The Hope Chest

From the beloved author of Indie Next Pick The Charm Bracelet, a story about an heirloom hope chest and the connection it inspires among three people in need of hope.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 indFrom the beloved author of Indie Next Pick The Charm Bracelet, a story about an heirloom hope chest and the connection it inspires among three people in need of hope.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 will remind you that hope can be found where and when you least expect it.
The Hope Chest From the beloved author of Indie Next Pick The Charm Bracelet a story about an heirloom hope chest and the connection it inspires among three people in need of hope The discovery of one woman s heirl

  • Title: The Hope Chest
  • Author: Viola Shipman
  • ISBN: 9781250105073
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Mattie has ALS and she has struggled to remain independent as she battles her disease just as she was independent in life. Her husband has been her caregiver but her ALS has reached the point he needs help. Enter Rose and her daughter Jeri who make all the difference in both Mattie and her husband's life. Rose is Mattie's caregiver and as she attempts to make Mattie's life easier the growing affection between the four of them is what all of them need. Rose and Jeri need Mattie and Mattie's husba [...]

    2. Thank you to Netgalley a massive thank you to St Martins Press and a humongous thank you to Viola Shipman who kindly contacted me and asked if I could read this book for an honest review. I was so excited to receive your email and when I read the bio I couldn't wait to start the book. You can find my review on both and . You can find it on under Karen Whittard from today and on on publication date under k.e.whittard. This book is breathtaking, it is beautiful and heartbreaking. It made my hea [...]

    3. Master storyteller, Viola Shipman (Wade Rouse) returns following the heartwarming debut,The Charm Bracelet(2016) and nostalgic Christmas novellaChristmas Angelswith the latest love story— THE HOPE CHEST, poignant and beautifully crafted, a story of hope, faith, memories, second chances, life’s special moments and surprises.Emotionally rich,heartbreaking, and yet inspiring and warm-spirited— Shipman once again demonstrates the impact of family, history, and friends. Life is precious. Life i [...]

    4. The Hope ChestViola ShipmanReceived from NetgalleyI have never read anything before by Viola Shipman but she broke my heart over and over again and she owes me a box of tissues. THE HOPE CHEST had me tearing up and trying to breathe past the huge lump in my throat over and over again. Learning about Mattie and Don's lives is so moving and will make you fall in love with both of them as you are reading. They are getting ready to celebrate their fifty year wedding anniversary but at the same time [...]

    5. This is the first book that I have read by Viola Shipman and I absolutely loved it. I was emotional throughout and became extremely invested in the characters and the relationships they each had with one another. The main character, Mattie, is slowly losing a battle to ALS. Her husband Don, hires a caretaker named Rose to help out as Mattie slowly starts to lose most of her independence. Rose is a young, single mother struggling with her own battle of finances and the loss of her parents, while [...]

    6. This is a fantastic book that will bring you to tears but will leave you with a feeling of hope and love. The characters are well done, the plot is terrific and the setting is fantastic. Before I tell you a little about the book, I want to say that the book had me hooked with the setting in Michigan on the Lake. I spent all of my summers at Lake Michigan about 100 miles north of the setting of this book and I think Lake Michigan is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The author descri [...]

    7. InkvotaryYou've got to read this. So intense, full with hope, happiness, sadness and love. A beautiful book. The Hope Chest is told by an invisible narrator who gives you an intense and very touching insight into the life of two families. During the novel you read about the years when Mattie grew up and later met Don as well as the present things that happen. Both are smoothly combined in a heartbreaking but beautiful written novel about love, hope and what it means to always believe. Not necess [...]

    8. Warning! Not for diabetics. How is it possible for so much hope and sweetness, bravery, pure saintly character, none of which are in the least real to exist in one novel? Even death from ALS and transition to an afterworld where all your loved ones are waiting didn't bring a tear to my eye. No more Viola Shipman for me.

    9. After reading the pre-publication reviews I looked forward to reading this bookd now I cannot be more disappointed. The premise was good, but the author was so busy trying to be heartbreaking that he left improbable plot loopholes and (even more annoying) used poor writing techniques. For example, almost every time there was a line from Jeri (the young girl) she YELLED it. I realize her character was supposed to be young and full of life, but there are other ways of describing her voice (thesaur [...]

