The Secret Life of Mrs. London

The Secret Life of Mrs. London Review

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2018 BEST NEW NOVEL nomination, Center for Fiction. Historical fiction Houdini-London love triangle 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.


From Victoria Kelly, MRS. HOUDINI, THE NOVEL

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.


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,

From Malena Watrous, SPARKED, IF YOU FOLLOW ME

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 to delight and leave readers thinking long after they put it down.




Title:The Secret Life of Mrs. London
Edition Language:English

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  • Elyse

    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...

  • Candi

    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...

  • Miranda Reads

    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 introduce...

  • Sheri

    A wonderful debut novel about Charmian London, the wife and muse of Jack London.Rebecca Rosenberg is superb at character development and description. You really get to know the main characters and fin...

  • Marialyce

    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 w...

  • Suzanne Leopold

    Charmaine London is the wife of the Jack London, the famous writer of adventure stories. Charmaine has been essential to Jack’s success providing edits and motivating him to keep to a schedule. She ...

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    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 ...

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  • Marialyce

    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 wh...

  • Konstantin

    As much as the novel sounds interesting, the author is spamming my inbox by telling me her book is on sale and quoting praise for it...So it's a big no-no now, unfortunately. I'm sorry if it was well ...