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Author: Phaedra Patrick
Publishers: Harlequin (UK) Ltd, Mira UK
Date of Publication: April 7th, 2016
This has to be one of the most moving, delightful stories I’ve read concerning an older citizen. It is certainly one where I recommend you read the book rather than my review!
Arthur Pepper had been married for over 40 years and the death of his wife has devastated his life, leaving him lost and reliant on routines to help him cope. On the anniversary of her death he decides to start the process of going through her clothing and possessions, discovering a charm bracelet in one of her boots. The bracelet is something he’d never seen before and he’s intrigued by it. Closer examination reveals that the elephant charm has a telephone number on it. Arthur decides to phone . . . and so starts an intriguing story as he starts on the journey to discover the significance of each charm in his wife’s life and in doing so throws away the routine to discover many things about himself, too.
This is an endearing story with so many heart warming moments and laugh out loud scenarios. It is an emotive journey through grief and discovery to the endless possibilities that are available. It takes 69 year old Arthur from his home in York to visit places he’s never even considered going to before – including travelling abroad, which he’d never even considered before. As he uncovers his wife’s life before they met, he also discovers a more positive outlook on life, makes new friends and reconnects with his now grown up children. It is a delicious, quirky novel that I thoroughly enjoyed and is likely to be one of my favourite novels for this year. I highly recommend this to any adult to read and hope they enjoy it as much as I did. This is certainly one I’ll be reading again and again even though I suspect it will stay in my memory, too. I’ll be looking out for more by this extremely talented author in future – I still can’t believe this is her debut novel!
Thanks to the publisher for inviting me to read an ARC of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.
When Arthur Pepper discovers a mysterious charm bracelet in his late wife’s wardrobe, he sets off on a journey to discover, charm by charm, her secret life before they met.
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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