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Secrets of a Charmed Life (Paperback) by Susan Meissner

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"Present 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"--



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The author of A Bridge Across the Ocean and The Last Year of the War journeys from the present day to World War II England, as two sisters are separated by the chaos of wartime...

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...



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Praise for Secrets of a Charmed Life

"Rich with vividly drawn characters, places, and events...It's themes of reinvention and redemption will strike a chord with readers."--Booklist

"Simply told, yet powerful in its depth...This vivid, well-researched story, depicting the horrors of the Blitz, the beauty of the countryside and the heartbreak and loss of a loved one will remain in your mind long after it ends."--RT Book Reviews

"This story of choices and consequences takes readers on a heartrending journey through war-torn London, the quiet Cotswolds and far-off America...[An] impressive and emotional novel."--Historical Novel Society

"With vivid storytelling and lovely prose, Meissner weaves a story, told from three perspectives, of World War II and present day seamlessly."--Open Book Society



About The Author



Susan Meissner is a former managing editor of a weekly newspaper and an award-winning columnist. She is the award-winning author of The Last Year of the War, A Bridge Across the Ocean, Secrets of a Charmed Life, A Fall of Marigolds, and Stars Over Sunset Boulevard, among other novels.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.1 Inches (H) x 5.1 Inches (W) x .9 Inches (D)
Weight: .65 Pounds
Suggested Age: 13-19 Years
Number of Pages: 388
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Historical
Publisher: New Amer Library
Format: Paperback
Author: Susan Meissner
Language: English
Street Date: February 3, 2015
TCIN: 16474340
UPC: 9780451419927
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-5740
Origin: Made in the USA
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Estimated ship weight: 1 pounds
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Intriguing!

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Hrlund - 3 years ago
Very engaging storyline with a answers to all your questions by the end. Stayed up all night to finish!
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