#FuturisticFriday review: The Hope Chest by Viola Shipman


Photo Credit: St. Martin’s Press

This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

The Hope Chest

Summary: 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 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.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

I really enjoyed The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman last year. So, I knew I wanted to read The Hope Chest. I knew it would be sweet and even sappy at times, but sometimes we need reads like that in our life.


What I liked:

Cover. I don’t know how much input Viola has or if St. Martin’s cover squad has the magic touch, but I’ve loved each of those covers!

How each piece of the hope chest was revealed. In our current day focus of having stuff  or  with some people trying a form of a minimalist lifestyle, seeing items brought out that have meaning and stories and were saved for the right reasons just made me want a hope chest.


Bottom line: While it was a bit sugary sweet at times and Jeri was a bit TOO cutesy at times- The Hope Chest mainly soothed my soul and even made me cry once or twice.


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*


**The Hope Chest is a March #FuturisticFriday selection from Traveling With T.**


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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2 thoughts on “#FuturisticFriday review: The Hope Chest by Viola Shipman

  1. Yvonne says:

    I am still reading it. Good so far. I went to a book signing in Palm Springs. Met Wade for the second time. Got to the library and they had a burst pipe so the event was outside!

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