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The Nature of Fragile Things - Used Like New

The Nature of Fragile Things - Used Like New

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The Nature of Fragile Things: A Tale of Resilience and Secrets


Welcome to a world where secrets lurk behind every corner and resilience shines through the darkest times. "The Nature of Fragile Things" by Susan Meissner takes you on an unforgettable journey set against the backdrop of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. This historical novel is a masterful blend of suspense, drama, and heartwarming moments that will keep you hooked from start to finish.

Meet Sophie Whalen, a determined Irish immigrant who answers an ad to become the wife of a San Francisco widower. Desperate to escape her bleak life in New York, Sophie sees this as her chance at a fresh start. But as she settles into her new role, she discovers that her husband, Martin Hocking, is hiding more than just his true nature.

Sophie also forms a bond with Kat, Martin's mute daughter, who adds a layer of mystery and innocence to the story. Just when Sophie starts to think she can build a new life, the earth shatters beneath her feet, literally. The 1906 earthquake brings chaos and destruction, forcing Sophie to confront the fragility of her new life and the secrets that threaten to destroy it.

Featured Characters


Sophie Whalen - A resilient and resourceful Irish immigrant who yearns for a better life. Sophie's strength and determination make her a character you'll root for.

Martin Hocking - Sophie's enigmatic husband whose secrets unravel as the story progresses. Martin's character adds a thrilling layer of suspense to the narrative.

Kat - The silent yet expressive daughter of Martin, whose presence in Sophie's life brings unexpected challenges and joys. Kat's innocence and mystery are central to the story's emotional depth.

Positive Review by a Reader


"This book is a brilliant blend of historical fiction and emotional storytelling. The characters are richly developed, and the plot is full of twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. Sophie’s journey of self-discovery and resilience is truly inspiring. A must-read for anyone who loves a good historical novel!" - Jane D.

Key Features

  • Engaging Historical Setting: Experience the 1906 San Francisco earthquake through vivid and captivating descriptions.
  • Strong Female Protagonist: Follow Sophie Whalen's journey as she navigates a new life full of challenges and secrets.
  • Intriguing Mystery: Unravel the secrets hidden within Sophie’s new family, keeping you guessing until the very end.

Dive into "The Nature of Fragile Things" and get ready to be swept away by a tale of love, loss, and the indomitable human spirit. This book is not just a read; it's an experience. Don't miss out on this captivating story—order your copy today and discover the strength within fragility.

Product Specifications

  • ISBN: 0451492188
  • Dimensions: 5.44 x 1.13 x 8.25 inches
  • Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Number of Pages: 384 pages
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