Publisher: Mira Ink
Published: 3rd May 2016
Pages: 352 Pages
When Arthur Pepper discovers a mysterious charm bracelet in his late wife’s wardrobe, he sets off on a journey to discover, charm by charm, her secret life before they met.
Having been married for over 40 years, 69-year-old Arthur Pepper is mourning the loss of his wife. On the anniversary of her death, he finally musters the courage to go through her possessions, and happens upon a charm bracelet that he has never seen before.
What follows is a surprising adventure that takes Arthur from London to Paris and 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 healing, self-discovery, and love in the most unexpected of places.
Clare’s Rating: 5/5!
Thank you to Mira Books for sending me a copy of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper to read and review.
Arthur’s wife, Miriam, has sadly passed away and when attempting to donate her clothes and (some) belongings to charity he finds a beautiful charm bracelet . The discovery of the jewellery leads Arthur to ask questions, how did he not know of the bracelet and more importantly, what do the charms all mean? Curiosity gets the better of him and embarks on a series of adventures. Each charm provides it’s own story and Arthur learns more about his wife that he never knew. Not only that, but he too experiences a journey of self-discovery, he changes from a man of routine to a man of excitement. The novel shows Arthur getting ‘attacked’ by a tiger, posing naked for an art class, and even makes a new musician friend off the streets.
Let me firstly begin with this – jhshjdnfjhsndjfhsdjfhsf – that’s just me expressing my excitement for the novel whilst hitting the keyboard repetitively. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper changed my life, I know that sounds overly dramatic, but it’s true!
Arthur loses someone incredibly close to him and he believes his life is over. However, finding the charm bracelet and going on his adventures encourages him to believe that Miriam wouldn’t want him to live in sadness. For me, it definitely taught me to live my life and not worry about the past or evaluate what’s going to happen tomorrow, I should live for today.
I loved following Arthur on his adventures and more so because it made him happier. I compared his actions to my Grandad and I would never want him to feel sad.
I would HIGHLY recommend you reading this novel, even if it doesn’t have as much of an impact to you than me, I think you’ll end up falling for Arthur and his ways – he’s adorable, caring and just like your Grandad.
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