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The Hope Chest by Carolyn Brown
Narrator: Brittany Pressley
Published by Brilliance Audio on June 22, 2021
Genres: Life Fiction
Length: 9 hours, 24 minutes
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.
The Hope Chest is a smidgen outside my normal reading genres. There are no fae or dragons, far off lands or epic quests to undertake but sometimes a story about going home can really just hit the spot.
Three cousins spent two weeks each summer at their grandmother’s house. For all three, they were the best times of their lives and they have great memories. When their grandmother dies and leaves them the house in the country and a hope chest, they only get to open once they’ve completed a quilt she has left for them. Nyssa, Flynn and April are all at crossroads points in their lives, being together again after about a decade is a bit of a struggle at first but quickly becomes a routine they don’t want to live without. Each cousin will help the other deal with the issues in their lives and find a new path moving forward.
This is definitely a character driven book, but I really enjoyed learning about the cousins and how each had very different ideas of the others lives and how they were going. Apparently sometimes you really don’t know a person until you spend some time quilting with them. I too wanted to know what was in the hope chest and really liked how the cousins became a family again.
A nice easy read when you want to root for family and watch them find a way to happy. This is shelved as contemporary romance and while there is a romance happening in the book, the focus is more on the three cousins coming together and changing their lives.
Brit Pressley had a great voice for the southern feel of this book. She portrayed each character well and I really liked how her narration made me feel about the characters.
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