The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

eBook - 2016
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Finding a mysterious charm bracelet among his late wife's possessions, sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper breaks from his routine life for the first time since her death and embarks on a quest to learn about his wife's life before their marriage, a journey that leads to unexpected self-discoveries.
Published: Toronto, Ontario :, MIRA,, 2016.
ISBN: 9781459293908
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE DOWNLOADABLE EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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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.

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Doobie2_0
Jul 18, 2017

I love love this book. I really enjoyed it.

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ownedbydoxies
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.

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dontbugmeimreading
Oct 22, 2016

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

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sasie
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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CecileSune
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.

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jfd5
Aug 07, 2016

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

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superlibrarian
Aug 04, 2016

One must have lived, loved, and laughed many years to fully appreciate this little gem and to understand that yes, the premise is totally believable. Can't wait to read her future projects.

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susanrrs
Jul 27, 2016

I found this book predictable and the main character unconvincing. For example, Arthur, a shy retiring man, ends up posing nude before an art class (I didn't buy it) when earlier he had refused an evening with a woman who he was attracted to. The plotting was too calculated for my taste. I only finished reading it because I was out of reading material.

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1_Great_Book
Jul 19, 2016

I don't prefer to compare this book to anything prior.
Yes, a widower is grieving the loss of a wife. Not only does he discover she had a completely different life before they met that he knew nothing about, but he is able to come to terms with it and is also able to unshackle the daily routine he had been so entrenched in for years and years. It's not only about grief, it's about self-discovery and possibility later in life.

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