The Secret Life of Mrs. London by Rebecca Rosenberg

The Secret Life of Mrs. London

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 ow...


Details The Secret Life of Mrs. London

TitleThe Secret Life of Mrs. London
ISBN9781542048736
Author
Release DateJan 30th, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction
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Reviews The Secret Life of Mrs. London

  • Elyse
    1970-01-01
    Update..... given I ‘AM’ still thinking about this novel ... I’m adding one more star... from 3 stars to 4. This book is growing on me!!!!This is a hard review for me to write ...because I wasn’t crazy about this book. I have only myself to blame. I didn’t read ‘one’ thing about this novel when Rebecca Rosenberg asked me if I would like to read it: “The Secret Life of Mrs. London”, in exchange for a review. I was happy to read R...
  • Candi
    1970-01-01
    3.5 starsMy previous experience with the prolific author Jack London was years ago during my school days when I was assigned The Call of the Wild. I remember finding it an interesting book, but didn’t really think much about it afterwards. Then I re-read the book a few years ago when my son received the same English class assignment – and I loved it the second time through! Other than that, my knowledge of Jack London went no further; and nat...
  • Miranda Reads
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars If I can get Jack boxing this morning...he’ll be revved up for a good writing session followed by a “grand lolly” that will linger in our loins for days. And with that we are introduced to Jack London's wife, Charmian, an amateur boxer, aspiring writer, and free spirit . Figure 1. Jack London and Charmian (his second wife).Charmian is in the unique situation of wanting more to life during a time when women were supposed to be con...
  • Marialyce
    1970-01-01
    4 "engaging" starsCharmain was the second wife of author Jack London. She was a believer in free love, socialism, a woman's right to vote, and her husband Jack. It is the turn of the century, a time when the Victorian Age was winding down. Social and sexual mores were changing. It was the time before the free reeling lives of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and Ernest and Hadley Hemmingway became the alt culture of their day. Although in reading th...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    1970-01-01
    I instantly knew that I wanted to read The Secret Life of Mrs. London from the moment I read the blurb. I just love reading historical fiction about famous persons and I was intrigued by the prospect of reading a book about Jack London, a man that I didn't know much about. Also, the addition of Harry Houdini to the story made my eagerness to read this book even greater.I've actually been putting off writing this review, you know waiting for the r...
  • Rebecca Rosenberg
    1970-01-01
    The Secret Life of Mrs. LondonOn the surface, The Secret Life of Mrs. London is about the love triangle between the Houdinis and Londons, but many themes begged to be explored throughout. --Must you be faithful when marital needs are never met?--How do you live with the demands of a mercurial genius?--When are words of love not enough?--When is friendship stronger than passion?Charmian London was a force of nature, a horsewoman, swimmer, pianist,...
  • Kathleen
    1970-01-01
    "The Secret Life of Mrs. London" is a fascinating story beautifully told. The creative and romantic lives of Jack and Charmian London were full of passion, genius, and intrigue. I fell in love with the characterizations and the ups and downs of their careers, family lives, and romantic relationships kept me riveted throughout. A wonderful read!
  • Marialyce
    1970-01-01
    4 "engaging" starsCharmain is the second wife of author Jack London. She was a believer in free love, socialism, a woman's right to vote, and her husband Jack. It is the turn of the century, a time when the Victorian Age was winding down. Social and sexual mores were changing. It was the time before the free reeling lives of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and Ernest and Hadley Hemmingway became the alt culture of their day. Although in reading thi...
  • ❀⊱Rory⊰❀
    1970-01-01
    3 Stars. This is a well written and researched fictionalized account of the marriage of Jack and Charmian London. The London's marriage was of the bohemian type, with Charmian having an affair and getting pregnant by another man. She was also a writer, and dissatisfied with her role as Jack's support system. It was her job to sober him up and make sure he wrote every day. The rest of her husband's care was in the hands of his sister who lived wit...
  • Malena Watrous
    1970-01-01
    The SECRET LIFE of MRS. LONDON is a riveting behind-the-scenes look at the marriage of Jack and Charmain 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 t...
  • Ralph Smith
    1970-01-01
    Rebecca Rosenberg’s The Secret Life of Mrs. London is a terrific historical novel. The magnetic and impulsive personality of Jack London comes to life as does the equally-famous Harry Houdini. The protagonist, Charmian London, desires to become a writer in her own right and to have intimate love relationships but she is conflicted by wanting to be a supportive wife to the demanding, and sometimes childlike, Jack. This novel is a page-turner, ta...
  • Soraya Lane
    1970-01-01
    This was a fascinating historical novel - the perfect blend of historical fact mixed with fiction. It was different to what I usually read and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
  • Eric
    1970-01-01
    Writing in the first person is not an easy task, but Rebecca Rosenberg, author of “The Secret Life of Mrs. London,” pulls it off artfully. A few chapters into the novel and you quickly forget that someone other than the second wife of author, Jack London, Charmian London, is writing this tale. Oh yes, claims of fiction, but some very documented facts, well researched by Rosenberg. Charmian London weaves her own biography of her love of “Wol...
  • Linda Zagon
    1970-01-01
