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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 br 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, The Charm Bracelet is a keepsake you’ll cherish long after the final page.


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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 br 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, The Charm Bracelet is a keepsake you’ll cherish long after the final page.

30 review for The Charm Bracelet

  1. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lamm

    I absolutely loved this book. I only cried like... five times... shamelessly. It was a sweet, spunky and loveable book. As soon as I was done reading, I was compelled to tell my own grandmother how much I love and miss her! I'll definitely be passing this along for my mother to read. PS, this really needs to be made into a film so family women can experience the story together. I absolutely loved this book. I only cried like... five times... shamelessly. It was a sweet, spunky and loveable book. As soon as I was done reading, I was compelled to tell my own grandmother how much I love and miss her! I'll definitely be passing this along for my mother to read. PS, this really needs to be made into a film so family women can experience the story together.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    I'm sorry to say - this just wasn't for me. I didn't/couldn't connect with the characters. There seemed to be inconsistencies with the way they acted. Lolly was the best one for me, but even then, I struggled. It was overly sappy with the "I love you" and even then, they didn't ring true for me. As I said, just not for me so I don't think I would read this author again. **Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.** I'm sorry to say - this just wasn't for me. I didn't/couldn't connect with the characters. There seemed to be inconsistencies with the way they acted. Lolly was the best one for me, but even then, I struggled. It was overly sappy with the "I love you" and even then, they didn't ring true for me. As I said, just not for me so I don't think I would read this author again. **Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.**

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gary Edwards

    The Charm Bracelet is a beautiful story about love, family, and life. It will be forever on my bookshelf & I will never to part with this sweet story. I can't wait to share this book with my Mom and reminisce with her about the stories from both her charms and my Grandmother's. So happy to be able to read an advanced copy! The Charm Bracelet is a beautiful story about love, family, and life. It will be forever on my bookshelf & I will never to part with this sweet story. I can't wait to share this book with my Mom and reminisce with her about the stories from both her charms and my Grandmother's. So happy to be able to read an advanced copy!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nann

    I really wanted to like this book. The premise is great -- grandmother, mother, daughter rediscover themselves as a family. Each charm on grandmother Lolly's bracelet is the beginning of another family story. There's a lovely (charming?) little poem presented with each charm. The blurbs on the advance reader edition that I read promise extensive marketing to book clubs, etc. The book is set in western Michigan in a town called Scoops. The family cottage is on Lost Land Lake. From the geographic I really wanted to like this book. The premise is great -- grandmother, mother, daughter rediscover themselves as a family. Each charm on grandmother Lolly's bracelet is the beginning of another family story. There's a lovely (charming?) little poem presented with each charm. The blurbs on the advance reader edition that I read promise extensive marketing to book clubs, etc. The book is set in western Michigan in a town called Scoops. The family cottage is on Lost Land Lake. From the geographic clues (Manitou Island, "the majestic" dunes) it's Leland and Lake Leelanau -- why not use the real names? ["Scoops" adds to confusion because Lolly works at an ice cream shop owned by Dolly Van Voozle.] I hope that subsequent copy editing has tightened the text ("The woman undid the naked slim bracelet around Mary's wrist, one her parents had given her when she was younger..." -- her parents gave her a wrist?). Each time a charm is added it is just put on the bracelet. I have my grandmother's and mother's charm bracelets and all of those charms needed pliers to open the rings to put on the bracelet, then to close the rings again. (Modern charms may clip on. 50+ years ago they didn't. At least, not the charms that I have.) In 1901 the great-grandmother emigrates to the U.S. from Ireland. She works in a clothing factory in New York to earn enough money to get to Michigan. She uses "an ancient Singer sewing machine on a treadle base" that she took with her "as she traveled by covered wagon with others seeking family in the north and west." Umm, in 1901 there were trains from New York to Michigan. And would a young woman haul a 60+ lb. treadle sewing machine? Any dressmaker or tailor who employed her would provide the equipment. Though this is a small part of the background, such inaccuracies intrude on my enjoyment of the contemporary story.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dale Harcombe

