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The Necklace

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  1,217 ratings  ·  204 reviews
This intoxicating novel set in the rarified world of money and society alternates between two generations of the Quincy family: the wealthy robber baron brothers who vied over a bewitching Jazz Age beauty and the young woman who inherits a spectacular and mysterious Indian necklace and its secrets.

Always the black sheep, Nell Quincy is summoned to the family farm outside
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Touchstone
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Hannah Greendale
When her great-aunt Loulou dies, Nell Quincy inherits a family heirloom: a necklace of glittering gems that originates from India. When greedy relatives question the validity of her inheriting the seemingly valuable necklace, Nell turns to the estate lawyer – handsome and successful Louis Morrell – for help.

This uninspired novel suffers from several flaws: telling rather than showing, one-dimensional characters, and a thin, predictable plot. Despite alternating chapters set in the present day
3.5 stars
This book alternates between the 1920s and 2009 Cleveland, Ohio area. It opens with a gathering of relatives/heirs to Loulou Quincy. Nell has come east from Oregon The other Quincys gather for the will. A necklace is left to Nell. It becomes an object of dispute when Pansy, Nell's cousin tries to take it from her. Some secrets are uncovered and there is a romance. It is a mildly entertaining story.
Pros: There is a satisfying ending with well done characters.
Cons: The book moves too
Cindy Burnett
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Necklace is one of the best books that I have read this year. Everything about the book is fantastic: the plot, the characters, the setting, the cover, and McMillan’s writing. As the story begins in 2009, Nell Quincy Merrihew is summoned to the family farm outside of Cleveland, Ohio because her great aunt Loulou has died. Family dynamics have left Nell feeling like she is an outsider her entire life. When Loulou’s will is read, Nell discovers she has been left an enigmatic Indian necklace ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in a exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own:).

A well done take if family, love, and drama.. reminded me of Kate Morton in the way that Miss McMillian's writing is very atmospheric and characters very well drawn and thought out. When I had to put this down for real life after a certain point, I was counting the minutes till I could get back to it.

That Quincy family... gah! Poisonous vipers all of em! (One exception). Glamour,
Touchstone Books
I mean let's be real, this book is just a goddamn delight. Fun but whip smart, dramatic but believable, a page-turner with characters you either love or love to hate. Done and done.
Stuart Smith
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was fast paced, fun and enthralling. In a time when the headlines are a little too much for me to take and the news of the world is just a little too loud, this book exemplified perfection in escapist fiction. A wonderfully crafted world, with interesting characters in this century and last, and a plot driving hook of the mysterious necklace make this un-put-downable.

And it was so smart of McMillan to put all of her research and inspirations at the end of the book. I poured over those
Crystal King
What a gem of a book! McMillan apparently wrote some of THE NECKLACE as a writer in residence at the gorgeous home of Edith Wharton, The Mount, in Lenox, MA. The essence of Wharton certainly permeates this book in its decadence, elegance and mix of charming and poisonous characters that adorn its pages. It's not a big book, so for me it was quite a fast read, but a good one. It's full of witty, beautiful prose and with incredible detail to the nineteen twenties in which much of this book is set. ...more
The Library Lady
It makes perfect sense that the author wrote this at least in part in Edith Wharton's house, because the back story is very Whartonish. She even used the name "May" for the female in the back story.

Flat characters, absurd or predictable plot twists, the annoying use of the passive present for the narration and an utterly predictable ending. Why is this book garnering so many favorable reviews?
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A family of snooty wealth gather for the reading of their departed aunt’s will in her home. Snark prevails (as it does throughout the book) and the era of aristocracy abounds. Nell has been named as executor and bequeathed a specific necklace, that which plays lead in this novel.

Backtrack to a younger time. The prequel, if you please. Two brothers and a sister. Both brothers in love with the same young lady, May. The sister preferring one to prevail. But he (Ambrose) takes off to tour the world
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book tells two stories. The one in the past is a love triangle between two brothers and the girl they both covet. In the present a family meets to get their inheritance when the matriarch of the family Loulou passes away. Anchoring both stories is a priceless necklace that belonged to royalty in India. The family in the present thinks that the value of the necklace lies in it's jewels but it's real worth lies in it's ability to unlock long held family secrets.

While I found this entire book
Richard Becker
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of two generations of a dysfunctional family. Alternating chapters tell the story of the 3 Quincy siblings: Ambrose, a playboy type that goes on a world tour, refusing to come home when a tragedy occurs. The tragedy is a mine accident that severely injures his brother Ethan, the "good" hardworking young man. The accident is caused when May, Ambrose's girl, goes into the mine and has to be rescued by Ethan, who is injured in the rescue. May, possibly feeling responsible for ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was a really slow start but it was worth staying with it. The writing isn’t the best, but the story is really good.

The chapters alternate between the 1920’s and the present (2009). Brothers Ethan and Ambrose Quincy want the same girl – May. It is 1925 and Ambrose is driven to travel the world while his brother stays home to run the coal mines. While in India Ambrose buys an extravagant necklace for May whom he intended to marry. However, he learns that May has married Ethan. Upon his
This started quickly and jumped right into the plot and to be honest, I don’t know if I started reading more exciting books and kept putting this aside or if it just got boring. It jumps between two time periods and revolves around a necklace that was given to someone after a aunt dies and how she obtained that necklace when she was young. The parts that focused on the past definitely didn’t hold my attention. So after months of trying to get through this book, I’m rating it 2 stars!
Monica Lillya
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Necklace by Claire McMillan is a well written with an intriguing plot that follows two separate stories involving family members interwoven from the 1920's and present day. Characters are well drawn, with human flaws that made them more real, yet at times a bit predictable. The story is just enough of a fresh nature that it did not fall into the same old, same old storyline that so many novels of this nature tend to do.

