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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. " âLibrary Journal
The discovery of one womanâs 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 doesnât feel like herself. She canât navigate her beloved home, she canât go for a boat ride, and she can barely even feed herself. Her devoted husband, Don, doesnât want to imagine life without his wife of nearly fifty years, but Mattie isnât likely to make it past their anniversary.
But when Rose, Mattieâs new caretaker, and her young daughter, Jeri, enter the coupleâs 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 itemâincluding a favorite doll, family dishes, an embroidered apron, and an antique Christmas ornamentâthe 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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