Precious and Fragile Things

  • by Megan Hart
  • Narrated by Lauren Fortgang
  • 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Gilly Soloman has been reduced to a mothering machine, taking care of everyone and everything except herself. But the machine has broken down. Burnt out by the endless days of crying children and menial tasks, and exhausted from always putting herself last, Gilly doesn't immediately consider the consequences when she's carjacked. With a knife to her throat, her first thought is that she'll finally get some rest. Someone can save her for a change.
But salvation isn't so forthcoming. Stranded in a remote, snowbound cabin with this stranger, hours turn to days, days into weeks. As time forges a fragile bond between them, she learns her captor is not the lunatic she first believed, but a human being whose wasted life has been shaped by secrets and tragedy. Yet even as their connection begins to foster trust, Gilly knows she must never forget he's still a man teetering on the edge. One who just might take her with him.

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Difficult read until the ending smacked me.

I generally like Megan Hart's books. Except for Deeper. Never could finish it. This book though is far darker and more bleak than most of her other books and that is saying something. It was very difficult to read. The plot was highly implausible. What was too unbelievable was ignored. The most sympathetic character was the "bad guy." He was far more hopeful and optimistic than the heroine, Gilly, in spite of his miserable life. And his character was far more developed. I could neither empathize or sympathize with Gilly. Perhaps the most implausible part of the plot was that she was able to live in total seclusion with a person for 3 months and survive. I would have killed her within 3 days. I don't know what I did not like about her, probably because her character didn't seem fleshed out. She just had no depth.

However this book changed from a 2 star to a 4 star with the ending. It wasn't surprising. but the abruptness and the method still shocked me. I was totally unprepared. It's impact was strong enough that I did not mind the time spent reading the first 40+ chapters. I can't say I recommend the book, but I can say that the craftsmanship of the conclusion was impressive.
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- Lulu "I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater."

Soooooooooooo Good

Megan Hart has done it again. Though this book is a departure from her usual fare, she doesn't falter. There are no sexual acts but appropriate sexual tension of a sort. The culmination, after getting to know the two main characters, is worth it all. I was floored and so moved. When I focus on it, I'm still moved days after reading it. I like to be impacted by a book even after its over. And Megan has done it for me more than once, which is no easy feat for me. Yet, in this book, she's done it again. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is b/c I was anxious to find out what was going to happen,so Ms. Hart maybe could've left off 30 minutes or so. But I don't know. It might've lessened its impact. I don't know. But I don't regret one minute of this story. Always greedy for more Megan Hart. I wait with baited breath. Oh yeah, the narrator plays it all perfectly.
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- K.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-11-2011
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books S.A.