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Secrets of a Charmed Life av Susan Meissner
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Secrets of a Charmed Life (urspr publ 2015; utgåvan 2015)

av Susan Meissner (Författare)

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"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, 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... "--… (mer)
Medlem:amandaroot
Titel:Secrets of a Charmed Life
Författare:Susan Meissner (Författare)
Info:Berkley (2015), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
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When seeing another wartime novel, I often think "not now or I'll pass". I'm so pleased when this one became available to me that I looked at the name Susan Meissner and remembered how much I adored A Fall of Marigolds. This...is beautiful writing. This is the style of writing that makes you stop and read again and often pen it to read those beautiful lines again. Chapter 1, I'm pretty drawn in. By the last line of Chapter 1, I'm hooked and settling in for there must be intrigue a head. Should you grow weary of wartime reads please know the focus is on so much more. My first 5 star of the year when I rarely have 5 stars. Also, this is a re-read which I also very rarely do. ( )
  BONS | Jan 17, 2024 |
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  fyreglo | Aug 26, 2023 |
This is a beautifully written book about choices and the consequences of those choices. The sisters, Julia and Emmeline dutifully feel responsible for their choices, however they fail to realize that personal choices made in the context of war have to be given some wiggle room. The results of their choices made in dangerous situations end up haunting them for 2 decades.
The depiction of the WWII Blitz on London is wonderfully done. I have read many books about WWII, but this gives such a first person perspective - the reader is able to see, smell, and hear the bombing and burning of London. Emmeline's desperation during the bombing is felt.
I really like how Julia's perspective is given through her therapy-driven letters to her sister. What a creative technique! ( )
  Kimberlyhi | Apr 15, 2023 |
I really enjoyed this one, but about 88% through, I started to think the author was just messing with her readers. The near misses / missed opportunities almost drove me crazy. It almost caused me to drop a star from my review. ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
Another engaging book from Susan Meissner begins when an Oxford student from America, Kendra, arrives in the Cotwolds to interview Isabel on her 93rd birthday. Isabel is renown for her art work, which typically includes a red polka-dot umbrella. The topic Kendra wishes to pursue with this woman is her survival of the Blitz. Kendra is soon swept into a different interview when the woman discloses her real identity.

Kendra is transported back to 1940 by Isabel when sisters Emmy, 15 and Julia, 7 are moved from London to the countryside as part of the evacuation of children to keep them safe from the bombings in London. Their foster home is in the lovely Cotswolds with a widowed woman named Charlotte, who lives with her neurologically-impaired sister, Rose. Emmy and Julia are welcomed warmly, and given a home unlike the one they had known with their single mother.

Emmy's dream to become a wedding dress designer means she has to return to London for an important interview, and Julia insists on accompanying her. Unfortunately, they arrive in London on September 7 when the Blitz begins, and their lives are never the same. The descriptions of the terror and devastation are harrowing, as is the aftermath of the Blitz when Julia cannot be found, and Emmy assumes the identity of the deceased Isabel to continue her search.

The aftermath of the lives of Emmy/Isabel and Julia are told in interesting detail, and they never forget the Blitz. This historical fiction is very good, especially because I love the Cotswolds. ( )
  pdebolt | Jan 7, 2023 |
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"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, 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... "--

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