FYI: This author also wrote The Christmas Box.
Book Beginning (Prologue):
There are those who maintain that it is a shameful thing for a man to speak of sentiment, and the recounting of a love story must certainly qualify as such. But if there is virtue in stoicism, I do not see it, and if I haven't the strength to protest, neither have I the will to conform, so I simply share my story as it is. Perhaps time has thinned my walls of propriety as it has my hair.
The Friday 56 (from Page 156 in my hardback copy):
As I watched her go it was like one of those dreams where you open your mouth to scream but you can't. Then a voice inside of me said to let her go - that if I really loved her, I would let her find something better, something whole and new that she could build a whole life around.
Genre: Literary Fiction / Family / Spirituality
Book Length: 361 Pages
Amazon Link: The Locket
Author Website: Richard Paul Evans
After the death of his mother, Michael Keddington finds employment at the Arcadia nursing home where he befriends Esther, a reclusive but beautiful elderly woman who lives in mourning for her youth and lost love.
Michael faces his own challenges when he loses his greatest love, Faye. When Michael is falsely accused of abusing one of the Arcadia's residents, he learns important lessons about faith and forgiveness from Esther -- and her gift to him of a locket, once symbolic of one person's missed opportunities, becomes another's second chance.