The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper Book
Score: 4
From 58 Ratings

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper


  • Author : Phaedra Patrick
  • Publisher : MIRA
  • Release Date : 2016-05-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781459293908

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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper Excerpt :

From the author of Rise and Shine Benedict Stone, now an original movie on Hallmark. “An endearing celebration of life.” -RealSimple.com Perfect for fans of A Man Called Ove, this curiously charming debut follows a lovable widower and his life-changing adventure of love and self-discovery. 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 and healing 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 reminder of life’s infinite possibilities. Don’t miss Phaedra Patrick’s winning new novel, The Messy Lives of Book People! Check out these other heartwarming stories from Phaedra Patrick: Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone The Library of Lost and Found The Secrets of Love Story Bridge

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper Book
Score: 4
From 58 Ratings

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper


  • Author : Phaedra Patrick
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Release Date : 2016-05-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780778319337

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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper Excerpt :

In this poignant and curiously charming 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 joyous celebration of life's infinite possibilities.

The Curious Charms Of Arthur Pepper Book

The Curious Charms Of Arthur Pepper


  • Author : Phaedra Patrick
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date : 2016-04-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781474037921

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The Curious Charms Of Arthur Pepper Excerpt :

‘A charming, unforgettable story’ Harper’s Bazaar 40 years of marriage. 8 golden charms. One man’s journey of discovery.

Rise and Shine  Benedict Stone Book
Score: 4
From 12 Ratings

Rise and Shine Benedict Stone


  • Author : Phaedra Patrick
  • Publisher : MIRA
  • Release Date : 2017-05-16
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781460396704

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Rise and Shine Benedict Stone Excerpt :

Now a Hallmark Original Movie! “A perfect read for lovers of Antoine Laurain's The Red Notebook, Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, and Fredrik Backman's A Man Called Ove.” —Library Journal, starred review “Phaedra Patrick understands the soul.” —Nina George, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop A delightful gem of a novel about family, forgiveness and finding your way from the bestselling author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper Benedict Stone has settled into a complacent and predictable routine. Business at his jewelry shop has dried up; his marriage is on the rocks. His life is in desperate need of a jump start—and then a surprise arrives at his door in the form of his audacious teenage niece, Gemma. Reckless and stubborn, she invites herself into Benedict’s world and turns his orderly life upside down. But she might just be exactly what he needs to get his life back on track. Filled with colorful characters and irresistible charm, Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone is a luminous reminder of the unbreakable bonds of family, and shows that having someone to embrace life with is always better than standing on your own. Don’t miss Phaedra Patrick’s winning new novel, The Messy Lives of Book People! Look for Phaedra Patrick's other charming bestsellers! The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper The Library of Lost and Found The Secrets of Love Story Bridge

The Secrets of Love Story Bridge Book

The Secrets of Love Story Bridge


  • Author : Phaedra Patrick
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Release Date : 2020-04-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781488056345

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The Secrets of Love Story Bridge Excerpt :

From the author of Rise and Shine Benedict Stone, now an original movie on Hallmark. “Patrick blends romance, mystery, and quirkiness to highly entertaining effect.” —Booklist “A wonderfully hope-filled story.” —Sarah Haywood, New York Times bestselling author of The Cactus A single father gets an unexpected second chance at love. It’s summer in the city and passions are soaring along with the temperature—for everyone but Mitchell Fisher, who hates all things romance. He relishes his job cutting off the padlocks that couples fasten to the famous “love story” bridge. Only his young daughter, Poppy, knows that behind his prickly veneer, Mitchell still grieves the loss of her mother. Then one hot day, everything changes when Mitchell courageously rescues a woman who falls from the bridge into the river. He’s surprised to feel an unexpected connection to her, but she disappears before he can ask her name. Desperate to find out her identity, Mitchell is shocked to learn she’s been missing for almost a year. He teams up with her spirited sister, Liza, on a quest to find her again. However, she’s left only one clue behind—a message on the padlock she hung on the bridge. Brimming with Phaedra Patrick’s signature charm and a sparkling cast of characters, The Secrets of Love Story Bridge follows one man’s journey to unlock his heart and discover new beginnings in the unlikeliest places. Don’t miss Phaedra Patrick’s winning new novel, The Messy Lives of Book People! Check out these other heartwarming stories from Phaedra Patrick. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone The Library of Lost and Found