    Three and a half stars. Three generations of women, Lolly, Arden and Lauren are the central characters in the story. Lolly is portrayed as a larger than life character who loves being the centre of attention and has a capacity to draw people to her. Arden has tended to rebel against all that her mother embodies, becoming hardworking and conservative as she carves out a life away from her home town of Scoop on the shores of Lake Michigan. Lauren is undertaking a business degree and is thoroughly m Three and a half stars. Three generations of women, Lolly, Arden and Lauren are the central characters in the story. Lolly is portrayed as a larger than life character who loves being the centre of attention and has a capacity to draw people to her. Arden has tended to rebel against all that her mother embodies, becoming hardworking and conservative as she carves out a life away from her home town of Scoop on the shores of Lake Michigan. Lauren is undertaking a business degree and is thoroughly miserable trying to please her mother rather than do what she wants to do. Lolly, is starting to forget things. When Arden receives a worrying phone call about her mother from the owner of the fudge shop where Lolly works, Arden and Lauren head to Scoops. In an effort to reconnect with her daughter and share her life with her granddaughter, Lolly shares the stories of the charms on her charm bracelet. What effect, if any will this time together have on the three women? I found the charm bracelet idea an engaging way of sharing memories. As a result the story drifts about in time as Lolly shares the stories of the individual charms and their meaning. It is very much a chick lit book and as such will not appeal to everyone. It could be seen schmaltzy. After several tense dramas I need something different, so picked this up simply because it suggested a light, feel goof type of read. It can tend to have a bit of a sugary sweet feel to it, especially given the name Lolly, the fudge shop and a town called Scoops. Despite this, I did come to engage with the characters. I could understand why Arden felt intimidated by her mother. I liked the way layers of the characters were revealed as the charms were explained and memories unfolded. A pleasant read that was a good change of pace for me. I enjoyed it and if it is a little light and sentimental, sometimes that’s all you want - a book to escape into for a while.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I'd really give this 2 1/2 stars. I did end up finishing this, with a fair amount of skimming/speed reading, mostly because I was committed to finishing and because at this point I was paying to read the book (overdue, unable to renew due to hold list). But, bleah. I was interested in reading this after I read a story in a magazine by the author that was either a chapter from this, or a similar story adapted from this. I like "women's fiction" and I'm not bothered by predictability, but this was I'd really give this 2 1/2 stars. I did end up finishing this, with a fair amount of skimming/speed reading, mostly because I was committed to finishing and because at this point I was paying to read the book (overdue, unable to renew due to hold list). But, bleah. I was interested in reading this after I read a story in a magazine by the author that was either a chapter from this, or a similar story adapted from this. I like "women's fiction" and I'm not bothered by predictability, but this was just too well, not good. I liked the idea of the charms on the grandmother's bracelets telling a story with a meaning, but it was soooo repetitive. I mean, from page to page , chapter to chapter. First of all, no one in real life talks the way these characters do. Pithy sayings about love and having fun and making happiness before your life is over. Saying these things over, and over, and over again. I also thought other aspects of the writing weren't great. Kind of a "I'm going to get every colorful fact or detail about this area in here." I really wouldn't recommend this.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Celia

    Three generations of women are bound together by love and the stories surrounding charms on a charm bracelet. They spend Memorial Day Week together in Scoops, getting to know and appreciate each other like never before. Lolly - now a grandmother, born on July 4, lives in Scoops MI (a real place!!) and works at Dolly's: a fudge/ice cream place. She loves life and is vibrant and outgoing. Arden - her daughter, overworked, and very conservative Lauren - her granddaughter, budding artist, wants to be Three generations of women are bound together by love and the stories surrounding charms on a charm bracelet. They spend Memorial Day Week together in Scoops, getting to know and appreciate each other like never before. Lolly - now a grandmother, born on July 4, lives in Scoops MI (a real place!!) and works at Dolly's: a fudge/ice cream place. She loves life and is vibrant and outgoing. Arden - her daughter, overworked, and very conservative Lauren - her granddaughter, budding artist, wants to be practical so is studying business in college There are many charms on Lolly's bracelet and each one has a story. Sentimental and engaging. I listened to this book on audio and especially appreciated the call of the loon, done very authentically by the book's reader. Liked hearing about the history of Scoops and Lost Land Lake as well. I have learned to appreciate books like this because of their charm (pun intended). Need to listen/read one of these occasionally just to relax and enjoy the read. 3.5 stars recorded as 3

  8. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn't get into it. I ended up putting it down about half way in. (Life's too short to waste on a book you don't like!). I loved the premise behind the book and the author seems like a great guy from his replies to reviews, but the book was overly sappy with unrealistic characters and dialog for me. I love a variety of genres, including chick lit and beach reads but they have to grab me and make me want to read without putting the book down. Sadly, I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn't get into it. I ended up putting it down about half way in. (Life's too short to waste on a book you don't like!). I loved the premise behind the book and the author seems like a great guy from his replies to reviews, but the book was overly sappy with unrealistic characters and dialog for me. I love a variety of genres, including chick lit and beach reads but they have to grab me and make me want to read without putting the book down. Sadly, this just didn't do it for me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Judy D Collins

