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I'll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos // Book Review // It has been a long time since I have been so positively captivated by a new release. I'll Be Your Blue Sky was the first (but will not be last) book that I have read by Marisa de los Santos so I had no comparisons or context in regards to expectations. I was immediately enchanted by Marisa's beautiful, charming, compelling narrative voice which balanced both heartbreak and hope. Themes of home, family, sacrifice, boundaries, anger, grief, secrets, perseverance, true love, fear, doubt, danger and most importantly, courage are nestled throughout this story. (I must mention a trigger warning caution involving domestic violence. Marisa offers hope and healing for those who have experienced such violence so I offer a cautionary approach instead of a "must avoid" warning.)

I started this book on audio but quickly moved to a printed copy as the story alternates between the 1950's and today. It is always easier for me to keep track of dates when I can leaf back to previous chapter headings. If you are looking for a book with characters you can root for (I want to hug and be friends with Edith so bad!) in a context that addresses serious subject matter but leaves you with a sense of renewal and optimism, I would add this book to your TBR! Marisa de los Santos writes with pure heart from the first page to the last. I am seriously considering painting the ceiling in my bedroom light blue!

UPDATE: It was a pleasure to listen to Marisa de los Santos talk about her background and her writing experience. She has two darling little dogs, has co-written two children's books with her husband and did a lot of research to make sure that her references to the 1950's were true to the details she presented. I also thought it was interesting that she enjoys putting together puzzles because they are calming and help her see solutions to problems. "Language is tactile for me," Marisa described, "much like clay is to a potter". Marisa's nature is to be hopeful and that is the type of author that she is. She sees her role as taking you through the difficult times but ending on "an upswing of hope". She is as charming in person as she is on the page!!

Have you read this book or any other books by this author? What are your thoughts?

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