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Secrets of a Charmed Life

Author Susan Meissner
Narrator Alana Kerr
Runtime 12.3 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date February 3, 2015
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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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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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Recommended for fans of historical fiction
Gripping account of two sisters of the one million children, 15 years and under, who were evacuated from London to rural foster homes at the expected WW2 advance of Germany. Emotional tension between mother and eldest daughter, Emmy, as the decision that is made serves as the platform to build the drama and trauma to come. I couldn't put it down.

Not one to miss for any WW fictional readers. Susan Meissner's historical research is par excellence.
The addition of narration sets the storytelling at a new and much appreciated level for me. I love to hear the character personalities come forward, the descriptions of location coloured, and the relationships dramatised. The addition of an accent is definitely a plus. And , as is the case in this novel, characters from different areas will add several accents. An accomplished narrator will handle these transitions well. I am unsure if this narration was able to convey those transitions as well as hoped for. Ms Kerr made admirable efforts in accent changes, though I found the unexpected pausing to be disruptive to the flow of storytelling. It came across to me as disjointing. I'm sorry it was so, though the narration did bring the story to life. And for this fabulous story, that is an added pleasure.


*Appreciation to Christian Audio for providing an audio copy to listen for review without cost or obligation. 
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Review by / (Posted on 1/10/2020)
A very well written novel. It portrays real characters who must make choices that eff their lives for good or evil.
I have just read (listened to) the book; my first by the author. What a great read! Ms Meisseneer is a gifted writer who is able to put her characters' thoughts into words. Her story is based on good values that reflect wisdom for living. This book offered me insight for my own journey.
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Review by / (Posted on 3/27/2019)
Absolutely loved it!
I so loved this book!! I want to read everything she’s written. Loved the Shape of Mercy too! So we’ll done and I learned some history too in a rich and real way
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