The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
(Excerpt from Goodreads) In this poignant and sparkling debut, a lovable 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 curiously charming debut and a joyous celebration of life’s infinite possibilities.
On the one year anniversary of the death of his wife Miriam, Arthur discovers a charm bracelet that he knew nothing about. He did give her one charm on it but he decides to find out more about Miriam and her pre-marriage life. This starts he travels from London to India where he met her.
I know that is a simplified summary of this book but don’t let that confuse you. He lived a simple life, almost being a hermit after Miriam’s. His son lives in Australia and he doesn’t get to spend much time with his daughter. The only contact he has is neighbors that check in on him. But when he decides to find out more about the charm bracelet he has so many adventures and meets so many people.
This is such a wonderful story. Arthur gets out and does so many things, he makes memories along with remembering things that he has forgotten over the years. I got sucked into this story because I wanted more for Arthur than just his hermit life. Plus picturing Arthur in those blue harem pants was a great image.
This is one book that I recommend everyone read. It’s not an easy story especially when you think of all the people around the world in Arthur’s spot and never being able to get out of it. This will warm your heart and make you fall for Arthur.
I received The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.