    Wade Rouse delivers THE CHARM BRACELET a heartwarming story in tribute to his exceptional grandmother, Viola Shipman--Beautifully written, rich in character, history, memories and infused with lots of love. Where each charm holds a story, fond memories, and a key unlocking a secret part of her life. A magical tale of things, people, and places, essential and dear to our lives, we often take for granted. The simpler times, of our previous generations and their influential voices of wisdom. Three Wade Rouse delivers THE CHARM BRACELET a heartwarming story in tribute to his exceptional grandmother, Viola Shipman--Beautifully written, rich in character, history, memories and infused with lots of love. Where each charm holds a story, fond memories, and a key unlocking a secret part of her life. A magical tale of things, people, and places, essential and dear to our lives, we often take for granted. The simpler times, of our previous generations and their influential voices of wisdom. Three women discover the importance of family and forgiveness--- as charms take part in changing their lives. Misunderstandings, unsaid words, guilt, and resentment get in the way of life. When sometimes the smallest things are the most significant gifts. Finding your way back. Reconnect. A story celebrating family and love in their many forms. From July 1953 we meet Lolly. Her mom had a story for every charm. Lolly’s birthday fell on the Fourth of July—a child of summer. Every year she received a charm from her mother on special occasions; from Christmas, trips, school accomplishments, and every birthday. This year it was half a heart. She had the other half; they would always be a part of one another. With a poem: “That every step along the way, I have loved you so. So each time you open up, A little box from me Remember that I really all Began with You and Me.” She promised she would always tell the story to the next generation. Then her mom was gone. We flash forward to July 4, 2013, and even though her mother took half her heart, Lolly kept all her charms. Her mother was right-- the charm bracelet is always a constant reminder of her love. She had vowed she would share the stories with a daughter. However, her daughter, Arden had left and moved to Chicago. She never visited. Her life was busy and time was slipping by. She has to remind her of history and traditions, but she seemed to shrug off the gesture. Every year on her birthday, she can feel her mom speaking through the charms. Through time and space, they are connected by lucky charms, representing love. Flashbacks to 1901 (my favorite part); we learn about the sewing machine charm--Mary worked alongside her mother Marian O’Connell in Ireland, as a seamstress making specialty dresses for the wealthier families. Then she is on her way to America, alone for a better life—where she received the worn silver charm. She misses her family, left behind. The charm was given to her by a special lady, to represent a life bound by family. No matter how far away they may be. She promised as long as she wore it, they would always be near. She was making her way once again from New York to Michigan to her aunt and uncle’s home. It is here she meets a fellow Irishman. Her life begins. Sometimes not always an easy journey--loss, love, and life. We meet Arden, 2014, Lolly’s daughter, now grown, living in Chicago five hours away with granddaughter, Lauren, in college. She grew up visiting their grandmother every summer in Michigan at her cabin on Lost Land Lake where Lolly still lives. Every day was an adventure with her grandmother. She had taught her so much, to believe anything was possible. Her grandmother always encouraged her to dream; whereas her mom was always throwing out caution, be sensible, and plan. There was a chill between Arden and Lolly. As Lolly grows older, her mom and dad are long gone. She has celebrated her birthday alone for years. She knows it is time for reconnecting with her daughter and granddaughter. Their family history has to live on. Now seventy and starting to forget things, Lolly knows time is running out. A story behind every keepsake —a charm, unlocking hearts with beauty, peace, faith, happiness, friends, and fond memories. The strong and powerful bonds between mothers and daughters. As the author mentions, we may not be aware of the stories of our grandmothers and mothers. It may be time to listen to the stories from the past. An inspiring story, intertwined with nostalgia and heirlooms, reminding us life is short—we need to unhook and spend time, and get to know those special people in our lives before it is too late. Treasure our friends, family, and passions in life. Fans of Debbie Macomber, Sherryl Woods, Mariah Stewart, and Susan Wiggs will appreciate the idyllic setting, nostalgia and the warmhearted gem-- of family and love. Would make an ideal gift for Mother’s Day. Looking forward to more books by this author! Charms have been a part the human experience for thousands of years. Early man would pick up an interestingly shaped or colored stone and carry it with him as a talisman of protection or good luck. As the story expresses, today charms are worn to express ourselves or commemorate special occasions and can still evoke strong feelings. They represent our passions, interests, and hobbies, making beautiful personal and cherished gifts, lasting for generations; reminding us of unique people, places or events. When I read stories such as this, wish we all could rewind and go back to simpler times, with real conversations--No devices. The lazy glorious summer days at the lake with picnics, and fun-filled days, with nowhere else to be. A special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. JDCMustReadBooks

