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The Silver Locket (Charton Minster Trilogy #1)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  326 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
If life is cheap, how much is love worth?

It's 1914 and young Rose Courtenay has a decision to make . Please her wealthy parents by marrying the man of their choice - or play her part in the war effort?

The chance to escape proves irresistible and Rose becomes a nurse. Working in France, she meets Lieutenant Alex Denham, a dark figure from her past. He's the last man in the
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Choc Lit
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Sheryl Browne
Apr 03, 2012 Sheryl Browne rated it it was amazing
The Silver Locket by Margaret James The year is 1914. Rose Courtenay is an eighteen year old girl, who in keeping with her upper-class upbringing, is expected to do no more than marry a man of similar social standing, who will be able to ‘form her opinions for her’. With aspirations to go to university, it is clear that Rose has valid opinions of her own. It is also apparent that, though she thinks Michael Easton, the man chosen as suitable by her parents, is handsome, Rose does not feel the same flutter of excitement she experi ...more
Michelle Scowcroft
Apr 09, 2013 Michelle Scowcroft rated it really liked it
I don't normally choose romances but I was quickly engaged in Rose's story in The Silver Locket. I think I enjoyed it more because of its firm geographical and historical setting. To me, it highlighted an aspect of the first world war that isn't often acknowledged in popular fiction: the heroic labour and the bravery of British female nurses actually working in the battle zone. Many of these women were simply volunteers yet they were working in the most atrocious conditions. It just shows how ba ...more
Feb 05, 2012 Britni rated it it was ok
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Jo Notary
Jan 23, 2016 Jo Notary marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
336p If life is cheap, how much is love worth?
It's 1914 and young Rose Courtenay has a decision to make. Please her wealthy parents by marrying the man of their choice - or play her part in the war effort?
The chance to escape proves irresistible and Rose becomes a nurse. Working in France, she meets Lieutenant Alex Denham, a dark figure from her past. He's the last man in the world she'd get involved with - especially now he's married.
But in wartime nothing is as it seems. Alex's marriage is a s
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Every choice has a consequence.

Rose and Alex come from very different worlds. Rose is the only daughter in a wealthy and well respected family. Alex was born out of a scandalous affair between his mother and an artist. Despite the gap in their social standing, Rose is drawn to Alex. However, her parents have another suitor in mind, Michael Easton. Rose isn’t sure how she feels about Michael. He’s handsome and charming, but he doesn’t stir her blood the way Alex does. When war breaks out, Rose d
Apr 11, 2014 Greentea rated it liked it
Contains spoiler

The Silver Locket is a love story of Rose and Alex. They knew each other since they were young since they both live in the same area but never got together exclusively. Alex, as Rose described, was a sulky sullen boy. When the story started, a party was held in Rose’ manor and Alex asked for a dance but she refused. Saddened by the rejection, Alex drank his sorrows. Rose hated the party, claiming she wanted to do more with life. As I agree that rich family tend to live a b
This was a lovely surprise of a read. I came across it on Twitter when the author was doing a cover reveal for her latest book. Well one thing led to another and I ended up downloading the whole book after enjoying the sample on Kindle. I just had to find out what was going to happen between the main characters. I loved the 'will they won't they' plot and can't wait to read the next book in the series to see how the story develops.
The World War One details were fascinating and I learnt a lot abo
Shaz Goodwin
Aug 14, 2011 Shaz Goodwin rated it really liked it
The Silver Locket contains many things I identify with – WW1, music halls, Dorset and the East End.

Straight away we’re introduced to Rose’s dissatisfaction with her life and how negatively she views Alex Denham. The story switches to Alex getting ready to attend Lady Courtenay’s evening party and we learn about the label society has given him. We find out about his negative view of the Courtenay family. During the evening party Rose shuns Alex twice – the second time while she is with local Baro
Lucie Wheeler
Aug 26, 2010 Lucie Wheeler rated it it was amazing
An absolutely amazing love story!

Rose Courtenay is a young woman trying to make her own decisions in 1914, where young ladies were not allowed to think for themselves. The men did everything, thought everything and told the women everything to do, so for Rose to want to be so self sufficient isn't welcomed by her family. She wants to go university and make a difference but she is told to marry Michael Easton, the choice of her parents, and sign herself up for a life of being the model wife.
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I was not sure about Alex, I mean he got the girl pregnant, and married her, very good, and proper considering, but then he wants to flee his marriage because all along he was in love with Rose. So I felt kind of, you made your bed, now just lay in it! But still he really loved Rose, oh it was hard, I did fall in the end, because he has just done the right thing, and I did wonder if that kid was even his. His wife was a horrid golddigger so her I did not like one bit.

