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Secrets of a Charmed Life

Author Susan Meissner
Narrator Alana Kerr
Runtime 12.3 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio Fiction
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Release Date February 3, 2015
Availability: Unrestricted (available worldwide)
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…



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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…



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Loved every part
This was a wonderful and thought provoking book. The author did a wonderful job with the character development and kept me many times on pins and needles.
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Review by / (Posted on 1/11/2017)
Thought provoking story.
I just finished this book and I am crying. I think I'm in a similar space to Isabel/Emmie. Loss of my husband and family. Fear. Confusion. Deep sadness. Regret. The story has helped me see beyond the lonely space I now occupy. I'm very glad I've "read" it. Well done. Thank you to the author.
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Review by / (Posted on 10/9/2016)
Exceptionally dissappointingly read
I found this profoundly disappointing.
The story is pretty good - but you absolutely chose the wrong reader. How can you have an American reader reading a British story in an accent that it is really all over the place when she tries to be British.
British people are tremendously sensitive to accents. The girls in this story came from the East End they would have had at least a London or even a cockney accent. The upper class people would have had upper -class accents and so on - so as an audio book it just didn't work.

As you will see from Amazon UK (rather than Amazon.com) the book itself is flawed because it uses many many American expressions that Brits would never use -like candy and sidewalk, and I guess... So the reader was starting on the wrong foot- but even so - with all the action happening in the UK and the story being told by a 90 year old British woman, a British narrator would have been the right choice.
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Review by / (Posted on 8/3/2016)
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