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mahoghani 23

    A wonderful book about three generational women. Meet Lolly, the grandmother, who's vivacious and lively. Next is Arden, her daughter that's withdrawn and an all-work-and-no-play kind of woman. Finally there's Lauren, Arden's daughter, whose unhappy with the decisions she's made. This summer will change their lives for the better because of the charm bracelet and the story behind each one. This story is riveting and compels you to follow along as Lolly tells the story about the significance of th A wonderful book about three generational women. Meet Lolly, the grandmother, who's vivacious and lively. Next is Arden, her daughter that's withdrawn and an all-work-and-no-play kind of woman. Finally there's Lauren, Arden's daughter, whose unhappy with the decisions she's made. This summer will change their lives for the better because of the charm bracelet and the story behind each one. This story is riveting and compels you to follow along as Lolly tells the story about the significance of the charms on the charm bracelet. The author brought the generational gap among them and developed a family bond. The author depicts how we sometimes overlook our elders in the family but they can provide a lot of information about the family and life in general. They get lonely as well. Their friends have past and they get lost in nostalgia with no one to relate to. I liked how the author dealt with the aging process. Lolly's been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Decline, the first stage of Dementia. The author showed how this diagnosis affects family members more so than the patient. She touched your heartstrings and made you emotionally feel the Arden's pain. Simultaneously, she touched your heart when Jake, the geriatric nurse, came in and stole Arden's heart. Finally, the author was able to illustrate life, its substance, imagination, laughter and happiness from the book to the reader.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    I will tell you right at the beginning of my review that this was a fantastic book! The author 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 daugh I will tell you right at the beginning of my review that this was a fantastic book! The author 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. Its 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. Thanks to NetGalley for providing this book for an unbiased review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shameless

    I was fortunate to have been given an advanced reading copy of this book. Such a beautiful story of the love between a grandmother, a mother, and a daughter. Three generations, all struggling with the same issues - how do you let go of your fears and do what you love? How do you cope with the highs and lows of life? How do you learn to love yourself, and pick yourself up every time life knocks you down? What always gets you through, the beacon -- love. And nothing is more powerful than a mother' I was fortunate to have been given an advanced reading copy of this book. Such a beautiful story of the love between a grandmother, a mother, and a daughter. Three generations, all struggling with the same issues - how do you let go of your fears and do what you love? How do you cope with the highs and lows of life? How do you learn to love yourself, and pick yourself up every time life knocks you down? What always gets you through, the beacon -- love. And nothing is more powerful than a mother's love. This is the story of three women: Lolly, Arden, and Lauren. It's the story of the love that binds them, and the charm bracelets they each wear. These are special charms, with important messages. These charms and love are the threads that hold this family together, and help them find their way home when life leads them astray. Set in Chicago and Michigan, Ms. Shipman transported me to the amazing Lost Land Lake, where I want to vacation every summer. I highly recommend this heart-warming story! Read it now... You'll be glad you did!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Recently, while looking for a new book to listen to, I came across The Charm Bracelet. I had been interested in reading this for a while, but hadn't had a chance to do so. I'm glad I went the audio route, as I now plan to listen to Viola Shipman's second book, The Hope Chest. Andi Arndt narrates the story so beautifully, enhancing the touching story Viola put in print. Her voice fit so well with the mood and personality of the novel. Viola Shipman is a pen name for Wade Rouse, who used to write c Recently, while looking for a new book to listen to, I came across The Charm Bracelet. I had been interested in reading this for a while, but hadn't had a chance to do so. I'm glad I went the audio route, as I now plan to listen to Viola Shipman's second book, The Hope Chest. Andi Arndt narrates the story so beautifully, enhancing the touching story Viola put in print. Her voice fit so well with the mood and personality of the novel. Viola Shipman is a pen name for Wade Rouse, who used to write columns for Chick Lit Central as our first Go-to-Gay. Similar to Memoirs of a Geisha and She's Come Undone, I had a hard time believing The Charm Bracelet was actually written by a man. He got into the minds of several women throughout the story and made them feel so realistic. I loved Lolly, Arden, and Lauren and felt so connected to them throughout the story. They were all sympathetic characters who were easy to relate to and care about. The flashback scenes allowed me to get into Lolly and Arden’s heads even more. Each charm had a story and a valuable lesson. I especially enjoyed how each one was “to a life…” It almost sounded like the charms were raising a glass of champagne in a toast. I found myself easily absorbed in the story and feeling like I was sitting right there with the women in Lolly’s cabin on Lost Land Lake. I found myself laughing and smiling a lot, or getting teary-eyed at times. It reminded me of the movie How to Make an American Quilt. I also enjoyed how the descriptions made everything easy to visualize without making me feel overwhelmed. The town of Scoops reminded me of St. Joseph, which is also in Michigan. It brought me back to the summer weekends when I would drive up to the art fair and eat ice cream from Kilwin’s while watching the sunset from the beach. The only concern I have was that the characters got a bit too sappy or clichéd at times. It makes me wonder if anyone is truly so in tune with their feelings and is that comfortable expressing them to others. Maybe I’m just cynical? In any case, the abundance of sentimental moments makes this novel perfect for a Hallmark Channel movie. And, of course, I took the liberty of casting it (at least for the present). Overall, it was an enjoyable story to listen to (almost like comfort food) and I’m excited to start listening to The Hope Chest soon, as well as reading (or listening to) The Recipe Box next year. I recommended it to my mother, and hope to share it with my daughter someday. Dream (Hallmark) movie cast: Lolly: Hayley Mills Arden: Samantha Mathis Lauren: Skyler Day Jake: Mark Blucas