The Library of Lost and Found Book
Score: 3.5
From 29 Ratings

The Library of Lost and Found


  • Author : Phaedra Patrick
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Release Date : 2019-03-26
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781488095436

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The Library of Lost and Found Excerpt :

From the author of Rise and Shine Benedict Stone, now an original movie on Hallmark. “Sweet and resonant.” —People, “Best New Books” Pick A librarian’s discovery of a mysterious book sparks the journey of a lifetime. Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people—though not for lack of trying. She keeps careful lists of how to help others in her superhero-themed notebook. And yet, sometimes it feels like she’s invisible. All of that changes when a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep. Inside, Martha finds a dedication written to her by her best friend—her grandmother Zelda—who died under mysterious circumstances years earlier. When Martha discovers a clue within the book that her grandmother may still be alive, she becomes determined to discover the truth. As she delves deeper into Zelda’s past, she unwittingly reveals a family secret that will change her life forever. Filled with Phaedra Patrick’s signature charm and vivid characters, The Library of Lost and Found is a heartwarming and poignant tale of how one woman must take control of her destiny to write her own happy ending. Don’t miss Phaedra Patrick’s winning new novel, The Messy Lives of Book People! Look for Phaedra Patrick's other charming bestsellers! The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone The Secrets of Love Story Bridge

Major Pettigrew s Last Stand Book
Score: 4.5
From 7 Ratings

Major Pettigrew s Last Stand


  • Author : Helen Simonson
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2010-03-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408809327

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Major Ernest Pettigrew is perfectly content to lead a quiet life in the sleepy village of Edgecombe St Mary, away from the meddling of the locals and his overbearing son. But when his brother dies, the Major finds himself seeking companionship with the village shopkeeper, Mrs Ali. Drawn together by a love of books and the loss of their partners, they are soon forced to contend with irate relatives and gossiping villagers. The perfect gentleman, but the most unlikely hero, the Major must ask himself what matters most: family obligation, tradition or love? Funny, comforting and heart-warming, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand proves that sometimes, against all odds, life does give you a second chance.

The Secrets of Sunshine Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

The Secrets of Sunshine


  • Author : Phaedra Patrick
  • Publisher : HQ
  • Release Date : 2020-05-14
  • Genre: Man-woman relationships
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 0008237670

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The Secrets of Sunshine Excerpt :

'A wonderfully hope-filled story' Sarah Haywood, bestselling author 'This charming novel will warm your heart' The People's Friend 'The perfect summer read!' Suzy K Quinn, bestselling author ***

Elizabeth Is Missing Book
Score: 4
From 72 Ratings

Elizabeth Is Missing


  • Author : Emma Healey
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Release Date : 2014-06-10
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345808325

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Elizabeth Is Missing Excerpt :

WINNER 2014 – Costa Book Awards—First Novel An internationally heralded debut novel of extraordinary warmth, insight and humanity that will appeal to readers who loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Still Alice: Elizabeth Is Missing is at once a page-turning mystery that takes us from post-war Britain to the present day and a piercingly honest portrait of love and memory, families and aging through the lens of an unforgettable protagonist who will seize your heart--an elderly woman descending into forgetfulness, as she embarks alone on a quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared. Maud, an aging grandmother, is slowly losing her memory--and her grip on everyday life. Notes fill her pockets and dot the walls of her home, increasingly crucial reminders of the immediate world. Most crucial is the fact that she can't find her only friend--Elizabeth has disappeared: she isn't answering the phone and doesn't seem to be at her house. Maud, convinced Elizabeth is in terrible danger, refuses to forget her even if her frustrated daughter, Helen, her carer, Carla, and the police won't listen and won't help. Armed with an overwhelming feeling that Elizabeth desperately needs her help, Maud sets out to find her. And, unexpectedly, her search triggers an old and powerful memory of another unsolved disappearance--that of her sister, Sukey, who vanished more than 50 years ago, shortly after the Second World War. As long-ago memories emerge, Maud begins to uncover forgotten clues to her sister's disappearance and to piece together the mystery that has haunted her family for decades, discovering new momentum in her search for her friend. Could the mystery of Sukey's disappearance hold the key to finding Elizabeth?

