The Charm Bracelet - Viola Shipman (pen name of Wade Rouse)
Viola Shipman is a pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose charm bracelet and family stories inspired him to write his debut novel, which is a tribute to all of our elders. Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly forPeopleand Coastal Living, among other places, and is a contributor to All Things Considered. To date, The Charm Bracelethas been translated into nine languages. He is at work on his second “heirloom novel,” which will be published in 2017.
Through an heirloom charm bracelet three women will rediscover the importance of family and a passion for living as each charm changes their lives.
For every birthday Lolly’s mother gave her a charm with the advice that there is nothing more important than keeping family memories alive and 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.
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.