Ill Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos


Ill Be Your Blue Sky
Title : Ill Be Your Blue Sky
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ISBN : 0062431943
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352

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 fianc.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 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.


Ill Be Your Blue Sky Reviews


  • Linda

    Sometimes an irregular piece of sea glass tells quite the story Smooth variations in color, light edges, unexpected density, but always a thing of beauty if held in the grit of sand long enough Transformation in the shifting of time Clare Hobbes feels the grit of that sand pressing against her heart It s the morning of her wedding She s taken the usual steps preparing for her vows at the rehearsal the day before But the words somehow fail to rise to her lips She squeezes her eyes shut tig Sometimes an irregular piece of sea glass tells quite the story Smooth variations in color, light edges, unexpected density, but always a thing of beauty if held in the grit of sand long enough Transformation in the shifting of time Clare Hobbes feels the grit of that sand pressing against her heart It s the morning of her wedding She s taken the usual steps preparing for her vows at the rehearsal the day before But the words somehow fail to rise to her lips She squeezes her eyes shut tightly to hold back what must be tears of excitement or are they tears of deep regret Zach, her fiance, has never left her side with constant commitments of love and endearments Perhaps constancy is stifling the air she so desperately wishes to breath in a lovely blue sky.Clare slips out into the hotel garden and finds an elderly woman sitting on a bench They strike up a conversation The woman introduces herself as Edith Herron Words flow soul to soul It is Edith who will change the trajectory of Clare s life unbeknownst to either of them at the time A few weeks later, Clare receives a phone call from a lawyer informing her that Edith Herron has passed away and has left Clare her home, Blue Sky House, up in Delaware The home has been well cared for Blue Sky House will reveal deep kept secrets in the form of boxes and hidden ledgers Edith lived quite the life and the details will come spilling out as Clare slowly lifts the shadows that have not been revealed in years.Marisa de los Santos has a gift for storytelling Her chapters revert back and forth from Clare in the present to Edith in the 1950 s What appears to be a light hearted romantic theme is certainly not There is a heavy ladened thread flowing through this storyline with historical imprints of those 1950 s De Los Santos does not even reveal Edith s full secret until much later Readers can visualize a wide webbing effect with an expanse of crystallized dew across this complicated web For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.I ll Be Your Blue Sky is filled with the complications of life and how decisions made in the past can be traced sharply into the present Lovely characters evolve alongside some not so very lovely ones A very satisfying read by a very talented writer

  • Cheri

    Something in your eyesMakes me want to lose myselfMakes me want to lose myselfIn your armsThere s something in your voiceMakes my heart beat fastHope this feeling lastsThe rest of my life If you knew how lonely my life has beenAnd how long I ve been so aloneIf you knew how I wanted someone to come alongAnd change my life the way you ve done It feels like home to meIt feels like home to meIt feels like I m all the way back whereI come fromIt feels like home to meIt feels like home to meFeels li Something in your eyesMakes me want to lose myselfMakes me want to lose myselfIn your armsThere s something in your voiceMakes my heart beat fastHope this feeling lastsThe rest of my life If you knew how lonely my life has beenAnd how long I ve been so aloneIf you knew how I wanted someone to come alongAnd change my life the way you ve done It feels like home to meIt feels like home to meIt feels like I m all the way back whereI come fromIt feels like home to meIt feels like home to meFeels like I m all the way back where I belong Feels Like Home, Randy Newman, Songwriters Randy NewmanThis story is told in alternating chapters through the voices of Edith, in the late 40s and 1950s, and Clare in the present As the date of Clare and Zach s wedding is rapidly approaching, she s been jittery, on edge, trying to remind herself of all of Zach s good points, of all the reasons why she said yes, and all she seems to be focusing on, instead, are the moments where he seems to anger too quickly, to drink too much, to go from winsome to possessive and callous without provocation Still, his story is a somewhat heartbreaking one, his family cold, distant, and cruel She doesn t want to add to his pain.The wedding day has arrived, and as they gather to prepare for the wedding, the caterers bustling about, others setting up the scene, Clare steps out for a breath of air, to get away from the frenzy, from her thoughts, to try to pinpoint what she s been trying to keep from herself When Edith Herron, an elderly woman whom Clare doesn t know, happens to walk out to where Clare is at that moment, and initiates a brief, thought provoking conversation, Clare is suddenly faced with her true feelings I know the pull of a dark, complicated man, the kind who has trouble loving anyone but you But let me tell you this the ones who look like home are home Clare knows she must cancel the wedding Less than a month later, Clare has been left an unusual gift a house Not just a house, a home in a seaside town in Delaware Not just any home, but one called The Blue Sky House When she hears this, her mind flashes back to their conversation, when Edith had said to her You re his blue sky When everything else is darkness But is her yours She can still hear her saying this.Any home that old will have stories to tell, and this one has than a few Once upon a time it was made with love for love And in another lifetime, it welcomed visitors seeking the soothing seas, and sheltered others from prying eyes So when Clare walks in the first time, sees the photographs and paintings on the wall, touches the furniture, looking around in awe and reverence at the walls, the sounds of waves lapping the shores singing in her ears, she knows this house has a story to share She knows she must untangle these stories.There is a bit of a mystery to unravel, and Clare needs something to focus on besides the cancelled wedding She begins to look for some reason that this woman whom she had never met before would feel compelled to bequeath her with such an extravagant gift Little by little she solves one piece of the puzzle at a time, each piece its own story This isn t a typical love story, but it is a story about love, in its own way, which is always a bit of a mystery Familial love, romantic love, the love and kindness of strangers, the gift of love through the gift of time and self, ag p love This , I said, cradling the photo in my palms This is it The thing you hold out for You wait a lifetime if you have to It felt like a vow, and, for a second, I wished I had a witness, but then I realized that I did The house was my witness We don t always know or recognize, or even appreciate the connections we have to others, the tender ties that bind us one to another throughout our lives and beyond I loved that so much of this story was about both the physical ties as well as the ones we create, the bonds we form through the families we create I loved that the focus was on love in all its various forms, and not just romantic love I wanted to read this ever since I read my goodreads friend Paulie s review Thank you, Paulie Paulie s review Many thanks, once again, to the Public Library system, and the many Librarians that manage, organize and keep it running, for the loan of this book

