** The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Arthur Pepper of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a bereaved widower who finds an unfamiliar bracelet in his deceased wife’s belongings and sets out to understand how she could have come to own it. In the process, he uncovers years of her life he knew nothing about, along with a new zest of life. It could be as uplifting as the 100-Year Old Man Who Jumped Through the Window but it seems forced to me, and very sad since I figure that Arthur would feel betrayed that his wife never mentioned any of her pre-marriage adventures to him, while holding on to the bracelet that obviously meant something to her.

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