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sue L

    I wish I could rate this book with more than 5 stars, despite the fact that it caused me to lose an entire night of sleep. It is tender, uplifting, heartfelt, and above all, a love story in the truest sense of the word. The Charm Bracelet is a story about finding the courage to live life as fully and joyfully as possible despite the inevitable challenges. To say I loved the main character, Lolly, is a huge understatement. If you are lucky enough to have a Lolly in your life you are truly blessed I wish I could rate this book with more than 5 stars, despite the fact that it caused me to lose an entire night of sleep. It is tender, uplifting, heartfelt, and above all, a love story in the truest sense of the word. The Charm Bracelet is a story about finding the courage to live life as fully and joyfully as possible despite the inevitable challenges. To say I loved the main character, Lolly, is a huge understatement. If you are lucky enough to have a Lolly in your life you are truly blessed. My heart won't soon forget this book. I look forward to more offerings by this exceptional author.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This was probably the sappiest book I have read in a while! I mean it pulled out every stop to make you cry from beginning to end. And you know what? I loved it! Stellar writing, literary masterpiece - not. But heartstrings and charm, oh yes! From the loons, from the charms, from the relationship between the three women. From the peonies, to the Ice Cream - this one just melted my heart. Set in the Great Lakes, if that matters to anyone in particular.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Quite possibly the worst book I've ever read. I'm assuming the area he writes about is near Glen Arbor. I know this area well. Scoops? Possibly the worst made up name for a lovely area of Michigan. I don't read this genre often, but occasion I dip into this. I like Mary Kay Andrews, because she writes about Savannah and surrounding,area which I know well. At least, she can write some believable characters speaking reasonable dialogue. This book was peopled with caricatures,speaking unbelievably Quite possibly the worst book I've ever read. I'm assuming the area he writes about is near Glen Arbor. I know this area well. Scoops? Possibly the worst made up name for a lovely area of Michigan. I don't read this genre often, but occasion I dip into this. I like Mary Kay Andrews, because she writes about Savannah and surrounding,area which I know well. At least, she can write some believable characters speaking reasonable dialogue. This book was peopled with caricatures,speaking unbelievably ridiculous dialogue. The Dutch influence was way overplayed. Not that much in northern Michigan. The part that RE A LLY grated on my nerves was over and over again, she attached the charm to her bracelet. Really??? How? Ive been collecting charms on my bracelets since about 1955. To attach them, one had to go to a jeweler to have them soldered on. I found this vey hard to accept. Just a dumb book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    I devoured this book! It was so entertaining and heartwarming. I loved the three main characters immediately- Lolly, Arden, and Lauren (mother/daughter/grand-daughter). There's nothing like a good mother-daughter bonding book to get the tears flowing. The lessons imparted by each charm were sweet and sappy, but in a good way. I don't have a single negative thing to say about this book. It's one I will definitely be passing around to my good friends. I received this ARC through a Goodreads giveaw I devoured this book! It was so entertaining and heartwarming. I loved the three main characters immediately- Lolly, Arden, and Lauren (mother/daughter/grand-daughter). There's nothing like a good mother-daughter bonding book to get the tears flowing. The lessons imparted by each charm were sweet and sappy, but in a good way. I don't have a single negative thing to say about this book. It's one I will definitely be passing around to my good friends. I received this ARC through a Goodreads giveaway. It comes out on March 22.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    There is no charm in The Charm Bracelet. It has the promise of an intriguing plot and some good reviews, but it is sappy with unrealistic dialogue, and I actually don't know why I finished it, except that I was on an airplane. There is no charm in The Charm Bracelet. It has the promise of an intriguing plot and some good reviews, but it is sappy with unrealistic dialogue, and I actually don't know why I finished it, except that I was on an airplane.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Burnett

