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International Bestseller! In its first week out, The Charm Bracelet debuted on Italy's Bestseller List at #6 in fiction and #2 in foreign fiction! Grazie!

We're #1! The Charm Bracelet was the #1 bestselling book in Michigan in March and has also hit the Great Lakes Indie Bestseller List three times since its release! Thank you!

Some Sugar from POPSUGAR! POPSUGAR named The Charm Bracelet to its list of must-reads for spring (which includes some amazing books and authors)! The list of "The Best 2016 Spring Books For Women" calls The Charm Bracelet "a sentimental story of family and faith."

Kirkus Charmed by The Charm Bracelet: The Charm Bracelet received a stellar first review from Kirkus, which is notorious for being — ummm — a tad prickly with their critiques, especially of mainstream books that wear their hearts on their pages. Doing my Snoopy dance!

"Three generations of women share the tradition of wearing charm bracelets to honor the big moments of their lives. Debut novelist Shipman—a pen name chosen by memoirist Wade Rouse (It's All Relative, 2011, etc.) 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 simple living—designed to warm the heart and fill the tear ducts. Smooth writing, unabashed sentimentality."

THE CHARM BRACELET: I am pleased to announce that my debut novel, The Charm Bracelet, has sold to St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books, and will publish March 22, 2016. The novel was inspired by my grandmothers and written under their pen name, Viola Shipman, to pay tribute to them and all our elders. More exciting news coming soon! For more, click here.

INTERNATIONAL CHARM: To date, foreign rights for The Charm Bracelet, have sold in 10 countries, including Germany (book and audio), Italy, Spain, Russia, Brazil, Poland, Norway, Turkey, Czech Republic and Lithuania. For more on the book's initial deal, here is the original Publishers Weekly announcement!

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