Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Precious and Fragile Things by Megan Hart

Publisher: Harlequin/MIRA Books
Publishing Date: 01/01/2011
ISBN: 9780778329244
Pages: 400 pages

Summary from the Publisher:

He's not about to let her leave.

And she cannot stay.

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.

My Review:
I received this novel as an ARC from NetGalley. Well I will admit when I first started reading this novel I didn’t think I was going to like it at all. I couldn’t relate to Gilly, the main character. I kept thinking no one in their right mind would choose to be abducted rather than be at home with her children and husband. In fact, I remember saying to my fiancĂ© a few times: I can’t believe this woman!! I found her to be ridiculous and unbelievable. That being said, after getting over the first part of the novel and when we find the two characters in the cabin, things started to get a bit better. I found myself intrigued by Todd, the carjacker, and his life story. I also found it interesting that there seemed to be a friendship that formed between Todd and Gilly. I don’t want to give too much of the book away but I will say that by a quarter of the way through the book Hart grabbed my attention and I didn’t want to put the book down. Her idea for the book is original and definitely unlike anything I have read recently. Overall, I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5.

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