The Nature of Fragile Things with Susan Meissner
Don’t you love to get swept away by a novel? I do! One of my favorite novelists is Susan Meissner. I’m currently reading The Nature of Fragile Things and it’s so good. It’s one of those novels that you can’t help but thinking about even when you’re not reading.
Yesterday, I felt this tension in my shoulders. I couldn’t figure out what had me stressed out, then I realized I was worried about the characters in this novel! Yes, it’s fiction, but it seems so real. If you love to hear the “story behind the story,” I know you’ll enjoy this podcast!
Who is Susan Meissner?
Susan Meissner is a former managing editor of a weekly newspaper and an award-winning columnist. She is the award-winning author of The Last Year of the War, As Bright as Heaven, A Bridge Across the Ocean, Secrets of a Charmed Life, A Fall of Marigolds, and Stars over Sunset Boulevard, among other novels.
You can order The Nature of Fragile Things HERE.
About the Book:
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.
Walk It Out Scripture
Now we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this surpassingly great power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7
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Resources, books, and links mentioned in this episode:
- The Nature of Fragile Things | Susan Meissner
- Secrets of a Charmed Life | Susan Meissner
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