Book Review: The Hope Chest by Carolyn Brown

Posted June 15, 2021 by WendyW in Blogging, Book Review / 6 Comments

The Hope Chest
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by Carolyn Brown
Publication Date June 22, 2021
Published by Montlake
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Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Women
Pages: 318
Format: ARC

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 cabin 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 cabin 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.

My Review:

I’ve read many books by Carolyn Brown, and they all are just so comforting. The Hope Chest is an easy, light read that is like a hug from a friend, warm and comforting, but not too complicated.

Vanessa (Nessa), April, and Flynn are cousins and grandchildren of Granny Lucy, are brought together six months after Granny Lucy’s funeral. A lawyer tells them that their Grandmother has given them her house, and everything in it with the stipulation that they finish a quilt together while staying in the house. Also, once the quilt is completed, they can open a locked hope chest, and view the contents.

The three cousins are the offspring of three of Granny Lucy’s children, and they all have had very different upbringings and all have had different interactions with their grandmother. They all bring their baggage to the house and they learn together how to forgive and learn to live better lives.

This book is easy and light reading. If you’re a fan of Carolyn Brown, then you’re going to love this one too. The book got off to a good start but did drag a bit in the middle. I thought the characters probably talked too much about their problems and it seemed to drag on a bit more than necessary.

However, I did enjoy the small-town life, and I liked that these characters are everyday folks, and not millionaires, movie stars, or singers. The writing is folksy and full of homespun adages.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet, wholesome small-town read.

6 responses to “Book Review: The Hope Chest by Carolyn Brown

  1. Lin

    I’ve never read anything by this author, but this book sounds so cozy and comforting. I’d give it a chance. Great review!