The Hope Chest: A Novel

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Macmillan, Mar 21, 2017 - Fiction - 304 pages
6 Reviews

"Saugatuck, MI, springs to life in this nostalgic, gentle story of lifelong love along with the emotional support and care that families and friends can provide. " —Library Journal

The discovery of one woman’s heirloom hope chest unveils precious memories and helps three people who have each lost a part of themselves find joy once again.

Ever since she was diagnosed with ALS, fiercely independent Mattie doesn’t feel like herself. She can’t navigate her beloved home, she can’t go for a boat ride, and she can barely even feed herself. Her devoted husband, Don, doesn’t want to imagine life without his wife of nearly fifty years, but Mattie isn’t likely to make it past their anniversary.

But when Rose, Mattie’s new caretaker, and her young daughter, Jeri, enter the couple’s life, happiness and the possibility for new memories return. Together they form a family, and Mattie is finally able to pass on her memories from the hope chest she received from her mother.

With each item—including a favorite doll, family dishes, an embroidered apron, and an antique Christmas ornament—the hope chest connects Mattie, Don and Rose to each other and helps them find hope again in the face of overwhelming life challenges.

A beautiful story about the unconditional love and support of family, The Hope Chest by Viola Shipman will remind you that hope can be found where and when you least expect it.

 

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User Review  - muddyboy - LibraryThing

Rose, a divorced woman with a young daughter gets a job as a caregiver for a couple in which the wife suffers from advancing ALS. This seems like a promising plot. However, it all falls apart for me ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kris_Anderson - LibraryThing

The Hope Chest by Viola Shipman is a story of hope and love. Madeline “Mattie” Tice has ALS and can no longer stay in Hope Dunnes—her beloved lake house. Don, her husband, is moving them into a newly ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
28
Section 3
51
Section 4
65
Section 5
71
Section 6
90
Section 7
113
Section 8
128
Section 12
211
Section 13
228
Section 14
233
Section 15
268
Section 16
275
Section 17
280
Section 18
285
Section 19
287

Section 9
139
Section 10
163
Section 11
179
Section 20
295
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About the author (2017)

VIOLA SHIPMAN is a penname for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his writing. 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.

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