The Christmas Locket

The Christmas Locket

by Barbara McMahon
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The Christmas Locket by Barbara McMahon

Christmas alone

Caitlin chooses to spend her Christmas break from teaching this year clearing out the family home in southern Virginia recently left to her instead of enjoying the fun at her friend's wild family celebration. Soon she begins to question if this is the wisest move. Being alone makes it especially hard with the decisions she needs to make.

A determined man

Zach doesn't find the homecoming he expects when he pulls out all the stops to get home for Christmas. Chasing after Caitlin is not how he planned to spend his holiday. Things have a way of going off track, unless a determined man can find a way to change the past.

A Christmas locket

It would take a miracle to bridge the gap between them. Will the locket prove to be the key? Or will the new year find them going their separate ways once again--this time forever?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156843503
Publisher: Barbara McMahon
Publication date: 11/10/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 202
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling and award winning author Barbara McMahon has written more than 80 novels which have sold more than 16 million copies world wide. Known for her heartwarming, emotional stories, she excels in capturing those special feelings when first falling in love.

Her books have won a number of awards including the Bookseller's Best, National Readers Choice Award and the prestigious HOLT Medallion.

For a complete list of books or to contact Barbara, visit her website:

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The Christmas Locket 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Caitlin has decided to divorce Zack. Will Zach be able to change her mind. A wonderful Christmas Story to read.
Brencz More than 1 year ago
A beautiful Christmas story filled with loneliness, loss, love, hope and miracles. Barbara McMahon does a wonderful job of explaining a very sad situation in both main characters’ minds. What they are feeling for each other and themselves. Caitlin is tired of being a lone all the time while her husband, Zach an international journalist, is never home during their 6-year marriage. She finally decides it’s time to move on, leave him and start over to find someone who will love her every night and start a family with her. So, she goes to her Aunt Sally’s house which was left to her after her death. When Zack can surprise Caitlin, and go home for Christmas, he finds their condo empty only a draft of what Caitlin plans on saying to leave him and end the marriage. He figures out where she would go and heads immediately to her. During the next few days, the two of them go over what life has been like, what it can be like and what will the future hold. Another fantastic book by Barbara McMahon. I also suggest you keep a box of tissues with you because the story is so true to life.
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
"The Christmas Locket" by Barbara McMahon is Caitlin and Zach's heartwarming story.  The couple is on the verge of a divorce.  
 Zach is an international reporter who is gone more than he is at home.  His job is very important to him.  Caitlin is a school teacher and tired of living months at a time without her husband.  I could feel the pain, frustrations, and joy that Caitlin and Zach experienced throughout the story.  At times they would stop and reflect on how the other one feels instead of how they felt.  But, is it too late for them to save their marriage?
 This story really stuck with me and reminded me of what is really important.  Life may not always line up the way we planned but sometimes it's better.  I also enjoyed the family history Caitlin discovered going through her aunts home. 
 Zach and Caitlin's story is a touching romance and I am glad I went along for the ride.   I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Locket is a touching story of an elementary school teacher who loves children and her foreign news correspondent husband. Zach has been gone most of their six years of marriage and Caitlin is ready for a family but doesn’t want to raise children alone. Both of the protagonists are well-written, strong characters. Attitudes change when Caitlin discovers a journal from the 1700s stored in the cellar of the ancestral house she has inherited. I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it to others. I received an Advance Reader Copy from the author. This is my honest review of the book.
MariePalmer More than 1 year ago
Cute Christmas romance complete with the requisite tension, humour, frustration, sex, laughter, trauma and heartbreak. Caitlin and Zach are both as stubborn as each other, both convinced they are right and both completely in love with each other, can they be civil to each other long enough to have one last Christmas together and make it special, or will they be at each other throats before Christmas Eve has finished? Can they find their way to forgiveness or is it too late? I enjoyed every page of this book, it was well written with characters you can easily relate to. I was sent an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
