My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was amazed at how quickly I was sucked into the trials and tribulations of Charmian and Jack London’s marriage. This book was especially meaningful to me as I live on the California coast where part of the story takes place. Charmian longs to be considered an equal in her marriage to Jack London. He constantly has an entourage hanging around and Charmian believes he is unfaithful. Jack is prone to bouts of drunkenness, stubbornness, tantrums, and self-destruction. Charmian immerses herself in trying to become a published writer, even though neither her husband nor his publishers takes her seriously. She eventually finds acceptance and a sense of equality in her friendship with magician Harry Houdini, who has marital issues of his own. Houdini’s wife becomes her good friend, and Charmian fights against feelings she has developed for Houdini. Rebecca Rosenberg is masterful in creating ingenious characters the reader will fall in love with!
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The Secret Life of Mrs. London by Rebecca Rosenberg
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Lake Union Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 348 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction