Title: Sweet So Fragile
Author: Margaret Chatwin
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Synopsis: During a robbery, Jace Sullivan’s wife, Cari, was murdered. If that wasn’t bad enough, she was seven months pregnant when it happened. Though medics were able to save the child, the unfavorable circumstances behind the premature delivery has left baby Colton with severe health issues.
Now, while trying to pick up the pieces of his own shattered life, Jace must watch helplessly as his son desperately fights to keep his fragile life. Meanwhile, his teenage daughter, Jorry, seems to be carelessly throwing hers away.
My Review: The story overall was pretty good. I once read one of her interviews where she said she’d never like to live in one of her books… Now I’m understanding why. It seems that a popular theme in her books are the tough things that one would like to pretend don’t really exist but tend to be the reality in people’s lives.
Characters: Sweet So Fragile seems to revolve around three characters- they are also the narrators.
- Jace is my favorite character of the three. I found him to be realistic and relatable. He, I believe, had the toughest of struggles and I found myself emotionally attached to the book and his character. Chatwin really has a way of reeling the reader in.
- Jorry tended to really get on my nerves. I don’t think I have ever encountered such an idiotic character. Although Chatwin does a great job of capturing teenage angst it was not easy to read. I think she perfectly captured the feeling of being misunderstood. But wow was it frustrating to see. Although I was never near Jorry scale of teenage stupidity, by the time I finished reading this book I felt the need to call my mom and apologize for all my teenage acts of rebellion. Needless to say, this book really got to me.
- Shara plays Jace’s love interest. She loves with all her heart. She is selfless and endearing. She represents the struggles stepmoms and women who date fathers go through.
I sadly found the romance to be too realistic. Ridiculous, I know. When the attraction became apparent between Jace and Shara I was expecting to see some crazy world wind romance. The kind of thing that is only found in novels. But no, their relationship was very realistic. With all of the baggage that Jace had: his love for his dead wife, his children- one of them being sick, another an idiotic and suicidal seeming teenager, and a dangerous career. Im not saying they didn’t have a nice romance, as they did. It’s just that I wish it had a little more pizzazz, a touch of fairy dust or something equally magical.
Sweet so fragile is a pretty good book. It’s captivating and I enjoyed reading it. However, this book wasn’t always easy to swallow. It is very realistic and deals with some tough issues. I would recommend this book to people who tend to forget to appreciate the good in life and those who simply need to know that at the end of the day, things will work themselves out- that things will get better. It’s definitely an eye opener. This a book that both teenagers and adults can gain something from.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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