The Sweetheart Locket
by Jen Gilroy
Publication Date: March 17, 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction
What if the key to your present lies in the past?
On the eve of the Second World War, Canadian Maggie Wyndham defies her family and stays in England to do her bit for the war effort. Torn between two countries, two men and living a life of lies working for the Special Operations Executive (SOE), Maggie’s RAF sweetheart locket is part of who she is…and who she isn’t.
San Francisco, 2019
Over twenty years after Maggie’s death, her daughter Millie and granddaughter Willow take a DNA test that’s supposed to be a bit of fun but instead yields unexpected results. Willow has always treasured her grandmother’s sweetheart locket, both family heirloom and a symbol of her grandparents’ love story. But now she doesn’t know what to believe. She embarks on a search for the truth, one she doesn’t know will reveal far more about herself…
A gripping and heart-breaking dual timeline novel about love, loss and buried secrets, The Sweetheart Locket is perfect for fans of Lorna Cook, Rachel Hore and Suzanne Kelman.
About the Author
Jen Gilroy writes sweet contemporary romance and dual timeline historical women’s fiction—warm, feel-good stories to bring readers’ hearts home.
A Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® finalist and shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon award, Amazon named her third book, ‘Back Home at Firefly Lake,’ a ‘Best Book of the Month: Romance’ in December 2017.
A dual British-Canadian citizen, Jen lived in England for many years and earned a doctorate (with a focus on British cultural studies and social history) from University College London. Returning to where her Irish family roots run deep, she now lives with her husband, teenage daughter and floppy-eared rescue hound in small-town Eastern Ontario, Canada.
When not writing, she enjoys reading, ice cream, ballet and paddling her purple kayak.
Missing the boat that would return her to Canada, Maggie chooses to remain in England to “do her bit” during the early days of England’s involvement in World War II. Jumping at the chance to become independent, this begins her journey from schoolgirl to WREN to secret agent, and from first love to heartbreak and motherhood.
For Maggie’s granddaughter, having never met her grandmother, the sweetheart locket she inherits symbolizes the devotion between her grandparents. But when a DNA test upends everything Willow thinks she knows about her mother’s family, her mother Millie is shaken as well.
Secrets are slowly uncovered as Willow travels from San Francisco to England and researches her grandmother’s wartime life, while the reader is treated to the actual events as they unfold for Maggie.
Split-time novels often shine brightest in the historical portions, but while it did take a bit to warm up to Willow – and even more to Millie – both timelines held both charm and fascination. Even as Maggie finds that she can love again, Willow finds an unexpected and gentle later in life romance.
With the connecting device of an RAF sweetheart locket, author Jen Gilroy has woven a story of family secrets and legacies, mother and daughter relationships, heartbreak, young love, mature love – frankly, it is surprising how many forms of love this story contains. Whether your preference is contemporary or historical fiction, The Sweetheart Necklace will surprise and delight.
This review refers to an advance digital copy that I voluntarily received and read courtesy of the publisher. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own. The Sweetheart Locket is a closed door/fade to black romance.
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