The Necklace

Touchstone. Jul. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781501165047. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501165061. F
In 1925, Ambrose Quincy is in love with a woman named May. The only problem is Ambrose loves adventure slightly more than he loves May, so he leaves her behind to travel the world. In India, he buys a beautiful necklace from a maharini (Hindu princess), intending to give it to May as a sign of his devotion, as he has always intended to return to her. However, a letter arrives informing him that May has married Ethan, his brother. Ethan is all set to enter the family mining business, and Ambrose has become the family's black sheep. Ninety years later, Nell enters the lion's den of the Quincy family to settle an estate. Nell's great-aunt Loulou has died, and she's left a mysterious necklace to Nell, whose cousins Pansy and Emerson would prefer to keep the piece for themselves.
VERDICT In McMillan's (Gilded Age) charming new novel, the historical narrative shines (Ambrose is a winning character) and the modern setting crackles with wit, as Nell outmaneuvers her kin with ease and maybe finds true love herself. Kate Morton fans will enjoy.
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