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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper | Phaedra Patrick
"Phaedra Patrick understands the soul. Eccentric, charming, and wiseThe Curious Charms is not just for those who are mourning over love or the past. This book will illuminate your heart." Nina George, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop "Tender, insightful, and surprising [Arthur Pepper] will instantly capture the hearts of readers who loved Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop, and Antoine Laurain's The Red Notebook." Library Journal, starred review 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 meta 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. More Praise "Filled with colorful, complex characters and adventureI was moved by Arthur and his journey. You will be too." Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of Love Walked In
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MaggieCarr
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For fans of A Man Called Ove, this is another sweet story of a 69 year old pensioner who lives a quiet life sticking to the routine he and his wife kept during their 40 year marriage. A year after her passing he starts packing up her clothes for charity and finds a charm bracelet he's never remembered seeing before. Each charm leads him on an adventure into is wife's life before their marriage. He meets many people with stories themselves. 5☆

Libby1 I liked this one, too. 😊 5d
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FountainOfWords
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An easy however decent read which combines the element of mystery with interpersonal relationships and everyday challenges. I read after a more demanding book and found pleasantly refreshing, intriguing and funny.

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SilversReviews
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#LetsTravelAugust
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@OriginalCyn620

TODAY'S PROMPT: ADVENTURE

Arthur was an absolutely endearing, charming, sweet character for me. We traveled the globe with him on his adventures.

THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER is an adorable, enchanting, uplifting read. Be prepared to fall in love with Arthur Pepper.

FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/y4tdccyz

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve got to get to this one!!! 📚📚 4mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚💙 4mo
SilversReviews @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I know you love it. 😍 4mo
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LibrarianBecky
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Done this beauty of a book!! Anyone who loved “A man called Ove” needs to read this book!! Such a good story 😭😭 💗📚

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ericarobynreads
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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick is a lovely tale about love, loss, and overcoming things from the past to enjoy the present.

If you enjoy stories with a little sadness, but a whole lot of heart and growth, then I highly recommend this one to you! The main premise behind the movie UP came to mind while I was reading this.

https://www.ericarobynreads.com/book-review-the-curious-charms-of-arthur-pepper/

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marleed
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This book is sweet and charming and reminds us how much there is to love about the elderly. ...It wasn‘t my intention but I seem to have a stack of older widowed men discovering there is goodness in their lives yet to come!

Tineke You might add The secret diary of Hendrik Groen 83 1/4 years old by Hendrik Groen. 5mo
marleed @Tineke Oh thanks! I will do that! 5mo
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GypsyKat
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1. Tagged.❤️ (although I‘ve read some great books this year so far)
2. From Twinkle, With Love (if I have to pick)
3. I‘m pretty excited for the illustrated Goblet of Fire to come out in October.⚡️
4. Yup. It‘s been kinda a tough year, so I‘m only at 35 of my 125 goal. But I‘m really trying to make it up!
5. No tags since this is a #LatePost

#ThursdaySurvey @laurenslibrary

Susannah I forgot about the illustrated Goblet of Fire! That‘s a gooood one. 6mo
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cookreadsleep
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I just loved this book. I initially started out thinking it would be like A Man Called Ove, but this is WAY better, for all the reasons. There were times when I was frustrated with Arthur and/or Miriam for their failure to communicate, but by the end I told myself that Miriam would have preferred Arthur to learn by experiencing all of these wonderful adventures rather than hearing about them. A great Father's Day read.

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cookreadsleep

This book was chosen for book club this month, partially because I suggested we pick something for father's day. I am so glad this was recommended. At first I thought it would annoy me like A Man Called Ove, but it's so fun and sweet! I almost blew my bedtime last night to keep reading, and that is a big deal for me because I am super dedicated to sleep. lol

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JenFowler
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A sweet and quiet read with life lessons throughout. I enjoyed going along on Arthur's journey as he learned more about his deceased wife's life before she married him.

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TorieStorieS
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This “charming” read is my real-life book club‘s April/May pick- and I really liked it! It‘s an uplifting read about a widower who finds a charm bracelet of his wife‘s and begins to discover earlier chapters of her life. It‘s a sweet book and one that I am thinking the rest of the group enjoyed as much as I did! The performer is great, too- and it was fun for both #AudioWalking and #AudioColoring!