Rose then, she w
Carol W
Jan 19, 2011 Carol W rated it really liked it

Rose comes from a privileged background. One where her parents expect her to do her duty to the family by marrying well. Rose has more ambition and decides to volunteer for the war effort to escape her suffocating life.

Alex Denham, has known Rose most of his life but they are from different backgrounds. Alex is sent to the front line in France where he meets up with another familiar face from home, Michael Easton. These men have a reason not to like each other.

A novel set in World War 1 followi
May 03, 2012 Jean rated it really liked it
This is a story set just prior to, but mostly during The Great War - WW1. It is a good story, well written and well edited. I have been reading a lot of stories from this era lately, not to mention watching Downton Abbey on PBS. I think I may have read enough for a while, as they all pretty much cover the same historal info and the story lines begin to repeat. The society girl falls in love with an unexceptable someone from the lower classes. The men go off to war the women both rich and poor, g ...more
Nov 25, 2010 Sian rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
If the read this blurb, a lot of you will be put off by it.

However it isn't just a love story.

Maybe its just my age, but I have always been fairly ignorant of the war, apart from the most basic knowledge, and I have never really been interested either. But I actually found this quite interesting. There was only the 2 main characters, Rose and Alex. She is a nurse, he a soldier and the horrors of the war they are involved in. I certainly didnt know there were such things as "hospital trains" and
Maureen Vincent-Northam
Apr 11, 2011 Maureen Vincent-Northam rated it it was amazing
The Silver Locket is a lot more than just a romance. Set during the First World War, it follows privileged heroine, Rose Courtenay as she volunteers as a nurse – in part to evade a proposed marriage to a man she doesn't love – she wants more from life and she aims to get it.

As the story unfolds we're taken to wartime France (and later to Russia), and all their horrors, which is written with great attention to detail and, I've no doubt, with much research by the author – I certainly learned thing
Sep 06, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing
The Silver Locket follows Rose Courtney as she flees the prescriptive confines of home and embarks on a career as a nurse in World War I. A wonderfully caring Heroine, Rose is forced to deal with both casualties of war and casualties of the heart. Then we have the charismatic Alex Denham, the hero of the piece set against Michael Easton, a fabulously penned anti-hero... And of course, there are other characters, all equally as engaging in their own right, who lives inter-weave beautifully within ...more
Rhoda Baxter
May 27, 2013 Rhoda Baxter rated it liked it
I don't read much historical fiction (I can't think why not). I picked this up because it was going free and I have great faith in Choc Lit as a publisher. The story follows Alex, who is haunted by his mother's disgrace and Rose, who has pretty much disgraced herself by running away from home (and bethrothal) to become a volunteer nurse.

I found the WW1 setting fascinating, especially the details about the hospital trains. The utter misery of war and the way love and hope and make terrible thing
Liz Willoughby
Aug 23, 2012 Liz Willoughby rated it it was amazing
Oh this is a truly lovely novel. I always feel engrossed in a novel when, not only am I enjoying the story but I'm learning at the same time. I picked up some fascinating detail in this story about WW1, Margaret James should be a history teacher. The World Wars never interested me at school but I wish I'd had access to Margaret's fabulous novel back at school. A gorgeous insightful novel, highly recommended and a must read! This is the first in a trilogy followed by The Golden Chain and The Penn ...more
Elizabeth Ashworth
Aug 31, 2013 Elizabeth Ashworth rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this. It was so much more than a romance. The story of Rose and Alex unfolds against the interesting and well-researched background of WW1 and the part that was played by the women who nursed the injured soldiers. Written from both Rose's and Alex's points of view it didn't shy away from the horrors of war and it held my interest for most of the time, although the story was slightly repetitive in places. But on the whole I'm glad I tried it as it was quite different from what I had ant ...more
Sharon Colquhoun
Jul 20, 2013 Sharon Colquhoun rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
The book was very interesting in the descriptions of battle and the WWI conditions. I found it interesting, though, that there was so little mention of an actual "silver locket!" I fully expected that the locket would have some relevance to the story - which it didn't really! The book could have been much more aptly titled but that was my only criticism. I haven't read much about WWI so found the book a welcome change.
Sep 01, 2013 Sita rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Like the historical WW 1 aspect to the story and you got the whole lot; the trenches in France, the field hospitals, train ambulance (didn't know such thing existed) London at war, gossipy country life, etc.

