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Author Viola Shipman (Wade Rouse) Releases 2nd Book "The Hope Chest"

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Author Viola Shipman (Wade Rouse) Releases 2nd Book
The Hope Chest

Wade Rouse The Hope Chest

Join us on Tuesday, March 21st for a special author event when Viola Shipman (pen  name of Wade Rouse) puts out his latest book on the release day at 10:00 a.m. in the Library lobby.

The Hope Chest tells the story of one woman’s heirloom hope chest that 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 will remind you that hope can be found where and when you least expect it.

Viola Shipman, whose first novel was The Charm Bracelet, 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 publications, and is a contributor to All Things Considered.  To date, The Charm Bracelet has been translated into nine languages.

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