Monday, February 12, 2018

Review of The Secret Life of Mrs. London by Rebecca Rosenberg

The Secret Life of Mrs. LondonThe Secret Life of Mrs. London by Rebecca Rosenberg
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
San Francisco, 1915. As America teeters on the brink of world war, Charmian and her husband, famed novelist Jack London, wrestle with genius and desire, politics and marital competitiveness. Charmian longs to be viewed as an equal partner who put her own career on hold to support her husband, but Jack doesn’t see it that way…until Charmian is pulled from the audience during a magic show by escape artist Harry Houdini, a man enmeshed in his own complicated marriage. Suddenly, charmed by the attention Houdini pays her and entranced by his sexual magnetism, Charmian’s eyes open to a world of possibilities that could be her escape. As Charmian grapples with her urge to explore the forbidden, Jack’s increasingly reckless behavior threatens her dedication. Now torn between two of history’s most mysterious and charismatic figures, she must find the courage to forge her own path, even as she fears the loss of everything she holds dear.

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Praise for The Secret Life of Mrs. London

“The Secret Life of Mrs. London is a heart-wrenching portrait of a marriage between two people who utterly depend on one another, but ultimately aren’t enough for each other. With skillful precision of language, Rosenberg weaves a narrative that defines the complexities of love, passion, and art. This is a perceptive, deeply moving novel by a great new talent about a couple who has gone unnoticed in historical fiction until now. Anyone who has ever loved another person will want to read this book.” —Victoria Kelly, author of Mrs. Houdini: A Novel “One of Houdini’s best kept secrets was his affair with Charmian London in 1918. Now Rebecca Rosenberg tells the story using an elegant blend of fact and fiction, creating a Houdini book like no other. The Secret Life of Mrs. London is a true peek behind the curtain and a page-turner.” —John Cox, Wild about Harry

About the Author

A California native, Rebecca Rosenberg lives on a lavender farm with her family in Sonoma, the Valley of the Moon, where Jack London wrote from his Beauty Ranch. Rebecca is a long-time student of Jack London’s works and an avid fan of his daring wife, Charmian London. The Secret Life of Mrs. London is her debut novel. Rebecca and her husband, Gary, own the largest lavender product company in America, selling to 4000 resorts, spas and gift stores. The Rosenbergs believe in giving back to the Sonoma Community, supporting many causes through financial donations and board positions, including Worth Our Weight, an educational culinary program for at-risk children, YWCA shelter for abused women, Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center to provide performances for children, Sonoma Food Bank, Sonoma Boys and Girls Club, and the Valley of the Moon Children's Home. For more information, please visit Rebecca's website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook and Goodreads. Visit the Facebook page for The Secret Life of Mrs. London.

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  1. Thanks so much for your great review! I really enjoyed this read too! It made me want to learn more about London & Charmian & Houdini!

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  2. Great review. I'm looking forward to reading it.
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