The Secret Life of Mrs. London by Rebecca Rosenberg
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Lake Union Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 348 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Praise for The Secret Life of Mrs. London“An impressively original and exceptionally well-crafted novel by an author who is a master of character- and narrative-driven storytelling, Rebecca Rosenberg’s The Secret Life of Mrs. London is an inherently riveting and thoroughly reader-engaging story from beginning to end and feature[es] many an unexpected plot twist and turn.” —Midwest Book Review “Interesting, and based on the actual lives of the participants…Learning more about Jack London was enjoyable, as well as seeing early feminist examples.” —Historical Novel Society “…Rosenberg paints an immensely intriguing portrait of a marriage and tells it in an accomplished lyrical prose that captures each moment with poetic intensity.” —Prairies Book Review “The Secret Life of Mrs. London is a riveting behind-the-scenes look at the marriage of Jack and Charmian London, both fascinating and complicated characters with rich inner lives that Rosenberg conveys in crisp yet poetic prose. This contemporary historical fiction raises questions that are still relevant today about what makes a good marriage, and whether creativity and stability are incompatible. A rich, resonant, deeply satisfying novel sure to delight and leave readers thinking long after they put it down.” —Malena Watrous, author of If You Follow Me and Sparked!, and director of the Stanford Continuing Studies Program in Novel Writing “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
A fascinating look at Jack London and his 2nd wife Charmain who were both writers
I'm like a lot of other people who've read Jack London's Call of the Wild which is a true classic in itself. Except that I haven't read it since I was in high school and once as a young woman
Rebbeca has done a great job in her research amd this is the result. To be able to bring these fascinating characters alive with a wonderful plot is really amazing!! I love talented authors like this. Her writing is definitely a work of art!
This story takes place on the brink of what is now known as The Great War.
While I really enjoyed getting to know Jack and Charmaine, I think I loved Harry Houdini and Bessie best!!
I would love to have been alive to see Houdini perform!! The best magician ever! But since I wasn't this book allowed me to do that. I felt like I was held in a trance while I watched him perform. I love magic shows. For some reason they fascinate me.
I would love to see a magic show since I haven't seen one in quite awhile.
Sometimes we have to take the path that is meant for us. I understand fearing everything you might lose is imperative but sometimes like my preacher said you have to get rid of the negative in your life in order to allow yourself some inner peace.
Will Charmaine allow herself to do this or will she give in to the urge to explore something that is not allowed and threatens her loyalty to Jack whose behavior that is growing out of control?
Y'all need to pick up this fabulous historical novel and be swept back to London in 1915! Trust me you won't want to come back to 2019.
I love the cover too! The title goes great with the story inside!
My thanks to the author for a copy of this book. NO compensations were received. All opinions are my own
About the Author
|Rebecca Rosenberg receiving the IPPY Gold Medal|