I liked Nell, the main character, most of the time, although I did not
More of a 3.5

I liked this book, but it wasn't great. I enjoyed that the end result of the past family drama wasn't so much a secret as how it all played out--it's not the destination but the journey, right? The back and forth narratives of past and present was interesting and offered a lot of insight into the Quincy family.

Nell's romance didn't really do much for me, if I'm being honest. I thought it would be incredibly important, but honestly, I think the story would have been the same had
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two generations of women are bound by a mysterious necklace. The story moves back and forth in time. A great read. I enjoyed it.
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Necklace by Claire McMillan
This is the story of two generations of the Quincy Family. It is truly saga that goes back and forth from the 1920’s India to present time in Ohio. This novel alternates between Nell’s story and Ambrose’s story.
Nell goes back to Cleveland for the reading of her great aunt Lou's will and finds that she has inherited a valuable heirloom. Nell has always been the outsider in this family, she is intrigued by this. Nell finds this necklace in a drawer, not kept with the
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's Jazz-Era 1920s and Ambrose Quincy leaves May, the woman he loves, to take an extended trip to India. Upon his return, bringing May an exotic necklace, he is stunned to find that she's married to his brother. As she wears her gift their passion for each other is never far from view, and her reason for marrying is slowly revealed. The Necklace moves back and forth between the 1920s and the 21st century where Nell Quincy, estranged from her extended family, has been summoned to the run-down ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really really liked this one: two storylines encompass this book, one set in the 1920s, and one set in modern day. They were both well-paced, engaging, suspenseful, and I really liked the characters. Well done, and a romantic read.
Kathy Buford
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had been waiting for Claire McMillan to write a new book since I read "The Gilded Age" in 2012. It was a long wait but worth it. She ties her story lines and characters together better than any author out there. I hate it when you have to go back and forth in a book because it's been unclear who goes with who and what the time frame is. In The Necklace you follow the characters and become involved in the story. I was so sorry when the book ended, but she included a fascinating story about a ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
We are reading this book for my book club and will meet next month. A well-written novel with a good story, but it wasn't fantastic. I enjoyed it but felt one of the relationships took off too quick and more background and family history regarding the main character was needed to really understand why Nell seemed like the odd relative out. You do get the origins of the necklace, but I'm afraid there may not be enough to discuss to sustain the conversation. Luckily, we end talking about ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jessica Tegge
3.5 stars, but maybe 3.25.
An enjoyable read, if somewhat predictable.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Nellie is summoned back to her family home in the wake of her Aunt's passing, the chill in the air is palpable. She can tell the other family members don't want her there but can't quite put her finger on why. Until the will is read and she finds herself the recipient of a family heirloom that comes with a long backstory. That backstory because the center of a beautiful, complicated and intimate story from generations before her. Love triangles, unrequited passion and secrets, especially ...more
Michelle Arredondo
Cleveland, Ohio in 2009....then alternating back into time...the 1920's. Weaving a story forward and back, forward and back....the Quincy family embody long lived lives of family drama, struggle, greed, and charm. There are characters you will love....characters you will hate..all come with their own devious drama...the whole thing is one big spectacle and that's what makes this book so entertaining.

The necklace...a priceless piece that belongs to a family in India...holds such value to this
Morgan Rebecca
A note: I received an advanced copy of this book through my job as a Barnes&Noble bookseller.

Claire McMillan's The Necklace is a solid 3.5 for me. Overall, it's an interesting story with a new take on the ubiquitous familial-drama-because-everyone-is-contesting-the-will trope, but I found the writing to be lacking and the plot to be somewhat predictable.

McMillan gives us two stories for the price of one, shifting focus from the Quincys of the 1920s and the Quincys of today, tying each
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five years ago, both first novelists Claire McMillan and Francesca Segal channeled Edith Wharton, with McMillan reinventing The House of Mirth in Cleveland, Ohio with her Gilded Age, and Segal transporting the plot of The Age of Innocence to a Jewish community in London via The Innocents. Their second novels find them moving in different directions, although there's a distinct whiff of Wharton in McMillan's entertaining The Necklace (Touchstone, library hardcover). In 2009, Portland lawyer Nell ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A big THANK YOU to Touchstone Publishing for the chance to read this excellent book in exchange for an honest review.

I wholeheartedly enjoyed this book. The characters are fascinating and McMillan's dialogue is refined and witty. The Quincy family's dysfunctionality and elitism are very evident, and the book is full of quite a lot of family drama. I enjoyed both the time periods in which the story takes place, the 1920s Jazz Era and modern-day. The time jumps in the book only enhance the
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The necklace in which this story revolves around gives this book’s story the anchor but the author gives the story the life, and what an incredible life it is, such a captivating story rooted in both the past and present, one won’t be disappointed they picked this book up.

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I grew up in and around Pasadena, California, but for some reason people always ask if I grew up in Philadelphia. I am a recovering attorney, having practiced complex corporate litigation in San Francisco for six years. I now live on my husband's family's farm outside of Cleveland with our two children.
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