    The Charm Bracelet is an homage to family, particularly grandmothers and the importance of being true to oneself. The main characters are three women, Lolly, Arden and Lauren. Lolly’s mother started a charm bracelet for her when Lolly was young with charms that signified important events they shared together. Once she has her daughter (Arden) and subsequently granddaughter (Lauren), Lolly carries on the tradition. Each section of the book is named after a particular charm, and the section title The Charm Bracelet is an homage to family, particularly grandmothers and the importance of being true to oneself. The main characters are three women, Lolly, Arden and Lauren. Lolly’s mother started a charm bracelet for her when Lolly was young with charms that signified important events they shared together. Once she has her daughter (Arden) and subsequently granddaughter (Lauren), Lolly carries on the tradition. Each section of the book is named after a particular charm, and the section title page includes an artistic rendering of that charm and the meaning of that charm. The back stories of the women unfold as each new charm is introduced. There is a wonderful poem that Lolly presents to them and makes them read each time they open a charm; I loved the author’s notes at the end of the book on how the poem came to be. The novel takes place in Chicago and a small town in Michigan called Scoops. The author’s love for that part of Michigan comes through, and the town is definitely a place I would love to spend the summer and eat ice cream at Dolly’s Sweet Shop. I thoroughly enjoyed these women’s journeys, and the message that every day is a gift to be appreciated. Thanks to the publisher, the author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Engram

    Good Book, I wanted to go buy a charm bracelet for my granddaughter!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Kline

    This seemed like a great book to read shortly before Mother's Day, as it's all about the bond of three women - grandmother, mother, and daughter (Lolly, Arden, and Lauren) - and the importance of cherishing one another and the stories that we carry with us through life. It was truly heartwarming, and I knew it would be. Very glad I read this one. Viola Shipman is actually a pen name for a male author, and I was surprised to read this because he did a very good job bringing these female character This seemed like a great book to read shortly before Mother's Day, as it's all about the bond of three women - grandmother, mother, and daughter (Lolly, Arden, and Lauren) - and the importance of cherishing one another and the stories that we carry with us through life. It was truly heartwarming, and I knew it would be. Very glad I read this one. Viola Shipman is actually a pen name for a male author, and I was surprised to read this because he did a very good job bringing these female characters and their emotions to life in this book. Lolly is an elderly woman, living alone in Scoops, Michigan, and battling loneliness ever since her daughter, Arden, moved away. She feels like Arden shuns anything and everything that connects her to Lolly, and that her daughter doesn't know the true meaning of enjoying life. But even while Lolly feels this way, she knows how to remain positive and happy. She has a job she loves at the town ice cream shop, and she comforts herself by the stories kept around her wrist - contained in each charm of her beloved charm bracelet. Arden is in a rut. She's struggling through the pressures of her high-profile job at Paparazzi Magazine, and she knows she's not living life to the fullest. When her daughter, Lauren, suggests that the two of them spend Memorial Day weekend in Scoops to visit Lolly, she's skeptical. She hasn't spent time around her mother in years. But arriving there proves that Lolly needs her more than ever, which might soften something inside Arden's heart. Lauren is also struggling as she's preparing to go to college. She doesn't know who she is or who she wants to be, and she's torn between what her mother wants for her, and what her own heart wants. A trip to Scoops to see her grandmother is exactly what she needs. Ultimately, it becomes clear that Lolly's memory is fading, and the recommendation is to have her relive memories of her life to keep her mind bright and active. In order to do this, Lolly takes Arden and Lauren through her charm bracelet, and the charms that tell the story of her life. This helps the three women grow closer and understand each other more fully, and remind them how important it is to value your family - especially your elders. One complaint: Some of the dialogue was a little cheesy, and there were so many "I love yous" and passionate declarations of emotions that felt a little disingenuous after the first few chapters. These women were (or became) VERY affectionate... somewhat unrealistically. Overall, this was utterly "charming", as one review on the back of the book said. This could definitely be a tear-jerker, but in general it's a happy, loving read about family, life stories, and female bonds. It'll make readers look at their mothers and grandmothers in a new, more appreciative light.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Suze Lavender

