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Book Title: The Hope Chest: A Novel|
The author of the book: Viola Shipman
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Edition: Thomas Dunne Books
Date of issue: March 21st 2017
ISBN 13: 9781250105080
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 586 KB
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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.
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Read information about the authorI am honored to be able to write novels for readers like you that are inspired by my grandmothers’ heirlooms, lives and lessons. The stories I write are meant to serve as a universal tribute to family as well as all of our elders, whose stories and sacrifices helped shape us and make us the people we are today.
Which is why I’m so, so proud of my new novel, The Recipe Box, which publishes in hardcover on March 20! The Recipe Box is about a young woman who rediscovers her family – and herself – through the recipes that connected generations and centers on Sam Mullins’s return home to her family's northern Michigan orchard and pie pantry, where she rediscovers her passion, reconnects to the women in her life and learns about her family's history through the treasured recipes in an heirloom recipe box.
I spent much of my childhood in my grandma’s country kitchen, tugging at the hem of her crisp white aprons embroidered with bright strawberries or pretty flowers. My tiny grandma and her little kitchen seemed larger than life to me as a child: A vintage oven anchored one side, while her sparkly countertops were engulfed by a bread box that held Little Debbies and Wonder Bread slices. But the most prized possession in her kitchen was her recipe box. A brilliant baker, my grandma cherished the burnished wood box jammed with beloved and secret family recipes, all organized into different categories – Pies, Cakes, Cookies, Breads – and all written in her slanting cursive. Her pink Formica table was the glamorous backdrop for her desserts: Fresh fruit pies – apple, blueberry, cherry, strawberry-rhubarb – with golden crusts vented with a pretty “S” for Shipman as well as lemon with mile-high meringue that resembled a heavenly cloud. And her cookies – chocolate chip, oatmeal, thumbprint filled with homemade jams – were devoured before they even had a chance to cool.
When she died, my mom inherited my grandmother’s recipes. After my mom passed, I became the keeper of those recipes and memories. The Recipe Box is inspired by my grandmother’s recipe box and recipes as well her life, love and lessons.
Each chapter in The Recipe Box is centered around a treasured family dessert. Among the beloved dessert recipes included in the book are Apple Crisp, Peach-Blueberry Slab Pie, Thumbprint Cookies, Ozarks Ice Cream Sliders with Chocolate Chunk-Cherry Chunk Cookies, Strawberry Shortcakes, Rhubarb Sour Cream Coffeecake with Cinnamon Streusel Topping, Triple Berry Galette, Apple and Cherry Turnovers, and Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting.
Food, recipes, baking and cooking are what unite us, transport us, connect the past to our present. We all have special recipes, ones we make every holiday and special occasion, the ones we ask our moms, grandmas, sisters and aunts to make because they capture treasured memories and transport us back in time. Even if our loved ones are no longer with us, when we get out that old recipe card and make that favorite recipe, they are still with us in the kitchen, and we remember their hands on ours as they taught us to roll a pie crust or add just a pinch more cinnamon.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans says The Recipe Box is “a touching tribute to the women and food that unite us and connect our past to the present,” Good Housekeeping calls it an “easy, delightful novel,” and Silver Palate Cookbook author Julee Rosso says, “Shipman’s charming stories remind us how family recipe collections link generations and spark our fondest memories. Treasure them!”
I’m honored to open the recipe box of my family and share a slice of our lives – and our pies and cakes – with you! I hope you will share in this tradition, pass along your heirloom recipes to those you love and get someone in the kitchen to bake with you today.
VIOLA SHIPMAN is a pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother’s name to honor the women w
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