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The Secret Life of Mrs. London by Rebecca Rosenberg
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it was amazing
bookshelves: adventure, favorites, fiction, giveaways, historical-fiction, love-stories-and-romance

This well-written book tells the story of Charmian London, wife to famed author Jack London. A feminist before the word was coined, she was a strong woman, but her husband seemed to be old fashioned in his views of the female sex. Taking place in 1915 in San Francisco, Charmian finds herself oddly drawn to Houdini (yes THAT Houdini) when she is picked out of an audience to partake in one of his illusions. Eventually Charmian and Jack meet both Houdini and his wife, and this book allows that they, too, were facing some challenges in their marriage.

The characters jump right out of the pages of this book. Going well beyond a love story, they are quite complex and very interesting.

Charmian had put her own career aside so that her husband could continue his, but he doesn't seem to appreciate that at all; it seems he just expected it to be so. She helps him with his writing - she types and devotes herself to helping him become successful, even as she once dreamed of being a writer herself. After she meets Houdini and his wife, she realizes she could have a future all her own and not just as the wife of famous Jack London.
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Reading Progress

December 30, 2017 – Shelved
December 30, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
January 23, 2018 – Shelved (Kindle Edition)
January 23, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read (Kindle Edition)
January 15, 2019 – Started Reading
January 28, 2019 – Shelved as: adventure
January 28, 2019 – Shelved as: favorites
January 28, 2019 – Shelved as: fiction
January 28, 2019 – Shelved as: giveaways
January 28, 2019 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
January 28, 2019 – Shelved as: love-stories-and-romance
January 28, 2019 – Finished Reading

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