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The Silver Locket
     

The Silver Locket

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by Margaret James
 

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If life is cheap, how much is love worth? It's 1914 and young Rose Courtenay has a decision to make. Please her wealthy parents by marrying the man of their choice - or play her part in the war effort? The chance to escape proves irresistible and Rose becomes a nurse. Working in France, she meets Lieutenant Alex Denham, a dark figure from her past. He's the last man

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If life is cheap, how much is love worth? It's 1914 and young Rose Courtenay has a decision to make. Please her wealthy parents by marrying the man of their choice - or play her part in the war effort? The chance to escape proves irresistible and Rose becomes a nurse. Working in France, she meets Lieutenant Alex Denham, a dark figure from her past. He's the last man in the world she'd get involved with - especially now that he's married. But in wartime nothing is as it seems. Alex's marriage is a sham and Rose is the only woman he's ever wanted. As he recovers from his wounds, he sets out to win her trust. His gift of a silver locket is a far cry from the luxuries she's left behind. What value will she put on his love? Moving from rural Dorset to war-torn London and the horrors of the Western Front, The Silver Locket is a compelling story about different kinds of courage and the enduring power of love.

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It's great escapism that really takes you to another time, so put the kettle on, grab some chocolate and settle down for a treat.

I enjoyed readingThe Silver Locket. The characters were lifelike and the romance was moving. I recommend it to any fan of realistic historical romance.

2010 Reviewers’ Choice Award

The Book Bag
It's great escapism that really takes you to another time, so put the kettle on, grab some chocolate and settle down for a treat.
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I enjoyed readingThe Silver Locket. The characters were lifelike and the romance was moving. I recommend it to any fan of realistic historical romance.
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2010 Reviewers’ Choice Award
The Bookbag
I'm not usually the sort of reviewer that would advocate any book as perfect for curling up with on a dark afternoon next to a roaring fire, but this one has to be my exception. It's great escapism that really takes you to another time, so put the kettle on, grab some chocolate and settle down for a treat.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906931285
Publisher:
Choc Lit, Limited
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,246,617
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

MARGARET JAMES was born and brought up in Hereford, England. She studied English at London University, and has written many short stories, articles and serials for magazines. She is the author of thirteen published novels. Margaret is a long standing contributor toWriting Magazinefor which she writes the Fiction Focuscolumn and an author interview for each issue. She's also a creative writing tutor for the London School of Journalism. An active member of theRomantic Novelists' Association, she contributed to the 50th anniversary anthologyLoves Me, Loves Me Not. Margaret has two grown-up children and lives in Devon, England.

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The Silver Locket 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this book was a great read the digital format was awful. I was forced to go back many times and figure out where the story had switched scenes. One minute I'm reading a conversation between Rose and Maria and the next sentence is describing the trenches. Until it quotes a different characters name you don't know you just left London and were actually sitting on the front line of the battlefield. This made it very confusing. But the story was very captivating and I read it all in one day. I'm ready to start reading The Golden Chain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The e-book format is not very impressive here. I am not sure how it was meant to be written, but stories and points of view often change in the middle of a paragraph, so you're half way through and can hardly tell where or who the character is. The story was interesting, and the pace was very fast. Entertaining read for those who are interested in the lives of those during the first world war.
RN88 More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written, do not pass this one up.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Every choice has a consequence. Rose and Alex come from very different worlds. Rose is the only daughter in a wealthy and well respected family. Alex was born out of a scandalous affair between his mother and an artist. Despite the gap in their social standing, Rose is drawn to Alex. However, her parents have another suitor in mind, Michael Easton. Rose isn't sure how she feels about Michael. He's handsome and charming, but he doesn't stir her blood the way Alex does. When war breaks out, Rose defies her parents and goes to France as a nurse. There she runs into Alex. The attraction between them is as strong as ever. Unfortunately, Alex is no longer a free man. Even though he's married to Chloe, Alex pledges his love to Rose, but can she trust him? Will Rose give up everything for a man she might not be able to have? When I read the blurb for The Silver Locket, I was immediately intrigued by the idea that the hero was married to someone other than the heroine. I wondered how the romance between Rose and Alex would play out. Would Alex leave his wife for Rose? Why did Alex marry Chloe when he has always loved Rose? These questions kept me turning pages in pursuit of the answers. When I first started reading The Silver Locket, Rose seemed like the typical bored, rich girl. When she leaves her life of luxury to become a nurse, it didn't seem as if she did it because she had any real concern for the wounded soldiers. She simply wanted to get away from her dull life and have an adventure. However, once the grim reality of war set in, I was pleased to see Rose begin to change. She learned very quickly how to become a real nurse and genuinely cared for all her patients. Her work also brought her into contact with people from all walks of life, and she learned not to be judgmental of others. It was a pleasure watching Rose transform from a spoiled girl to a strong, caring woman. I have often come across heroines who are just too sweet and trusting. I was pleased to discover that was not the case with this story. When Ms. James created Rose, she definitely gave her some flaws. Even though Rose eventually came to care about her patients, her initial decision to become a nurse was done because she was bored. Impulsively, she left her family without telling them what she was doing. This was a selfish thing to do and caused her family a great deal of pain. Rose's decision to get involved with a married man can also be seen as a flaw. While it would be easy to simply label Chloe as a gold digger and cheer for Rose, Chloe is legally married to Alex. Rose truly loved Alex, but she was involving herself with a man that wasn't hers. This decision also had unpleasant repercussions in her life. These flaws made Rose a very real and well rounded character. While I didn't always agree with the decisions Rose made, I grew to like her as I read. Alex also seemed simple at first. He was the dark, brooding hero harboring a love for a woman who seemed out of his reach. However, matters became more complicated when he married Chloe. Even though he felt like he was doing the right thing at the time, this decision came back to haunt him the moment Rose walked into his life. Alex doesn't love Chloe and has never cared what people thought of him, so he has no qualms about beginning an affair with Rose. See the full review at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
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ML100 More than 1 year ago
I actually liked the cover picture the best.
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