The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper – Phaedra Patrick


It is necessary to keep a sharp eye out for books that have no other purpose than to charm and make you feel happy and hopeful. Up there with Harold Fry and A Man Called Ove, Arthur Pepper is a sheer delight. A year after his beloved wife’s death, Arthur, who has been living a regimented and mechanical life of grief, discovers among her things, a charm bracelet. Jolted out of his routine existence by a curiosity about his wife’s life before they met, he sets out to discover the meanings behind the charms. His journey takes him to London, Paris and then to India and he has many wonderful adventures and meets some fascinating people along the way. He gets lightly mauled by a tiger, acquires some electric blue harem pants and confronts a wayward elephant. He also reconnects with his grown children. And somewhere along the line he is reminded of the varied wonders of life itself. Gorgeous, up-lifting read.

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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.


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