The Hope Chest

The Hope Chest

A Novel

Large Print - 2017
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"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.

Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ́—́Ư2017.
ISBN: 9781410499370
Characteristics: 497 pages ; 23 cm.
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Jun 18, 2017

This is a pleasant book about a couple facing the death of the wife from ALS and the caregiver and her daughter that enter their life. It concentrates on the items found in the Hope Chest that the wife had over the years. They go on to tell the stories of the items and thus the life of Mattie and Don over the years, while including Rose and her daughter Jeri into their life now. It has sadness but more important hope for all involved in this story. Well worth the time as you travel through the history and present time with these four people that start out as strangers and end up as family through this journey.


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