GypsyKat Pretty!!! 6mo
TorieStorieS Thanks, @GypsyKat !! 😊😊😊 6mo
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booksbrewsandbooze
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A most charming book #booksbrewsandbooze

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EastWind76
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A couple of months before she died, my mom gave me her charm bracelet. Like Arthur, with his wife's, I had never seen it before. Unlike their story, my mom and I sat together while she told me about every charm on the bracelet. The warm beauty of this book brought back that happy memory to me. 💙

Crazeedi That's a beautiful story and such a beautiful memory from your mom 9mo
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EastWind76
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I decided to go for one or two more (relatively) short books before embarking on my next series. This one looks interesting...

Crazeedi I enjoyed this one 9mo
EastWind76 @Crazeedi so far it's really good! 9mo
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Louise
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Mehso-so

This #audiobook is nicely done. It‘s a sweet story but a bit contrived and formulaic. For me, it was an easy listen while recovering from a seasonal bug.

minkyb Sorry about the bug. Never fun. 10mo
Louise Thanks, @minkyb! 10mo
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GypsyKat
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I loved this book! When I imagine a story about a man dealing with the death of his wife, I don‘t imagine it to be sweet and charming, and leave me with a warm lovely feeling. But that‘s exactly what this was. I really enjoyed the premise, and I felt like I was on this journey of discovery right along with Arthur. I‘ve never read anything else by this author, but I definitely will now! Highly recommend! 4 1/2 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

CouronneDhiver Yay! I‘m glad you enjoyed this one. I just finished another one of her books recently (also good): 11mo
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GypsyKat
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I‘m starting this one on Audible today. I‘ve heard good things about it.

CouronneDhiver It‘s really a sweet little story ... I hope you enjoy it. 👍🏽 11mo
GypsyKat @CouronneDhiver Thank you! 😊 11mo
Aims42 I loved this sweet story 💗 11mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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I think I'm the odd one out for not liking this book. I thought it was charming (no pun intended) at first, but the main character became unlikable.

Arthur is cleaning out his deceased wife's closet when he finds a charm bracelet. He doesn't remember it or the charms. So, he makes it his mission to learn about his wife of 40 years' life. If he had literally just taken an interest in her when she was alive, there'd be no story. 🤷🏻‍♀️

BookHoarder32 Lol great review! 😂 11mo
Naj I'm laughing too hard at this 😂😂 11mo
Lucas.Rencher Haha I love you! 😂 11mo
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Pricel101 Right on! Great review! 🤣 11mo
CouronneDhiver Oh no. 😂 I thought this was such a sweet little story. To each her own. Lol 11mo
BookBabe Great review! I felt similarly. This book made so little an impression on me that I literally forgot I read it. 11mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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I bought this book at a Friends of the Library sale and it's pretty destroyed, but I'm excited to read this one next! 🤓

So far I'm at a book a day this year. Let's see what happens once school's back in (for work and for myself 😅).

CouronneDhiver It‘s such a sweet story... the audiobook is good too. 😊 11mo
Lucas.Rencher I'm excited to see what you think 😀 11mo
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a.bookish.byrd
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So charming!

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JoyBlue
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Arthur goes on a scavenger hunt a year after his wife's death, upon finding a mysterious charm bracelet among her things. While learning about Miriam's life before their marriage, he learns about himself and works on relationships with those nearest to him. I didn't love this the way I did "A Man Called Ove" or "The Story of Arthur Truluv"; but it was enjoyable enough.

SilversReviews I loved this book. 12mo
JoyBlue @SilversReviews 💙👍🏼 12mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Thank you Michelle!! ❤️This one has been on my tbr list forever!! I‘ve heard it‘s awesome!! And the wrapping was just beautiful!! ❤️🎅 @Chelleo

Chelleo You‘re very welcome. I hope you like the book as much as I did. 🤗 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Chelleo I‘m sure I will! 💗🤗 12mo
Crazeedi Loved this book! 12mo
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GypsyKat
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I‘ve heard lots of good things about today‘s Audible daily deal.

C.Perone This was such a feel good, smile til your cheeks hurt read 12mo
GypsyKat @C.Perone Good to hear! 12mo
CouronneDhiver It‘s a really cute story... heartwarming... you laugh, you cry. 12mo
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Sassy_Steph
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Really enjoyed this book, such a sweet story!!! Loved it!!