    My Review of “The Secret Life of Mrs. London” by Rebecca Rosenberg. Lake Union Publishing, January 30, 2018Rebecca Rosenberg , the Author of “The Secret Life of Mrs. London” has written an entertaining and captivating novel. I appreciate the way that Rebecca Rosenberg weaves the Genres of Historical Fiction and Fiction into her story. The timeline for this story is approximately 1915 in San Francisco, and takes place in other locations as...
  • Margaret
    1970-01-01
    "I would rather be ashes than dust! Iwould rather that my spark should burnout in a brilliant blaze than it should bestifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me inmagnificent glow, than a sleepy andpermanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste mydays trying to prolong them. I shall usemy time."-Jack London, Jack London's Tales of AdventureI finished this book about a week ago and sti...
  • Jeanette Lewis
    1970-01-01
    Author Rebecca Rosenberg has created a fabulous read with the main character of Mrs Charmian London, second wife of writer Jack London, adventurer and celebrity author. Charmian raised by her aunt and uncle, an enlightened couple and progressive for the times give her opportunities that are well beyond that of most females of the day. A life of reasonable privilege as well as inherited money. Jack London on the other hand has an upbringing the to...
  • Camille Maio
    1970-01-01
    Hands down, this book has some of the best dialogue I've read in a long time. I found myself really getting swept up in the relationships of Jack, Charmain, Harry, and Bessie. I love historical fiction that teaches me something, and I am glad to know more about all of these people. I believe this is the author's first novel and I can't wait to see what she does next.
  • Victoria Kelly
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Robin
    1970-01-01
    This is an interesting historical novel about a writer, a muse and a magician and it's an excellent, lively read.
  • Shannon
    1970-01-01
    Most of us are familiar with these two names from twentieth century history: Harry Houdini and Jack London. But, what about Bessie Houdini or Charmian London? These women, the wives of Houdini and London, were the cornerstones of their husbands’ careers and the ties that kept all four friends and co-conspirators for most of their public lives.Charmian London is the central character for Rebecca Rosenberg’s outstanding new novel, THE SECRET LI...
  • Kathleen Gray
    1970-01-01
    Fascinating. Charmain London was unknown to me and I suspect that fans of either Jack London (her husband) and or Harry Houdini (her lover) might feel differently about this novel which looks at her relationship with both of them. Read this as a book about a woman who is dealing with questions about herself and her relationship with two very dynamic men, neither of whom was a gem in real life. Charmain, btw, is, to use an old fashioned word, a ho...
  • Ivana Dirk
    1970-01-01
    Charmian and Jack London seem to be made for each other. They are complimentory in a way which is rare and does not happen very often in marriages. They overcome all the problems, some of them very serious (his inclination to alcohol, death of their child, financial problems) by means of everlasting friendship and love. Charmian is a prototype of a modern woman – she could easily pass for a emancipated woman of our times, although she was born ...
  • books4life
    1970-01-01
    The secret Life of Mrs. London is worth reading because of the viewpoint of the characters, vivid descriptions of time and place, historical knowledge, and a wonderful emotional roller coaster.
  • Bonnye Reed
    1970-01-01
    Rebecca Rosenberg does an excellent job of fleshing out the back stories and quirks that made Jack London, Houdini, and Charmian London such interesting and charismatic public figures in an age of giant personalities.The Secret Life of Mrs. London is a very well written slice into the early to mid-20th century in the United States. The geography, social stratas and mindsets are authentic, as are the publicly accepted views of the London's and the...
  • Beth Mink
    1970-01-01
    Rebecca Rosenberg’s new offering is amazingly good in that it transports the reader to a long forgotten time from the perspective of a woman who was the driving force behind the great Jack London, who wrote adventure stories at the cusp of the last century. Rich with intimate descriptions of their lives together, the author weaves a fascinating tale as complicated as any contemporary love stories.
  • Marla
    1970-01-01
    Rebecca does a good job with the historical aspects of this story. If you are a huge fan of historical fiction and of Jack London or Houdini, you will really enjoy this book. I had a hard time liking the characters, I found them a little boorish and I didn't like Jack at all. What an ass. I like historical fiction but this one just wasn't interesting to me. Maybe because I have never read a Jack London novel, not even in school. I had a hard time...
  • Lora
    1970-01-01
    I can't believe this is the author's first novel. It was wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. Thank you so much, Mrs. Rosenberg, for giving me a chance to read this!
  • Rachel Chiapparine
    1970-01-01
    I was blessed enough to be given a free copy of the book in ebook format in exchange for my honest review of the book which is as follows:For me personally this book reminded me of an ernest hemingway tale mixed with the early 19th century flare. A lot of the plot points that I have feelings on are spoilers so I can't really explain much without giving anything away however I feel like I can say that in my personal opinion this story really shows...
  • Anniemac
    1970-01-01
    Fantastic read. Enjoyed it immensely!
  • Patricia V. Davis
    1970-01-01
    The combination of fact and fiction, the time period, the author's voice, are all too tempting to resist. Read it after watching an episode of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (on Netflix). Or, after sipping a champagne cocktail. But it's also FABULOUS on its own!