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.
Author: Phaedra Patrick
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Release Date: 2016-03-24
A free extract from the charming novel The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick. ‘A charming, unforgettable story.’ – Harper’s Bazaar 40 years of marriage. 8 golden charms. One man’s journey of discovery.
Tras m�s de cuarenta a�os de matrimonio, Arthur Pepper ha enviudado. El d�a del aniversario de la muerte de su esposa, cuya ausencia le ha afectado profundamente, por fin se arma valor para revisar sus pertenencias. Es entonces cuando descubre un brazalete de dijes -peque�os adornos colgantes tambi�n llamados charms- que nunca antes hab�a visto. Algunos de ellos son muy llamativos, y Arthur pronto se da cuenta de que encierran la clave de un recuerdo. Llevado por la curiosidad, emprende una sorprendente aventura que lo conduce de Londres a Par�s y la India. En su �pica investigaci�n sobre la vida secreta de su mujer antes de que se conocieran, Arthur recuperar� la serenidad, se descubrir� a s� mismo y encontrar� el amor en los lugares m�s inesperados. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION A year after his wife's death, Arthur Pepper finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he's never seen before. This discovery takes him on the journey of a lifetime. Featuring an unforgettable cast of irresistible characters with big hearts, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a joyous celebration of life.
A librarian's discovery of a mysterious book sparks the journey of a lifetime in the delightful new novel from the bestselling author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper. 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 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 heart-warming reminder that even the quietest life has the potential to be extraordinary.
Author: Phaedra Patrick
Release Date: 2017-05-16
Phaedra Patrick’s debut novel, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, was hailed as “poignant” and “utterly endearing.” Now she returns with Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone, a gem of a novel about family, forgiveness and one man’s second chance at happiness. Moonstone for empathy. Azurite for memories. Lapis lazuli for truth… In the quiet village of Noon Sun, 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. Gemma is Benedict’s audacious teenage niece—the daughter of his estranged brother, Charlie. The two Stone brothers had a falling out and haven’t spoken in almost two decades, since Charlie left for America. Reckless and stubborn, Gemma 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.
Author: Phaedra Patrick
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Release Date: 2019-03-26
’A gem of a book. I loved it.’ Sarah Morgan, Sunday Times bestseller ‘A charming story of self-discovery.’ Hello! *** A librarian’s discovery of a mysterious book sparks the journey of a lifetime in the delightful new novel from the bestselling author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper.
In the heartwarming new novel from the author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, a chance encounter will lead a single father on an unexpected journey that might just help him find a second chance at love. Mitchell Fisher hates all things romance. He works on the famous “love lock” bridge where lovers go to fasten padlocks, covering the bridge with their love stories. But to Mitchell, it’s an act of vandalism, and he enjoys his job of cutting off those padlocks. Only his young daughter, Poppy, knows that behind his grumpy veneer, Mitchell still grieves the loss of her mother. Everything changes one fateful day when, working on the bridge, Mitchell courageously rescues a woman who falls into the river. He’s surprised to feel a connection to her, but the woman disappears before he learns her name. To Mitchell’s shock, a video of the rescue goes viral, hailing him as “The Hero on the Bridge.” He’s soon notified by the mysterious woman’s sister, Liza, that she has been missing for over a year—and the only clue to where the woman could have gone is the engraved padlock she left on the bridge. Mitchell finds himself swept up in Liza’s quest to find her lost sister. Along the way, with help from a sparkling cast of characters, Mitchell’s heart gradually unlocks, and he discovers that new beginnings can be found in the unlikeliest places…
'A feel-good story with oodles of charm'Daily MailFor generations, the Stone family have been making wishes on the old willow tree in their garden. And this year they're wishing harder than ever...In the small village of Noon Sun, Benedict and Estelle thought they'd found their happy ever after. But, unable to have the children they've longed for, their marriage has hit the rocks and Estelle has moved out. Devastated but unwilling to accept defeat, jeweller Benedict vows to win her back - he just doesn't know how.The unexpected - and uninvited - arrival of his estranged sixteen-year-old niece, Gemma, is the last thing he needs. But when a decades old secret is brought to light, Benedict and Estelle realise they're not the only ones in need of a second chance. And that maybe the family they wished for has been there all along...Praise for bestselling author Phaedra Patrick's award-winning debut The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper:'Gorgeous' Heat'A charming, unforgettable story' Harper's Bazaar
Author: Mary Alice Monroe
Release Date: 2018-05-01
Four exceptional novels together in one box set! The Book Club by Mary Alice Monroe For five women, their monthly meeting is a place of sanctuary and community. These women from different walks of life are each embracing the challenge of change in their own circumstances. And as they share their hopes and fears and triumphs, they will hold fast to the true magic of the book club—friendship. The Kommandant’s Girl by Pam Jenoff In Poland at the outbreak of the Second World War, Emma Bau takes on a new identity and a job as assistant to a high-ranking Nazi official. Urged by the resistance to use her position to access details of the occupation, Emma must compromise her safety—and her marriage vows—in order to help the cause. As the atrocities of war intensify, Emma must make choices that will risk not only her double life, but also the lives of those she loves. Come Away with Me by Karma Brown Tegan Lawson is consumed by grief and anger after a devastating accident that changes her life in ways she could never have imagined. But then her adoring husband, Gabe, reminds her of their Jar of Spontaneity, a collection of their dream destinations and experiences, and so begins an adventure of a lifetime. Together they explore the world and search for forgiveness, possibly to find hope. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple, orderly life. But on the one-year anniversary of his wife’s death, he discovers in her possessions a gold charm bracelet that he’d never seen before. Arthur embarks on a life-changing adventure to find the truth about his wife’s life before they met, a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places.
