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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
by Phaedra Patrick

Published: 2016-05-03
Hardcover : 336 pages
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"Phaedra Patrick understands the soul. Eccentric, charming, and wise…The Curious Charms is not just for those who are mourning over love or the past. This book will illuminate your heart." — Nina George, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Paris BookshopDon’t miss this ...

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"Phaedra Patrick understands the soul. Eccentric, charming, and wise…The Curious Charms is not just for those who are mourning over love or the past. This book will illuminate your heart." — Nina George, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Paris BookshopDon’t miss this curiously charming debut! In this hauntingly beautiful story of love, loneliness and self-discovery, an endearing 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.Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters with big hearts and irresistible flaws, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a joyous celebration of life’s infinite possibilities.More Praise:"Tender, insightful, and surprising… [Arthur Pepper] will instantly capture the hearts of readers who loved Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop, and Antoine Laurain’s The Red Notebook." — Library Journal, starred review

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Which was your favorite charm?
by cbrouillard (see profile) 03/22/17

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Charm Bracelets
by bookbunny28 (see profile) 07/26/17
Since the charm bracelet was the central key to each of the stories Arthur discovers about his wife, I invited all the members to bring a charm bracelet of theirs to share and tell a story about a charm. About half the members brought one, one woman brought 2. One member told us about a friendship bracelet that she had been wearing for 5 years in honor of a friend's heart transplant. This activities added a fun note to our meeting.
Charm Bracelets
by cbrouillard (see profile) 03/22/17
Have club members bring their own charm bracelet if they have one and share any stories that are associated with the charms.
bring your charm bracelets
by shaman1551 (see profile) 03/21/17

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  "The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper"by bookbunny28 (see profile) 07/26/17

This is a wonderful, light book for book clubs coming off a heavy title. In the spirit of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and the Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, this book tells the story of a widower... (read more)

 
  "Cbrouillard"by cbrouillard (see profile) 03/22/17

Interesting premise using the charm bracelet as a way to build the story line.

 
  "Fun and fantastic"by fldavis (see profile) 03/21/17

Interesting how the charms carried the narrative....could identify with the characters and life siatuations...easy, comfortable read.

 
by shaman1551 (see profile) 03/21/17

 
by RobinBrz (see profile) 12/20/16

 
  "the curious charms of Arthur Pepper"by Carolynr (see profile) 11/14/16

Harold Frye (altho better -- I wasn't thrilled with that one) and a bit of Ove. A good book for a first time author. An easy read, yet you are drawn in to the characters. A bit predictabl... (read more)

 
by Djbg1 (see profile) 10/05/16

 
  "the curious charms of authur pepper"by bhale (see profile) 08/25/16

 
  "Listening to this book was just a most enjoyable experience. "by thewanderingjew (see profile) 08/07/16

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, Phaedra Partrick, author, James Langton, narrator
If you want to listen to a simply delightful story about a sweet kind, simple man, read perfectly by t
... (read more)

 
by rjbandcb (see profile) 08/02/16

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