    10. I'm going to be honest, until about 80% in, I was not enjoying this book at all and thought of abandoning it SEVERAL times. But i figured I should try to stick with it because i LOVED The Charm Bracelet, by this same author. Well, like i said, about 80% in, I start bawling like a nut! It was worth the read. The thing that was holding me back? THAT KID! SHE DROVE ME NUTS!

    11. Molto molto triste e commovente anche se a tratti un po’ troppo sdolcinato. Tratta temi molto importanti quali la famiglia, l’amore, la malattia. Mi è piaciuta molto la caratterizzazione dei personaggi, Mattie, una donna coraggiosa, che cerca di convivere con la sua brutta malattia e dà forza agli altri; Jeri, una saggia bambina che dispensa consigli di vita agli adulti; Rose, una ragazza madre dolce, gentile ed in cerca dell’amore di una famiglia; infine Don, l’innamorato Don, che viv [...]

    12. I went in with great expectations and was very disappointed. It was a saccharin laced story almost unbelievable how most things fell in place except for the death of Mattie. My sister died from ALS and quite honestly this book did not even touch upon the daily struggles and incorporate into story. Yeah the choking, the lift, the wheelchair are all a part and I know the storyline is about the hope chest and not a dissertation of the disease, but please and then I started counting how many times t [...]

    13. 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 as I have never read a more syrupy over sentimentalized book. All the characters portrayed are too sweet, too kind and too caring. Everything works out with a positive spin. No one would think to raise their voice in ire. I wanted to scream by the novel's end. If you have a fragile psyche that want [...]

    14. Romanzo ricco di buoni sentimenti. Lettura azzeccata per il periodo natalizio perché molto focalizzata sul tema del valore della famiglia e degli affetti.Io l'ho trovato eccessivamente stucchevole, ma ammetto che qualche lacrimuccia me l'abbia strappata.

    15. Right from the beginning of the book, I could tell it was going to be an emotional read and it definitely was. It is a beautiful story, though, very well written but heartbreaking. It was touching how Mattie, who has ALS, and her husband Don, made Mattie's caregiver Rose and her young daughter, Jeri, a part of their family from day one of Rose becoming her caregiver. Mattie's sharing of the contents of her hope chest is what brings them together. The bond that developed between the four of them [...]

    16. A great book that is also about finding hope and a second chance. This is also about Matty and ALS. I love the writing of Viola Shipman and this is the second book of her that I have read. This was the first time that I have heard about a Hope Chest and I just loved the idea, it is a great tradition to start with your daughter something to save memories in. You can not but love the characters and their love for each other. I also loved how Matty and Don opened their hearts and home to Rose and J [...]

    17. A heartwarming, uplifting yet heartbreaking tale of Mattie who has ALS. This book has Viola's characteristic use of ordinary objects for powerful messages. I loved the different objects that she weaved through the tale interweaving today's story with episodes from both Mattie's and Rose's perspectives. The relationships with Rose, Mattie's carter, Mattie's husband Don, and Rose's daughter are all well-crafted, realistic and worthwhile. There's not one anecdote or episode that doesn't lend depth [...]

    18. Review to come closer to pub date.Quick thoughts:This is a sweet book. At times too sweet, but i had expected that going in. It's a book that reminds you that hope and home are 2 important things and that you should always treasure the memories and people in your life.A great book to give you the cuddly warm feeling of drinking a literary hot chocolate! And yes, Indid cry at couple of points in the book.

    19. This was a sweet and gentle story. We follow the lives of Mattie and Don Tice~ married for nearly fifty years. They come into this story nearing the end of Mattie's life~ she has been battling ALS for the last five years. There is no doubt that these two love each other more than anything else in the world. Don is struggling with the enormity of caring for his wife, and so they hire Rose, a young caregiver. As they get to know each other, along with Rose's seven year old daughter Jeri, they lear [...]

