ARC Review: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin (MIRA)
Format: Kindle
Pages: 336 pages
Genre: Fiction
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Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden.

But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam's death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam's possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he's never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife's secret life before they met—a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places.


I loved this book. If you'll excuse the pun it was very charming.  This is a book about rediscovering life.  Learning how to live again after tragedy and how sometimes the best way to honor someones memory is to experience new things and share your knowledge and past with new people.

I was sucked into this book straight away.  Arthur Pepper was a sad older man who had lost his wife a year ago and continues to spend his time in his rigid life routine, until he finds a charm bracelet in his wifes closet as he is cleaning out her things.  Fascinated by this jewelry he has never seen he decides to figure out what each charm means and in the process I think discovers himself and whats important to him.

Wonderfully written this book made me smile and made my heart warm.  Uplifting and quirky its a book that reminded me that no one is stuck and all you have to do is take a chance and you may find wonderful and fascinating things about yourself and the world around you.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review.


  1. This sounds truly, genuinely lovely -- like You would finish and just smile and smile, you know? Awesome review!


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