Read The Necklace Online Free - This intoxicating novel set in the rarified world of money and society alternates between two generations of the Quincy family: the wealthy robber baron brothers who vied over a bewitching Jazz Age beauty and the young woman who inherits a spectacular and mysterious Indian necklace and its secrets.
Always the black sheep, Nell Quincy is summoned to the family farm outside Cleveland after the death of her great aunt. During a chilly meeting over cocktails, the family reads the will that makes Nell the executor of the estate and leaves her one item: a fantastically valuable, beautiful necklace from India. While the rest of the family jewels have been stored in a bank vault, Nell finds this priceless, forgotten heirloom in a Crown Royal whiskey bag stashed in the back of a dresser. As predatory Quincy's circle, Nell and art experts begin to question the necklace’s shadowy provenance, Nell turns to the only person she thinks she can trust—the attractive and ambitious estate lawyer who definitely is not part of the old money crowd.
Ambrose Quincy brought the necklace home from India in the 1920s as a dramatic gift for May, the woman he intended to marry. However, upon his return he discovers that May has married his brother Ethan, the “good” Quincy, devoted to helping their father with the family coal empire. As a gesture of friendship, Ambrose gives May the necklace anyway—reigniting their passion and beginning a tense love triangle. When Ethan confronts the two lovers, the encounter ends tragically, entombing a secret in the past that Nell must uncover if she is ever to claim her true Quincy birthright.
Alternating between the past and present, The Necklace is the elegant and compelling story of a star-crossed romance, long-simmering family resentments, and a young woman whose inheritance is much more than a legendary necklace.
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May 28, 2017
The Necklace is one of the best books that I have read this year. Everything about the book is fantastic: the plot, the characters, the setting, the cover, and McMillan’s writing. As the story begins in 2009, Nell Quincy Merrihew is summoned to the family farm outside of Cleveland, Ohio because h...
May 04, 2017
I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in a exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own:).
A well done take if family, love, and drama.. reminded me of Kate Morton in the way that Miss McMillian's writing is very atmospheric and characters very well drawn and thought out. When I...
June 29, 2017
I mean let's be real, this book is just a goddamn delight. Fun but whip smart, dramatic but believable, a page-turner with characters you either love or love to hate. Done and done.
January 06, 2017
It was fast paced, fun and enthralling. In a time when the headlines are a little too much for me to take and the news of the world is just a little too loud, this book exemplified perfection in escapist fiction. A wonderfully crafted world, with interesting characters in this century and last, a...
July 11, 2017
What a gem of a book! McMillan apparently wrote some of THE NECKLACE as a writer in residence at the gorgeous home of Edith Wharton, The Mount, in Lenox, MA. The essence of Wharton certainly permeates this book in its decadence, elegance and mix of charming and poisonous characters that adorn its...
July 05, 2017
This is the story of two generations of a dysfunctional family. Alternating chapters tell the story of the 3 Quincy siblings: Ambrose, a playboy type that goes on a world tour, refusing to come home when a tragedy occurs. The tragedy is a mine accident that severely injures his brother Ethan, the...
June 26, 2017
This book was a really slow start but it was worth staying with it. The writing isn’t the best, but the story is really good.
The chapters alternate between the 1920’s and the present (2009). Brothers Ethan and Ambrose Quincy want the same girl – May. It is 1925 and Ambrose is driven to travel the...
August 10, 2017
More of a 3.5
I liked this book, but it wasn't great. I enjoyed that the end result of the past family drama wasn't so much a secret as how it all played out--it's not the destination but the journey, right? The back and forth narratives of past and present was interesting and offered a lot of ins...
July 31, 2017
I had been waiting for Claire McMillan to write a new book since I read "The Gilded Age" in 2012. It was a long wait but worth it. She ties her story lines and characters together better than any author out there. I hate it when you have to go back and forth in a book because it's been unclear wh...
August 10, 2017
I really really liked this one: two storylines encompass this book, one set in the 1920s, and one set in modern day. They were both well-paced, engaging, suspenseful, and I really liked the characters. Well done, and a romantic read.