Secrets of a Charmed Life

  • by Susan Meissner
  • Narrated by Alana Kerr Collins
  • 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Customer Reviews

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Beyond charming!

I've been living in London for over a year now, I'm ashamed to say I didn't really know or understand the extent to which the 2nd world war affected this city. ofcourse you learn about it in museums but reading this book has made me feel the pain and anxiety almost like I was there. I loved the character of Charlotte, she reflects the good in humans, giving it all without expecting anything back. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book, I'm inspired by the message it portrays and completely taken by the story that wraps so delicately around it.
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- angela


If you could sum up Secrets of a Charmed Life in three words, what would they be?

Emotional believable warstory

Who was your favorite character and why?

Charlotte - I think she was a saviour in the turbulent life

What about Alana Kerr’s performance did you like?

Oh - I could listen to her all day long - her voice is soft and kind and warm!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes YES yes!

Any additional comments?

It is the first book since "The Goldfinch" I have truly enjoyed - I loved the writing, the story and the narrator ... more please!

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- B. Mote

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-04-2015
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