Secrets of a Charmed Life – Review

About this Book

The author of A Fall of Marigolds journeys from the present day to World War II England, as two sisters are separated by the chaos of wartime …

She stood at a crossroads, half-aware that her choice would send her down a path from which there could be no turning back. But instead of two choices, she saw only one—because it was all she really wanted to see…

Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades…beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden–one that will test her convictions and her heart.

1940s, England. As Hitler wages an unprecedented war against London’s civilian population, hundreds of thousands of children are evacuated to foster homes in the rural countryside. But even as fifteen-year-old Emmy Downtree and her much younger sister Julia find refuge in a charming Cotswold cottage, Emmy’s burning ambition to return to the city and apprentice with a fashion designer pits her against Julia’s profound need for her sister’s presence. Acting at cross purposes just as the Luftwaffe rains down its terrible destruction, the sisters are cruelly separated, and their lives are transformed…


My Review

This is one of those stories that captures the imagination and draws you into the story from the start. I enjoy how this author teaches the reader history in a creative and very entertaining way. Kendra is an American student studying abroad in Oxford with the opportunity of a lifetime. She is interviewing a 93 year old survivor of the Blitz of London by the Germans. What she gets is so much more.

Unlike some of the author’s other stories where she will jump between the contemporary timeline and the historical one frequently, she does spend long junks of time telling the historical story. I liked this because it made me feel more drawn into the story than those that jumped between the two timelines more frequently.

There was a lot of heartache for the characters and there were several times I found myself in tears, both sad and happy ones. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The closest thing to a negative is I felt section three of the story dragged a bit.  I probably felt that way because I was anxious to find out how it all fit together in the end.

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend and I would give it to a gift.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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I love to read, especially mystery books. Though in the past couple of years I've been a part of the ACFW Book Club and have found some wonderful writers. It's been fun to interact with authors.

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