The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner | Berkley Publishing {Book Review}

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The Nature of Fragile Things book review

The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner


Book Summary:

April 18, 1906: A massive earthquake rocks San Francisco just before daybreak, igniting a devouring inferno. Lives are lost, lives are shattered, but some rise from the ashes forever changed.

Sophie Whalen is a young Irish immigrant so desperate to get out of a New York tenement that she answers a mail-order bride ad and agrees to marry a man she knows nothing about. San Francisco widower Martin Hocking proves to be as aloof as he is mesmerizingly handsome. Sophie quickly develops deep affection for Kat, Martin’s silent five-year-old daughter, but Martin’s odd behavior leaves her with the uneasy feeling that something about her newfound situation isn’t right.

Then one early-spring evening, a stranger at the door sets in motion a transforming chain of events. Sophie discovers hidden ties to two other women. The first, pretty and pregnant, is standing on her doorstep. The second is hundreds of miles away in the American Southwest, grieving the loss of everything she once loved.

The fates of these three women intertwine on the eve of the devastating earthquake, thrusting them onto a perilous journey that will test their resiliency and resolve and, ultimately, their belief that love can overcome fear.

From the acclaimed author of The Last Year of the War and As Bright as Heaven comes a gripping novel about the bonds of friendship and mother love, and the power of female solidarity.

Publication Date:

February 2nd, 2021


Historical Fiction

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My Review:

The Nature of Fragile ThingsIn this gorgeously written novel, three women are brought together by tragedy, and secrets from the past are uncovered. It had everything I love about historical fiction, including a memorable storyline, unforgettable characters, and vivid details that left me learning more about the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco.

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It had just the right amount of tension and suspense that left me guessing and concluded in a very satisfying ending. Meissner’s writing was just captivating from the very first page and while The Nature of Fragile Things was my first book by author Susan Meissner, it definitely won’t be my last! ⁣

The Nature of Fragile Things

Thank you to Berkley Publishing for my gifted copy. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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