The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
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 grey slacks and mustard tank top, 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 story behind each of the charms – and the truth about his wife’s secret life before they met.
Rise & Shine, Benedict Stone (titled Wishes Under the Willow Tree in the UK)
In the quiet village of Noon Sun, Benedict Stone has settled into a complacent and predictable routine. Business at his jewellery shop has dried up, his marriage is on the rocks. His life is in need of a jump start. But 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 haven’t spoken in almost two decades, since Charlie left for America. Reckless and stubborn, Gemma invites herself into Benedict’s world and turns it upside down. But she might be just what he needs to get his life back on track…