• The Hope Chest

  • A Novel
  • By: Viola Shipman
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 50 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 will remind you that hope can be found where and when you least expect it.

©2017 Viola Shipman (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

Critic 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)

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Loved it!

Wade you write the best books! Can't wait to read the next one! And the next one.......

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Wonderful!

Yet ANOTHER wonderfully written book by Viola Shipman. I’ve read 4 so far. The book was so good for me. It is inspirational. It came at a good time for me and taught me a lot of things I needed to learn. The narrator did an outstanding job!

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Touching Story

This writer is an expert at engrossing the reader and taking them through every emotion possible. Beautiful story about love, loss, and family.

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absolutely a Great Book...

absolutely a great book. A little bit of a tear jerker but the illustration and the narration you feel like you're there with the characters. so family probably most likely going to read this book again

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Great story!!

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Quick and easy read. This is my favorite of the authors writings.

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Great story!

I have loved this book as much as The Recipe Box & The Charm Bracelet. What a wonderful story teller!!

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Good book

Heartfelt. Good insight into ALS and how it affects not only the person with the disease but family, friends and caregivers.

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