Today’s theme is Rumors, Scandal and Fabulous Books! Be sure to check out the posts on Abbi Waxman & Jane Rosen too.
I don’t even know where to start with how much I love Marisa de los Santos.
Every book is a lovely study on complex relationships and how they cope—or not—under the pressure of change, obstacles, adversity and relationships, good and bad.
de los Santos is a gorgeous writer and a perceptive storyteller, and she’s an absolute master at creating characters that jump off the page while they handle fascinating situations that somehow manage to be both relatable and riveting.
All of these things hold true in her latest, I’D GIVE ANYTHING.
This beautifully crafted book deals with rumors and scandal and how those things can break us and heal us, when we choose to find the truth and stand up for the truth. It is another amazing book from an amazing writer, and if you love books, and words, and fascinating plots and great characters, then you’ll love this one – and all of Marisa de los Santos’ titles!
I’D GIVE ANYTHING
Ginny Beale is eighteen, irreverent, funny, and brave, with a brother she adores and a circle of friends for whom she would do anything. Because of one terrible night, she loses them all—and her adventurous spirit—seemingly forever. While the town cheers on the high school football team, someone sets the school’s auditorium ablaze. Ginny’s best friend Gray Marsden’s father, a fire fighter, dies in the blaze.
While many in the town believe a notoriously troubled local teen set the fire, Ginny makes a shattering discovery that casts blame on the person she trusts most in the world. Ginny tells no one, but the secret isolates her, looming between her and her friends and ruining their friendship.
Over the next two decades, Ginny puts aside her wanderlust and her dreams. Moving back to her hometown, she distances herself from the past and from nearly everyone in it. She marries a quiet man, raises their daughter, Avery, and cares for her tyrannical, ailing mother, Adela. But when Ginny’s husband, Harris, becomes embroiled in a scandal, Ginny’s carefully controlled life crumbles, and, just when she believes she is regaining her bearings, the secret she’s kept for twenty years emerges and threatens to destroy her hopes for the future.
With the help of fifteen-year-old Avery and of friends both old and new, Ginny must summon the courage to confront old lies and hard truths and to free herself and the people she loves from the mistakes and regrets that have burdened them for so long.
(This review is part of Read-A-Romance Month. Hope you’ll come back every day to check out my book recommendations. You can find the calendar here. Also check out The Romance of Reading, a Facebook “book club” where we’ll have great authors guest hosting every week.)
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