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 for People and Coastal Living, among other places, and is a contributor to All Things Considered. To date, The Charm Bracelet has been translated into nine languages. He is at work on his second "heirloom novel."
"[An] idyllic setting, and likable characters make Shipman's
debut an enjoyable comfort read for fans of women's fiction
centered on mother-daughter relationships." -Booklist"Debut
novelist Shipman--a pen name chosen by memoirist Wade Rouse in
homage to his grandmother--pulls out all the emotional bells and
whistles here; his book reads like a fictionalized guide to living
the good life ("Live! Love! Laugh!") and checks all the
boxes--family, friends, God, love, and simply living--designed to
warm the heart and fill the tear ducts. Smooth writing, unabashed
sentimentality." -Kirkus Reviews"Shipman's charming story of
finding peace in oneself, listening to your heart, and remembering
all those who came before you will be welcomed by fans of Cecelia
Ahern and Debbie Macomber." -Library Journal"Rich in character and
story, The Charm Bracelet is utterly charming!"
-Debbie Macomber, New York Times bestselling author"The Charm Bracelet is as sweet as three scoops of Dolly's ice cream. It's packed with gorgeous scenery, time-honored wisdom, and all kinds of charm."
-Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author"There are family heirlooms that wind up in yard sales, and then there are the priceless ones that are passed down from generation to generation. The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman is a keeper, a novel like a rare jewel that will be passed down one generation to the next and from one book club member to the next until everyone has read this heartfelt, intergenerational story of love and forgiveness. Viva Viola!"
-Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author"It made me weep, think, and cry again. It is rare to find a book that makes people cry in a good way. I reread the whole book yet again because I wanted to. That's how amazingly good it is."
-Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author". . . characters you care for, a story to enjoy, and the hope for a family understanding that anyone would benefit from." --Senior Life Times"Readers will be charmed by the characters, most of all by kooky but wise Lolly (a mix of Viola and Madge Rouse, Wade's paternal grandmother), who teaches her stressed-out daughter and granddaughter lessons in life and love."--Good Housekeeping