Tuesday, September 26, 2023



England, 1942: The war ranges on and tempers continue to flare.  The German’s must be stopped but it seams like an impossible task.  Irene is the daughter of a farmer and she meets Theodore one night at a dance in the village, it was love at first sight.  Theodore is from Louisiana and is stationed in England, his assignment was to build a US Airbase near her father’s farm.  Everyone they know, in the military and their village is against their relationship.  They will stop at nothing to tear the two apart.  Decades later, Ruby returns to her family’s farm after her grandmother Irene passes away.  Ruby searches the entire farmhouse looking for anything she can salvage about her grandmother’s past.  She finds Irene’s diaries and only one piece of her jewelry, a locket from Theodore.  Ruby must find the truth of the past before she loses hope in her future.

The Locket written by author Natalie Meg Evans, is a heartbreaking and completely enthralling story of bridging the past and the present.  This is a time slip novel of love and courage and never giving up.  I loved everything about Irene and Theordore’s story and I really liked Ruby and the fact that she would stop at nothing to find the truth.  This was an unputdownable book for me because itwas so well written, and I couldn’t wait to find out the ending.  I loved the description of the village and the people that lived there.  This is a wonderful and very emotional story that I highly recommend.  


Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author:  Natalie Meg Evans 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: September 25, 2023
Pages: 436 
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England, 1942“It has to stay secret,” he whispers, placing the locket around her neck. “If they find it, they’ll send me away.” As she holds the locket, glinting in the moonlight, she can’t hold back the tears. “I just wish we didn’t have to hide…” 

When farmer’s daughter 
Irene meets Theodore at a village dance, sparks fly instantly. The war has brought him all the way from Louisiana to build a US airbase just across her father’s fields, but as they sway together, there is nothing else in the world. Only his gentle touch and his deep brown eyes. 

But being together comes at a price. As Theodore is Black, the might of the US Air Force is against them, and all the members of the little village community disapprove of their relationship. And they will all go to terrible lengths to tear the two young lovers apart… 

Decades later, heartbroken 
Ruby is back at her family’s crumbling farmhouse for the first time in years, after the loss of her beloved grandmother Irene. The roof has fallen in, family photographs are damaged – and her grandmother’s jewellery is nowhere to be found. 

When Ruby uncovers her grandmother’s waterlogged diaries, she discovers that Irene treasured one piece of lost jewellery above all. A locket from a man called Theodore. And the missing locket holds the key to unravelling a heartbreaking secret that changed her grandmother’s life… 

Is someone in the village hiding the locket to keep the truth about Irene and Theodore buried? And 
can Ruby find a way to honour her grandmother’s memory ­– or in digging up the pain of the war, will she tear her family apart?


Natalie Meg Evans has been an art student, actor, PR copywriter, book-keeper and bar tender but always wanted to write. A USA Today best-seller and RITA nominee, she is author of four published novels which follow the fortunes of strong-minded women during the 1930s and 40s. Fashion, manners and art are the glass through which her characters’ lives are viewed. Each novel is laced with passion, romance and desire. Mystery is never far away.

An avid absorber of history – for her sixth birthday she got a toy Arthurian castle with plastic knights – Natalie views historical fiction as theatre for the imagination. Her novels delve behind the scenes of a prestige industry: high fashion, millinery, theatre, wine making. Rich arenas for love and conflict. Most at home in the English countryside, Natalie lives in rural Suffolk. She has one son.


  1. Thank you for this review, Caroline. Much appreciated.

    1. Thank you for sharing your story…I loved it! #BookLove📚♥️📚