    Lolly's family has a charm bracelet tradition. Her mother used to give her charms for special occasions, for example on her birthday or other important days in her life. Lolly didn't get to keep her mother for a very long time, but she continues the family tradition. Both her daughter Arden and granddaughter Lauren have charm bracelets. To let them know Lolly hasn't forgotten them she sends them charms. When they decide to pay her a surprise visit Lolly is over the moon. They get a chance to rec Lolly's family has a charm bracelet tradition. Her mother used to give her charms for special occasions, for example on her birthday or other important days in her life. Lolly didn't get to keep her mother for a very long time, but she continues the family tradition. Both her daughter Arden and granddaughter Lauren have charm bracelets. To let them know Lolly hasn't forgotten them she sends them charms. When they decide to pay her a surprise visit Lolly is over the moon. They get a chance to reconnect, to share old and new stories and to find themselves. I love charm bracelets, they are very special. That's why I couldn't wait to read The Charm bracelet. It's a wonderful book about family history. The connection between Lolly, Arden and Lauren is strong. Even though Arden and Lauren haven't visited in a while they really enjoy being at Lolly's romantic cabin at the lake and they realize how time flies when you're busy chasing a career that will bring in money, but not fulfillment. Both Arden and Lauren are creative, but they don't follow their hearts and that's exactly what Lolly thinks they should learn how to do. I liked the life lessons in this book very much. Doing what makes you happy and living is important. The positive attitude is one of the best things of the story for me, it put a big smile on my face. The Charm bracelet is a beautiful story. The writing flows easily and I read this book in one sitting. I fell in love with it as soon as I started reading. I think Lolly is a sweet woman and I like how she celebrates life even when things are hard. The charms of the bracelets all stand for an important message and moment and I enjoyed reading about them, the charms are fantastic. The Charm Bracelet is a heartwarming read, I absolutely loved this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    This is a sweet, sentimental story of a grandmother, mother, and daughter trying to find new paths to happiness together. It was waaay too sappy for me, though, with no real conflicts or story questions to hook my interest and pull me through the narrative. Everyone was just SO overly nice to each other and said "I love you" so often that it didn't mean anything anymore. Also, characters did and said things that seemed out of character and didn't make sense to me, such as when a child or teen gi This is a sweet, sentimental story of a grandmother, mother, and daughter trying to find new paths to happiness together. It was waaay too sappy for me, though, with no real conflicts or story questions to hook my interest and pull me through the narrative. Everyone was just SO overly nice to each other and said "I love you" so often that it didn't mean anything anymore. Also, characters did and said things that seemed out of character and didn't make sense to me, such as when a child or teen gives a very adult-sounding speech to a stranger or recent acquaintance that most kids of that age would be leery to talk to. Since I won the book in a Goodreads giveaway I tried really hard to finish it, but when I realized over halfway through that I still didn't care what happened to the characters and I was viewing reading it as a chore, I said "enough." If you like cloying sweetness, like the fudge, ice cream and candy that fill the pages, you'll like this book. It wasn't for me, though.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie

    What a sweet story of three generations of women who tell the stories of the past through the charms on Grandma's charm bracelet. I enjoyed the flashback scenes and getting to know how the family endured hardships and good times over the generations. I feel like this book is also a love letter to the state of Michigan. I want to go there! What a sweet story of three generations of women who tell the stories of the past through the charms on Grandma's charm bracelet. I enjoyed the flashback scenes and getting to know how the family endured hardships and good times over the generations. I feel like this book is also a love letter to the state of Michigan. I want to go there!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    This book is dreadful. I can put it no other way. The writing is amateurish. The editing is nonexistent. The story line is stunningly predictable. The characterizations are trite. I gave it three chapters before I (figuratively) hurled it across the room. Life is too short to read books that never should have been published.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    A charm bracelet. Each charm tells a different story. Each charm is a link to the past and offers hope for the future. A family heirloom that is unique for each wearer. For Lolly, her daughter Arden, and her granddaughter Lauren, each charm has a significance in their lives. Three generations of women reconnect during a Memorial Day weekend at Lolly's place on the shores of Lost Land Lake in Minnesota. Lolly is getting older and is having troubles remembering, so Arden and Lauren make the trip b A charm bracelet. Each charm tells a different story. Each charm is a link to the past and offers hope for the future. A family heirloom that is unique for each wearer. For Lolly, her daughter Arden, and her granddaughter Lauren, each charm has a significance in their lives. Three generations of women reconnect during a Memorial Day weekend at Lolly's place on the shores of Lost Land Lake in Minnesota. Lolly is getting older and is having troubles remembering, so Arden and Lauren make the trip back home to check on Lolly, while the concerns and stresses in their own lives are never far away. During their visit, Lolly reveals the stories of each charm on her bracelet and gives the girls some hope and guidance for their own troubled lives. I really love the concept of this story. My own mom had a wonderful charm bracelet that she filled (two actually) as I was growing up. Much like the story, each charm was a beautiful memory for my mom. Once I was married, I started my own charm bracelet, that sadly I've not kept adding to in recent years (that's about to change). As I was reading this book, I would remember my mom's own bracelet jangling in the wind, much as Lolly's did. Viola Shipman did a wonderful job of bringing that bracelet to life. This was a heartfelt story with a clear message to remember the past, have faith in what the future holds, and to hold dear the important people in your life.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Each charm has its own meaning and special place in Lolly's heart. For her birthday, her mother gave her a charm along with the simple advice that there's nothing more important than family and keeping memories alive. Now, at 70, Lolly's memory isn't what it used to be. She reaches out to her workaholic daughter and her teenage granddaughter to come for a visit. Every charm has a story, and through Lolly's stories the three women are able to find peace, happiness, faith, passion and love. I love Each charm has its own meaning and special place in Lolly's heart. For her birthday, her mother gave her a charm along with the simple advice that there's nothing more important than family and keeping memories alive. Now, at 70, Lolly's memory isn't what it used to be. She reaches out to her workaholic daughter and her teenage granddaughter to come for a visit. Every charm has a story, and through Lolly's stories the three women are able to find peace, happiness, faith, passion and love. I love charm bracelets, always have. I loved the three generations of women and their closeness. I loved going back to the past, whether it was learning about Lolly's grandmother, or her own childhood, and even into her adulthood. I loved the setting.. the log cabin on Lost Lake that has been in the family for generations. This was a heartwarming, cozy, well-written book with a great ending!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Dean