I can't help thinking of Downton Abbey while reading this though and compare Rose and Alex's situation with the Abbey lot. It gives a better picture in my head how they looked liked. Thinking about reading the next book in the trilogy now.
Judith Cranswick
Jan 19, 2014 Judith Cranswick rated it it was amazing
An excellent page turner. Full of atmosphere from the genteel life of the upper classes in pre-WWI society to the horror of the trenches and in the emergency hospital stations trying to cope with the wounded. But what makes this such a totally absorbing novel is empathy the reader has for the flawed characters. This is no pallid historical romance - this is a well-researched emotional rollercoaster that sheds light on totally-believable lives lived in a rapidly changing era a century ago.
Aug 01, 2013 Cannon rated it liked it
It won't change your life, but it is very readable and I couldn't put it down... I felt like I had followed the plot before with Birdsong and My Dear, I Wanted To Tell You (although I think this was published before the latter) - so a reasonably typical WW1 love story. Worth reading, all the same.
Jan 31, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this, there interwoven stories between the characters did keep me wanting to know more, and how the stories would end.

The backdrop of the WW1 I felt could have been made more of at some points, but that might just be because I have a fascination of all things war related.

Overal a really good read, one that I struggled to put down the closer to the end that I got.
Jan 18, 2011 Dem rated it it was ok
I picked up this book because I thought it had a very pretty cover and the story sounded interesting.
'never judge a book by its cover' is certainly applicable here - unfortunately the cover was about the best thing about it. Set during World War 1 a romantic Mills and Boom type Novel with dull characters and cliched and cheesy writing. Not my type of book.

Meg Mims
Jun 08, 2011 Meg Mims rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the historical details of James' The Silver Locket, and while it started out slow, socialite Rose Courtenay's battle to become a nurse at the start of World War I kept me hooked. Fascinating details, even gory ones, mingled with the twists of the romantic plot - and I really loved the accuracy of the social upheavals in wartime England. A solid, satisfying read.
Jun 05, 2013 Becka rated it it was ok
This book has a really great story line, it is just a shame that the book is let down in quality of writing. I was very disappointed as these book really does have the potential to be fantastic, but the story felt like it was written in a rush, with key plot changes skipped over and very little by way of description.
Nov 10, 2013 Helen rated it really liked it
The story of Rose and Alex, a Nurse and Soldier during WW1. Nothing new, however I did find their: commitment, passion, bravery and sheer bloody minded ness a real inspiration, reliance in times of adversity.
Jul 09, 2015 Jessica rated it it was ok
A touching story with WW1 has the main background.
However, as with most of Ms James's books, there is a lot that is simply not relevant and 'The Silver Locket' does not appear as strongly as the title or blurb suggests.
May 11, 2015 Joanne rated it liked it
It was interesting to read about the British nurses in WW1. They worked hard and didn't seem to get proper recognition. The story was ok, but other than a few well developed characters, I didn't care for the style.
Apr 14, 2012 Stefanie rated it it was ok
Yep, it was okay. I was excited to find a book set in this time period, but the story was just dull! I give it two stars because I really wanted something spectacular to happen to the main characters, but it just never did.
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Margaret James has been a member of the RNA for 22 years. She has written thirteen published novels, many short stories, and she also teaches creative writing for the London School of Journalism. Margaret's first novel was A Touch of Earth, a family saga set in Herefordshire where she was born and grew up, and her most recent is The Penny Bangle, set in Dorse
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“and ammunition for the great attack meant Alex was kept busy. Miles and miles more trenches spread tentacles across the ruined countryside. Ammunition dumps proliferated, and riding schools and training camps sprang up where there had once been fields. At the beginning of a dull, damp February, Alex caught a cold that turned into a raging fever. He spent a week in hospital, then was given a few days leave and told to get his strength back before returning to his company. Rose was delighted when he wrote to tell her he was staying at a guest house near Harfoix, and had asked the owner if his femme could come and stay.” 0 likes
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