This week, our Michigan-based intern read Viola Shipman’s The Charm Bracelet, which is set in her own backyard. Here are her thoughts:
Idyllic beaches, evening birdcalls, eager tourists, and homemade sweets shops—all of these take their place in the soft magic that is summertime along the Great Lakes. In The Charm Bracelet, Viola Shipman has made a vivid recreation of a Michigan beach town much like my own.I live in Grand Haven, Michigan, where I purchased Viola Shipman’s The Charm Bracelet and read it, enchanted, in a single sitting. Shipman’s descriptions of life in a lakeside town are spot-on. Like Lolly, I worked in a bustling ice cream store, spending my weekends handing Blue Moon triple-scoops to children fresh off the beach. I’ve watched in awe as fog sits atop the water, and listened intently as my mother explained the legend of the Manitou Islands. In this novel, readers can lose themselves in a beach town and find themselves in the three generations of women who navigate the fictional Scoops, MI.
With her band of tender and dynamic female characters, Shipman has given us a story that asks us to hold tightly to our histories, treat our loved ones gently, challenge our accepted routines, and weather the changes life brings. You will love getting wrapped up in this sweet story, with characters, romance, and life lessons that grab the heart. Readers will find a quick and strong emotional attachment to the three generations of Lindsey women, as they each offer distinct personalities and charming qualities that stick with you long after the book is over. I cherished every last page of The Charm Bracelet—I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before I pick it up for another captivating read-through.