    20. I had to stay up last night and read this novel through. This is something that I NEVER do, not ever. But the story came at the right time, and although I do not know someone ALS I can still relate to what was being toldwith great happiness there will be great sadness, along with the memories there is always hope And we are blessed to have this This story is wonderfully and thoughtfully told and I truly recommend it.

    21. I had entered a contest last month and was told that we're going to find out the results soon. I was telling my older son that I have no chance of winning. He then told me that I have to have hope and think about possibility. It makes me wonder if he was secretly listening to the audio book of The Hope Chest. The theme that runs through the entire story is that of hope. Having recently listened to The Charm Bracelet, I was impressed with Viola Shipman's talented storytelling, narrated by Andi Ar [...]

    22. I absolutely love Viola Shipman's books. After reading "The Charm Bracelet", I was hooked on this author. I was going on Net Galley like every other day plugging in "The Hope Chest" seeing if it was available after I found out that it was coming out. Every day, I was disappointed. Then one day, I got an e-mail telling me that since I had read the first book, would I like to read the second book. Hallelujah! Heck yeah! I hit that button so fast, my head was spinning. And just like the first, this [...]

    23. Don and Mattie are close and have a good marriage. Mattie's been diagnosed with ALS and moving around is becoming difficult for her. That is why Don feels they need to leave their beloved home. He's exhausted and finally hires someone to help him care for his wife. This person needs to fit into their little world, as Mattie might no longer be able to do everything she loves to do, but they still have time to spend together and he wants to make her as happy as he possibly can.When Rose and her da [...]

    24. 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 built home that can accommodate her wheelchair. The movers are bringing down one more item as Mattie takes one last look around the house. It turns out to be the hope chest given to her by her mother and father one Easter when she was a little girl. Each item in the chest holds a special meani [...]

    25. “The Hope Chest” is a lovely, heartwarming story about Mattie and her hope chest. Mattie has been diagnosed with ALS and is in need of a caretaker. She has always been fiercely independent and struggles with her now childlike physical abilities despite retaining her keen mind. Her husband of nearly 50 years is also struggling with the possibility of losing her. It has been the two of them for so long, as they were unable to have a child together. Knowing that he cannot care for her alone, th [...]

    26. While I couldn't relate to the ALS aspect of the book , what I could relate to is watching a loved one living and going through a disease/illness to the end. While the story may not have been totally in depth or much in character development what it delivered was a truly heartfelt emotional ride. It showcased true love between a husband and wife who took the vows of "til death do us part" til the end. It also showed that in the time that is left that there could still be happiness and that happi [...]

    27. I thoroughly enjoyed this story which brought tears to my eyes on quite a few occasions throughout.The conclusion of the story is inevitable, but the journey the author takes the reader on in order to reach that point is something which has to be read to be believed. The author brings two totally different families together in such a beautiful way I almost wish I was able to totally forget what I have read and start again afresh.The reader relives different stages in the lives of Mattie and Don [...]

    28. This is a fantastic emotionally charged story that both broke my heart and gave me hope. Mattie and Don are an older couple dealing with Mattie's battle against ALS. She's reached a point where her care is too much for Don to handle alone so they hire a young woman raising a daughter on her own. Rose and Jeri bring much needed life back into the home and the four of them form a comfortable little family unit. They really bond as they go through the items Mattie has stored in the Hope Chest. Each [...]

    29. I loved how the author alternates between the present and the past, through the reminisces of an aging ALS patient named Mattie. The peek at Mattie’s life as girl and young woman shows some of the circumstances that made her into such a strong, caring woman. On the other hand, the present moments give a glimpse of what it is like to suffer such a debilitating disease. There were times the story brought me to tears as my connection to her and the people in her life became solidified by the auth [...]

    30. Yes this is a story about a terminal illness but you won't be sad or cry because it is more about living life with no regrets.Mattie and Don have been married for 50 years.They are devastated when she is diagnosed with ALS. The reader spends the last year with them and caretaker Rose and her daughter.Through flashbacks we see the life they built together. In present we see how the disease affects everyone around them. Friends drift away and talk of future plans end.

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