Secrets of a Charmed Life is the story of how two young sisters survived World War II in London.
In 2015, at Stow-on-the-Wold in the English countryside, Kendra Van Zant, a history major, interviews 93 year old Isabel MacFarland. Kendra quickly realizes Isabel is not her subject's real name, nor is she 93. Isabel, a well-known artist, tells Kendra the tale of two young girls living in London just before the beginning, in the spring of 1940, of the strategic bombing campaign by the Germans against London that became known as the Blitz. The story centers on 15 year old, Emmy, and seven year old, Julia.
Emmy and Julia's mother, Anne, is a single mother working as a maid. She is able to care well for them, but she is often out of the house. Emmy has to be the responsible member of the household when it comes to caring for Julia.
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