THE HOPE CHEST is a slow burn contemporary story that I was pulled in to from the very first page. To be honest, I fell in love with the cover the minute I saw it. Don’t you just want to know what is inside that chest? I knew I would read it anyway, because I love Carolyn Brown, but the cover really pulled me in. I loved everything about this beautiful story and I’m excited to recommend it to my reading friends. Carolyn Brown always has a way of grabbing her readers and she never lets us go. When their grandmother dies and leaves them her house and a quilt top to be completed, they each learn the story of the others and realize their lives were all harsh in many ways. Every family has its secrets.

Three cousins gather to fulfill their grandmothers last wishes. THE HOPE CHEST really takes a turn that will have you unable to put this beautiful story down. Neither Nessa or Jackson are looking for a relationship, but they can’t seem to ignore the feelings they have when they are together. So here we have these two crossing paths and each time, there is a pull to see more of each other. It was cute watching these two dance around their feelings for each other. I just didn’t want to see Nessa get hurt again like she did in the past. She’s had a very rough life and I couldn’t help but cheer her on through out this heart warming story! Carolyn Brown knows how to tell a story that will keep you turning the pages. If you’re a fan of Carolyn Brown, then you’re going to love this one too. 

THE HOPE CHEST is filled with twists and turns and had me staying up way too late one night to finish! I had to know where Carolyn Brown was taking us and what would happen to these three cousins. I really loved how the whole community came to their aid and only wanted them to feel loved and realize that they were home. There is so much heart in Carolyn’s writing that I’m always left with a huge smile on my face and my heart very happy. I could totally see THE HOPE CHEST becoming a Hallmark movie and I would love to see it. All of the characters are very interesting and believable, so much so that I felt as if I’ve known them for a long time. I would love to hang out with Nessa, Flynn, and April. I’m sure they could teach me a thing or two and I know they would keep my laughing all day long! I love how Carolyn does that to me each and every time.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.


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. 

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