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The Locket (The Locket Trilogy #1)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  8,195 ratings  ·  257 reviews
Michael develops a bond with Esther, a reclusive elderly woman in a nursing home. When he is falsely accused of abusing the home's residents, he learns important lessons about faith and forgiveness from Esther, whose gift of a locket becomes a symbol of his second chance.
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Published January 3rd 2012 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 1998)
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Katie W
Another thing I love about Richard Paul Evan's books is how reading them lets you put on someone else's shoes and dive into their story--for the duration of the book, I see things from the narrator's perspective and feel like I am that person--their hopes, fears, dreams, fate are my own and I care deeply about how the story turns out. It was cool how Michael's friendship with Esther grew and how much he learned from her.

This book made me think about how God is at work in my life and how God use...more
Michael Jenkins
Michael Keddington took care of his ill mother for most of his life. Although that he never complained about tending to her needs, apart of him wishes that he had the life that he always imagined. Raised by a single mother, he never was close to his father who was a raging alcoholic. After the death of his mother, Michael is alone reminiscing about what he could have had if he chose a different route in life. The one thing that brings Michael immediate joy is his girlfriend Faye, who means more...more
Susan
I didn’t want to like this book. I was sure it was going to fit into my “sappy – happy – crappy” category. Okay, it is a little sappy, a little happy, but not at all crappy. I ended up liking it a lot. Sure, it is a bit of a fluff and really fast (I mean really fast) reading. But, it made me cry. I guess I’m a sucker for stories about old people, which this is. The protagonist is a young man who recently lost his mother to cancer. He takes a job at a nursing home and ends up being charged with m...more
Heather
This book has been on my bookshelf since I lived in Des Moines (I must have purchased it between 1998-2000), but I have no recollection buying it.

I thought it would be an overly sentimental sappy chick lit book and have avoided reading it. I put it on my GoodReads list "to read" simply to remind myself to read it and get it off my shelf.

I did and it was surprisingly interesting. The main character, Michael Keddington is dealing with the recent death of his mother, after taking care of her (he'...more
Mickey
Richard Paul Evans never fails to disappoint! After having read several of his books, I picked this one up, not knowing it was Book 1 of a trilogy. I will definitely be looking for "The Looking Glass," Number 2. He says all of his books are love stories, but I found the most heart-warming parts of this book to be the love story between Michael and Esther, an elderly resident of the nursing home where Michael works. Their growing relationship, and Esther's declining reluctance to tell him of her...more
Jen
I typically pick more uplifting books than this. I suppose I found the courage to read The Locket because I watched the hallmark movie based on this book a few years ago and enjoyed it. While there is death and heartache in this story, love and goodness triumph in the end. I smiled and cried pretty much on and off throughout the book, which didn't take too long to complete - I was hooked from pretty early on. Evans is a discriptive author and does a nice job of pulling one into the story and mak...more
Allison
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Stephanie
Read this book in literally two days. Was sobbing at the end. Great book.. very touching and certainly worth the read! If you read Notebook and like it.. give this one a chance.
Kimberly Maynard
A bit slow at the beginning as some of his book are..but once I got into it, it was a page turner. Even had me crying which is RARE when reading a book. Really good book!! :)
Kimmee
I really liked it alot. It is the type of book that makes you smile and cry all in one. It is really good. i enjoyed it alot.
Lesley
This was a good one...a bit of a tear-jerker, but a great love story and story of lessons learned.
Angela
His books are all page turnovers. They all will keep you up at night not wanting to stop.
Jennifer
Why do I always cry when I read his books. Loved this one.
Diane Mueller
His books always make me cry and this is no acception.
Lisa
I loved this book. Made me cry. Very touching.
Raine
Dec 01, 2011 Raine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a good warm drama set in Christmas, doesn't mind to get tugged at the heart,
It's a story about love reflected by Michael and Faye, a young couple facing challenges brought about Faye's affluent background, a story about old love lost experienced by Esther Huish and her Thomas and lastly, a story about forgiveness to initiate the road of healing.

I like the way author Richard Paul Evans weaved the words quite flawlessly that you can hear them sing in his prose. Even though it was set in Michael's POV, I wasn't bored reading the book, which was a surprise for me. Usually,...more
Rinda
Evans writing irritates me. He throws in a big word every once in while which makes his writing feel disjointed to me. It's like he's telling a story and then remembers he wants you to know that he knows big words. Also irritating, his trite use of "romantic" places. Tuscany and France have nothing to do with the plot of this book, nor with it's setting which is Ogden, UT. The book was in no way a crime or trial novel, but he threw those into the mix without much finesse.