Burning Bright Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

Burning Bright


  • Author : Nick Petrie
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2017-01-10
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698194144

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Burning Bright Excerpt :

“LOTS OF CHARACTERS GET COMPARED TO MY OWN JACK REACHER, BUT PETRIE'S PETER ASH IS THE REAL DEAL.”—Lee Child *An Entertainment Weekly Must List Pick In the new novel featuring war veteran Peter Ash, “an action hero of the likes of Jack Reacher or Jason Bourne” (Lincoln Journal-Star), Ash has a woman’s life in his hands—and her mystery is stranger than he could ever imagine. War veteran Peter Ash sought peace and quiet among the towering redwoods of northern California, but the trip isn’t quite the balm he’d hoped for. The dense forest and close fog cause his claustrophobia to buzz and spark, and then he stumbles upon a grizzly, long thought to have vanished from this part of the country. In a fight of man against bear, Peter doesn’t favor his odds, so he makes a strategic retreat up a nearby sapling. There, he finds something strange: a climbing rope, affixed to a distant branch above. It leads to another, and another, up through the giant tree canopy, and ending at a hanging platform. On the platform is a woman on the run. From below them come the sounds of men and gunshots. Just days ago, investigative journalist June Cassidy escaped a kidnapping by the men who are still on her trail. She suspects they’re after something belonging to her mother, a prominent software designer who recently died in an accident. June needs time to figure out what’s going on, and help from someone with Peter’s particular set of skills. Only one step ahead of their pursuers, Peter and June must race to unravel this peculiar mystery. What they find leads them to an eccentric recluse, a shadowy pseudo-military organization, and an extraordinary tool that may change the modern world forever.

The Reluctant Fortune Teller Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Reluctant Fortune Teller


  • Author : Keziah Frost
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Release Date : 2018-03-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781488080463

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The Reluctant Fortune Teller Excerpt :

A retired accountant becomes the town’s fortune-teller in this witty and charming debut Norbert Zelenka has always lived life on the sidelines. It’s why at seventy-three years old he’s broke and alone except for the company of a Chihuahua. But when “Carlotta’s Club”—three strong-willed seniors with plenty of time on their hands—decide to make Norbert their latest project, he reluctantly agrees to their scheme: establishing himself as the town’s fortune-teller. Soon his life begins changing in unexpected ways. It turns out that years of observing other people make Norbert an excellent card reader. As Norbert’s lonesome world expands with new friendships and a newfound self-confidence, he finally finds himself in a place where he belongs. But disaster looms on the horizon. When a troubled young woman goes missing after a bad reading, Norbert must find a strength beyond the cards to bring her home safely. A heartfelt story of coming-of-age late in life, The Reluctant Fortune-Teller is a poignant reminder that we’re never too old to learn new tricks.

This Shining Life Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

This Shining Life


  • Author : Harriet Kline
  • Publisher : Dial Press
  • Release Date : 2021-06-22
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781984854919

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This Shining Life Excerpt :

