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The Locket (The Locket Trilogy #1)

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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
Dec 23, 2008 Katie W rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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Michael
Sep 18, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trilogies
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
Lora
Nov 11, 2014 Lora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice little Veteran's Day read. Loved the message that sometimes relationships are best forged through hard times together instead of once your life is in order. "I see couples who have built their lives together, struggling through the hard times. Some say it's the best years of their lives. I want that. I don't want some by-the-book life with neatly penned entrances like it were a Broadway production. I want to live it. For better or worse." (pg. 86). "I think it's after the honeymoon that t ...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
Dad
Feb 16, 2015 Dad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
An excellent book. This is the 15th book by Richard Paul Evans that I have read in the past year. He did an excellent job of portraying Michael Keddington's character and personality. My favorite part was to find that the defense (Michael's lawyer) had prepared some surprises for the trial and the way the author unveiled them was a big surprise. This ran very well from start to finish. I liked how it turned out. Esther lost her second chance in life but helped Michael get his. There are allusion ...more
Frank
Jul 26, 2015 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. I like reading his stuff.
Paula Dembeck
This is the first book of a trilogy which was followed by “The Looking Glass” and ‘The Carousel”. Like some others, when I first picked it up I thought it might be too sentimental and sappy, but I was quietly surprised.
Michael Keddington is a young man who has just watched his dead mother being removed from her home. He had cared for her for two years as she slowly died from cancer and he had to leave his job and university to do this. But there was never any question in his mind that this is wh
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Loraine
Dec 31, 2014 Loraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SUMMARY: 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 Ester -- and her gift to him of a locket, once symbolic of one person's
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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'
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Mickey
Aug 01, 2011 Mickey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 24, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan
Jan 03, 2015 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Locket is about a young man, Michael, who has spent the last several years caring for his mother until her death. Needing a job he is hired by a care facility where he meets a woman who teaches him about the tragedy of lost love. His girlfriend's father thinks he is white trash, so we see an event that shows what Michael is made of.

Evans has a very readable formula for writing. You immediately get engrossed in his characters and he writes with a strong emotional edge. His use of vocabulary i
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Mary
Jul 30, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Paul Evans might seem sentimental to some, I view his novels as optimistic, faithful to the good in humankind. This one featured a young man who is falsely accused of a crime against an elderly man he was taking care of in a nursing home. Bittersweet, what the accuser did to hurt a guy who rejected her was just plain sad.
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An easy read. The author can suck you into his story with his eloquent way of writing.
Katie
Jul 10, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
After the death of his mother, Michael finds work at a senior home. He did not have the best upbringing but has fallen in love with a rich guy's daughter. Michael is accused of beating one of the residents at the home where he works but has also where he befriended an old lady named Esther. Really enjoyed this easy read.
Cathie
Jul 20, 2015 Cathie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!!! A little slow sometimes, but worth sticking with it!!
Diana
Jan 14, 2015 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Paul Richard Evans. Very inspirational.
Allison
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Audrey
Dec 16, 2010 Audrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is a wonderful book, it's a sad, lovely story about second chances and especially forgiveness. This is the first book I've ever read by this author and I will be looking for other books by him.
Stephanie
Jan 14, 2010 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 25, 2008 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
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!! :)
Lisa
Jul 11, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love all of his books!
Amy
Jan 05, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book! I read this in one day.
Kimmee
Dec 30, 2010 Kimmee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Phyllis Wright
Jul 08, 2015 Phyllis Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And I smile through happy tears.
Lesley
Jan 08, 2011 Lesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good one...a bit of a tear-jerker, but a great love story and story of lessons learned.
Angela
Oct 21, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His books are all page turnovers. They all will keep you up at night not wanting to stop.
Jennifer
Jul 29, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why do I always cry when I read his books. Loved this one.
Diane Mueller
Jul 16, 2009 Diane Mueller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His books always make me cry and this is no acception.
Lisa
Feb 23, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Made me cry. Very touching.
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Locket Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Looking Glass (The Locket, #2)
  • The Carousel (The Locket, #3)

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