Even though I thought Ev...more
Sabine
Mir hat das Buch sehr gut gefallen und ich war wirklich berührt nicht nur von der Geschichte, sondern auch von den Charakteren und dem einfühlsamen Schreibstil des Autors. Zwar mit einfachen, aber sehr eindringlichen Worten schafft Richard Paul Evans es, eine Atmosphäre zu schaffen, in die man einsinkt und so rasch nicht wieder auftaucht. Dabei ist der Schreibstil gut lesbar und rasch hatte ich das Buch beendet. Und doch habe ich zwischendurch immer wieder innegehalten, um über Gelesenes nachzud...more
Zibbo
Apr 22, 2010 Zibbo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all

"If the errors of my life have profited me one great truth it is this:
BELIEVE.
Believe in your destiny and the star from which it shines."
- Excerpt from Esther Huish Diary

One thing that caught my attention in picking up this book from the shelf is the title itself and the photo of the man on the front page. I like vintage things and stories that have come from the past. Such stories of love that have blossomed during the past and depicted and illustrated through the sentiments and pages of th...more
Grace
Jul 10, 2011 Grace rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a sweet love story.
Recommended to Grace by: Eve Cournoyer
A clean sweet easy to read story filled with disappointments, hopes, fears, forgiveness, trust and ends with undying love.

The Locket centers on the friendship between Michael Keddington, a young man working at a nursing home, and Esther Huish, a reclusive but beautiful resident who deeply regrets her missed opportunities and unfilled dreams. In Michael she finds a confidant, and slowly she begins revealing the source of her deep anguish: her foolish rejection of the one man she truly loved. Whe...more
Susan Hamblet
Lovely, but lacking real romance, especially sexuality. How can you have a love story without passion? That aside, the book did bring me to tears, near the end and I loved the storyline. My favorite passage:
"...I have come to believe that life is not lived chronologically, by the sweep of a clock's hand or the sway of its pendulum, but rather, experientially, as a ladder or stair, each experience stacked upon the previous, delivering us to loftier planes."
Kathy
If memory serves me correctly (and that's a big IF), when I read The Christmas Box many years ago I decided I wouldn't read any more Richard Paul Evans books because that one was too sappy and predictable. However, my RS book club will be discussing The Locket and sometimes you need a little fluff. So I listened to it while I worked in my yard and made dinner. (Several days actually, after all it was 9 tapes.) I was pleasantly surprised to find that even though there were similarities in the boo...more
Charity
Mar 23, 2008 Charity rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love Hallmark Channel movies and/or The Notebook
Recommended to Charity by: a 'fluffer-nutter'
I was given this book by a friend who really loves 'fluff'. I must say that when a read it (a long while back), I did not think that I would like it at all. In fact, I didn't want to like it, but this book is like a Hallmark Channel movie...you want to stop watching because you know it is cheesy, predictable, and something you wouldn't want to admit to your friends that you enjoyed, but you just can't stop!

I'm ashamed to admit that I stayed up all night just to finish it (maybe because I wanted...more
Brenda Whitner
This was a good book. It was about a man who lived a sad life, alcoholic father, mother died of cancer, had to drop out of school to care for mom. Just when everything starts going right for him, it all goes terribly wrong. I really enjoyed the writing. At times he was a bit too descriptive but for th most part good. I would read another book bt him.
Michelle Sim
I read this book years ago and still remember it, as it was recommended by a good friend of mine.

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...more
Tammie
I loved this book!!! I was going through the TV guide the other day and saw this as a movie. It had already started and I thought I think I have this book. After going to the bookcase, I found it and started reading it right away. My sister is in a nursing home and I understood how important it is to have friends there. Two things that caught my eye 1--on page 40 there is a reference to cross stitch(my other love)"On the wall above her head was a framed cross-stitch that read, Old Age Ain't for...more
L
This book has a theme of just how wonderful the experiences are that the elderly can bring to our lives. The story is about young love, and old love, and how those stories connect. I loved the ending, and one quote in particular from a diary in the book: "If the errors of my life have profited me one great truth, it is this: believe. Believe in your destiny and the star from which it shines. Believe you have been sent from God as an arrow pulled from His own bow. It is the single universal trait...more
Dawn
I thought this might be somewhat sappy and/or sentimental, but to my delight, this story was tinged with sadness - one person's loss teaching another to not make the same mistake. I loved it. The way the elderly were portrayed is a lesson in hope, passion and dignity. The way the young were sketched, particularly in relation to how the old and the young interacted, gave me a lot to think about. One character loathed the elderly (why she would choose to work with them is beyond me) but many other...more
Debbie Landry
This was a good book...typical of Richard Paul Evans warm characters, simple story line, endearing, somewhat saccharine. I don't care, I like to read these stories to balance out my other readings. Esther's diary and description of the abandoned mining town of Bethel and love lost. Michael Kendington finds a kindred soul and works through his own issues with her help. Reality sets in and life changes things. I enjoyed this book, it is a trilogy and will eventually complete it.
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When Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author. His quiet story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became simultaneously the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation. Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. He has since written ele...more
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