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  • Title: Secrets of a Charmed Life
  • Author: Susan Meissner
  • ISBN: 9780451419927
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 theShe 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.nning 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, one million 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
    Secrets of a Charmed Life 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 wa

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    1. This book ALMOST made my list of best books I ve ever read I ve rarely been so swallowed up in a story since I was ten and read the Little House series Susan did a masterful job of making me care about Emmy and Julia and then, well, stringing me along on a horrific ride through the London Blitz.And then And then we came to the last section of the book presented as journal entries and although there was no way I was going to quit reading at that point, the story lost its momentum I no longer had [...]

    2. Loved it I really appreciate the fact that Meissner didn t feel the need to create a complicated present story the past took center stage Wonderfully and descripitively written to where I felt compelled to Youtube videos from the Blitz Must have been a truely terrifying time to be a Londoner I look very forward to reading by Meissner 4.5 stars.

    3. Only just started this book but it is already irritating me With alls it s talk of sidewalks and putting their foot on the gas when referring to the accelerator in a car I keep expecting to find out that the main protagonists are recent American immigrants If you are going to write a book about the Blitz in London from an English perspective and expect English readers to take it seriously little things like this are important I keep waiting for the next gaff mistake.

    4. Fear is worse than pain, I think Pain is centralized, identifiable, and wanes as you wait Fear is a heaviness you can t wriggle out from under You must simply find the will to stand with it and start walking Fear does not start to fade until you take the step that you think you can t This is a relatively simple story of ordinary people during an extraordinary time, but is complex in its development It is the story of how one decision can change your entire life I think I often fall into the trap [...]

    5. I love being shocked, being forced to think, and becoming completely engrossed in someone else s story This book certainly didn t disappoint I was sucked in by the engaging narrative I was left in suspense as to the ending I was forced to think hard on the issue it tackles blame Notably blaming oneself for things out of one s control.And this was a good lesson for me right now.The lowdown It s London, WWII the actual focus is what happens during the Blitz Though the story delves into the before [...]

    6. I received this book through a giveaway in exchange for an honest review.I loved this story I thought it was beautiful in a simple way but still left an impact on me I just cannot imagine going through something like the London Blitz in WWII Such a sad and devastating time This book made me feel like I was there going through it with Emmy I could feel her loss and hopelessness I could feel her desire to prove herself and to shed herself after losing so much Emmy s story was wonderfully told, one [...]

    7. American authors should really just stick to American fiction This story reads like a modern American teenager throwing hussy fits when nothing goes her way, only in a Blitz setting The disconnect between history and character reaction is gaping Just think, this is similar to a blend of High School Musical and the SS marching down the street in the same plot It s disconcerting to say the least Not the least concession was made to the fact that this book was not set in the modern US I might have [...]

    8. Whyyyyyy did I wait so long to read this book It is an excellent, beautifully written novel of two sisters who are tragically affected by the World War II bombings of London Emmy is a strong female character who has lofty dreams, and we see her mature into a woman on a quest to make up for regrets Julia is the younger sister who lives with different regrets and is deeply affected by what occurs in London I had a lump in my throat for the entire last part of 3 Many life lessons can be learned in [...]

    9. I deeply appreciate writers who tackle historical fiction and mean Ms Meissner no disrespect I truly wished to read a good story about War Time London but this poorly crafted story simply did not deliver.Perhaps it would have worked if it was listed as Juvenile Fiction As an adult consumer I was annoyed by this poorly constructed story At every twist and turn the plot was advanced through the use of transparent props The blitz has happened Winter is coming, Emily needs a warm coat oh my there is [...]

    10. Quite the enthralling story We make our choices you and I in a world that isn t perfect And while I wish I had made different choices, as I know you do, which one of us can say that if we had, nothing bad would have ever happened to the people we love A story of mothers and daughters and sisters, uniting and colliding within the volatile realities of war real and imagined wars And so much shattered dreams, burning hope, love, loss, grief, solitude, redemption, and restoration Susan Messiner is [...]

    11. 3.5 stars rounded up.This tale of two sisters, Emmy and Julia Downtree, takes place during the days of World War II when London was under the Blitz and children were evacuated out of the city into the countryside It is a story of misconception, too many assumptions, too many actions without enough forethought to avoid dire consequences and the grief that comes from making a mistake you feel you can never rectify.Throughout the story you want to scream at Emmy, don t do that or think about what y [...]

    12. Warning If you get irritated by prudish reviews, stop now You won t enjoy this one.I feel very disappointed right now Susan Meissner has a way with words and I was immediately swept away by her beautiful prose and fully developed characters I started to get a bit uneasy when the Lord s name was taken in vain a couple of times, but thought it surely would be a rare occurrence and I could press on Meissner is a Christian author after all Then I realized that the book really didn t contain any Chri [...]

