The Beloved Hope Chest by Amy Clipston

The Beloved Hope Chest

In the final installment of the Amish Heirloom series, the Fisher sisters learn the mystery behind their parents’ marriage—and about the sibling who has never been spoken of.Mattie Fisher’s three daughters know that she’s been keeping a secret from them. With each item pulled from the beloved family hope chest, they’ve discovered a new clue about their mother’s past.But th...

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ISBN:0310341973
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages

The Beloved Hope Chest Reviews

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    Apr 24, 2017

    About this book:

    About this book:

    Series: Book #4 in the

    series. Review of Book #1 Here! #2 Here! & #3 Here!

    Spiritual Content- Scriptures are quoted, mentioned, read, talked & thought about; Prayers & asking God why something happened; Thanking God; Church going; Talks about God, His will & having faith; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mattie thinks God is punishing her when *Spoiler*

    *End of Spoiler*; Many mentions of God & His will; Many mentions of prayers, praying & silent prayers over food; Mentions of reading Scriptures & a devotional; Mentions of church services, church going, hymns, ministers & sermons; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; A few mentions of having faith; A couple mentions of youth groups.

    Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘stupid’; A bit of eye rolling & sarcasm; Passing out, Pain & Sobbing (sadness); A nightmare about someone’s death (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of deaths (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of an abusive husband aiming a gun & someone else being killed (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a woman acting like she’s going to be hit & hollered at by her husband (but he never actually does); Mentions of pain & blood; Mentions of violence; Mentions of envy; A few mentions of lies, lying & liars; A couple mentions of a dog that was hit & killed; A couple mentions of a hunting trip; A couple mentions of divorces; A couple mentions of childhood bullies.

    Sexual Content- a hand kiss, five cheek kisses, four forehead/head kisses, four barely-above-not-detailed kisses, two semi-detailed kisses, and a detailed kiss; Wanting to be kissed & kiss someone (up to semi-detailed); Remembering kisses (up to semi-detailed); Touches & Embraces (up to semi-detailed); Noticing, Staring, & Smelling; Remembering touches, embraces & noticing (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of marital intimacy, sharing a bed & a wedding night (very lightly hinted at, not specific; there is one part where they go to a bedroom & the door is shut (no details or mentions of what happens)); Mentions of kisses, touches/touching, smelling, & noticing (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of Leroy’s father who left his wife & sons and went to another state with a woman; Mentions of dating, girlfriends & boyfriends; A few mentions of other married couples kissing; A few mentions of blushes; A couple mentions of flirting; Love, falling in love, being married, & the emotions;

    *Note: Labor, Pain & *Spoiler*

    *End of Spoiler* (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of miscarriages; Mentions of changing clothes in front of a spouse & the husband’s boxers (nothing sexual, just uncomfortable); A few mentions of hormones.

    -Mattie Fisher, age 56/57 {24/25}

    -Leroy Fisher, age 57/58 {26}

    P.O.V. switches between them

    {Set mostly in 1989}

    320 pages

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    Pre Teens- One Star

    New Teens- One Star

    Early High School Teens- Two Stars (and a half)

    Older High School Teens- Three Stars (and a half)

    My personal Rating- Four Stars

    {Add ½ star for older girls who have read the previous books in the series}

    Have I mentioned that I’m not a pretty crier? I try not to be jealous of those who are pretty criers, but honestly.

    Why in the world am I mentioned about (not) being a pretty crier? Y’all. This book. Oh, my goodness. I try not to get emotionally attached to any characters, but it’s so hard when they’re so well written like Mattie & Leroy in this novel. I really enjoyed the previous books in this series and seeing all the hints of the girls’ parents’ story. Actually reading it, however, I was sniffling and just wanted to hug everyone while inwardly bawling for them! (What can I say? I’m a hugger and an emotional wreck.) I definitely recommend reading this series in order, because I got pretty giddy (through my tears, mind you) seeing the raspberry pie recipe, the courtship basket, and the quilt. Talk about tying everything up with a bow!

    Aww, well, Miss Amy Clipston did it again with another great series—I’m so sad it’s over, but I’m so looking forward to meeting & getting to know her new characters!

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    *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

    *I received this book for free from the author for this honest review.

  • Lori Parrish
    Mar 26, 2017

    What a stunning conclusion to this series!!

    Oh my!!! My breath has just been absolutely taken away!!!

    Amy has done a fabulous job on this novel.

    i loved this series from the beginning and yes I would advise reading the first book before this one.

    Mattie has a secret that she has kept hiding from us since book one.

    I definitely can relive Mattie's story.

    I cried because I understood what she was going through.

