Book Review: The Charm Bracelet

The Charm Bracelet is a heartfelt novel written by Viola Shipman. Each turn of a page just melts your heart. This book is about the charm bracelet, that is a family heirloom. It entails the rediscovery of the important of family and each charm. Each year, Lolly, one of the main characters was given a charm along with advice for her birthday. Lolly is now seventy and starting to forget her past. The story of the family and each charm is revealed bit by bit. This story reminds readers of the preciousness of family. This book follows the lives of Lolly, Lauren, and Arden.

You must remember, unhappiness can consume you entirely, without you realizing. Happiness is a choice. – Viola Shipman

This exquisite writing brings together the 3 woman as they reminisce on Lolly’s past and charm bracelet. Each charm has a story behind that over time she begins to share with her daughter and granddaughter. This book made me realize the importance of family and how you should cherish them.

The main characters in this book all face the same challenges in life. Throughout this novel, you learn how each character overcomes their challenges and fears in life. 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? These are what the characters have trouble with.

This book couldn’t have come at a better time. Currently, I am dealing with finishing off high school which entails exams and summatives. This book taught me more than ever that you can rely on your family at your darkest times. Unlike like other individuals they will be there for you at the end of the day no matter what.

One reason I enjoyed this book deeply is because of the mini sentimental lessons you learn from each charm. Each charm holds a reminder for you in life such as to have fun, to let go of control, to seek out the type of love we deserve, to follow our passions, etc.

After reading this book, I have decided that my next big purchase will be a charm bracelet. As I want to continue the tradition in the book in my own life. I would like to be able to pass a bracelet on to my children and tell them the stories of each charm. Thank you, Viola Shipman.

I 100% recommend yall to read this novel. This book is a heartfelt novel that I will continue to re-read throughout my life. Your girl finished this book in 3 hours. I would recommend this book to young adult readers and anyone looking for a light or easy read. Overall I rate this book 5/5 stars 🙂

-XOXO chana


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