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Review of ‘The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper’ by Phaedra Patrick

I was approved this request on NetGalley and thought it sounded like quite a heartwarming storyline compared some other books I requested at the time, and I wasn’t wrong! The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper has purpose and logic, as well as great characters and an interesting storyline.

Below is my review, plus a sneaky peak at the front cover and description and places to buy:

About The Book


‘The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper’ by Phaedra Patrick

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 joyous celebration of life’s infinite possibilities.

My Review

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is classed as contemporary fiction, and follows Arthur Pepper on his journey to find the story behind each of the charms on his late wife’s charm bracelet. Mainly set in the UK, but with added exoticism from some of the charms, the location aspects the writing is well researched enough to have depth and bring them to life. The book is in third person, so the events are more told to us, like a proper storytelling, and because neither Arthur nor the reader knows anything about these mysterious charms, the outcome was unpredictable with subtle climaxes throughout. There is a small build up at the end, especially when there is only one charm left to find the story behind, but there isn’t anything massively exciting, for me anyway. The story kept moving in a steady pace, and everything seemed logically written with everything coming together at the end. The only thing I would say is I maybe would have liked slightly more depth into some of the charm stories, as some were less detailed than others.


Arthur, being the main character in the book, is probably the most developed character, but Bernadette and Nathan were also well written, and all of the side characters within the stories of the charms also had backgrounds and personalities of their own which added to the interest of the novel, and made it feel a bit more realistic, even though life isn’t exciting enough for many of the events to happen in reality.

I really was kept guessing when it came to what each of the charms meant, and also, if Arthur ever got himself into a pickle, I wondered how he would get out of it, which kept me reading through the book. My favourite part of the book was Arthur’s eventful trip to London, as it seemed to carry the most weight in terms of him meeting new people and engaging with the outside world more. One part that has really stuck with me, however, would be the encounter with the tiger, as I found that suspenseful and well written in accordance with how any normal person would be feeling that situation.

I would definitely recommend this book as a good summer holiday read, as it is light, heartwarming, and Arthur and his adventures will keep you entertained for hours!

My Rating: 4 Muffins out of 5

Where To Buy

If you like the sound of the book, here is where you can buy the book (including, but not limited to):


The Book Depository

  Cover photo and description taken from Goodreads (view book profile here)

By bookmuffin

I like books and tea. MA Children's Literature student.

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