    Time is the essence of this book. Grief has no time of when it will it will ever be over.

    He

    What a stunning conclusion to this series!!

    Oh my!!! My breath has just been absolutely taken away!!!

    Amy has done a fabulous job on this novel.

    i loved this series from the beginning and yes I would advise reading the first book before this one.

    Mattie has a secret that she has kept hiding from us since book one.

    I definitely can relive Mattie's story.

    I cried because I understood what she was going through.

    Time is the essence of this book. Grief has no time of when it will it will ever be over.

    Healing is a process through time. Time is our greatest need.

    I still miss what I have lost. I wonder every day Why God? What have I done to deserve This? Loss is hard no matter who or what we have lost. Grief is the same. Time has no meaning. Over time it has helped me that this is God's will. Our time on Earth is limited. God knows the hour, day, etc when our time is done.

    I loved that Amy put in God is our refuge and strength, a time of help in our present time of trouble.

    I will have to say this, I love this song by Mary McDonald.

    God is always with us. It is us who leave him.

    I really don't know what else to say except repeating myself that this is a must read and I strongly recommend this book for people who love reading Amish stories.

    I believe that this book also shows us that Amish people are no different than us. They suffer loss and grieve just as we do. They make mistakes just like they do.

    The only difference they try not to live of the world but apart from it. (I think I've got this right). Correct me if I'm wrong.

    I am going to re-read this series in the future because I enjoyed it so much!

    Thank you Netgalley for letting me read and review this wonderful book by one of my favorite authors!

    I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley and was in no way required to review this book. All words are my own

  • Patty Hearts Dave
    Apr 30, 2017

    This is the fourth and final book of Amy Clipston's Amish Heirloom series. Wow, did this set of stories end in such a heartfelt way! While reading The Beloved Hope Chest, Mattie's story of loss and grief truly touched my emotions. Leroy's unwavering friendship and love are what I think most would want as their own. Mattie and Leroy were likable enough when I read about them in The Forgotten Recipe, The Courtship Basket, and The Cherished Quilt. But as their story unfolded in The Beloved Hope Che

    This is the fourth and final book of Amy Clipston's Amish Heirloom series. Wow, did this set of stories end in such a heartfelt way! While reading The Beloved Hope Chest, Mattie's story of loss and grief truly touched my emotions. Leroy's unwavering friendship and love are what I think most would want as their own. Mattie and Leroy were likable enough when I read about them in The Forgotten Recipe, The Courtship Basket, and The Cherished Quilt. But as their story unfolded in The Beloved Hope Chest I felt like I got to know and appreciate them so much more. It was also enjoyable seeing the ways their past played a part in how their children found true love.

    I have read this entire series. The Beloved Hope Chest answers the questions to clues that were given in the first three books. It is a story of hope offered to one man's beloved that was given by God to one of His beloved. While we can't fully understand the ways of God, we can trust that He is guiding us through every good, bad, and in-between step of our lives. The characters in The Beloved Hope Chest discovered just that with the help of friends, family, prayer, and Biblical scripture. I recommend reading this story and the rest of the Amish Heirloom series. I was provided a complimentary review copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  • Deanne Patterson
    May 05, 2017

    This is the fourth and final installement in the Amish Heirloom series. This is the story of the Fisher sister's parents and of their oldest sibling whom their parents never spoke of.

    Before you read this story get ready by having a mug of hot tea and a box of tissues at the ready.

    After one of the siblings finds a blue onsie in her mother's hope chest she starts asking questions because she only has sisters. Their mother sits the girls down and tells her story even though it's so hard for her to

    This is the fourth and final installement in the Amish Heirloom series. This is the story of the Fisher sister's parents and of their oldest sibling whom their parents never spoke of.

    Before you read this story get ready by having a mug of hot tea and a box of tissues at the ready.

    After one of the siblings finds a blue onsie in her mother's hope chest she starts asking questions because she only has sisters. Their mother sits the girls down and tells her story even though it's so hard for her to do. Their mother had been married before she was married to the girl's father and they had never known. Mattie, the mother, had been married to another man and was expecting his baby. Life was wonderful and she and her husband were looking forward to life with their new baby. A decision to run a last minute errand leaves her husband dead when he jumps in front of a fighting couple to protect the woman. Her husband is hailed a hero but Mattie only wants her husband back and the father for her unborn baby. Her friend since childhood steps in and asks her to marry him after the funeral. Now Leroy has loved Mattie since childhood but Mattie has always only seen it as friendship. He is looking forward to raising Mattie's baby as his own and being married to Mattie.

