The Curious Charms Of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra PatrickThe Curious Charms Of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

The Curious Charms Of Arthur Pepper

byPhaedra Patrick

Hardcover | May 3, 2016

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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 Bookshop

Don’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
Title:The Curious Charms Of Arthur PepperFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.52 × 5.8 × 1.17 inPublished:May 3, 2016Publisher:Mira BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0778319334

ISBN - 13:9780778319337

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Never Too Old To Take Risks Arthur uses the charms on his late wife's bracelet to learn more of her history that she did not share with him. His thoughts and feelings of anger, sadness, and insecurity are explored while he discovers the adventures that lie in his wife's past. As he creates his own adventures, Arthur meets many people as he experiences extraordinary moments.
Date published: 2018-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from cute story really cute, light read not my favorite, would ideally give it 3.5 starts but I'll go with 4. definitely liked this one way more than A man called Ove
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute but needs more Agree with some other reviews that it feels like I've read this one before. Was a cute story but felt to me like a lesser version of A Man Called Ove and I think it could've used something punchier to set it apart.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute story! Cute, relaxing, heart-warming story. I loved the idea of Arthur finding the bracelet and discovering the stories behind each charm.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not bad but it really feels far too inspired by the '100 Year Old Man' trend in writing. feels like i've read it before
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really liked this book #plumreview This was such a nice story. It was interesting as it unfolded and as we learned more about each of the characters.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good story! Can't help but envision the old man character from UP while reading this. I enjoyed the connection between all the charms. The story could have easily gone off the rails, but felt like there was excellent editing that shaped the story.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartwarming Was a lovely read. Couldn't help but fall in love with Charming Arthur Pepper. It was a nice change of pace. I recommend this book, a feel good read.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A heartwarming and feel good story I picked up this book because I decided I needed to take a break from my typical mysteries and thrillers and murder books, and I'm happy I did. This was a feel-good book that will have you falling in love with curious old Arthur Pepper and his quirky ways.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute story #plumreview This story did not end the way I thought it would, but it's very relatable as I could see myself in the protagonist's shoes if I were to be widowed and had a mystery to embark on! Good read #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A feel good story I really enjoyed reading this book!! I quite liked the character of Arthur Pepper.. it goes to show you can have fun and try new things at any age. I recommend
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A charming story A heartwarming little story.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was somewhat reminiscent of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (reason I bought it), but it has its own different twist. There were a few slow points, but overall it was a good and inspiring book. Arthur Pepper's complete change of lifestyle gives me hope that I can still have an adventurous life. :)
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet and Lovely Bought this for my grandmother who said that she loved it. I was afraid she might just be saying that to be nice so I also gave it a read. It's a nice easy read that just made me feel happy when i was done.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A sweet & interesting sotry 3.75 Kind and heartwarming. I appreciated it as a straightforward, interesting story without the need to be sensationalistic. It reminded me that the important fact about Miriam was her dedication and love. Everything we bring to a relationship is a product of our experiences and what has made us who we are. That doesn't mean we owe others full disclosure.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lighthearted and Charming Delightful and charming, the character of Arthur Pepper reached out of the book and touched my heart. A story about life after loss and the importance of family, this book felt authentic and endearing. This book is beautiful, lighthearted, and humorous. It’s ripe with adventure and imagination, yet it feels real. I’m very glad I gave this novel a chance.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Feel Good Book Lovely quick read about friendship, love, grief, leaving the past in the past and moving forward.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Life Lessons This book's unexpected life lessons are very superb. Arthur's reflections and learnings changed the outlook for his future and is something that others would gain from this book. This unpredictable page turner keep me reading late into the night. I enjoyed it thoroughly
Date published: 2016-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An impressive foray into fiction writing 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.
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply charming I love thrillers, suspense and mystery novels. But the books that really stay with me are those that tug at the heartstrings. Books such as The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rush Home Road, A Man Called Ove and Britt-Marie Was Here, to name a few. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick is going to join that list. (And a lot of others - translation rights for this debut novel have been sold to twenty countries already!) After forty years of marriage, Arthur Pepper's beloved wife Miriam passes away. Arthur keeps the same routines and touches nothing in the house for a year. But after a year, he decides he needs to finally go through her things. And that's when he discovers a golden bracelet with eight charms tucked away (well let's say hidden) in one of her shoes. A bracelet that Arthur has never seen in their forty years together........ Arthur discovers what he thinks to be a phone number on the elephant charm, calls it - and begins a journey to discover his wife's life before they met. A life that he had no idea about. Arthur is such a warm wonderful protagonist! The reader can't help but empathize as Arthur struggles to understand why his wife hid so much from him and cheer him on as his journey progresses. For with each charm and each new revelation, Arthur also moves forward, not just physically (his journey takes him to India, London and Paris), but mentally and emotionally as well. And although Arthur may not realize it, his calm, measured, friendly manner is also making a difference in the lives of those he meets along the way. I felt just as strongly about Arthur's neighbour Bernadette (and her son Nathan) - she has been trying to help Arthur over the last year with meals and company. At first I thought 'busybody' but my opinion changed. Her ever cheerful, upbeat mood is genuine despite her own problems. Patrick explores love, loss, grief, friendship and more with healthy doses of charm, wit, humour and reality in The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper. I absolutely loved this book! And Arthur. The title is quite clever - the charms themselves, Arthur himself and the story itself.
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Meet Arthur, my new friend The theme is familiar: life does not have to be lived according to your age. But the message is shared through lovely characters who are ordinary people with little self-confidence, afraid that they don't meet certain standards but who, by being put in a new situation find out that you don't have to be stuck in a frame. I think that many "mature" readers would enjoy this book as much as I did!
Date published: 2016-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Fun Novel I really enjoyed this book. It was nice and positive. Just a nice interesting book.
Date published: 2016-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved this charming book!!!! What a great read. Finished it in two sittings. This is one of the first books of this genre that actually made be tear up, not because it was sad, but because it was so very touching. Arthur, who is the main character, is an elderly gentleman who has lost his wife of 40 years a year ago. He now lives on his own, is very set in his ways and routines and very rarely ever leaves his house. But all that changes when he discovers while rummaging through his deceased wife, Miriam's things and finds a beautiful gold bracelet with eight unusual charms which he has ever seen before that day. Arthur is so curious about the bracelet and where it came from ,that he mustard's up his courage, to leave his home and routine to embarks on a journey which leads him to distant places and new people to find out the meaning of each of the charms . Along the way Arthur finds himself fending off a tiger, getting mugged in the tub, posing naked for art students and more. He not only learns about his wife's past, but to his surprise he also learn a great deal about himself . The story is sentimental and touching, all the while remaining upbeat throughout . It touches on real emotions. It may or may not bring a tear to your eyes . I know I had a lump in my throat. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who enjoyed "The Unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry" I can't wait for her next novel.
Date published: 2016-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I purchased this book hoping it would be an interesting read. I was charmed by this novel. It was the perfect blend of adventure, charm and mystery. I could not help but fall in love with the main character Arthur and his poignant journey. I could not put this book down. This is Phaedra's debut novel and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for her next one.
Date published: 2016-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A journey of self discovery I enjoyed how author Phaedra Patrick included a lot of wonderful imagery throughout. It really helped to set the tone for Arthur’s journey and paired well with his character traits. I also found that it was a good lesson in learning how to be mindful of the world around you. Although enjoyable, I can’t say that I got caught up in the story. In fact I struggled to finish it because of its longer than expected length. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a whitty contemporary about a man finding himself after his wife passes away. I would recommend it to those who enjoy this genre and like tales with quirky characters.
Date published: 2016-02-09

