Review published on May 10, 2016.
This book is, well, charming. Arthur Pepper’s wife, Miriam, died a year ago and since then he has lived his life in a very strict routine to help him deal with being alone. His children don’t seem to have much interest in him and he’s got himself into a rut. On the anniversary of Miriam’s death he decides it is time to clear out her belongings and he finds a charm bracelet with eight charms on it. He doesn’t recognise the bracelet or remember Miriam wearing it but he discovers a telephone number on one of the charms that leads him on a journey to discover the story behind each one. In doing so, he finds out things about his late wife that he never knew.
I loved this book. It has many similarities with The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, which went down well with me because I loved that book, too. Arthur is a brilliant character and sometimes his actions made me laugh. This is also a very heart-warming story of a man coming to terms with the loss of a wife who he loved dearly and I ached for him as he had to reconsider everything that he thought he knew.
Ultimately this is a feel-good book about a man embarking on a new phase in his life at the age of 69. I loved following Arthur as he made each discovery and met a series of interesting and sometimes eccentric people. Fantastic!
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
Mira 978-1848454354 hbk Apr 2016