Arthur Pepper is a set in his ways, 69-year-old widower. He does the same thing every day. He wears the same thing every day. Sometimes, when his neighbor, Bernadette, brings him a treat to try to cheer him up, he hides from her in National Trust statue mode just because he doesn’t want to deal with talking to anyone at that time. All that changes on the one year anniversary of the death of his wife, Miriam. While cleaning out her things, he discovers a charm bracelet he does not recall ever seeing. When he calls the phone number on the elephant charm, he is led on a journey that spans three countries and many stories. In the process, Arthur meets some incredible people and learns as much about himself as about his wife.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick is a delightful, gentle, wonderfully British story. The pace is slow, but it is so captivating that I found it difficult to pull myself away from Arthur and his curious charms. I especially enjoyed watching Arthur come to terms with his feelings of inadequacy and wondering if he ever really knew his wife. I found his evolving relationship with his children very sweet and a lovely addition to the story. Sometimes, however, things would kind of come to a standstill or repeat itself a little. Occasionally, there would be a flashback and I’d be left momentarily confused not realizing what had happened. These issues are minor, however, and did not substantially take away from my enjoyment of the story. I highly recommend this book, particularly those who love (or are) someone older!
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4 (out of 5) Stars
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