Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Miessner 386 pages
Fifteen-year-old Emmy Downtree dreams of being a designer of bridal gowns. She spends a good part of her time dreaming and drawing. However, life has a way of interfering in our dreams. WWII is coming and Emmy and her younger sister, Julia, are evacuated out of London. They find themselves at the home of "Aunt" Charlotte in the rural English countryside, a nearly idyllic situation. Except for Emmy, who must get back to London as she has been offered an apprentice position with a designer. Their lives change forever when young Julia insists on running away with Emmy. You see, it is the beginning of the Luftwaffe bombing of London and the world as they know it is about to be destroyed. A cruel twist of fate separates the girls, now orphans. Will they survive, and if so, will they ever be reunited? And when Fate plays it's wicked tricks, how much of another's fate can we take the blame for? A must read for fans of WWII historical fiction. Reader's guide included.