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Número de páginas: 409 páginas Dicas de vocabulário: Habilitado Configuração de fonte: Habilitado
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The author of A Bridge Across the Ocean journeys from the present day to World War II England, as two sisters are separated by the chaos of wartime...

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...

Sobre o Autor

Susan Meissner is a former managing editor of a weekly newspaper and an award-winning columnist. She has published fourteen novels, including A Fall of Marigolds. She lives in San Diego with her husband and has four grown children.

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  • Formato: eBook Kindle
  • Tamanho do arquivo: 1833 KB
  • Número de páginas: 409 páginas
  • Editora: Berkley (3 de fevereiro de 2015)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • ASIN: B00KWFZ7II
  • Leitura de texto: Habilitado
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  • Configuração de fonte: Habilitado
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Amazon.com: 4.6 de 5 estrelas 1,379 avaliações
Esta avaliação foi considerada útil por 84 de 88 pessoa(s):
3.0 de 5 estrelas Compelling at first, loses air towards end 24 de abril de 2015
Por Lili - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: Capa comum Compra verificada
This was the first book I've read by this author. She is a very talented writer and her use of language is beautiful. The descriptions are vivid without being overly flowery. The story is also very compelling. I was drawn into the story and could imagine the scenes and people she writes of. They seemed genuine and I was touched emotionally by the characters and story.... Spoiler alert: BUT, and this is a big but...

The last portion of the book ruined it for me. This portion is the one that takes place in the form of letters/diary entries. I won't say who wrote this portion, but the whole turn of events and the story conveyed by these letters/diary entries very nearly ruined the book for me. It went from being a beautifully written, genuinely touching story to becoming overwrought and unrealistic. Even though this novel is a work of fiction, much of it felt authentic and believable. Until the letters and the story within them. The book went from being engrossing and compelling to feeling melodramatic. I went from feeling broken-hearted to rolling my eyes.

The letters also made the character who wrote them seem suddenly less sympathetic and almost... Unlikable.

So, in the end, the was promising but lost it's way by taking a turn of melodrama that it never really recovers from.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Allow your imagination to be captured by this epic story! 3 de fevereiro de 2015
Por Deena Peterson - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: Capa comum
I've read some of Susan's novels, and I've always enjoyed them. But the historical genre is not my favorite, so it's unusual that I will request a copy to read.

When I was offered the opportunity to read an advance copy of "Secrets of a Charmed Life" I must admit....it was the cover that drew me in. Kudos to the designers! But then I opened the book, and I was swept away.

"Secrets of a Charmed Life" reminded me why I love to read. The story takes place during the reign of Adolf Hitler, and is set in England. I've studied World War II many times, but place fictional characters in the midst of the Blitz and history comes alive.

I cannot fathom the fear and the pain one must face when life is so uncertain and dangerous that you must send your children away to live in safety. Reading about the mass exodus of England's children was mind boggling, to say the least.

And I felt every bit of Emmy's resentment at being shipped off to the countryside and to strangers. To be almost at the age of adulthood and yet treated like a child had to be maddening for her. But when she made her pivotal choice I wanted to reach into the story and grab her, stop her from making that devastating choice.

This book is so well written that you'll be reading, then look up and be shocked to see that you are in 2015 and not in war torn England. You'll feel the bombs as they hit, choke on the dust and debris, and feel the losses that come from that devastation.

Susan isn't an author in this instance. Instead, she is an artist, creating a masterpiece of fiction that had me riveted from start to finish. My only issue were the final chapters. I enjoyed the storytelling within the story so much, that to be left reading letter after letter did slow down the book. But that is such a minor quibble.

"Secrets of a Charmed Life" releases today, so get your copy soon. You won't regret it. My thanks to Susan for allowing me to be a part of her Dream Team in exchange for my honest review. This one is highly recommended, and "Secrets of a Charmed Life" is a book I will read again!
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3.0 de 5 estrelas The title doesn't reflect the story. 7 de abril de 2016
Por J. Jamison - Publicada na Amazon.com
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For the most part, I liked this book at first. But where did the misleading title come from? From one sentence toward the end, that's where, and this is definitely not a book about a charmed life. Also, the cover was misleading. A beautifully dressed woman does not really represent the characters and the suffering they endured. I thought the story was going to be lighthearted and fast moving, but it was just the opposite. I didn't know it was a war story. The story is being told by Isabelle, who lived thru the Second World War, with all the bombing and tragedy that occurred, and it turns out that she is really a woman named Emmaline who took another identity. It is a sad story, because she and her sister are caught in the blitz of London, and her mother is killed. She does not have a happy life, and neither does her sister. There is no charmed life for either one of them, unless you can count the fact that they were not killed by the bombing. The first two parts of the book was interesting enough to keep me reading, although it was slow, but the last part slowed down to a crawl. I skipped most of it to just get to the end.
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4.0 de 5 estrelas A Lifetime Does Make History 6 de fevereiro de 2017
Por Mary Jane - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: eBook Kindle Compra verificada
I never knew much about the bombing of London during WWII, only that it occurred. Reading this book of fiction gave me an insight into what it was like to have lived in London during that terrifying time. I can now connect this story to other scraps of knowledge I had picked up from other books such as: "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society", and the back story of C.S.Lewis's stories such as "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe", stories written about some of the little children who were among those evacuated from London to live in the country during the war.

I have been fortunate to be living in the USA. We have experienced some terrible events, but the sustained bombing of our major city with the threat of invasion and take over have not been part of my life so far. Yes, I have learned about some horrible events, such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the American Revolution, and the Civil War. The reality of attack was brought home mightily on 9/11, during which I did lose friends, was traumatized to the point of having my life changed from that occurrence. But to be a child, alone in a large city under continuous bombing day after day, would be more than most could take. To compound the trauma, the lifelong guilt of feeling you acted irresponsibly, would be something many of us could not handle. Churchill's speeches and bravery in the face of this attack on his country have become ever so much more amazing and inspiring now, having read this book about this incredible time period.

There is a little too much neat tidying up of the plot line, and for this, I give 4 stars, not five. However, the reading of this book has enlightened me and bolstered me into believing that the human spirit is capable of surviving enormous trauma with the notion that life does go on and is worth moving on into an unknown future----a message we all could benefit from hearing.
3.0 de 5 estrelas Too Much Pain, Not Enough Redemption 2 de julho de 2017
Por Jennifer - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: eBook Kindle Compra verificada
Mum wants the elder sister to parent the younger, especially as children are being evacuated from WWII London. The elder sister, feeling the pull of her own ambitions, makes some egregious mistakes and is separated from younger during the first day of the Blitz. Mum dies in in the next night’s bombing. For the rest of the book, both sisters agonize over the choices they made and how they think those choices affected the other. The story is told from the perspective of the now-elderly elder sister, with the trajectory of the younger sister’s life filled in via an over-wrought journal that elder sister receives in mid-life.

The earlier portions of the story are well-written and engaging; unfortunately, the author descends into repetitive melodrama to round out the tale. The changes in perspective (from the reporter, to the elder sister, to the younger sister, and back again) seem forced and unnecessary. Changes in the speed at which the story unfolds are also disconcerting. The reporter’s introduction to the elder sister is painfully detailed and unnecessary; the unfolding of the elder sister’s experience is well written and engaging; then the flow of time accelerates so quickly that it is easy to lose interest. The last third of the book is simple tear-jerking followed by a declaration of a partially developed theme. Had the writing style in the middle of the book been carried throughout, it would have been a much better book.
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