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JoScho
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Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life.
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 an unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in a quest to find out the truth about his wife's secret life before they met. #luckycharm #octoberputaspellonyou

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This is on my tbr list 💙 14mo
JoScho @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it sounds pretty good! 14mo
Laylafinn Omg I loved this book so much. The end had me absolutely crying. But like, happy tears. 14mo
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CouronneDhiver It‘s a really sweet book. I liked this one a lot 14mo
5280reader Looks great! Added to my list 😁 14mo
JoScho @Laylafinn @CouronneDhiver glad to hear you guys enjoyed it. It sounds like a sweet story. 14mo
JoScho @5280reader hope you like it 😊💙 14mo
vkois88 Sounds cute and fun 😊 14mo
BiblioLitten It‘s on my TBR but I have heard mixed reviews about it 14mo
BookishMe @BiblioLitten I enjoyed this very much... A fun version of A Man Called Ove. Quirky and light read. Made me interested in charm bracelets ;)) 13mo
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Clwojick
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Finished this one last night, and that brought my time so far to just under 1.5 hours. ♥️ I CANT WAIT TO GET OFF WORK.

#24B4monday

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BookishMe
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Tagged book is my choice for #Booked2018 MC over 70yo. Then I found out my favorite senior citizen, Lola Quinlan is back!! And I spotted another Swedish writer's funny novel... Let's see which I get to finish first ;D

TorieStorieS I love Monica McInerney!!! 1y
BookishMe @TorieStorieS 😊😊I was kinda hooked after 1y
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wen4blu
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Leaving on a quick weekend trip and taking Mr Pepper along for the ride.

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catiewithac
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Interesting pick from @debthmpsn for the #myfavoritebookswap. Thanks @JoeStalksBeck for hosting this swap. I‘m very excited to burn the autumn scented candle 🕯

CouronneDhiver That‘s such a sweet book - loved it! 1y
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janeycanuck
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Quiet and lovely, which was just what I needed it to be. Felt similar to Major Pettigrew‘s Last Stand, in some ways. I really appreciated that everything didn‘t fall perfectly into place for Arthur in his search about the charms but really liked the way Patrick wrapped things up in the last chapter.

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janeycanuck
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So much for my plan to take my coffee and my book out to the balcony for a few hours of nature time during #24in48

Linsy Great balcony though! 1y
janeycanuck @Linsy Yeah, we love it - it‘s off our attic, which is finished as a loft. The combo of the loft & balcony sold us on the house! 1y
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BritanyA
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⭐️⭐️⭐️: Good, not great. Why are there so many widowed old men stories about searching for something? This one wasn‘t the best of its genre.

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Clive
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When she said “Nothing” - she doesn‘t mean it. She means that something is wrong and that she wants you to ask her again what it is, and to keep on asking until you get an answer. You should have wanted to buy me a present, even if i told you I didn‘t want anything. It was your chance to show you care....

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
Clive @rather_be_reading thank you xo much 😊 1y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 1y
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SilversReviews
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#AdelesMayMashUp
@AlwaysBeenALoverOfBooks
@Vkois88

SWEETEST DEVOTION

I have featured this book before, but couldn‘t resist again.

“​THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER has a very clever, enjoyable story line that gives you a nice cozy feeling. It felt like a big hug that you didn't want to end.

There aren't enough delightful words to describe this book. 5/5”

https://silversolara.blogspot.com/2016/05/review-and-

keys_on_fire Definitely one of my favs from last year‘s reading! 2y
SilversReviews @keys_on_fire He is the sweetest thing. 2y
vkois88 😊😊😊 2y
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Kshakal Loved this book!! 2y
Gissy I want it! 2y
SilversReviews @Gissy 😍 😍 😍 😍 I hope you get it. 😍 😍 😍 😍 2y
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Bren912
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Things i learned from Arthur:
1. Don‘t let routine rule your life
2. Always go on an adventure no matter your age.
3. It‘s never too late to reconcile
4. Never underestimate your purpose to those around you.
5. As long as you breathe, love.

