The Charm Bracelet written by Viola Shipman will jangle your interest right away! If you are a fan of authors Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery or local author Lori Nelson Spielman you may enjoy this work by a Michigan-based author.
Charming and sweet, the book is not only a story of 3 women but it is a message that no matter how old, your dreams should not be neglected.
The story begins in Chicago with mother Arden and daughter Lauren who for various reasons are not living their lives the way they wish. Both of them have put their dreams on hold.
Grandmother Lolly, who is very independent in her 70’s and lives in an adorable old cabin on an inland lake in a small town near Lake Michigan, hints to them that she would like them to visit. They go, intrigued and somewhat concerned because it is unlike her to ask.
There she enlightens her daughter and granddaughter on the meaning of the charms in her bracelet by passing down stories from her own time growing up on the lake. These lessons are sweet and lead to the women reflecting on their own lives.
After a long winter, the setting of early summer Michigan is pleasant to read. The tale flows smoothly and gently like soft tears. Don’t be surprised if you find a few of your own while reading this story.
In the end, this book is about challenging your fears, discovering your passions and finding the strength to follow your dreams. I think you may enjoy it.