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.
©2016 Phaedra Patrick (P)2016 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.
This book strives to be quirky in the style of Fredrik Backman's charmingly off-beat books. There is even a hint of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand in the tone. Somehow though, for me, it missed the mark. Maybe it was just a bit too sweet, a tad too perfect in the resolutions and neater and tidier than life often works out. I thought it just didn't ring clear with a strong sense of truth, probability and reality.
However, the narration was very good. It really was the driving factor that propelled me through a book that had me occasionally sighing and rolling my eyes as the story played out. Langton saved the day.
Overall, not a disaster, but not a favorite either.
It's a sweet and charming story.
It's a good reminder that it's never too late to take an adventure.
I absolutely loved the narration. It helped make the story.
Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...
This book was a good listen, mostly due to the narration which was perfectly suited to the story and English setting. The characters carried the plot in this book, which was really fine. A relaxing read.
The story and narration was sensitive and beautifully told. The touching details of an unknown past and a more surprising future charmed me from start to finish.
At first, the book was slow, but picked up speed, painting out the characters and drawing me into Arthur's motivations/relationships/history/adventures. For a somewhat limited plot line, the author did a good job keeping my attention. The characters were a little "flat", but overall, the book was still charming and made me smile. The narrator's voice was PERFECT!
I live to ride my bike.
I read many genre of books. Recently I discovered what I call my baby boomer stories, stories, which deal with the later part of their lives when things are winding down.
Baby Boomer Stories
They do not start with a bang. You have to be patient while the character unfolds and quite to hear the ache in his heart. Finally, you have to be willing to take that slow walk around the block with him as he tells his story.
So I did all that, twice, and I still never could take that walk with Arthur Pepper. I have taken a few walks with the author Fredrik Backman,which I highly recommend. This book was listed as a suggestion to read if you liked the Backman books. Well... Arthur Pepper could not motivate me to take a walk with him.
Read A Man Called Ove, by Backman and see who you would rather take a walk with.
Lover of life!
I listened to this book via Audible and I thought it was a very sweet story. I was instantly drawn to Arthur, he was a character that immediately stole my heart. It is about rediscovering somebody after you lost them and about embracing the life you still have to live. It is about grief and hope. It is funny, heartwarming and so sweet. This is a perfect book for summer and one I highly recommend! 5 stars
I loved every minute of the time I spent with Arthur Pepper, his family and friends! James Langton did a marvelous job of bringing all the characters to life as he narrated this delightful, fascinating novel. Phaedra Patrick has created a one-of-a-kind novel, so thoughtful, absorbing and full of gentle adventure. Thank you Audible for this wonderful experience.
Widower finds out he didn't know anything about his wife's life before him. Many of his assumptions proved false. He comes to doubt her, then himself, and even his kids.
This is a sweet story of love, trust, commitment, life, family, self-discovery, and reconnections. Some of it might be a little hard to swallow, but it is still a good story, well read, and with a happy ending.
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