What I’m Reading: Secrets of a Charmed Life

I just finished up the audio book Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner.  This one came to me via Hoopla Digital.  I’ve had lots of trouble with Overdrive lately making getting books from my online library hard.  That makes me super glad I have Hoopla now too.

Anyway..a little about the book.

I picked it as it has a WWII twist and I like books from that time period.  This one bring in a college student from current day interviewing someone who lived through the bombing blitz in England.  The format isn’t original but the story is good.  There is very little present day time spent in the book and I appreciated that as there the book was a little weak…not bad though.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, 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…

Amazon readers give the book 4.6 stars.  I’d agree.  I did like it and would recommend it.  The story was a point of view of the war that I knew little about.  I loved reading and learning at the same time.

3 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Secrets of a Charmed Life”

  1. If you haven’t read “A fall of marigolds” by Meissner, try it. I loved it. It ties in 9-11 with Ellis Island.

  2. Hi Jo, I enjoy reading your blog normally on a morning with a cup of tea, ( I live in UK) I’ve just finished a book called Born Survivors by Wendy Holden it’s about 3 baby survivors from a concentration camp. give it a go if you can
    Take care

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