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Precious and Fragile Things

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  1,399 Ratings  ·  288 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by Mira
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Apr 28, 2011 Buggy rated it it was amazing
Opening Line: "This was the life she'd made."

I am rapidly reaching the point with Megan Hart that if she were to write a phone book I’m pretty sure I would read it because she’s just that good at making words beautiful. She also manages to put those words into exactly the emotions and private thoughts I assumed I was alone in having while weaving and layering together an achingly thoughtful story. And here with Precious And Fragile Things I’ve learned that she can hold my attention without the e
Jan 22, 2012 Quinn rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I love Megan Hart’s writing - Broken is hands-down one of my all-time-favourite books. So, probably like other readers (and for sentimental reasons), I was a little perturbed to see her moving away from the erotica for which I know and love her.

But then I got to thinking. What is it that I love about this her books? The answer, most certainly, is not the sex scenes. In fact, though they undoubtedly well-written, that’s probably the very least of it. What I love about this author is that
Jan 19, 2011 Monica rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
This was honestly one of the weirdest books I have read in awhile. I picked up 'Precious and Fragile Things' expecting what I usually read by Megan Hart, hot and steamy. Instead I got a crazy guy and a slightly-off mother who are unwillingly stuck together in the middle of the PA mountains.

I literally spent the entire book waiting for the sexy, it is my fault, I should have read the jacket I guess, I am slightly relieved after finishing the book there was no sex, that would have made this book
Dec 23, 2010 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it
Gilly Soloman has a life most women would die for. She’s a stay at home mother married to a wonderful man, who has two adorable children, and even a dog. Gilly is truly living the American dream. But Gilly wants to run away from it all, this life she has made for herself with the stink of spilled milk in the backseat of her car because of her needy children, an always unfinished To Do List, and a husband who only helps out when he feels like it. Gilly can barely function anymore as she longs for ...more
Apr 17, 2015 Feminista rated it really liked it
I wavered between giving this book a 3 or a 4. Finally settled on a 4 because this book isn't getting enough love.

I can't say that I loved this book.

It was disturbing to say the least.

And I can't say I liked either of the characters.

But it was different and engaging. Kind of like a horror show. Certainly not a romance.
Dec 26, 2010 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it
:Some Spoilers:

Precious and Fragile Things is about Gilly Soloman, a worn out mom who craves escape, who wants just a few precious moments that belong to herself. Salvation - oh how she'd wish someone would just take her away so she wouldn't have to stew in her own life.
Needless to say, I don't think getting kidnapped was her exact ideal, but that's exactly what happened. More or less. Only this isn't your standard crazy man takes women hostage story.
It's goes a whole lot deeper. This is a pow
Quick review for a quick read. Dude, I haven't felt so completely conflicted after reading a book in a long while, as far as emotions are concerned. I don't think this book started off on the strongest note, but it had its moments which carried it forward, so it kept me reading. This is one of those stories where I absolutely hated the characters, but I ended up liking the story. (Figure that out.)

Gilly is a woman who's not exactly a model for self-control. She's very flawed - put at her wits en
T. Greenwood
Feb 24, 2011 T. Greenwood rated it liked it
There was a lot that I liked about this book. The complexity of the abductor/abductee relationship is one I truly hadn't considered before, and Hart skillfully elucidates the humanity of this novel's "villain" while carefully and meticulously developing the narrator's conflicted feelings toward him. However, there were also many things that bothered me about this book. First, without spoiling anything, the initial decision Gilly makes (which sets the plot into motion) really rang ridiculous to ...more
Mar 14, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Let me start off by saying that if you've ever read a Megan Hart book before, be warned; this is NOTHING like her erotic fiction novels. If you've had the extreme pleasure of reading one of her novels then you are aware at how extraordinary a writer this woman is. One of my absolute favorite things about Megan's books are that she writes raw, realistic emotions that people truly experience. Life is not always fluff, nice, and the feelings of falling inlove. Sex is not always graceful and earth ...more
Nov 13, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Buffalo '66 & the Betrayed
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Despite the ignorant and/or stubborn booksellers that continue to place Precious and Fragile Things in the romance section, to the frustration of Megan Hart and her many fans, this is NOT a romance. Instead, this is one of my favorite erotic romance author’s first forays into general fiction.

Right out the gate, it becomes clear that Gilly is a woman on the edge. She’s running errands with her 2 young children in the backseat and her inner dialogue is hilarious. What she says to her children and
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
A woman who hates the life she made for herself gets all happy about abandoning her kids and husband when she is kidnapped. (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 27, 2010 Susi rated it it was amazing
I admit that at first I wasn't really sure if I could adore this book as much as I do the rest of Ms Hart's work. You ask yourself why? This is NOT a romance or erotica. *enjoys the stunned silence* I knew I would enjoy reading it. Her writing never fails to grab my attention, but I for my part was a bit unsure if I just love her books because they are romance. But as it seems I'm not as prejudiced as I thought, I adored Precious and Fragile Things and I will try to tell you why.

When I read the
Kathy Davie
Apr 22, 2016 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: homey, suspense
A standalone psychological suspense of a a woman relieved when she's carjacked.

My Take
I don't think I've ever cried so hard at the end of a story. Hart is the most amazing writer. She looks into the heads of average people and brings them to life. In Precious and Fragile Things, we share Gillian Solomon's frustration with her kids as she's struggling to finish her errands and get home all with the chant of "mama, mama, mama" piercing her brain.

