I’LL BE YOUR BLUE SKY
Fans of de los Santos (like this reviewer), rejoice! The author is back with a plotline that wraps itself delightfully around her beloved title, Belong to Me. There's a dual timeline here as well, as we watch a grown-up Dev and Clare navigate adult life. The past storyline takes an interesting turn midway, surprising even this veteran reader, and adding depth to the story in an unexpected and thought-provoking way — eventually dovetailing with the modern narrative in a satisfying way. A lovely rumination on the choices we make, with characters we've loved for years.
It's Clare Hobbes' wedding weekend, only there are more sideways glances and concerned questions than moments of rejoicing. As Clare ponders the direction she wants her life to take, she meets an elderly woman, Edith, and their short conversation gives Clare the strength she needs to make the decision she knows deep down she must. A few weeks later, Clare learns that Edith has died — and left Clare the Blue Sky House, a beautiful home, empty for years, on the Delaware shore. As Clare pieces together Edith's life from the clues left behind, she also begins to figure out her own path forward, and whether that path includes Dev. (WILLIAM MORROW, Mar., 320 pp., $26.99)