A boy struggling to process an unexpected loss believes he has been given a series of clues to the biggest puzzle of all—the meaning of life—in this deeply felt debut novel. “An exquisitely beautiful and compelling novel about love, loss, and life.”—Rachel Joyce, New York Times bestselling author of Miss Benson’s Beetle Meet Ollie. He’s eleven years old. He hasn’t yet met a Killer Sudoku he can’t solve, but he finds the world around him difficult. People don’t say what they mean, and he hates being wrong. And now, a sudden tragedy teaches him there is no easy answer to the problem of grief. When Ollie’s happy-go-lucky father, Rich, dies of brain cancer, his mother, Ruth, has no idea how to keep living, and the entire family is thrown into disarray. The only thing that makes sense to Ollie is the puzzle he’s convinced his father left behind: one gift for each member of the family. If Ollie can find the connection between a pink vase and an old pair of binoculars, then somehow he’ll discover the secret he believes Rich wanted to share with them all: what it means to be alive. Interweaving the voices of each character in turn, this deeply felt novel paints a portrait of a family learning to come together through the darkest times. This Shining Life is a poignant yet ultimately uplifting meditation on grief, healing, and love.

The Story of Arthur Truluv Book
Score: 4
From 46 Ratings

The Story of Arthur Truluv


  • Author : Elizabeth Berg
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2017-11-21
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780679605133

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The Story of Arthur Truluv Excerpt :

“I dare you to read this novel and not fall in love with Arthur Truluv. His story will make you laugh and cry, and will show you a love that never ends, and what it means to be truly human.”—Fannie Flagg An emotionally powerful novel about three people who each lose the one they love most, only to find second chances where they least expect them “Fans of Meg Wolitzer, Emma Straub, or [Elizabeth] Berg’s previous novels will appreciate the richly complex characters and clear prose. Redemptive without being maudlin, this story of two misfits lucky to have found one another will tug at readers’ heartstrings.”—Booklist For the past six months, Arthur Moses’s days have looked the same: He tends to his rose garden and to Gordon, his cat, then rides the bus to the cemetery to visit his beloved late wife for lunch. The last thing Arthur would imagine is for one unlikely encounter to utterly transform his life. Eighteen-year-old Maddy Harris is an introspective girl who visits the cemetery to escape the other kids at school. One afternoon she joins Arthur—a gesture that begins a surprising friendship between two lonely souls. Moved by Arthur’s kindness and devotion, Maddy gives him the nickname “Truluv.” As Arthur’s neighbor Lucille moves into their orbit, the unlikely trio band together and, through heartache and hardships, help one another rediscover their own potential to start anew. Wonderfully written and full of profound observations about life, The Story of Arthur Truluv is a beautiful and moving novel of compassion in the face of loss, of the small acts that turn friends into family, and of the possibilities to achieve happiness at any age. Praise for The Story of Arthur Truluv “For several days after [finishing The Story of Arthur Truluv], I felt lifted by it, and I found myself telling friends, also feeling overwhelmed by 2017, about the book. Read this, I said, it will offer some balance to all that has happened, and it is a welcome re

Things You Won t Say Book
Score: 3.5
From 5 Ratings

Things You Won t Say


  • Author : Sarah Pekkanen
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-05-26
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451673555

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Things You Won t Say Excerpt :

When husband Mike, a policeman, is charged with police brutality after a shooting, Jamie Anderson finds her world forever changed as she desperately tries to hold her family together no matter what it takes, while Mike's ex sees this tragedy as an opportunity for a second chance with him. Original.

Hollow Kingdom Book
Score: 4
From 24 Ratings

Hollow Kingdom


  • Author : Kira Jane Buxton
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-08-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781538745816

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Hollow Kingdom Excerpt :

A finalist for the 2020 Thurber Prize for American Humor! "The Secret Life of Pets meets The Walking Dead" in this big-hearted, boundlessly beautiful romp through the Apocalypse, where a foul-mouthed crow is humanity's only chance to survive Seattle's zombie problem (Karen Joy Fowler, PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author). S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle's wild crows (i.e. "those idiots"), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®. But when Big Jim's eyeball falls out of his head, S.T. starts to think something's not quite right. His tried-and-true remedies—from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim's loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis—fail to cure Big Jim's debilitating malady. S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he suddenly discovers that the neighbors are devouring one other. Local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of Seattle's dangerous new predators. Humanity's extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a cowardly crow whose only knowledge of the world comes from TV. What could possibly go wrong? Includes a Reading Group Guide.