When I started this book, I had no information about the famous author, Jack London. He wrote such classics as The Call of the Wild and White Fang. But this book is more the story of Jack told from his wife’s point of view, Charmian. What a fascinating person she was. I believe the word used in the book was “pluck.” Never afraid to speak her mind or
As Jack’s typist and editor, Charmian is at his beck and call whenever the inspiration strikes. His sister runs his estate and employs hundreds of helpers. When the famous couple meet the Houdinis for the first time, Charmian feels an attraction to both the magician and his wife, Bessie, just for a friend to talk to.
I loved reading Houdini’s magic scenes, as I’m such a fan of illusionists, and I felt like I was in the audience watching. The socializing and witty banter when they all got to drinking also propelled the book along. I mean, this husband and wife boxed each other first thing in the morning. With boxing gloves. Can you imagine? And, oh, the scandals! Like reading a soap opera back in the early 1900s.
Rosenberg put a lot of research into this book and it shows. She knows what she’s talking about down to the minute details. Fans of historical fiction or those wanting to learn more about the famous men and their wives will get a kick out of this story. Grab a cocktail and thank me later.
My thanks to the publisher and Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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