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The Golden Chain

(Charton Minster #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Can first love last forever?

1931 is the year that changes everything for Daisy Denham. Her family has not long swapped life in India for Dorset, England when she uncovers an old secret.

At the same time, she meets Ewan Fraser - a handsome dreamer who wants nothing more than to entertain the world and for Daisy to play his leading lady.

Ewan offers love and a chance to escape
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Choc Lit (first published April 30th 2011)
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Loved listening to this for the second time and it didn't matter that I knew what was going to happen.

I really enjoyed this second book in the Charton Trilogy, a lovely audiobook narrated superbly by Julie Teal. I can't wait to listen to the final book in the series.
Shirley Revill
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having just listened to The Silver Locket which was book one in the series I then listened to book two The Golden Chain.
I certainly was in for a treat as it was just as enjoyable and a pleasure to catch up with the characters that where in the first book.
I am ready to start on the next audiobook tonight and I just can't wait to find out what happens next.
The two books I have listened to have been brilliant and if you should chance to read these books I hope you will enjoy them too. Recommended.

Blodeuedd Finland

My thoughts:

This is a stand alone novel, but it also is a continuation of The Silver Locket, in that book Rose and Alex fell in love and later adopted a child, Daisy. Fast forward and she is 15, going on 16, and she falls in love for the first time. You can read it without having read the other one; you will just get more surprises. This is a good thing too.

Daisy was young, but she was also ready to try new things, and to make mistakes. She was pretty headstrong and found out that she wants to p
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Margaret is another of my fellow Choc Lit authors, but I've loved her books long before we both joined this publisher. The Golden Chain is is an absolutely gripping tale of 1930s England, which is vividly brought to life through the eyes of two charismatic young characters. It’s the story of Daisy, a sixteen-year old girl, whose world is turned upside down when she finds out she isn’t quite who she thought she was. But Daisy has courage, meets life head on and isn’t afraid to take chances, such ...more
Lucie Wheeler
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, the follow up to Margaret James's first ChocLit book, The Silver Locket, where we first hear about Daisy Denham.

The Golden Chain is a story about Daisy, who is now 15 years old and has not long been living back in Dorset after growing up in India. Dorset hides many secrets for Daisy, and she soon begins to long for a life on the stage. She then meets Ewan Fraser, who also dreams of stardom and is prepared to uproot and search for it. He asks Daisy to go with him and s
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: choc-lit
I really enjoyed this sequel to The Silver Locket, although it could just as easily be read as a stand-alone novel, if you haven't read the first book. I was happy to find out what happens to Alex and Rose from The Silver Locket while also following the story of their adopted daughter, Daisy, as she makes her way in the world and falls in love for the first time. The change in family circumstances and her life on the road as part of a touring theatre company is fascinating and I really felt for ...more
Maureen Vincent-Northam
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Golden Chain is the second book in Margaret James's trilogy and follows on from The Silver Locket - though you don't have to have read the first book to enjoy this one as, although we re-visit some of the characters, this is a stand-alone story.

Daisy Denham is 15 and she and her family move back to Dorset from India where she meets and falls for Ewan Fraser who is staying with the family who have much against the Denhams. Daisy and Ewan join a theatre company but she also falls for the hands
Liz Willoughby
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another fascinating read from Margaret between World War 1 and 2. Very sweet not as gritty as her first (The Silver Locket) but still a really good read. Recommended. This is the second in Margaret's trilogy - the final novel The Penny Bangle. All three follow the lives of a Dorset family the Denhams.
Tanya Boulter
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
yawn. this book was a little boring for me.
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
A fluid follow up from the first book.
Was hoping for a little more.
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A pseudonym used by Pamela Bennetts.

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 Dorset

Other books in the series

Charton Minster (7 books)
  • The Silver Locket
  • The Penny Bangle
  • The Wedding Diary
  • Magic Sometimes Happens
  • Girl in Red Velvet
  • Charton Minster Trilogy