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The Golden Chain (Choc Lit) (Charton Minster Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Margaret James
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Book Description

Can first love last forever?
1931 is the year that changes everything for Daisy Denham. Her family has not long swapped life in India for Dorset, England when she uncovers an old secret.

At the same time, she meets Ewan Fraser - a handsome dreamer who wants nothing more than to entertain the world and for Daisy to play his leading lady.

Ewan offers love and a chance to escape with a touring theatre company. As they grow closer, he gives her a golden chain and Daisy gives him a promise – that she will always keep him in her heart.

But life on tour is not as they’d hoped, Ewan is tempted away by his career and Daisy is dazzled by the older, charismatic figure of Jesse Trent. She breaks Ewan’s heart and sets off for a life in London with Jesse.

Only time will tell whether some promises are easier to make than keep …

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~Within the first two pages the author gives us a clue that there is a mystery behind the child Daisy which lures us to read on with the story beginning in India and then shifting to England. Daisy shows early signs of acting talent, encouraged by her mother. Margaret James has an ability to transport us back into an age where life moved more slowly and moments were more savoured. Then morality was tighter and women were definitely at a disadvantage in the big wide world. The heroine grows up to become a touring actress and falls in love with two very different men, having turned away from her parents. The title takes its name from the gift of a gold chain by one of the men she falls in love with. The theme is all about choices - the different life directions that she takes as a result and the differing conclusions that follow at each cross roads of decision making. I found myself so immersed in Daisy's dilemmas that I didn't notice how long I had been reading; well written too and thought provoking and I would certainly recommend it for lovers of a really good tale set against a broad historical landscape.~ --Lovereading

~All in all this is a great follow up to The Silver Locket and if you enjoyed that you are sure to enjoy The Golden Chain. However, you don't have to have read The Silver Locket to fully enjoy this book. It's a quick and easy read, and is perhaps the perfect tonic for anyone looking for a bit of escapism from modern life.~ --The Bookbag

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2492 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (22 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YTJ6US
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #145,704 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Margaret James was born in Hereford, a beautiful cathedral city in the English Midlands. She started writing fiction when her children were very small, and her first novel A Touch of Earth was published in 1988.

Since then, she has expanded her range of writing-related activities to take in journalism, short story writing, teaching creative writing and editing other people's books.

She was delighted when her novel Elegy for a Queen was featured in the UK's Woman and Home magazine in a selection of the five best time slip novels. The fact that Margaret's own favourite time slip novel The House on the Strand was also featured put a big grin on her face!

Since becoming a novelist, Margaret has realised that having a name like Margaret James leads to lots of confusion, and in her next life she intends to have a name that she shares with absolutely nobody else.

When she's not writing, Margaret loves walking, reading anything and everything, gossiping, gardening and eating chocolate. She quite often manages to eat chocolate and write at the same time, which occasionally makes for a somewhat sticky keyboard, but also makes for happy writing.

Just for the record - this Margaret James wrote: A Touch of Earth, Fortune's Favourite Child, The Treasures of Existence, The Snake Stone, A Green Bay Tree, The Ash Grove, A Special Inheritance, The Final Reckoning, Hallowed Ground, The Morning Promise, The Long Way Home, The Penny Bangle, Elegy for a Queen, The Silver Locket, The Golden Chain, The Wedding Diary, and she contributed to the anthology Loves Me, Loves Me Not. Margaret's latest novel is Magic Sometimes Happens. The Silver Locket, The Golden Chain and The Penny Bangle are available as a Kindle download entitled The Charton Minster Trilogy.

She was thrilled when The Silver Locket won a prestigious Cataromance Single Titles Award in 2010, and when the cover of The Golden Chain was chosen to feature on the design of a KLM airliner in 2011.The Wedding Diary was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association's RoNA award for romantic comedy 2014.

Margaret and Cathie Hartigan are co-authors of The Creative Writing Student's Handbook, which takes students through the entire creative writing process. The Short Story Writer's Workbook is the second of our bestselling guides for writers and is published in ebook and paperback.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gripping 16 Jun. 2011
This is an absolutely gripping tale of 1930s England, which is vividly brought to life through the eyes of two charismatic young characters. It's the story of Daisy, a sixteen-year old girl, whose world is turned upside down when she finds out she isn't quite who she thought she was. But Daisy has courage, meets life head on and isn't afraid to take chances, such as going on the stage. Sometimes these pay off, sometimes not, but throughout the novel we root for her and I was on the edge of my seat, hoping nothing bad would happen to her. She is a bit naïve to begin with (understandably, as she's so young), but she matures quickly and she's lucky enough to have people looking out for her. As for the hero, charming Scotsman Ewan, he stole my heart right from the beginning. Any boy who is actively looking for a girl to be his leading lady is special, and when he's handsome and Scottish at the same time, that makes him pretty much perfect IMO! This novel is a must-read - I would recommend you buy a very big box of chocolates and make sure you have a whole day or evening free. You won't want to put this one down!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful read 19 Aug. 2011
The Golden Chain is the second book in Margaret James's trilogy and follows on from The Silver Locket - though you don't have to have read the first book to enjoy this one as, although we re-visit some of the characters, this is a stand-alone story.

