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Reviews of The Silver Locket
 by Margaret James

chocheart three09Adored this book.Couldn't put it down.Was five minutes late back to work after lunch on a crazy busy day because I just had to know how it ended even if it was a wee bit predictable.Pure escapism from modern life.

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...This is a real tearjerker of a novel, so have your tissues ready. James has created a wonderful love story which spans countries, war torn battle fields and many customs of the time. I loved this novel and once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. It is beautifully written and the description of life during the First World War is brought to life and made to seem so real.
From rural Dorset to the horrors of frontline trench warfare and onto Russia this is a wonderful love story showing the lengths that two people will go to be together against all odds.
Sarah, Today I’m Reading
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I would not hesitate to recommend this novel to anyone seeking the comfort and easy-to-read style of a genuinely well written romance novel. After all, I read the entire novel in one sitting during a very long car journey, illustrating how difficult it is to put this novel down once you have begun.
Rebecca, Book Reviewer - Xmedia Online
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LongandshortWhat I liked most about The Silver Locket, was the theme that every choice has a consequence. Even when Rose and Alex made choices that they felt were right for them, the effects of those decisions weren’t always pleasant. I liked the fact that Rose and Alex didn’t despair when life didn’t turn out as they planned. They simply made the best of their situations and continued on the path they had chosen. This really served to make the characters and their plights seem very genuine. I found it easy to believe that people like Rose and Alex could have lived and served during World War I...
... I enjoyed reading The Silver Locket. The characters were lifelike and the romance was moving. I recommend it to any fan of realistic historical romance.
Poinsettia, reviewer for Long and Short Reviews
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singletitles"An epic tale of forbidden passion, class distinction, wartime devastation and everlasting love, Margaret James’ The Silver Locket is a gripping, at times harrowing and highly poignant historical romance that is wholly mesmerising and absolutely impossible to put down!"
Julie, Single Titles
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steamingcups5steamingcups5steamingcups5steamingcups5ReviewedAtCTRThis is a very well written and compelling story of love during wartime. It is not your average historical romance with everything resolving itself at the end, but you will not be disappointed in any part of the book. The author does a great job of contrasting Rose’s comfortable life before the war and the privations and horrors of a nurse’s life at this time. Her romance with Alex is not an easy one, especially when she must defy her parents, but Michael is not exactly the person her parents see. Her characters are much more than they seem on the surface, whether it be in a good way or a bad way, and this really adds depth to the story.
Maura
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
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chocheart fourbookbagI'm not usually the sort of reviewer that would advocate any book as perfect for curling up with on a dark afternoon next to a roaring fire, but this one has to be my exception. It's great escapism that really takes you to another time, so put the kettle on, grab some chocolate and settle down for a treat.
Katie Pullen
Reviewer for The Bookbag
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I loved this book and although I’ve researched this era fairly well, I still learnt so much and couldn’t help being drawn into Alex and Rose’s struggle to be together for however short a time. She is a gutsy heroine, who despite everything she’s been brought up to believe, finds she has more strength than she could ever have imagined, and Alex, handsome, deep and battling his own demons, has to face many obstacles in his path.

I can’t recommend this book enough. Whether you usually read historical novels, or not, this is a romance that will keep you reading page after page.
Debs Carr
Reviewer for Bookersatz
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dailymailAs you can probably guess from their name, Choc Lit - publishers of romantic women’s fiction - draw a direct parallel between indulging in chocolate and reading one of their novels. It’s an analogy that could easily be cloying; but Margaret James’s novel, with its surprisingly graphic scenes set in the trenches and hospital wards of World War I, cuts through some of the potential saccharine sweetness. More of a coffee-flavoured dark chocolate truffle, perhaps?
Amber Pearson
Reviewer for the Daily Mail
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Such a heartfelt love story with many moments of 'will they, wont they?'

Margaret describes the horrific scenes of the war in such detail that you really feel you are there. You can smell the putrid stench of decaying flesh and the tang of blood as Rose fights to save the brave men who fought for their country. And you can feel the anger, despair and sheer determination of Alex as he fights with his comrades.

An incredibly well written book with such defined characters - a must read for everyone!
Lucie Wheeler, Blogspot
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chocheart three05felt it was a bit jumpy at times, and I actually think this could have been a good book written in letter form. Or I am just obsessed with war and letters.
Who to recommend it to, sure there is romance, there is war, so perhaps if you want a bit more drama with your fiction, but still some romance. And also an interesting book about WWI. I think it might get a 3, just because I wanted more war, but then I am weird.
Linda, Finland
Books for life blogspot
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The story is about much more than just Alex and Rose. It’s chock-a-block with other characters though they do all centre on Rose and Alex. While I like having a rich blend of secondary characters to fill out the plot, in the end, it felt as if a lot of these people were in the story enough to annoy me trying to remember who they all were without being much more than cardboard figures trotted out when you need to heap another roadblock in the road to Alex and Rose’s final happiness. I needed either more or less of them.
Jayne, Dear Author
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