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Reminiscent of "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye". Enjoyable, easy to read while traveling book.
Poor Arthur Pepper has been a widow for a year. Now it’s time to get rid of his wife’s things. While doing this, he finds a charm bracelet he’s never seen before. Arthur decides to research the charms and find out more about his wife’s life before they met. This was a charming (pun intended) novel. Arthur grows as a character and I rooted for him as he researched the charms and his world expanded.
I wanted to like this book more than I did, it just seemed to drag and confused me at times.
When Arthur Pepper decides to clean out his wife's things on the first anniversary of her death, he discovers that he may not have known everything about her. He sets off on a journey to learn about her past and, in doing so, discovers more about himself. An utterly charming story about coping with loss, finding yourself and understanding love.
Roberta's pick: This is a sweet read about coping with bereavement after a lifelong marriage, (one in which you had thought you knew everything there was to know about your partner). Arthur Pepper finds out more than he ever knew about his late wife when he explores the charms on a bracelet he discovers a year after her death. You will forgive it the predictability of its structure because it is a kind book and a heart-warming read.
Arthur Pepper is stagnant after the death of his wife, until he discovers a charm bracelet in her closet that he doesn’t recognize. Each of the charms leads him on a journey to discover more about his wife’s past that he didn’t know and inspires him to live again. A charming story of grief, regret, and ultimately finding a way to live again. If you’re looking for a heartwarming read featuring a good-natured grump, this one might suit.
I was not really charmed nor very curious while reading this book. The novel felt like a less well done version of "A Man Called Ove." A bit gimmicky, and the characters' transformations felt unearned.
Very enjoyable book. Fairly fast read. Characters were memorable. Highly recommend the book.
A lovely glimpse into the power grief, how it shapes, molds and determines choices:
the story line: simple, a found charm bracelet representing a hidden past-how the search for answers of that past led to a happy future, reconciliation, a new life filled with hope and promise
How does the charm bracelet of his deceased wife help heal Arthur Pepper? Join him on his very human adventure of grief, loss, and love. Would make an excellent read-alike for those who enjoyed A Man Called Ove.
For me this one was way too trite to finish reading. I couldn't buy into the main character's behavior or attitudes and, honestly, there are so many books out there right now about doddering oldsters wandering around various countrysides, following wayward whims of their own making, that are so much better written. It felt like this author was taking advantage of the popularity of the genre without actually building an original story or group of characters.
I enjoyed this one although it was a bit slow-moving in places. Similar to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.
Another "charming" story that will appeal to those who liked A Man Called Ove. It is very light and entertaining reading.
Arthur Pepper has lost his wife Miriam a year earlier, and his grief is still very raw. He rarely goes out and spends his days vigorously cleaning every corner of his house, talking to his plant and avoiding his well-meaning neighbor Bernadette. When he finds a mysterious charm bracelet in his wife’s wardrobe, his curiosity is picked, and he sets out to discover the stories behind each charm. His quest will take him from France to India and will lead to his meeting all sorts of quirky characters. But will he find the answers he is looking for?
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is Phaedra Patrick’s first novel, and it is an impressive foray into fiction writing. As the title suggests, the story is charming and original. Arthur Pepper’s trials are told with humor and candor. In fact, he is a very lovable character, and his struggles with grief and the challenges of old age make him all the more human. In addition, the book illustrates perfectly the very real gap between the internet/mobile savvy youths and the more grounded-in-reality older generation. I highly recommend this novel. You won’t be disappointed.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
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What a lovely little find. This story could be about anyone. A very nice read. Enjoy it
One must have lived, loved, and laughed many years to fully appreciate this little gem and to understand that yes, the premise is totally believable. Can't wait to read her future projects.
I found this book predictable and the main character unconvincing. For example, Arthur, a shy retiring man, ends up posing nude before an art class (I didn't buy it) when earlier he had refused an evening with a woman who he was attracted to. The plotting was too calculated for my taste. I only finished reading it because I was out of reading material.
I don't prefer to compare this book to anything prior.
Yes, a widower is grieving the loss of a wife. Not only does he discover she had a completely different life before they met that he knew nothing about, but he is able to come to terms with it and is also able to unshackle the daily routine he had been so entrenched in for years and years. It's not only about grief, it's about self-discovery and possibility later in life.
Here we have a book that seems to be a cross between Joyce's "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" and the touching, if not sentimental, quality of "A Man Called Ove". The author brings out our own search for meaning and questions of truth in the now as Arthur follows his quest in search for the connections his wife's charm bracelet had in her life and subsequently his.
Arthur Pepper is a 69 year old widower. He lives a simple, quite regulated life. He arises each morning at 7:30 am, puts on his grey pants, mustard coloured vest and button up shirt that he lays out the night before. He eats breakfasts at precisely 8 am, two pieces of toast with tea, and reluctantly attends a recreational group for lonely older men called " Men in Caves." His two adult children, aged 36 and 40 have drifted out of his life.
On the first year anniversary of his wife's death, Arthur decides it is finally time to go through his late wife's belongings and decide what to do with them. As he does this, he happens upon a gold charm bracelet with eight charms. It is hidden in boot and he has never seen it before. The charms seem exotic - a jeweled elephant , a heart, and a tiger among them. What sort of exotic life might his wife have lead prior to their marriage at the age of 26? Had his wife been bored with their married life?
Arthur decides to pursue the origin of each charm , and in doing so, sets out on a quest not only to discover his wife's secret life, but also goes on a journey of healing and self -discovery .
I really enjoyed the story. Initially the idea of pursuing the charms seemed a bit fanciful and unlikely to me. However, Arthur's loneliness, the lack of engagement with his adult children, and his difficulty finding meaning in life seems all too real for a recently widowed senior. A wonderful read , heart - warming and encouraging
Even though it's based on a quirky premise, that of a man discovering that his recently deceased wife had an exotic former life before they met, this is in the end a down-to-earth story; indeed the characters and their mores are a bit old-fashioned in an appealing sort of way. The writer really hits her stride in the latter pages of the book when Arthur begins to come to terms with his discoveries, not just about his wife but about himself. His letter to Sonny Yardley is a little masterpiece and his moments of decision thereafter at the seashore brilliantly bring everything into focus. I found the whole thing a bit too neatly tied up at the end but the book was nevertheless very enjoyable.