    Sometimes you come across a book at the perfect time in your life, this was one of those for me. I am going through a lot of big, overwhelming (at times) life changes and this story really touched me. I loved each of the characters, recognized their struggles and enjoyed their relationships with one another. Truly a touching story of how the past, regardless of our acknowledgement of it, shape who we become in life. Full of strong and unique women learning about their history together and how st Sometimes you come across a book at the perfect time in your life, this was one of those for me. I am going through a lot of big, overwhelming (at times) life changes and this story really touched me. I loved each of the characters, recognized their struggles and enjoyed their relationships with one another. Truly a touching story of how the past, regardless of our acknowledgement of it, shape who we become in life. Full of strong and unique women learning about their history together and how strong the ties that bind us all really are. Enjoyable from the first page to the very last. ETA: I actually got this book months (but had not read) before I read an article in a magazine by the author that was a short story about the charm bracelet. I was delighted to find out that this book was the extended version...a coincidence for me or the universe giving me a nudge?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Billie

    The story is about three generations of women that rediscover the importance of family traditions and the importance of passing down their family history so that it continues to keep their family members alive. The charm bracelets remind each of the women about special times in their lives. It is a delightful novel filled with inspiration, faith, and love.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    THE CHARM BRACELET by Viola Shipman is only my second book read by him, but he broke my heart over and over again and he owes me a box of tissues. I cried more than five times and I’m not ashamed of that. THE CHARM BRACELET had me tearing up and trying to breathe past the huge lump in my throat over and over again. Okay so Viola Shipman is a pen name and the author is actually a man so I’m not crazy calling Viola a him!😂 THE CHARM BRACELET is the story of three generations of women who tell the s THE CHARM BRACELET by Viola Shipman is only my second book read by him, but he broke my heart over and over again and he owes me a box of tissues. I cried more than five times and I’m not ashamed of that. THE CHARM BRACELET had me tearing up and trying to breathe past the huge lump in my throat over and over again. Okay so Viola Shipman is a pen name and the author is actually a man so I’m not crazy calling Viola a him!😂 THE CHARM BRACELET is the story of three generations of women who tell the stories of the past through the charms on Grandma’s charm bracelet. Each charm tells a different story. Each charm is a link to the past and offers hope for the future. A family heirloom that is unique for each wearer. I enjoyed the flashback scenes and getting to know how the family endured hardships and good times over the generations. THE CHARM BRACELET is full of strong and unique women learning about their history together and how strong the ties that bind us all really are. This story was enjoyable from the first page until the very last. I didn’t want to leave this book. I went to sleep thinking about these women and when I woke up I couldn’t wait to get back to them. Such a great story with great characters. I highly recommend this book to everyone! THE CHARM BRACELET is a beautiful but heartbreaking story. I became so emotionally invested in all of the characters and felt like they were lifelong friends. When they were sad, I felt sad. When they were happy I found myself smiling. I love when an author can do that to me and Viola Shipman did it perfectly. THE CHARM BRACELET is filled with love, life, hope, sadness, happiness, and learning to carry on when our loved ones pass on. Be prepared not to do anything else until you finish reading this beautiful story. Once I started I had a hard time putting it down, especially when Viola began to introduce all of the treasures inside of Lolly’s mind and memories.

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