  • Ang

    CAN YOU GIVE A BOOK 37 STARS Seriously, though I loved Love Walked In, I really liked Belong to Me and I loved loved loved this book so much From the first moment until the last moment, everything about it was just right Save your gripes about everything falling into place too neatly for someone else, because I like a book with a neat symmetry and a mystery relationship or two ANYWAY, I can t wait to give patrons the whole trilogy again.Thanks so much to the publisher and to NetGalley for t CAN YOU GIVE A BOOK 37 STARS Seriously, though I loved Love Walked In, I really liked Belong to Me and I loved loved loved this book so much From the first moment until the last moment, everything about it was just right Save your gripes about everything falling into place too neatly for someone else, because I like a book with a neat symmetry and a mystery relationship or two ANYWAY, I can t wait to give patrons the whole trilogy again.Thanks so much to the publisher and to NetGalley for the ARC

  • Kristy

    The weekend of her wedding, Clare Hobbes meets an elderly woman, Edith Herron, at the venue While they only have a few brief conversations, they provide Clare with the insight and courage she so badly needs So much that she finds the strength to call off her wedding and return home alone A few weeks later, Clare receives some sad and surprising news Edith has passed away and left Clare a seaside home in Delaware Desperately seeking a place to reevaluate her life, Clare decamps to the Blue The weekend of her wedding, Clare Hobbes meets an elderly woman, Edith Herron, at the venue While they only have a few brief conversations, they provide Clare with the insight and courage she so badly needs So much that she finds the strength to call off her wedding and return home alone A few weeks later, Clare receives some sad and surprising news Edith has passed away and left Clare a seaside home in Delaware Desperately seeking a place to reevaluate her life, Clare decamps to the Blue Sky House and there begins to learn about Edith and the remarkable life she led This includes the discovery of two ledgers one depicting a list of the guests who stayed at Edith s home when it was a beach guesthouse and another, shadow ledger, with mysterious notations With the help of her former boyfriend, now best friend Dev Tremain, Clare starts to unravel Edith s brave and fascinating past Along the way, she starts to get closer to working out about herself as well I absolutely adore Marisa de los Santos and was really excited to see she had written another book picking up on the characters first introduced in Love Walked In A Novel and Belong to Me. Both still hold a place of honor on the bookshelves of my home Still, Goodreads told me it was nearly ten years since I d read those gems Considering I can forget a lot of what I ve read a few months ago, it took a little remembering and time to get back into the characters There s a lot to keep track of in the beginning Still, once I got into the groove, it was like being back with old friends Getting to know about Clare all grown up now is lovely You find yourself drawn to her immediately. Her finance, Zach, made me nervous from the start, and in many ways, the novel can be a little stressful, between Clare navigating Zach, learning about what Edith was up to, and just some of the general topics of the novel I always know a book is well written when I find myself getting nervous on the characters behalf. The book generally alternates chapters between Clare and the story of Edith, the woman she meets at her wedding venue Edith s story mainly takes place in the 1940s and 1950s, and I found myself always wishing for and of her tale, as she s a fascinating character in her own right As Clare moves into Edith s old home and starts to investigate the woman s past, we learn a little about her through Clare and Dev s sleuthing It s a very effective format, and I found the book surprisingly suspenseful, with several unexpected twists and turns thrown in along the way.Indeed, I was never really sure where this one was going It meanders a bit and kept surprising me as it did There are points where the sadness can be really hard and heartbreaking in a wow, this novel is incredibly well written and I feel as if these characters are real way All the characters fit together so well and come to life before you no surprise to anyone who has read a Marisa de los Santos novel before It s so easy to get lost in the world she creates for us At other times, I just found myself laughing, as Clare and Dev, for instance, could just be so funny and real In the end, I just wound up really loving this one. I was along for the ride wherever Clare and her gang were going to take me I loved her, I loved Edith, and now I d wait ten years for another book without any issue whatsoever It s a lovely book about connections and about the family we have and the family we make It s about love very appropriate that I finished it on Valentine s Day Thanks for revisiting these characters, Ms de los Santos I didn t know I needed them again, but I m glad you did 4 stars I I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Edelweiss in return for a honest review thank you it is available everywhere as of 03 06 2018.Goodreads Twitter Facebook Google

