Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman

What They Say....Lose yourself to the magic of The Charm Bracelet.

Through an heirloom charm bracelet, three women will rediscover the importance of family and a passion for living as each charm changes their lives.
On her birthday each year, Lolly’s mother gave her a charm, along with the advice that there is nothing more important than keeping family memories alive, and so Lolly’s charm bracelet would be a constant reminder of that love. 
Now seventy and starting to forget things, Lolly knows time is running out to reconnect with a daughter and granddaughter whose lives have become too busy for Lolly or her family stories. 
But when Arden, Lolly’s daughter, receives an unexpected phone call about her mother, she and granddaughter Lauren rush home. Over the course of their visit, Lolly reveals the story behind each charm on her bracelet, and one by one the family stories help Lolly, Arden, and Lauren reconnect in a way that brings each woman closer to finding joy, love, and faith. 
A compelling story of three women and a beautiful reminder of the preciousness of family, Viola Shipman's The Charm Bracelet is a keepsake you’ll cherish long after the final page.

What I Say....One of the best things about being a blogger is the chance to read debut authors.  I have nothing but respect for people who are able to write a book, and I try to always be kind in my reviews even if they aren't my cup of tea.  Thankfully, this wasn't one of those times.

The book started off a little slow, but once they got to Lolly's stories, it improved dramatically.  Her stories had a much better flow than Arden's or even Lauren's.  

I always enjoy reading stories of the past - but this was really done well because they were almost like short stories, connected by the charm bracelet.  

This made me want to go rent a cottage in Michigan and while away the summer.   This would be a great beach read.  I'll be watching for her next book.

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