Daisy Denham is 15 and she and her family move back to Dorset from India where she meets and falls for Ewan Fraser who is staying with the family who have much against the Denhams. Daisy and Ewan join a theatre company but she also falls for the handsome rougue, Jesse Trent. When the company's season is over, Jesse takes Daisy with him to London while Ewan joins another band of actors in Scotland.

Things don't go exactly as planned for either of them and a great deal happens to the family left behind in Dorset, too.

Daisy is a wonderfully-written character and some of the others we meet are fun and larger-than-life, with the couple who run the touring theatre company reminding me of something out of Dickens. A very enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet 4 May 2011
My thoughts:

This is a stand alone novel, but it also is a continuation of The Silver Locket, in that book Rose and Alex fell in love and later adopted a child, Daisy. Fast forward and she is 15, going on 16, and she falls in love for the first time. You can read it without having read the other one; you will just get more surprises. This is a good thing too.

Daisy was young, but she was also ready to try new things, and to make mistakes. She was pretty headstrong and found out that she wants to pursue acting with Ewan, who she has fallen for. So they leave because her parents also know they can't stop her. They can just try to keep her safe, and that is sure why I liked her parents. Because if not then Daisy would surely have left without a word. Sure she makes mistakes later when she falls for a scoundrel (yes I still love that word). But she is growing up and finding herself. And for being so young she has a good head on her shoulders.

Ewan then, well he will make mistakes too. But as I said these two are young, and the love is there, and you all know I wouldn't be leading you down the wrong path. There will be a HEA.

While her previous book was about war this one is about the stage, and the trouble of finding a job. Following your dreams, and finding yourself. And there is some drama too, love trouble, and a certain "evil" Sir Michael who does not like the Denham family.


A pretty sweet book and you always knew when they were down on their luck that things would get better, or at least I hoped so. You always need hope in dark times. The setting was interesting, and the romance was always there in the background, but it was more important what they were doing. Which I liked. A nice balance between historical fiction and historical romance.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet story of love 30 April 2011
This book begins some ten years after the end of The Silver Locket. Alex and Rose are happily married and move from India to Dorset with their adopted daughter Daisy (also from Silver Locket). This novel focuses on Daisy, her ambitions to act, her obligations to home and family and her romance with the lovely Scotsman Ewan. The action travels from India (where Daisy dreams of a mysterious woman), to Dorset and London, passing through various provincial theatres on the way.

Daisy is very young, obviously so. She makes mistakes, immature decisions and she learns from these what it will take to make her happy. She is torn by obligation to her struggling family, by sudden knowledge of who she is and where she comes from, and by her attraction to two men. The shallowness of her attraction to Jesse is all part of her maturing process; her slow realisation of where her affections really lie and her learning to confront those who have ruined her adopted family come from this same 'growing up' procedure.

Against a background of the Depression, poverty and the questionable actions made necessary by these conditions, this is a lovely tale of growing up and falling in love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed very much not an author I'd really heard of but glad a friend told me about her!
Published 5 months ago by Sheila
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good
Published 9 months ago by Chrissy
3.0 out of 5 stars this golden chain was not as strong as the previous book..
The Golden Chain by Margaret James for me was just an OK read following on from the first book in the series The Silver Locket (Choc Lit). Read more
Published 17 months ago by Petra "I love to read"
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful second book in the trilogy!
Having read The Silver Locket, I was keen to get on with this, the second in the trilogy. iT did not disappoint! Excellent writing again from Margaret James. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mazza
4.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Chain
It was an interesting book, and I enjoyed reading it. There was a lot going on at times which would have made more sense if I had read The Silver Chain first. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars The golden chain
very descriptive and well written story relating to the era.This book is hard to put down as you want to know the next happening very suitable for 18+ who enjoy the 30s
Published 20 months ago by david
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Unfortunetly loved the first one but couldn't get into this one. Such a shame but felt it was badly written.
Published 22 months ago by sarah brown
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this story
i loved this story i just couldnt put it down.i have also read the penny bangle and the silver locket.they are lovely stories to curl up on the sofa and read on a winters day. Read more
Published 24 months ago by jane
4.0 out of 5 stars I/3 of a trilogy
I enjoyed all three of Margaret James trilogy, but I did wish I knew they were a trilogy before I started so I could read them in order. Please add this to Amazon description
Published on 5 Mar. 2013 by Sigi
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After reading the Silver chain and did not think that the second book the Golden Chain was going to be as good, but I could not put my kindle down, it is one of the best books I... Read more
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