Friday, January 30, 2009
This is my second book by Shiloh Walker that I've read and I like I said in my first review of one of Shiloh Walker's novels (The Missing) to say this it definitely won't be my last one. I've heard many good things about Walker and I decided to give her novels a try which is how I found out about her contest that would give me a try to sample her work. I won this ARC of her upcoming release Fragile, which comes out in four days on Tuesday, February 3rd. I loved it so much that I finished it in almost a day after I started reading it. In order to win this contest I had to have an established blog, which means I have to have posted fairly regular before posting about this book and I also had to write up an honest review on what I thought of this novel such as if I liked reading it or not.
My honest opinion of this novel is that I absolutely loved it! I think you might have figured it out when I mentioned that I finished it very quickly after I started reading it because I just couldn't put it down for more than 5 to 10 minutes. From the first two or three pages I knew I was hooked because I felt the characters popping out at me with such emotion that is always a good sign that I will be enjoying this novel very much. The hero of the novel is named Luke Rafferty and the heroine is named Devon Manning and they are both such complex characters with very difficult backgrounds that have made them the adults they are in this novel. Six years after trading in his combat gear for hospital scrubs, Luke Rafferty still hasn’t found what he’s been searching for: a normal life. Luke has had a tough time since he was injured in an operation years ago that had him changing his life completely than what he would have imagined. Luke's twin brother Quinn who had a horrible childhood alongside their mother a drug addict has never been a social person and that hasn't changed.
Luke and Quinn had a rough start when they finally met one another when they were both 11 but they have a relationship just like any other identical twin. At his job as a doctor, Luke is faced with things just as heartbreaking as those on the battlefield, none more so than the abused children brought in by a pretty redheaded social worker. That is one of the highlights of his job, which is seeing the pretty redhead social worker even though it's under such horrible circumstances. For Devon Manning, being a social worker is a rewarding job, but also a constant reminder of her own troubled youth. Devon had a harsh childhood ever since both her parents died in an accident that had her sent off to her money hungry aunt for her mother's side. Devon has been in the system just like all of her social worker kids have been but she has been through and done things that sometimes resurfaces when she works with a particular child.
Devon takes everything one day at a time—unable to form a relationship with anyone except the children she rescues so her love life is complelety non-existant. But when Luke meets Devon, he thinks he might have found what he’s been looking for, but in order to get the life he wants. uke has to break through Devon’s emotional barriers and make her realize that his healing touch might be just the complication her life needs. I much enjoyed reading this novel and I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to read it before it was made availble to the public so I could write up this review. This is a book that I will highly recommend to every reader out there to get Shiloh Walker's Fragile as soon as it hits the stores this Tuesday, February 3rd. Here is the description of the book from the back cover and picture:
FRAGILE $ 15.00 (346 Pages)
BATTLE SCARRED
Six years after trading in his combat gear for hospital scrubs, Luke Rafferty still hasn’t found what he’s been searching for: a normal life. At his job, Luke is faced with things just as heartbreaking as those on the battlefield, none more so than the abused children brought in by a pretty redheaded social worker.
HEARTBROKEN
For Devon Manning, being a social worker is a rewarding job, but also a constant reminder of her own troubled youth. Devon takes everything one day at a time—unable to form a relationship with anyone except the children she rescues.
A DESIRE TO HEAL…
When Luke meets Devon, he thinks he might have found what he’s been looking for, but in order to get the life he wants, Luke has to break through Devon’s emotional barriers and make her realize that his healing touch might be just the complication her life needs…

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