The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

A Novel

Book - 2016
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In this poignant and curiously charming debut, a lovable widower embarks on a life-changing adventure

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.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : MIRA, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780778322146
Branch Call Number: PATR
Characteristics: 331 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 16, 2018

Loved it

Dec 02, 2017

Very enjoyable book. Fairly fast read. Characters were memorable. Highly recommend the book.

Oct 25, 2017

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

AL_CYNTHIA Sep 19, 2017

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.

Jul 18, 2017

I love love this book. I really enjoyed it.

May 08, 2017

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.

Oct 22, 2016

I enjoyed this one although it was a bit slow-moving in places. Similar to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

Sep 21, 2016

Another "charming" story that will appeal to those who liked A Man Called Ove. It is very light and entertaining reading.

Sep 01, 2016

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.

Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.

Aug 07, 2016

What a lovely little find. This story could be about anyone. A very nice read. Enjoy it

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