The Nature of Fragile Things [Book Review] #ThrowbackThursday #HistoricalFiction

 The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner

The Nature of Fragile Things, a historical fiction/thriller, is my favorite Susan Meissner read after A Fall of Marigolds and As Bright As Heaven.

The ature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner (cover) Image: a blue toned image of a young woman and a young girl holding hands and walking down the middle of a earthquake damaged street

Genre/Categories/Setting: Historical Fiction, 1906 San Fransisco Earthquake, Thriller, Friendship, Found Family, Women’s Fiction

Welcome to #ThrowBackThursday where I highlight an older review or post a current review of a back list title. Today, I’m sharing a histfic/thriller, The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner. Of the author’s work, this one is my favorite.

I’m linking up with Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog for #ThrowbackThursday.

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

My Summary:

A book about a mail-order bride and the San Francisco earthquake!

Desperate to leave a deplorable situation in New York City, Sophie Whalen, a young Irish immigrant, agrees to become a mail-order bride. Sophie marries the handsome, but aloof, widower named Martin Hocking and becomes attached to his five-year-old daughter. Martin is away from home frequently. During one absence, a mysterious visitor knocks on Sophie’s door, and from that moment on, their lives are intertwined. The great San Francisco earthquake of 1906 is only one of the traumatic events they will face together.

Sophie is compassionate, caring, loyal, brave, and determined.

Continue here for my full review of The Nature of Fragile Things…


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  1. I have never read a book about 1906 San Fransisco Earthquake. This sounds interesting, and I love a mail order bride story.

    • I’m not sure why your comments are ending up in spam, but I found another one! Sorry! I think you’d love this story Wendy!

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