Another touching, heartfelt and thoughtful story by Ms. McMahon. Caitlin, a school teacher, who has been married to Zach, a war correspondent, for 6 years. She has barely seen her husband in that time. She feels neglected and has come to a decision of terminating the marriage. Zach has traveled around half the world to surprise her for Christmas , and finds she has left town . He finds her in the history filled home of her aunt Sally, which she has inherited. Needless to say, he never expected Caitlin to be asking for a divorce . The story continues and old feelings are resurrected , but can this marriage be saved when she wants a husband and children, and he “seems” unwilling to comply? To get to the happy ending, we discover secrets .I loved the complexity of the characters, their imperfections, the fact that it was a credible plot and that it reminds us that nothing is black and white and alternatives do exist. Definitely a book to enjoy and reflect upon, knowing it will be worth your time. I received this book as a gift. The opinions are solely my own.
Penny42058 More than 1 year ago
Caitlin and Zach have been married for six years, but he's spent less than two years at home. He's a news correspondent and is mainly in foreign countries. Caitlin has decided to end their marriage, but doesn't want to tell him in an email or on Skype. Zach pulls a lot of strings to be home this Christmas, but when he arrives, Caitlin isn't there. Then, he finds the drafts she was writing where she's going to ask him for a divorce. He has to find her! He doesn't want a divorce and he'll do everything to change her mind. Caitlin's Aunt Sally recently passed away and left her home on the James River in Virginia to her. He's going to Caitlin, so sleep and a shower can wait. One-click your copy today and find out if their marriage can be saved or if it's too late, especially after Caitlin finds out Zach's secret!
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Caitlin and Zach have been married for 6 years ... but they've only been together 2 years of that time. He's a reporter traveling to hot spots all over the world. She's a school teacher. It's Christmas and again Zach isn't going to make it home and she's tired of spending the holidays alone. She loves Zach and wants a family with him, but she's having to make a decision regarding their marriage. Her aunt died a few months ago; ironically that was the last time she saw Zach when he managed to get home for the funeral. She was left her aunt's house and she decides that is where she will spend Christmas. Meanwhile, Zach does make it home to surprise Caitlin, only to find that she isn't there. He also finds cheat-sheets on what she's going to say to Zach ... she's getting a divorce. Rushing to find his wife and wanting to save his marriage will be one of the hardest things either of them have done. This Christmas will be like no other. Secrets will see the light of day. Can their marriage survive? I know it's a little early for Christmas, but I've always loved getting presents before the holiday. When I got the opportunity to read a Barbara McMahon story, I grabbed it with both hands and didn't let go until I got to the very last page. This is a love story and I recommend keeping a box of tissues at hand. Maybe it's the Christmas season, maybe it's because it is just a well-written book with characters that come to life with a stroke of the author's pen, but I found this one tugging at my heart. Many thanks to the author who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
THouchin1 More than 1 year ago
This is a short read, I read it on a leisurely Saturday morning. The plot is good. Caitlin and Zach have been married for six years. She lives in Washington while he is away in foreign lands reporting the latest news. The long absences have taken a toll on their marriage. Caitlin has inherited her late Aunt Sally's home. She goes to Virginia during Christmas break to clean up the house and try to make decisions about her future. Barbara has written a very thought provoking story. The first part of the story is Caitlin's point of view. She is lonely and misses her husband. She has decided to end their marriage. When Zach tracks her down at her Aunt Sally's house he doesn't get the reception he is expecting. We get to see things from Zach's perspective, and that perspective is very different from Caitlin's. We hear all the time "there are two sides to every story", but this story lets us see how very differently two people view the same incidents. We also see how two people react to the conflict between them. It is a very emotional story. I liked this story. I'm a little partial because I love Barbara McMahon's writing style and have yet to read a story by her that I didn't like. Romance readers that like a clean read will like this one. Give it a try and let me know what you think.