So it's understandable that she collapses into ine
Nov 26, 2010 Megan rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, fiction
One recipe for a compelling, character-driven plot is simple: give a character what they most want, but in the WORST way possible. Megan Hart employs this technique in her latest novel, Precious and Fragile Things. Protagonist Gilly wants a little breathing room in her life as an overworked stay-at-home-mother of two young children. She experiences snatches of mental freedom, at least, by counting in her head and by taking moments to herself in the kitchen pantry, but it's not enough. When a des ...more
Dec 28, 2010 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Megan Hart is usually known for her romances, but you wont find that here. Hart brings you on an incredibly intense journey filled with some serious emotions.

At first I really wasn't sure what to think about this book, but as the story progresses I was more and more intrigued. I started asking myself some serious questions that I would never thought to ask myself. What would I do in this situation? Hart opens up a whole new world for me because this could actually happen. It's life. Somewhere in
Apr 03, 2011 Stacy rated it really liked it
Despite this being a book by Megan Hart, known for her gritty, raw, unforgivingly honest & sexual stories, I knew this was not going to be anything like that, at least not one including any erotic overtones. But she still writes a compelling and moving story that had me choking up at the end.

Realistically, there was one way this could end. I knew it from the start, yet I couldn't help but hope for a way out anyway. But that would have been way too far-fetched and improbable, and happened the
Jul 25, 2011 Margaret rated it it was ok
So far, I hate the writing. I'm more than halfway finished. The author needs coaching on how to write dialogue and action that feels real. It's a bad sign when you're continually thinking to yourself, "No one would think that. Why would anyone do that? I don't understand why she's reacting that way."

Compared to say, Stephen King, who is a master of keeping the writing out of the way of the story, Megan Hart is a master of getting the writing in the way of the story.

It's too bad the writing suck
Nov 05, 2010 Rida rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pub-date-2011
Not the type of book that one has become used to from Megan Hart, but certainly excellent. For lack of a better description, I would describe this as a psychological thriller. The emotions portrayed are very intense. The insight into the feelings of a mother struggling with caring for her infant children and with coping with home and husband is a compelling testament to what motherhood often involves.
In a strange way this is a love story; a story of the understanding and attachment that develops
Mar 26, 2011 Denise rated it did not like it
The story seemed good enough,and it was interesting, but the swearing was a little much for me. I stopped reading after the third chapter. I really don't like reading the "F" bomb every other paragraph. Plus I just couldn't sympathize with her. She totally felt good about abandoning her children at some random strangers house, and didn't escape when she had the perfect opportunity to. I am a mother of 4 and at times have felt that same frustration. But I thought she was a selfish, terrible ...more
Stephanie Dray
Jan 23, 2011 Stephanie Dray rated it it was amazing
This is a haunting book. The ending is absolutely unavoidable, but you can't stop reading to see if somehow things could be different...
Mar 04, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: bookshelf
2 1/2 stars. The pacing was very slow and the book would have been more powerful if it had been 100 pages shorter.
Feb 22, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, favorites
This was an awesome book, I could not put it down. It is such an incredible story.
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Favorite Quote: ”Count to ten. Bite your tongue. Keep yourself together, Gilly. Don't lose it."
"Don't lose it.”

Gilly Soloman is a stay at home mom of two small children who spends her days and nights catering to her family’s needs while ignoring her own. Gilly is headed for an overload and wishes for a small break from her life. When she is carjacked, Gilly gives into her wish. But rather then a day or two of peace, she is snowbound wi
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My personal thoughts for Pgs 1-85

I'm beginning to understand Gilly a bit by this point but I'm still puzzled by some of the choices she has made up to now. Weird thing is that I find myself liking Todd more than Gilly. Hmmm, maybe I should phrase that as I feel sorrier for Todd than Gilly. I think both have had a hard time
Kari Ayasha
Apr 27, 2012 Kari Ayasha rated it really liked it
Wow. I really, really loved this story.

** spoiler alert **

This is not a romance, but you can really feel Todd falling in love with Gilly. And I think some part of her was falling in love with him too, but we gotta give her credit, she held her ground and didn't give in to whatever feelings she may have had for him, even though it obviously hurt him and made him mad. I really thought while reading this story that at some point, they were going to give in to passion and loneliness and I applaud th
Jan 19, 2014 Winona rated it it was amazing
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This was a 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 chara
Dec 04, 2010 Tez rated it it was amazing
It's winter in Pennsylvania. There's snow, and freaking lots of it. You could freeze to death out there - one character certainly tries. The frozen landscape definitely has the creep factor, and this little Australian reader is rather grateful she lives where snow doesn't.

Gilly Soloman is a little psychologically screwed, but she's the voice of mothers who can't tell the truth: that parenting sucks. Of course she claims the good times override the bad, but sometimes they just don't. And those ba
Jun 18, 2012 Bobbie rated it liked it
I was really torn between a 3 and a 4 on this one. The writing was good, as was the concept, but holes in the plot prevented me from fully buying the story.

As a mother who has on occasion felt like hiding from--if not outright running away from--my kids, I found the book unsettling, which I'm sure was the intent. The main character is carjacked and kidnapped, but not *really* kidnapped. She stays during the precious few moments she can run away at the start of the ordeal, and she knows she's sta
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Megan Hart has written in almost every genre of romantic fiction, including historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, romantic comedy, futuristic, fantasy and perhaps most notably, erotic. She also writes non-erotic fantasy and science fiction, as well as continuing to occasionally dabble in horror.

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