Maggie is an auctioneer with a love of all things vintage She juggles life, love, family and career. She finds a beautiful beaded collar in a box of items and is immediately drawn to it. She isn't the only person who has been attracted to this odd, hand-made item and the story of how this collar travelled from France to Shanghai, Italy and Istanbul is as intriguing as people who owned it.
Reading "Precious Things" is almost like reading five short stories woven together by the glittering beads on the collar. The journey begins in 1891 and ends in 2016 with each of the collar's subsequent owner's story interspersed with Maggie's present situation.
I think the idea about the kind of "precious things" which the author talks about in her notes at the end of the book must have passed me by. For me, the "precious things" conjured up an image of Gollum torn between his love and hate of the ring. For me, the collar appeared to hold only negative emotions despite its beauty.
There was as nearly as much to read at the end of the story. A "Reading Guide" included an interview with the author, book club discussion notes, a timeline for the collar's journey and a list of Kelly Doust's favourite books. Now I love a few extras at the end of a novel but maybe this was a little excessive (cut out the timeline, we did understand the plot). I did like the lovely illustrations that headed the chapters and sections.
If you like women's literature and a little historical fiction this might be a book you'd enjoy.