Editorial Reviews

"Phaedra Patrick understands the soul. Eccentric, charming, and wise, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is about finding courage, generosity, and compassion, even when all seems lost. With clear-eyed prose and a moving story, Patrick reminds us how selfless people can be she reminds us to be brave. 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 Bookshop"Tender, insightful, and surprising.... [Arthur Pepper] will instantly capture the hearts of readers who loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Little Paris Bookshop, and The Red Notebook." -Library Journal, starred review"Pierces the heart. You root for [Arthur] every step of the way." -BookPage"Patrick's debut novel tells a sweet and poignant story about marriage, grief, and memory. Readers will find bumbling, earnest Arthur utterly endearing." -Booklist"As cozy and fortifying as a hot cup of tea on a cold afternoon." -Kirkus Reviews"Once in a great while, a character like Arthur Pepper comes along and quietly steals your heart. Arthur might make you cry - but he'll also make you laugh, think, and feel grateful that you came along on his fantastical journey. I won't just be recommending this book to everyone I know, I'll be buying them copies." Sarah Pekkanen, bestselling author of Things You Won't Say""Charming by name, charming by nature, this book is a balm for the soul and the heart." -The Sun, 5 stars"It's a sweet quest and a thoughtful reminder that sometimes the person who loves us most knows us better than we know ourselves.""Patrick's debut evokes whimsy and poignancy.... This is a sweet story." -Publishers Weekly"An endearing celebration of life."