Books: July 31, 2022
Marisa de Los Santos’ Books
I’m reading an author that I absolutely adore: Marisa de los Santos. She comes with some serious academic credentials, is a published poet, and is married to author David Teague who seems to write children’s books. They have also written several books together, like Saving Lucas Biggs.
Santos has, if my research is correct, 6 novels. Four of these novels are connected in some way. The first of this series is Love Walked In, and I really enjoyed it. The second book in this series is Belong to Me, and she’s hit this one right out of the ball park. I found myself reading bits at a time so it didn’t end too quickly. I just finished I’ll Be Your Blue Sky because I could not put it down and read for many hours over the last two days. I’ll be starting I’d Give Anything today. And I’ve ordered Santos’ two other novels, as I’ll want to give these books as gifts.
Santos just has the most wonderful voice on the page—so interesting and different. Someone in one of the reviews I read said that Santos introduces and follows three-dimensional characters, and I think that is true. Her characters are good, bad, beautiful, ugly, stupid and wise, all at the same time. These books are NOT romances, which the titles may suggest, though there is certainly much about the nature of love in them. And, life. (And I don’t mean to disparage romances. These novels just don’t fit that genre.)
Here’s a gift for you today. It’s a gift for me every time I walk into the kitchen.
Yesterday I mowed, and the grass is brown in many places from the drought. So today I’ll water and pick raspberries—while listening and singing along to my music. While I cooked a meatloaf yesterday for dinner (middle of the day for me), I bought more of The Zac Brown Band’s songs, so today I’ll listen to them while outside.
Have a great Sunday everyone.
Tomorrow we head into August. The summer is flying by.