    13. 3.5 stars Some editing, thoughts on the story This is inspirational fiction but it doesn t feel preachy, it s just a lovely story I normally don t read much of this genre nothing against it, just doesn t cross my radar very often but the synopsis had caught my eye and thanks to Kate Morton, I love these kinds of stories I was eager to read it dove into it without reading any reviews.Thanks again to my friend Shaun for gifting me this for Christmas.It starts off slow, building up the lives of Em [...]

    14. What an awesome journey Meissner takes us on I love to learn history while submerged in a story full of events and characters that touch my emotions Highly recommend

    15. Could not get past the first few pages Tedious, excessive references to irrelevant details i.e scenery Predictable and cliche descriptions i.e English cottage And really They scheduled her interview with the lady on the same day as her 93rd birthday party How realistic is that Well, just as realistic as everything else I read the first few pagest at all I m all for running away, fantasy, a perfectly dreamy world to escape to, etc But this is just too much.

    16. Jo jedna pri a o ljudskim sudbinama i kako je malo dovoljno da sve krene krivim putem Ovaj put pratimo pri u dvaju sestara tijekom Drugog svjetskog rata u Londonu i okolici onim divnim, engelskim seocima.

    17. I loved Susan s last book, Fall Of Marigolds, this one is every bit as good She writes 2 story lines, one from the past, and one present day I always favor the historical story, and was so glad this focused on the WW2 tale of Emmy and Julia, 2 sisters who were separated during the bombings on London by Germany The only minor thing I wasn t fond of was the 3rd part told by Julia in letter form If you are a historical fiction fan, this should be on your list to read soon I look forward to her next [...]

    18. Slow to start but interesting to read as the story unravels Secrets of a Charmed Life is a beautiful historical fiction full of joy, heartache, surprises, tension, and sadness The author captures WWII in England and the evacuated children well Highly recommended if you like to read WWII historical fiction books about sisterly love and how fate can change lives This will definitely not be my last Meissner book

    19. This book was an enjoyable read, but I must admit I am a little baffled I ve read nothing but rave reviews and high praise about this novel, so I was anticipating it to land among my favorite books, but it fell drastically short Again, I reiterate I liked this book But I also found it lacking what, exactly, I can t quite figure out Perhaps this book was at the disadvantage of having just been read after a book of approximately 530 pages and before that, a book of 870 pages because I felt this st [...]

    20. The moment I saw that Susan Meissner wrote another book, I knew I had to have it Last time I read one of her books I fell completely in love with her elegant writing and storytelling and found myself falling in love all over again She is one of many authors that keep my interest with historical fiction alive and why I keep coming back to this genre over and over again.The story mostly follows a 15 year old girl Emmy Downtree, her story told by Isabel McFarland when a young scholar comes to inter [...]

    21. The back cover leads you to believe that this story is about the intersection of two lives, one a modern young history student, the other an elderly watercolor painter who survived the Second World War in England Let s just forget the first person Kendra because her only role is to set the stage for the second Isabel to tell her secret story that she apparently kept untold for years and years though, as the story progresses, we find out there are actually many people who know the story but keep [...]

    22. Once I picked this book up I couldn t put it back down The characters were easy to love and to feel their pain Historical fiction at its best Highly recommended.

    23. 4.25 I loved reading yet another perspective of World War II This story was very gripping and kept we wonder in until nearly the end if the two sisters in the story are ever reunited after so much heartache and loss from the Blitz They both overcame so much over the years I wanted so badly for there to be a happy ending to this story I enjoyed reading about Emmy, her story, as other historical fiction novels have, made me feel closer to history in a sense This isn t the most heart wrenching hist [...]

    24. Oh how I loved this book about a young London woman girl during the Blitz The author does such a fantastic job describing the complete incongruity of the situation, set against Emmy s idealistic nature And the theme of sisterhood wow I was completely enchanted from the first page Highly, highly recommended.

    25. Secrets of a Charmed Life is a very old fashioned story It reminded me of those classic black and white World War II movies a little melodramatic, a little cheesy, a little too contrived, but designed to tug at your heartstrings cue the sappy music The kind of old movies I find enjoyably satisfying When I checked out this book, I was not aware that it is categorized as inspirational fiction, a genre I don t usually read not because I have anything against it per se, just that I don t like to be [...]

    26. Isabel McFarland believes it is time to tell her story Through her telling comes thee recounting of the lives of Emmy and Julia Downtree They are sisters living with a single mother in London during the bombings from the Luftwaffe in WWII Their mother sends them to the countryside to be sheltered by a foster family They are fortunate to be taken in by a caring couple of sisters But Emmy s dreams cause her to make some poor choices that change the course of their lives The sisters are left to pay [...]

    27. 3.5 stars Secrets of a Charmed Life is set during the Second World War and follows two sisters who are evacuated to the countryside from London, so the premise immediately appealed to me I ve always found the experiences of the thousands of evacuees during WW2 fascinating so I was eager to read a book set against this backdrop The Blitz seems to be a popular setting for historical novels and this book uses the chaos and trauma that it brought to demonstrate how one mistake can change your life f [...]

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