The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is absolutely charming (no pun intended!) Arthur Pepper is a man of habit and routine, waking at the same time, eating his toast and tea at the same time, watering his fern daily, and mourning the death of his wife of 40 years. On the first anniversary of her death, he decides it's time to clean out her clothing. As he's sorting through her clothes, he discovers a heavy gold charm bracelet hidden inside her boots. He's never seen it before and it sets him wondering about it. He discovers a phone number engraved on one of the charms which he decides to call. The person on the other end is in India, and as the result of a very surprising conversation, Arthur's life is completely changed. He proceeds to investigate the origin of each of the unique charms on the bracelet and with each charm, he discovers hidden depths -- of his wife, but even more surprisingly within himself.
Arthur is a completely lovely character, and the courage he shows in changing his life is a good lesson for all. I loved this book! I wish I could give it 6 stars!
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