The Locket (The Locket, #1) by Richard Paul Evans

The Locket (The Locket, #1)

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...


Details The Locket (The Locket, #1)

TitleThe Locket (The Locket, #1)
ISBN9780671004231
Author
Release DateJan 1st, 2000
PublisherPocket Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Romance, Holiday, Christmas
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Reviews The Locket (The Locket, #1)

  • Katie W
    1970-01-01
    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 a...
  • Michael
    1970-01-01
    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 imm...
  • Lora
    1970-01-01
    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." ...
  • Ray
    1970-01-01
    I found another compelling well written story. I felt very invested in the characters with a layered plot. My emotional response to elements of this book was very ontense. I fully endorse Richard Paul Evans. This ismy 7th book and he has really moved me with every one.
  • Loraine
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Dad
    1970-01-01
    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 l...
  • Frank
    1970-01-01
    Good book. I like reading his stuff.
  • Bethany Becker
    1970-01-01
    READ IT READ IT EVERYBODY READ IT
  • Paula Dembeck
    1970-01-01
    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. Bu...
  • Heather
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Mickey
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Jen
    1970-01-01
    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 doe...
  • Jan
    1970-01-01
    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 wit...
  • Samantha
    1970-01-01
    I loved this story. First of all, I found myself stopping almost every other page to jot down quotes I want to share, which is a great sign of a beautiful story. Secondly, in addition to being a well thought out set of parallel love stories, there is still an unexpected conflict halfway through. This review will state I finished the book over the course of three days, but I read the first 25% slowly and finished off the remaining 75% in one night...
  • Katie
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Mary
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Allison
    1970-01-01
    This was an interesting book, and I enjoyed the story up until the end. The last third of the book just didn't seem as well written as the beginning, and the trial was like reading a bad Law & Order transcript.
  • Kimberly
    1970-01-01
    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!! :)
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    Why do I always cry when I read his books. Loved this one.
  • Diane Mueller
    1970-01-01
    His books always make me cry and this is no acception.
  • Audrey
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Lindsay
    1970-01-01
    Oh did I cry....
  • Angela
    1970-01-01
    His books are all page turnovers. They all will keep you up at night not wanting to stop.
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    Excellent book! I read this in one day.
  • Lisa
    1970-01-01
    I loved this book. Made me cry. Very touching.
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    I cried even though I saw the movie!
  • Phyllis Wright
    1970-01-01
    And I smile through happy tears.
  • Kimmee
    1970-01-01
    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.