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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,029 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Paul Evans Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Locket Trilogy Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781442350175
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The Locket marks the beginning of an entirely new series of audiobooks from Richard Paul Evans, the bestselling author of the Christmas Box collection. With this beautiful novel we learn that we are all given second chances, but that sometimes they are best given to someone else.

My Dearest Michael,

I would so rather say these things to your face, but, as we both know, life doesn't often take requests...first, I do not know yet the outcome of the trial. I cannot know if you are reading this in a cage. I have faith that you will be free so I shall write this letter as such and not take counsel from my fears.

In the top drawer of my armoire is a velvet pouch containing two heirlooms. The first is my locket. I would like you to return it to Betheltown for me -- to lay it by the hearth of the fireplace where I left my love so many years ago. I am certain that the roads will be grown over; but you will know the place.

Go well, my dear friend,

Esther


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. "Do you suppose life gives us second chances?" Esther asks Michael one day. "I don't know. But we'd probably just make the same mistake over again," he concludes. 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 Esther, and her gift to him of a locket, once symbolic of one person's missed opportunities, becomes another's second chance. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Locket is one of the most compelling and moving novels I have ever read. Despite my schedule these days, I have already read it three times and found each read worthwhile.”

    US Senator Orrin G. Hatch 

  • “Vintage Richard Paul Evans…Fans of old-fashioned, two-thumbs-up, box-of-tissues tales will love The Locket.

    BookBrowser.com

  • “A heartwarming, three-hanky story.”

    The Pilot (Southern Pines, NC) 

  • “Richard Paul Evans writes like he knows me personally, gently leading me through his story by my heart. The Locket is delicious. I could not put it down. I will definitely share this book.”

    KSL Radio

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Morris | 2/14/2014

    " Not sure if I would like this book since it is centered around a young man's friendship with an elderly woman living in a nursing home. Being a Richard Paul Evans book it was well written and so very sweet. This is now one of my favorites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 victoria e. | 2/12/2014

    " Wonderful book!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to read more!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcy | 2/8/2014

    " This might be one of my most favorite books of all times. I started reading it this week one night when I couldn't sleep. Then I found most nights ever since, I didn't want to sleep, but would rather be reading! It was really, really good. There were points along the way, twists I didn't see coming, outcomes I didn't expect in any way. I found myself marking pages that just had great thought provoking truths. Great book I will likely read again & again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Desiree | 2/2/2014

    " Excellent book - Richard Paul Evans writes books that are an easy read and keep my attention - something that I don't find in many books these days. I get bored with books very quickly, but his books suck me in and I can't put them down. Yes, they are "fluff" - easy reads and good entertainment. However, sometimes that's what I need out of a book - just to escape from reality and get lost in a book. If that's what you're after, then I highly suggest reading some of his novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 1/27/2014

    " One of my all time favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 1/18/2014

    " 4.5. If you have ever had a broken heart, you can relate somehow to the characters in this book. I loved the compassion Michael displayed to the residents at the nursing home. I sympathized with the sacrifice of quitting school to take care of his dying mother. The Esther character was wonderful, and I thought the letter she wrote was amazing, defending her friend but also sending a strong message that the elderly are still human beings with brains and a right to voice their opinions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 1/15/2014

    " I thought this might be somewhat sappy and/or sentimental, but to my delight, this story was tinged with sadness - one person's loss teaching another to not make the same mistake. I loved it. The way the elderly were portrayed is a lesson in hope, passion and dignity. The way the young were sketched, particularly in relation to how the old and the young interacted, gave me a lot to think about. One character loathed the elderly (why she would choose to work with them is beyond me) but many others valued the experience and wisdom the older people had to offer - even with all their illnesses and limitations, these people were to be respected and taken care of. A gem of a Christmas story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean Haberman | 1/14/2014

    " Our book club chose to read this trilogy by Evans. The Locket is the first book in the trilogy. I wasn't looking forward to reading it, but I enjoyed it. We have so much to learn from the elderly and so often they are tucked away in nursing homes. Michael's discovery of Esther was special. The little life lessons from Esther Huish's diary were a nice addition. I'm not sure if I'm going to finish the trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabriella | 1/8/2014

    " I just finished this book. It was okay. Once you have read the back cover and the first chapter, you pretty much have the whole plot right there. It was a little bit bland in some parts. Very nice love story in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 1/1/2014

    " This was a wonderful book with insight to uplift you spiritually and help you feel more determined to live your life and not pass up a chance to have what you really want. It is about belief in yourself and others and second chances. I loved it!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee Dee | 12/21/2013

    " Chris gave me the trilogy for Christmas....I was done by the end of January....great books. I ordered 3 more of his books and will read soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 12/21/2013

    " This was an easy read, but kept you wondering until the end how it would turn out. Very sweet storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 12/18/2013

    " Such a nice read, a feel good book. I picked this book up by recommendation because I am currently working in a nursing facility and this book is about a boy who does the same. A quick, enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 11/5/2013

    " This was a nice story with a good lesson behind it about forgiveness and appreciation for those around us. Worth a read for sure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Libercci | 7/30/2013

    " Pretty good book. Was a bit boring a few times and I kind of wished there was more to the plot and what the characters did, but I kept reading it. I am glad I read the book tho. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martine | 5/15/2013

    " All our life experiences shape who we become, and this is evident as we read this book. One life touches another, and somehow both learn/grow from this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 5/13/2013

    " It was a sweet story. Predictable, but still makes you feel good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie Cat | 5/1/2013

    " so far i read two books from this author, and i love them, this book was reallllly book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 4/13/2013

    " Good, quick, easy read. Very Hallmark movieish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicky | 2/8/2013

    " Sad and hard hitting. It was a melancholic tale "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/23/2013

    " A light, easy read - perfect for the summer. I highly recommend this author - his books are alway such page turners for me1 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess Hart | 12/15/2012

    " This was a good book but it was also sad and actually made me cry. It had a positive ending though which made me happy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb_bluerose | 12/6/2012

    " Really good read. As with all his books, a little sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 11/26/2012

    " A classic Evan's love story. I liked it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hubjeanne | 7/1/2012

    " Loved, loved, loved it. Need I say more? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzi | 6/24/2012

    " I always like to read his stories. They have lots of human relationships and emotions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Karlsrud | 6/14/2012

    " Beautiful story...in fact every book I have read by Richard Paul Evans have been wonderfully written, a touching love story and wholesome (no sex and no sleezing around) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 5/23/2012

    " I read this book really quick and I did enjoy it. It is a cute love story, but it wasn't quiet as catching as other stories. "

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About the Author
Author Richard Paul EvansRichard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than thirty novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than thirty million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated into more than twenty-four languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Mothers Book Award, the Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Audience Gold Award for Romance, two Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Awards, the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children. You can learn more about Richard on Facebook at Facebook.com/RPEFans, or visit his website, RichardPaulEvans.com.
About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.