THE SILVER LOCKET. Patty and I had known each other for about five years and shared a number of common interests but it wasn’t until that particular lunch date that Patty confided her story to me.
Growing up in a warm and loving environment, Patty had no idea she’d been adopted until she was a teenager. What she did know was that her Daddy was her mother’s second husband, as Patty’s father, a soldier in the U.S. Army, had been killed in France near the end of World War II. When her mother re-married a few years later, Patty became the legal daughter of her new Daddy, the only Dad she’d ever known. She loved him and her mother dearly and when first told about the adoption, accepted it in stride. To be sure, she thought occasionally about her birth parents and wondered where they might be, but it was not an emotionally charged issue in her life.
Meanwhile, the woman who gave birth to Patty carried a deep emotional burden. Her young husband, disqualified for military service, had accepted the only job he could find during the war. It had taken him several states away from his new bride and it was during his absence, that the young woman was sexually assaulted and later realized she was pregnant. Terrified and confused, she determined to surrender the child for adoption and keep the assault and the baby a secret for the rest of her life.
Destiny decreed that birth mother and adoptive mother would end up sharing a hospital room. One young woman gave birth to a stillborn daughter; the other to Patty. A kind clergyman came to the assistance of the young women and arranged a private adoption. The birth mother surrendered her child to her hospital roommate, expecting that she would never again see the fruit of her womb.
But destiny had other plans for the two families. The Silver Locket tells the story of these two families and the special daughter that bound them together. Many years would pass before a dramatic finale brought an inspiring story to a heartwarming conclusion.
Patty’s story is the backdrop and inspiration for THE SILVER LOCKET.
Title: THE SILVER LOCKET
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Author: Sophia Bar-Lev
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About the Book: When The Silver Locket opens, it’s July 1941 in Boston, Massachusetts. War is raging in Europe and the Pacific. But for two young women in a small town in New England waging their own personal battles, the struggle is way too close to home.
When extraordinary circumstances bring these two women together, one decision will alter the course of their lives. And with that one decision, their lives will be forever changed…and forever intertwined.
Were these two women thrust together by happenstance—or fate? A tragedy. A decision. A pact. Lives irretrievably changed. A baby girl will grow up in the shadow of a secret that must be kept at all costs. But will this secret ever see the light of day? And what happens when—or if—a promise made must be broken?
Adopting a child is not for the feint of heart—but neither is being adopted…
A sweeping and suspenseful story that unfolds in a different time and a different place, The Silver Locket explores universal themes that ring true even today. Secrets. Unbreakable bonds. The healing power of love. Deception. Anguish. Redemption.
In this touching and tender tale, novelist Sophia Bar-Lev weaves a confident, quietly moving story about adoption, finding hope in the face of hopelessness, and how true love can overcome any obstacle. With its brilliant juxtaposition of the wars fought both on the battlefield and internally, The Silver Locket is a poignant novel, resplendent with drama. Featuring an exceedingly real and relatable plot, and characters that will stay with readers long after the final page is turned, The Silver Locket is a sterling new read.
About the Author: A native of Massachusetts, Sophia Bar-Lev divides her time between the Fort Worth, Texas area and Israel. A former school teacher and adult education lecturer, Bar-Lev now devotes the majority of her time to writing. Sophia Bar-Lev is also the author of Pasta, Poppy Fields, and Pearls and Pizza and Promises. The Silver Locket is her latest novel.
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