The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

Book - 2016
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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"--Jacket.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : MIRA Books, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780778319337
Branch Call Number: FIC PATRICK, PHAEDRA
Characteristics: 331 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Mar 17, 2018

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.

Jan 17, 2018

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.

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.

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