CouronneDhiver I loved this one. So heartwarming 2y
Bren912 @CouronneDhiver Exactly! soooo sweet! 2y
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Kshakal
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“You can make memories out of money, but you can‘t make money out of memories, unless you are an antiques dealer.” Such a powerful reminder to live life to its fullest!! #currentbookquote #readingresolutions @Jess7

SilversReviews Oh....I LOVED Arthur. 2y
SilversReviews Great statement too. 2y
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Kshakal
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Such a great book.... Arthur and the other cast of characters paint such a touching picture of life as you get older. Following a trail that a charm bracelet sets out, Arthur has to ask himself how important is the past and how to continue living in the future. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CouronneDhiver This was so good! 😊 2y
Kshakal @CouronneDhiver agreed!!! I had been wanting to read it for a while and then it was a book club pick so it worked out perfectly!!! 2y
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Kshakal
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2. My grandpa and my mom
3. Morning, noon, and night... I will read anytime and any place
4. Number the stars when I was young... Harry Potter when I was older

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho 📚😊❤️ 2y
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Bren912
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Dishes done...quiet house...time for my next read! #peekaboo 🐶

Aims42 I loved this read, I hope you enjoy it too!! 2y
Bren912 @Aims42 i am loving this read so far! Many books I‘m juggling but this one i am savoring. 2y
Aims42 It‘s a great ‘savoring‘ read for sure ☺️ 2y
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SilversReviews
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#READING RESOLUTIONS
@JESS7

TODAY‘S PROMPT: BELOVED CHARACTERS

Arthur Pepper always comes to mind when I think of beloved characters.

Arthur was an ​absolutely endearing, charming, sweet character for me.

THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER is an adorable, enchanting, uplifting read. Be prepared to fall in love with Arthur Pepper.

https://silversolara.blogspot.com/2016/05/review-and-giveaway-of-curious-charms....

megt I loved this one! I didn‘t expect it to be as delightful as it was, but it was a truly wonderful story. 2y
SilversReviews @megt It was delightful. 2y
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Aims42
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@SilversReviews summed this book up perfectly: adorable. I loved it!!! I laughed, I teared up, my heart was light & happy but at times I was anxious about what would happen. Definitely recommend this to anyone who needs an uplifting & adorable read 💙💙💙💙💙/5

SilversReviews Thank you. 2y
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Aims42
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Nothing wrong with this view 😍⚾️❤️ Thought of you @Reecaspieces 😉 #baseballbutts

Reecaspieces NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT VIEW! #baseballbuttsrock! 2y
Aims42 @Reecaspieces 🤣🤣🤣🤣 no sport has better butts! 2y
Reecaspieces @Aims42 AGREED!! 2y
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readinginthedark 😂I wouldn‘t admit it to my husband, but it‘s true! 😅 2y
Aims42 @readinginthedark hahaha! We won‘t tell him, your secret is safe 😉😋 2y
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Aims42
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I love that feeling when you connect with the main character in your book 💚💙💛Couldn‘t agree more with ya, Arthur!! 🙌🏻

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Pogue
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This was an adorable audio book for my commute! So easy to follow and easy to understand the characters.

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Aims42
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20 pages in and I‘m LOVING this book 💚💙💜💛🧡

SilversReviews I LOVED this book. I have a different cover. It is adorable. 2y
Aims42 @SilversReviews awww yay!!! 2y
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StephanieGeiser
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@BookaholicNatty - Look what came in the mail! Thank you!! I‘m really looking forward to this book, using the bag for future book hauls, and the post-its in my upcoming book clubs by mail!

#bookmail #nattysbookgiveaway

tracey38 Nice. Love the bag. 2y
BookaholicNatty Sooo glad it got there!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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BarbaraJean
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Mehso-so

This was a light, cute read. I liked the characters, but wasn‘t a fan of the writing at all—it just wasn‘t well-written. It reminded me of A Man Called Ove and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry—older man undergoes a journey of transformation through encounters with quirky situations & characters. But both of those books were well-written, and I‘d recommend them over this one! I didn‘t dislike it... I‘ve just seen it done better.

AmyG What a perfect photo. Love the blues. 2y
BarbaraJean @AmyG Thank you! I did enjoy how my bookmark matched the blue and yellow in the cover! 2y
CouronneDhiver It‘s a pretty good audiobook 2y
SilversReviews LOVED this book...it was so cute. Arthur was precious. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm This cover and this bookmark! 💙💙 2y
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Jenken1998
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ a lovely tale of a widower who is surprised to learn some secrets from his wife‘s past after she is gone. He sets out on a journey to learn more about her and ends up discovering himself. Sweet quick read.

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debthmpsn
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Heart warming book about seeking and finding the truth, acceptance and moving on without the love of your life. I really enjoyed this book and the journey that Arthur took, his reflections on a life gone by and his ability, eventually, to move on.

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