect stranger her home and the mystery that Clare, helped by her best friend and old boyfriend Dev, starts to uncover thanks to a both a ledger of guests of the former guesthouse and to a cryptic shadow ledger for the same time period drive the narrative.

The narrative moves back and forth between Clare's and Edith's stories. The reader discovers things before Clare does so there's some repetition in the telling as Clare and Dev slowly uncover Edith's life. De los Santos does hold back a few details from the 1950s story line so that not everything is revealed twice. Edith is definitely an intriguing character, presented as warm and understanding, and even before she meets Clare in the twilight of her life, she is drawn with a strong moral compass. Clare is very forgiving and compassionate but almost to the point of being infuriating. She not only allows Zach to isolate and suffocate her because she knows how hard he is trying to rise above his family, but she continues to try and placate him even as she occasionally fears his ability to keep his tightly controlled emotions and anger in a healthy place. Dev is magical and the reader wonders how Clare has ever forgotten this. The mystery is not terribly difficult to unravel but Edith's life is fascinating enough that this doesn't matter much. Despite the darkness of abuse captured in this story, ultimately it is one of courage and warmth, uplift and love, always and forever real love. Women's fiction fans, especially those who like a thread of historical fiction running through their stories, will appreciate this warmhearted and satisfying novel. ( )
  whitreidtan | Mar 12, 2018 |
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