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The Nature of Fragile Things – a story of resiliency during the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.

Sophie, a young Irish immigrant, is heading to San Francisco. She has answered a mail-order bride advertisement from a widowed man seeking a wife and a mother for his young child. It is a chance to escape the squalid conditions of the New York City tenement she’s been living in since coming to America. And a chance to be a mother, something she aches to be. Love, romance? Perhaps it will evolve. The newly formed family takes up residence in a lovely home near San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood. Husband Martin provides everything she could possibly need. As they settle in, Sophie accepts that her new husband travels frequently and doesn’t reveal much of himself to her. She realizes that something about Martin isn’t quite right. But it’s all worth it as her relationship with her stepdaughter Kat grows. She loves the young child and is helping Kat recover from the loss of her mother. When it becomes 1906, we know that the historic earthquake will soon take place. It is best not to reveal more of what happens to Sophie and her family.


Author Susan Meissner is one of those talented writers who has the ability to truly transport you back in time. The Nature of Fragile Things takes the reader on an incredible journey. The massive impact of the earthquake and its aftermath will make it hard to put this book down. It’s a great work of Historical Fiction with suspense and strong characters. And like other Meissner books, it will tug at your heartstrings and keep you guessing as to what’s to come.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Historical Fiction.

Publication Date: February 2, 2021.


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