Author: Benjamin Ludwig
Release Date: 2017-05-01
READ THE BOOK CRITICS ARE RAVING ABOUT! “A brilliant debut.” —Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project “A heartwarming and unforgettable page-turner.” —Booklist, starred review “A powerful affirmation of the fragility and strength of families.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “At once captivating and heart-wrenching…. Ginny's is a unique and compelling voice…. Ginny Moon is original, revealing and timely. And, with any luck, it will spark much-needed conversations around foster care, adoption and autism. ” —The Toronto Star Full of great big heart and unexpected humor, Ludwig's debut introduces the lovable, wholly original Ginny Moon who discovers a new meaning of family on her unconventional journey home. Ginny Moon is exceptional. Everyone knows it—her friends at school, teammates on the basketball team, and especially her new adoptive parents. They all love her, even if they don't quite understand her. They want her to feel like she belongs. What they don't know is that Ginny has no intention of belonging. She's found her birth-mother on Facebook, and is determined to get back to her—even if it means going back to a place that was extremely dangerous. Because Ginny left something behind and she's desperate to get it back, to make things right. But no one listens. No one understands. So Ginny takes matters into her own hands… Benjamin Ludwig's whip-smart, unforgettable novel is an illuminating look at one girl's journey to find her way home and one of the freshest debuts in years. Note from the Publisher: The original printing of this book features a creative distressed-look on the cover design.
Author: Sarah Haywood
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2018-01-25
A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK 'I found myself laughing out loud at Susan's prickly character' Reese Witherspoon THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | SHORTLISTED FOR THE BEST FIRST NOVEL AWARD | A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK People aren't sure what to make of Susan Green. Family and colleagues find her prickly and hard to understand - but Susan makes perfect sense to herself. Age 45, she thinks her life is perfect. She has a London flat which is ideal for one; a steady job that suits her passion for logic; and a personal arrangement providing cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. Yet suddenly faced with the loss of her mother and, implausibly, with the possibility of becoming a mother herself, Susan's greatest fear is being realised: she is losing control. And things can only get worse ... at least in Susan's eyes. This sparkling debut is a breath of fresh air with real heart and a powerful emotional punch. In Susan we find a character as exasperating and delightful as The Rosie Project's Don Tillman. An uncompromising feminist and a fierce fighter, it's a joy to watch her bloom. 'Quirky, poignant and extremely readable' Sunday Mirror 'Brilliantly comic' The Lady 'Wonderfully funny and astute' Red 'Funny, compelling, well-written...for fans of Marian Keyes who demand a bit of grit in their comic writing' Emerald Street
The unexpected is waiting to be discovered . . . Life can be lonely for Walter Lavender. Struggling with a communication disorder that renders him speechless, his refuge is his mother’s unusual New York bakery. When the mysterious Book at the heart of the shop’s charm and success vanishes and the landlord threatens closure, it is up to Walter to find the Book and save the shop. Thankfully, Walter’s affinity for things that have gone astray starts him on a quest across New York City with Milton, his overweight golden retriever, beside him. Down into the subway and soaring over Central Park, Walter meets some extraordinary people, discovers his voice and learns what it truly means to be found. ‘A buoyant, surprising, deeply human novel . . . a charming debut’ Steven Rowley, author of Lily and the Octopus
Author: Santa Montefiore
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2014-07-17
THE STUNNING SUMMER NOVEL FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR A family rocked by tragedy. A love that lives through time . . . Deeply nestled within the breathtaking countryside of Dorset, Grace Hamblin leads a sheltered life as the only child of a beekeeper. But when her father dies unexpectedly, Grace’s world is turned upside down, and the life that was set out ahead of her – including the man she loves but can never have – feels suddenly out of reach. Forty years later, Grace’s daughter Trixie is leading a rebellious life with her musician boyfriend, until tragedy strikes and they too are forced to separate. As mother and daughter search for their lost loves, lies told long ago begin to unravel and secrets come to light . . . Bestselling author Santa Montefiore delivers an unforgettable tale of love lost and rediscovered, spanning continents and decades. A beautiful summer read for fans of Lucinda Riley, Victoria Hislop and Joanna Trollope. ***PRAISE FOR SANTA MONTEFIORE*** ‘Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore’ JOJO MOYES ‘An enchanting read overflowing with deliciously poignant moments’ DINAH JEFFERIES on Songs of Love and War ‘Santa Montefiore hits the spot for me like few other writers’ SARRA MANNING ‘One of our personal favourites’ THE TIMES on The Last Secret of the Deverills