Happy Release Day!
The Hope Chest
The Hope Chest: A Novel by Viola Shipman
Print and e-book, 320 pages
Published: March 21st 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books
Viola Shipman's The Hope Chest is a deeply emotional novel about three people who have seemingly lost all hope until one woman’s heirloom hope chest is rediscovered in the attic, along with its contents and secrets.
Mattie is a fiercely independent woman battling ALS; Don, her deeply devoted husband is facing a future without his one true love; and Rose, their struggling caregiver, is a young, single mother who feels trapped in her life. With each item that is discovered—including a beloved doll, family dishes, an embroidered apron, and an antique Christmas ornament—the hope chest connects Mattie, Don and Rose to each other and not only helps them find hope again in the face of overwhelming life challenges but also brings new meaning to family.
Congratulation, Viola Shipman, on the release today of your wonderful book, The Hope Chest.
I loved The Hope Chest (read my thoughts here) and the previous book by this author, The Charm Bracelet (read my thoughts here). Both of these are such beautiful stories and ones that touched my heart.
About the author
Viola Shipman is a pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother’s name to honor the woman whose charm bracelet and family stories inspired him to write his debut novel, which is a tribute to all of our elders. Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly for People and Coastal Living, among other places, and is a contributor to All Things Considered. To date, The Charm Bracelet has been translated into nine languages. He is at work on his second “heirloom novel,” which will be published in 2017.
For more about the author,
please visit Wade Rouse’s official website
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