  • Connie

    You re his blue sky When everything else is darkness But is he yours No one should live with someone who scares her Clare Hobbes is having prenuptial jitters, trying to list the good qualities belonging to her possessive fiance A talk with an elderly woman, Edith, gives her the courage to break off her engagement.A few weeks later, Edith s lawyer tells Clare that she has inherited Edith s home Blue Sky House near a Delaware bay Through photographs and hidden ledgers, Clare learns about You re his blue sky When everything else is darkness But is he yours No one should live with someone who scares her Clare Hobbes is having prenuptial jitters, trying to list the good qualities belonging to her possessive fiance A talk with an elderly woman, Edith, gives her the courage to break off her engagement.A few weeks later, Edith s lawyer tells Clare that she has inherited Edith s home Blue Sky House near a Delaware bay Through photographs and hidden ledgers, Clare learns about the people Edith has loved and her courage in helping others Clare enlists the help of her best friend and former boyfriend Dev to find out about Edith s life Clare also discovers about herself in the process.The book alternates between chapters involving Clare in the present day, and Edith in the 1950s This is a story about relationships between family, friends, lovers, and strangers in need of help I cared about the outcomes of the characters in the book, including the ones with problems I enjoyed Marisa de los Santos writing so I m hoping to read an earlier book in the series

  • Sue Dix

    This book is sublime I couldn t put it down I loved it from the very first word to the very last word There is laughter, tears, fears, doubts, mystery, danger, love, family, history, romance It s got it all, and then some This is the best book I ve read all summer Read this book You will fall in love.

  • Catherine McKenzie

    I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this book I love how Marisa keeps coming back to this set of characters it s like visiting with family you like There s an added element in this book an historical story which adds a new dimension If you re a fan of Love Walked In and the other books in this series or good books in general you will enjoy this

  • Andrea

    Rounding up to 4 Slightly slow to warm up, but overall, fantastic Rounding up to 4 Slightly slow to warm up, but overall, fantastic

  • Alisa

    One of those dual narrative novels that alternates between the 1950s and current day I enjoyed the story line of Edith much than modern day Clare The dialogue between Clare and the other major characters, including her best friend soulmate Dev, just felt far too precious, even twee Real people aren t so glib and forcibly clever And the series of coincidences that help solve the mystery of how Edith and Clare are linked together felt extremely contrived But overall it is an enjoyabl One of those dual narrative novels that alternates between the 1950s and current day I enjoyed the story line of Edith much than modern day Clare The dialogue between Clare and the other major characters, including her best friend soulmate Dev, just felt far too precious, even twee Real people aren t so glib and forcibly clever And the series of coincidences that help solve the mystery of how Edith and Clare are linked together felt extremely contrived But overall it is an enjoyable story with some very touching passages

  • Linda

    A dear friend sent this book for me to enjoy and it WAS an enjoyable read I expected from the title that I would be reading a romance but I found there was a larger story to be told.I was lead down a path full of twists and turns , exposed to some history that I was not aware of, given the opportunity to read some beautiful sentences and a chance to use my detective skills I am always grateful to be able to learn something new and this reading left me with the desire to dig deeper into histor A dear friend sent this book for me to enjoy and it WAS an enjoyable read I expected from the title that I would be reading a romance but I found there was a larger story to be told.I was lead down a path full of twists and turns , exposed to some history that I was not aware of, given the opportunity to read some beautiful sentences and a chance to use my detective skills I am always grateful to be able to learn something new and this reading left me with the desire to dig deeper into history one of those little unexpected gifts that a book can leave us