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The Hope Chest by Carolyn Brown, Brittany Pressley (Narrator)

Published June 22nd 2021 by Brilliance Audio, Montlake

5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I enjoy stories about estranged families who are forced together by older of deceased relatives wills. In The Hope Chest, Nessa, Flynn, and April are cousins who spend many summers together at their grandmother Lucy’s home. Over the years, they have all gone their own ways and lost that wonderful friendship they had as children. When Lucy passes, the cousins find out that they have inherited the house and land, but their are a few catches. The house can’t be sold, and the cousins have to stay at the house and finish a quilt that she had started. Lucy’s hope was that they will unpack the baggage they all have and become a caring family together.

I loved this story. Each of the cousins had secrets. They had not shared everything they had gone through in their lives that brought them to where they were on that day they stood in the lawyer’s office. They also didn’t totally trust each other, so it took awhile to open up to each other as well as those in town. Blossom, Texas has memories for each of them, but they are not all good memories. As they begin to figure out what they are looking for, begin to stand on their own two feet, become family again and complete the quilt, they each make decisions that will finally have them finding peace and whatever else they have been looking for. I love Carolyn Brown’s books. They are warm and comfortable They are full of wonderful characters and healing. This one has a huge secret or mystery involving Nana Lucy which is discovered through diaries and is also very sad. The story deals with mental health issues such as narcissism and bi-polar disorder, but it is woven into the story wonderfully. If you are looking at a story with some great family themes, then pick up The Hope Chest. I did a read/listen (KU) and really enjoyed Brittany Pressley’s narration. She uses expression and tone to bring emotion and voice to the various characters. I definitely recommend this one.

The Hope Chest

About the Book: A grandmother’s loving bequest changes three lives forever in a heartwarming novel about finding love, hope, and family by New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown.

An inheritance has reunited three estranged cousins. Their grandmother Lucy left Nessa, Flynn, and April her home nestled in the woods near Blossom, Texas, as well as a hope chest to be unlocked after they complete a special task. Together, they must hand-stitch a cherished quilt Lucy left unfinished. It meant everything to her. And now, to three people struggling with their own patchwork pasts…

To Nessa, the house has always been an escape from her strict parents—a home away from home. Flynn has followed a profligate path into adulthood, never guessing it would lead him here. And the town of Blossom only stirs up a lifetime of disappointments for April. Lost and with nowhere to go, her last chance is helping fulfill Nanny Lucy’s final wish.

Thread by healing thread, Nessa, Flynn, and April bond over the quilt and all it represents. As they discover the family they’ve been looking for in one another, they share more than memories. They share the hope of new beginnings.