Shifting between the 1950s and the present, 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.
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. Read on to see what our First Look Club reviewers Angelica and Jody think about this new story.
On romance and first impressions
Angelica says: Is it a romance novel? It is, but it’s so much more than that. […] Honestly, in the first few days of reading the book, I found it hard to enjoy. It didn’t engage me or inspire me in a way that would motivate me to “devour” it (for lack of a better word). I powered through anyway, because I didn’t see myself as a quitter, and I am so glad I did. […] It has its own way of growing on you.
Jody says: I never pegged myself as the type to read romance novels. […] When I picked up this particular book and read the title, I was honestly more than just a tad bit skeptical. The novel, however, ended up as a more compelling read than I had initially imagined. […] I’ll Be Your Blue Sky is a refreshing story about re-centering that instead asks, “who are you?” and, “where is your home?”
Stepping in the character’s shoes
Angelica says: Told in the voice of a woman who seeks clarity amidst the chaos and confusion, you will find yourself nodding in agreement to her thoughts and realizations. […] For at least a dozen times, I felt a lump in my throat. For at least a dozen times, I found myself suppressing giggles. It makes you feel something, no matter what page you are in.
Jody says: Clare’s reflections on the people in her life and the events that have occurred are sentiments that echo a lot of our own personal doubts, hesitations, and joys on living. I personally found myself identifying with Clare’s insights on loss, anger, and forgiveness—her thoughts on these are always raw in their emotional depictions followed by realizations that are tempered with wisdom.
Angelica says: The verdict? It’s beautiful enough to finish from the first page to the last, and then you hug it afterwards because you loved the story-telling. It’s as if I found myself too in the end, after getting lost in the characters and in the story.
Jody says: Overall, I truly and almost guiltily enjoyed the honest and easy way the story opened itself up to me. Clare and Edith had me pulled into their worlds of love that I was pleasantly surprised to find weren’t limited to just the romantic sort.
I’ll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos is available at Fully Booked stores. To reserve a copy, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angelica is legally obligated to administer regulated drugs and touch various body parts (which is just an unconventional way of saying that she is a nurse). Read her full review here.
Jody is currently an undergraduate student taking up Education and is discovering everyday the greatest bits about reading and learning that fuel our thinking. Read her full review here.
[Thoughts and views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Fully Booked. Then again, we love our authors anyway.]