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Title:
The hope chest [text (large print)]
ISBN:
9781410499370
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Edition:
Large print edition.
Publication Information:
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017.

©2017
Physical Description:
497 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
General Note:
"A novel"--Cover.
Summary:
"Diagnosed with ALS, fiercely independent Mattie can't navigate her beloved home or go for a boat ride, and she can barely even feed herself. Her devoted husband, Don, can't imagine life without his wife of nearly fifty years, but Mattie isn't likely to make it past their anniversary. Then Mattie's new caretaker, Rose, and her young daughter enter their lives. Happiness and the possibility for new memories return. Together they form a family, and Mattie is able to pass on her memories from the hope chest she received from her mother."--Publisher description.
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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. " -- Library Journal

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 by Viola Shipman will remind you that hope can be found where and when you least expect it.