The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick


Originally published in: 2016

What it’s about: A year after his wife’s death a man finds his wife’s charm bracelet while cleaning out her things. A bracelet she never wore. It leads him on a wonderful adventure.

What made me pick it up: I heard it was similar in premise to another book I enjoyed, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (turns out I liked it better), so I placed it on hold.

My favorite things: I really liked Arthur as a character. He was open and decent and viscerally sad. The thing I liked most, though, was his ability to process and accept that what his wife did that he may have never known about just made her who she was. It didn’t make her bad. It didn’t ruin their many years together. It just made her her. The woman he loved. It was romantic and heartfelt in such a sincere, simple way.

Who it’s great for: Adults who loved Harold Fry. Those who want a novel about a journey.

Erica’s Rating: four-shells

Pick up a copy of Curious Charms or Harold Fry at Amazon (affiliate links) or your local library.