I will tell you right at the beginning of my review that The Charm Bracelet was a fantastic book! Viola Shipman did a great job as a first time novelist with this story in making the characters and the story come alive. Its a fantastic book to read and I think it would be a great book to be discussed at book club meetings.
The book centers around Lolly, grandmother, Arden, daughter and Lauren, granddaughter. Lolly is starting to lose her memory and wants to share the stories of their family and invites her daughter and granddaughter home to Michigan for Memorial Day weekend.
She uses her charm bracelet and has a story to tell about each charm on her bracelet. Arden, long embarrassed by her mom had quit wearing her charm bracelet but Lauren still wore hers. As the stories are told, Arden realizes the mistakes that she's made in her life and the three women work to re-connect with each other and with their inner feelings. As they learn to forgive each other for their past mistakes, they also forgive themselves and begin to make plans to go forward and be the women that they were meant to be.
The Charm Bracelet is a wonderful book about love and family and the family history that makes us all what we are today. I am definitely looking forward to future books from this author.
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available formats: ebook and print (304 pages)
published: March 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books
genres: women's fiction
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