Phaedra Patrick studied art and marketing and has worked as a stained glass artist, film festival organiser and communications manager. Her short stories have won competitions run by Penguin and Darley Anderson and she now writes full time. She lives in Saddleworth with her husband and son. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is her debut novel.
A beautifully charming, amusing, and gentle read, visiting with great empathy and grace occasional cloudy darkness. Library volunteer Martha Storm is a quietly helpful, book-loving hoarder. When she finds a mysterious book relating to her past, Martha begins to see the possibilities life can offer. I have used the word quirky previously for Phaedra Patrick’s writing and it again popped into my mind for ‘The Library of Lost and Found’. This is an author who explores different, cheers on quiet, and celebrates the unique properties to be found in each of us. The words sang to me, I gathered them up and hugged every single one as they arrived in my mind. I adored this read, my heart filled with love for the characters as I smiled and felt heart-ache alongside them. Other magical stories can be found within the pages, they arrive and make a considerate, thoughtful point. ‘The Library of Lost and Found’ is there waiting for anyone who has ever felt a little lost or lonely, it is a wonderful read and I have chosen it as one of my picks of the month. Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.
One of our Books of the Year 2016. October 2016 Debut of the Month. Gosh, this is an absolute treasure of a debut… and it’s full of delightful, delicious quirkiness. 69 year old widower Arthur sets out to find the truth behind a charm bracelet he discovers when sorting through his wife’s wardrobe. Arthur quickly realises that before she met him, his wife had a whole host of experiences, and Arthur knew nothing about them! Phaedra Patrick writes with a beautifully light touch, yet imbues each page with a meaningful eloquence. Arthur is a joy to get to know, you feel his sadness and bewilderment at his loneliness and loss, then as he steps out on his quest, you witness his cloistered heart and mind unfurling towards the possibilities that life can offer. ‘The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper’ fizzes with gentle humour, it encouraged my thoughts to wander in new directions, and charmed the cockles of my heart. This is a beautiful little gem of a read and I highly recommend it. Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.
It's never too late to start a new chapter... The utterly charming and feel-good new novel from the bestselling author of The Secrets of Sunshine and The Library of Lost and Found. Liv Green loves losing herself in a good book. Her everyday reality is less romantic, cleaning houses for people who barely give her the time of day. But when she lands a job housekeeping for her personal hero and mega-bestselling author Essie Starling, she can't believe her luck. When Essie dies unexpectedly, Liv is left with an astonishing last wish: to complete Essie's last ever novel. To do so, change-averse Liv will have to step away from the fictitious worlds in her head, and into Essie's shoes. As she begins to write, she uncovers a surprising connection between the two women - and a secret that will change Liv's life forever... Heart-warming and uplifting, the new book from the author of The Library of Lost and Found is a reminder of how it's never too late to change your own story - perfect for fans of All the Lonely People and The Authenticity Project.
Sometimes we all need a wake up call... 'A feel-good story with oodles of charm' Daily Mail Soon to be a Hallmark Original TV Movie! Benedict Stone has lost his sparkle. He's stuck in a rut, business at his jewellery shop has dried up, and his beloved wife Estelle has moved out of their family home. He's desperate to win her back, but doesn't know how. So, when Benedict's teenage niece Gemma turns up on his doorstep unexpectedly and uninvited, it's the last thing he needs. And after finding out Benedict and Estelle have separated, Gemma makes it her mission to reunite them. Can she help Benedict turn his life around? An uplifting and feel-good novel about family, secrets and second chances from the bestselling author of The Library of Lost and Found, for readers who love Mike Gayle and Ruth Hogan. **Previously published as Wishes Under The Willow Tree** Praise for Phaedra Patrick: 'A gem of a book. I loved it' Sarah Morgan, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Summer Seekers 'A wonderfully hope-filled story' Sarah Haywood, New York Times bestselling author of The Cactus 'A charming story of self-discovery' HELLO! 'This book is a balm for the soul and the heart' The Sun 'Eccentric, charming and wise, this will illuminate your heart' Nina George, internationally bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop 'A charming, unforgettable story' Harper's Bazaar 'A story of self-discovery' Hello! 'Wonderful ... the perfect summer read' Woman 'A charming story with thought-provoking themes' Candis 'A feel-good story with oodles of charm' Daily Mail 'A gorgeous journey' Heat 'As charming and witty as the title suggests' My Weekly 'We love this sweet story about self-discovery' Take A Break 'With many poignant as well as laugh-out-loud moments, this is a lovely feel-good read' Compass
'A wonderfully hope-filled story' Sarah Haywood, bestselling author 'This charming novel will warm your heart' The People's Friend 'The perfect summer read!' Suzy K Quinn, bestselling author *** A lonely single father gets an unexpected second chance at love in the heart-warming new novel from the bestselling author of The Library of Lost and Found. Only his daughter Poppy knows that behind his prickly exterior, Mitchell Fisher is deeply lonely. He may have sworn off romance, relishing his job cutting off the padlocks that couples fasten to his hometown's famous 'love story' bridge... but underneath it all, he's still grieving the loss of Poppy's mum. Then one hot summer's day, everything changes when Mitchell bravely rescues a woman who falls from the bridge into the river. He's surprised to feel an unexpected connection to her, but then she disappears. Desperate to find the mysterious woman, Mitchell teams up with her spirited sister Liza to see if she's left any clues behind. There's just one - a secret message on the padlock she left on love story bridge... Brimming with Phaedra Patrick's signature charm and a sparkling cast of characters, The Secrets of Sunshine follows one man's journey to unlock his heart and discover new beginnings in the unlikeliest places. *** Readers love The Secrets of Sunshine: 'This book was everything!!!! I absolutely LOVED it!!' 'A sensational read... took me on an emotional rollercoaster' 'Absolutely charming' 'The story was so captivating it made you not want it to end. I love it!' 'A delightful feel-good story that can't help but make you smile' 'Loved this book from start to finish' 'Charming and soothing, and a real feel-good read' 'A sweet and touching book with likeable characters and a happy ending. Perfect for a dreary day' 'A warm-hearted tale' 'This is a gem of a book, quirky and amusing but sad and heartfelt at the same time' 'A lovely story of bravery, loving and letting go, finding new love, and the love between father and daughter'
Praise for Phaedra Patrick: 'A feel-good story with oodles of charm' Daily Mail 'Eccentric, charming and wise, this will illuminate your heart' Nina George For generations, the Stone family have been making wishes on the old willow tree in their garden. And this year they're wishing harder than ever... In the small village of Noon Sun, Benedict and Estelle thought they'd found their happy ever after. But, unable to have the children they've longed for, their marriage has hit the rocks and Estelle has moved out. Devastated but unwilling to accept defeat, jeweller Benedict vows to win her back - he just doesn't know how. The unexpected - and uninvited - arrival of his estranged sixteen-year-old niece, Gemma, is the last thing he needs. But when a decades old secret is brought to light, Benedict and Estelle realise they're not the only ones in need of a second chance. And that maybe the family they wished for has been there all along... Praise for bestselling author Phaedra Patrick's award-winning debut The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper: 'Gorgeous' Heat 'A charming, unforgettable story' Harper's Bazaar