Friday, February 9, 2018

Blog Tour The Secret Lives of Mrs. London by Rebecca Rosenberg (Book review & GIveaway)

Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance
Publication Date:January 30, 2018
Published By:  Lake Union Publishing
Website:Rebecca Rosenberg 

The Secret Life of Mrs. London on Goodreads
My review copy:
Received from the publisher

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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 own complicated marriage. Suddenly, charmed by the attention Houdini pays her and entranced by his sexual magnetism, Charmian’s eyes open to a world of possibilities that could be her escape.
As Charmian grapples with her urge to explore the forbidden, Jack’s increasingly reckless behavior threatens her dedication. Now torn between two of history’s most mysterious and charismatic figures, she must find the courage to forge her own path, even as she fears the loss of everything she holds dear.

San Francisco 1915 is the setting of this entrancing novel that Rebecca Rosenberg tells with expert prose and a way of eloquently moving the story along at the perfect pace. 

Charmian London is the second wife of the famous writer Jack London. She put her dreams on hold of being a writer to help her husband forge ahead with his writing career. Charmian is the perfect wife. She types for Jack. She even lets Jack box with her so he can get his creative juices flowing. Honestly, Charmian would do anything for Jack's love. That is until another man pays her notice. Then she starts to wonder if Jack is the amazing man she always thought him to be. 

This story is a definite page turner and I believe many readers will fall in love with Charmian's story. She is not your average hero. In fact, I found myself not liking her very at times because of her devotion to a man that I didn't feel cared as much for her. However, the author makes it work with the story and I still routed for her even if I didn't always agree with her character. 

A richly told historical story with plenty of passion, excitement and page turning to keep you reading. I highly recommend this novel.

Praise for The Secret Life of Mrs. London

“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
About the Author

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.

For more information, please visit Rebecca's website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook and Goodreads. Visit the Facebook page for The Secret Life of Mrs. London.

Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, January 30 Review at A Bookaholic Swede 
Wednesday, January 31 Interview & Giveaway at Passages to the Past 
Thursday, February 1 Guest Post at Let Them Read Books Feature at What Is That Book About 
Friday, February 2 Review at View from the Birdhouse Feature at Historical Fiction with Spirit 
Monday, February 5 Review at Creating Herstory 
Tuesday, February 6 Review at Planting Cabbages 
Wednesday, February 7 Review at A Bookish Affair Review at History From a Woman's Perspective 
Thursday, February 8 Interview at Planting Cabbages 
Friday, February 9 Review at Bookish 
Sunday, February 11 Review at Carole's Ramblings 
Monday, February 12 Review at Cup of Sensibility 
Tuesday, February 13 Review & Giveaway at The Maiden's Court 
Wednesday, February 14 Review at Donna's Book Blog 
Thursday, February 15 Review at Jorie Loves a Story  
Friday, February 16 Guest Post at Short Book and Scribes 
Monday, February 19 Review at Reading the Past 
Tuesday, February 20 Review at The Lit Bitch 
Friday, February 23 Review at Pursuing Stacie 
Monday, February 26 Review at Back Porchervations 
Tuesday, February 27 Guest Post at My Reading Corner 
Wednesday, February 28 Review & Giveaway at Suzy Approved Book Reviews  
Thursday, March 1 Review at What Cathy Read Next 
Friday, March 2 Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views 
Monday, March 5 Review at Caryn, the Book Whisperer 
Tuesday, March 6 Review at Bookish Beck

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