I honestly, hand on heart, don't know what words to use to describe the effect this unique love story has had on me..... I will try but don't think I can do it justice. We meet Hardy Bradford whose father, Wayne, is living a life and career that he should have had via Hardy but also has a violent streak that people have never witnessed. Miracle St James, a young girl who has lived a life that many shouldn't, a father that couldn't cope and left and is waiting for the people that come into her life to walk out of it but no matter what she still saw the best in them. A brief fleeting meeting in a park where their eyes meet and their worlds collide. I loved watching the way Miracle made Hardy see everything differently and, how she saw him was truly something memorable and definitetly a game changer for Hardy. It was extremely special being able to follow them both and find out everything about them, Hardy with the situation with his father, the need to protect his mother and brother from him. Miracle, everything she has been through and still has to go through. The way the story was written was attention grabbing, magical and full of love and I will be eternally grateful to M Leighton for writing Fragile and allowing me to go on the journey with them. Hardy's gift to Miracle at the end was selfless, heart warming and a defining moment that showed they were destined for each other in every way. This book is inspiring and instills in me that life can be short and we have to treat everyday as if it could be our last and live life to the full. From now on I will look at Orchids, Red and Pink Balloons in such a different way. This unique story is beautiful beyond words, simply amazing and it will hold a special place in my heart forever.
"I don't want you to be afraid of dying. All those people have survived cancer. You just watched hundreds of reasons you have hope drift off into the sky."
"Someday I'll marry you, Miracle. And maybe someday after that, I'll deserve you."
"Come on. We gotta let this baby go and get some pictures."
"I don't want to die." she repeated, her voice trembling. "I want to live. I want to live life with all its emotions, all its experiences. I don't want to miss anything. But I feel like I will. I feel like I'm living on borrowed time."
"I know we've just met and I know this is gonna sound crazy, but if I could fix it, I would. I'd do anything to never have to see you sad or worried again."
"That's the day I decided to live every minute of every day like it might be my last."
"But that wasn't enough for him anymore. He wanted more. He wanted substance and depth and love. He wanted Miracle. It was as simple as that."
"Hardy recognized what it was that she made him feel. Hope. Miracle gave him hope."