Today I’m sharing one of the best books I’ve ever read: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper. I’ve been recommending it to everyone and anyone looking for a good summer read. It’s the perfect book for this time of year: humorous, light, charming, and engaging. I found myself smiling while I read, laughing out loud, and even shedding a few tears.
As a reader, you easily fall in love with Phaedra Patrick’s main character, Arthur Pepper. Arthur is an older english gentleman, grieving over the loss of his wife. On the first anniversary of her death, he begins to clean out her closet, finding a charm bracelet he never knew existed. What follows is an adventure involving tigers, painters, far away countries and chance encounters. The people Arthur meets along his journey help him heal. However, in his own way, Arthur helps those he comes across.
One of the most captivating parts of this book for me is the family dynamic between Arthur Pepper and his children. At first, Arthur and his children share tense relationship. They have struggled to stay close after their mother’s death but Arthur’s adventure brings new light to his life, a light that soon transfers to his children.
There are so many layers to this story that come together in an incredible way. While reading, I never wanted to put the story down. I made such a wonderful connection with the text and I feel like others will find the same emotion within its pages. If you do, let me know. Also, feel free to share any recommendations I should read and review for my next post.