Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Locket - Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56

The Locket is one of those books that made me stay up later than I wanted one night because I absolutely HAD to find out how the story ended. My heart ached for Michael Keddington, and I wasn't sure if the innocent man would go to jail or be exonerated. Since this is not a romance, a happy ending was not guaranteed. Now I've discovered that this is the first book in a trilogy. Guess there will be more late nights in my future.
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. 


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  1. I love it when a book is good enough to keep you up late at night. :)


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  2. A book that keeps me up late is definitely one to shout about. This one intrigues me, with the nursing home aspect and the allegations, which we are pretty sure are false, right?

    Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “SECRET SISTERS”

  3. Lovely cover but I am not sure it is my style. Happy Friday!

  4. This isn't the sort of book I usually choose. I am glad you are enjoying it enough to give up sleep for it. This week I am spotlighting The Secrets of the Heart by Kasey Michaels which had gotten lost on my TBR mountain. Happy reading!

  5. This sounds interesting and I love those books that keep you up reading far too late!

  6. Oh, this sounds like one of those bittersweet books. Hope you enjoy!

  7. That's always fun, literary sleep-deprivation!

  8. This sounds so good. I've been wanting to read this author for awhile.

  9. Wow...this books sounds terrific.

    I would have stayed up late reading it too.

    ENJOY your weekend, and thanks for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
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  10. Interesting plot, net passage. and the cover is beautiful! Thanks

  11. I've spent many nights up to late because of a book. And I like it when the ending isn't guaranteed. Even if a character gets killed off or doesn't get a HEA. LOL

    Here's my 56 -

  12. Lovely cover art and wonderful message. I like this one. I think everyone needs a second chance. I love the line, "Perhaps time has thinned my walls of propriety as it has my hair." Happy reading!

  13. Sounds like something I'd read if I still read books for an adult audience;-) Thanks for stopping by my blog.


  14. This sounds right up my alley... will download it now:) Thanks Sandy!

  15. Sounds like a fantastic read! I love those books you just can't out down!
    Happy weekend!

  16. Aww, that's a sad 56. :/

  17. The cover feels so dated and I'm surprised that this isn't a fantasy! No matter ... if it kept you up, then that's all that matters :)

  18. Hi Sandra,

    I love the premise of this book and both of the excerpts you shared, although as it is part of a trilogy, I am doubtful about adding it to my 'Want To Read' list, unless each part can be read as a stand alone story.

    I haven't come across this author before, however it is always good when a male author has the courage to enter a predominantly female genre and to receive such excellent ratings and reviews.

    Thanks for sharing :)


  19. I've never read this author, but some friends of mine just recently enjoyed The Christmas Box! Thanks for sharing!


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