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.
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 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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Publication date: 01/05/2011
Publisher: Choc Lit
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Margaret James was born and brought up in Hereford. She studied English at London University, and has written many short stories, articles and serials for magazines. She is the author of fifteen published novels. This is Margaret’s third Choc Lit novel. Her first The Silver Locket, received a glowing review from the Daily Mail and reached the Top 20 Small Publishers Fiction List in November 2010. It was also selected as a Valentine pick at Lovereading in February 2011 and a Reviewers’ Choice Award for 2010 at Single Titles. The Golden Chain also hit the Top 20 Small Publishers Fiction List in ...More About Margaret James