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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 - fiancé.
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 guesthouse 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 more 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.
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By Karissa on 04-20-18
A Well-Built Novel with an Inspiring Heroine
What made the experience of listening to I'll Be Your Blue Sky the most enjoyable?
While I truly loved this novel, I think perhaps it would have been better read on paper rather than listened to. De los Santos has a very descriptive writing style that I think would have been beautiful to read on paper. As a result of that, many sentences seemed to have dragged on and I would need to replay others to "get" what was being said.
Normally, I never have an issue with audiobooks and find them easy to follow along with. But with this novel, there were some tricky moments. Especially in the case of the ledgers which featured shorthand, the narration of them got so repetitive, I found myself utterly lost in the nonsensical words. I'm sure when being read, though, it made much more sense.
But again, don't let that dissuade you from listening to this audiobook. It's worth the listen! If possible, I think it would be great to own a hard copy or ebook version I'll Be Your Blue Sky to read along with the audio simultaneously.
What was one of the most memorable moments of I'll Be Your Blue Sky?
The way the story came together, to me, was the most memorable aspect of the novel. I really wasn't sure what to expect with this story but it ended up being far more impactful than I had anticipated. The story is so beautiful and has a powerful message. It really made me want to give back in some way like Edith did throughout her life.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
The narration in this story, unfortunately, was not my favorite. I did prefer the narrator of Clare as opposed to that of Edith's because she read with more enthusiasm and spoke in a way that helped keep me engrossed. While I did appreciate Edith's narrator infusing the character in her voice, it was a little too calming and therefore, made me feel a bit drowsy when listening.
If you could take any character from I'll Be Your Blue Sky out to dinner, who would it be and why?
I would most certainly take Edith to dinner out of all the characters in I'll Be Your Blue Sky because I would love to hear her story firsthand. Her character is so selfless and giving to others, I would really appreciate getting more insight into what made her that way.
Any additional comments?
I really did love this story overall! It's slow to start but well worth the read. Even though the audio version is not perhaps ideal, it doesn't take away from the story. I will definitely be recommending this book to others and will hopefully re-listen at some point.
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By Kathy on 05-30-18
I'll Be Your....
Beautiful love story that shared the love and lives of several people. The story going back and forth in time was done very smoothly and easy to follow. Loved the
twist in the end. Narrator was perfect!
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