    After a tragedy leaves them both devastated she just falls into a deep depression and feels unable to be a wife to Leroy. He gives her all the time she needs but she still doesn't come around and finally moves out of her husband's home. Miracles do happen though as God shines his light showing us his infinite wisdom. It's all in his timing not ours!

    I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to seeing what Amy Clipston comes out with next because it's sure to be a winner!

    Pub Date 09 May 2017

    Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion!

  • Cecily Wolfe
    Feb 15, 2017

    I've been waiting for Mattie's story since the beginning of this series, since hints kept coming during her daughter's stories and I became more and more intrigued. This is the best of the series (which is saying a lot) and I am so sorry to see it end, although it has been a wonderful, hopeful ride. There is a lot of angst and emotion, but without that, the joy wouldn't be as intense when everything works out for the best, with Mattie and Leroy's family as living proof.

  • Deana Dick
    Apr 12, 2017

    What a beautiful ending to an emotional series. This one really tugged at my heart and I believe it is the authors best book to date. She wrote with such compassion as the characters experienced pain, disappointment grief and loss of trust. When the hope chest is opened we are swept back to a time when Mattie was on top of the world. She slowly began to tell her story that had long been a secret . As the items from her hope chest are revealed her children begin to hear about their mom's past. Is

    What a beautiful ending to an emotional series. This one really tugged at my heart and I believe it is the authors best book to date. She wrote with such compassion as the characters experienced pain, disappointment grief and loss of trust. When the hope chest is opened we are swept back to a time when Mattie was on top of the world. She slowly began to tell her story that had long been a secret . As the items from her hope chest are revealed her children begin to hear about their mom's past. Is Mattie ready to relive the past? Is the pain still fresh as she begins to share her memories?

    Mattie was a woman in love . She had found the man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. But in one instant everything changes for Mattie. She begins to realize her husband has been gone along time. He went to the bank but that was hours ago. A knock on her door will send her into despair and grief. How will she deal with the sudden death of her husband ? I loved how the author showed readers that Amish are just as vulnerable as anyone else when we go to public places. Mattie is told that her husbsnd died a hero but that doesn't make her pain any easier. What will she do now that she is alone and pregnant?

    I have to say that Leroy was my favorite character. He is a very good , honest and caring man. He has known Maddie since they were kids. Leroy has always loved Maddie but stepped aside when her heart fell for another. He hates to see her in pain and decides to step in and marry her. He wants to do everything he can to help Mattie and the baby she is carrying. Will they be able to handle anymore tragedies? Will Mattie turn to Leroy for support? What a wonderful man Leroy is. He reminded me of my husband so much. We had a lot of problems through out early married life. My husband continued to stand by me and pray for me even when I hurt him emotionally. He showed me what unconditional love was and helped me find my way back to God.

    This story is about forgiving, trusting God and letting go of the past. I loved how the author used a basket from one of the earlier books in the series. It will play a pivotal role in Mattie and Leroy's relationship. Throughout the book we see how hard it is for Mattie to let anyone in as she griefs . Do we push people away when we are hurting? Do we forget that God is there waiting to comfort us? One of the things I loved the most about this book was how Leroy would not give up. He knew that God had chosen Mattie to be his wife and he held on to that promise. I encourage you to grab some tissues as you read this emotional story of grief and unconditional love.

    I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion.

  • Elizabeth
    Apr 06, 2017

    The Beloved Hope Chest ( Amish Heirloom - Book 4 )

    By: Amy Clipston

    The Beloved Hope Chest is book four and the final installment of Amish Heirloom series. Fans of Amy Clipston will not be disappointed . I have loved all the stories in this series. I am proud to have read the other books in this series. In The Beloved Hope Chest You will have reference back to the other books. I would advise you to read the books in order. This is Maddie’s story. Maddie has three daughters and they know that their

    The Beloved Hope Chest ( Amish Heirloom - Book 4 )

    By: Amy Clipston

    The Beloved Hope Chest is book four and the final installment of Amish Heirloom series. Fans of Amy Clipston will not be disappointed . I have loved all the stories in this series. I am proud to have read the other books in this series. In The Beloved Hope Chest You will have reference back to the other books. I would advise you to read the books in order. This is Maddie’s story. Maddie has three daughters and they know that their mother its hiding something from them. The Beloved Hope Chest has secrets of the past. Will Maddie’s daughters ever find out the secrets of behind Maddie’s past? This story is of grief ,redemption, and learning to love again. What is stored in the Beloved Hope Chest that Maddie has kept a secret?

    I was given a complimentary ARC copy of this book , but was not told that I had to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  • Carole Jarvis
    Apr 30, 2017

    Amy Clipston has chosen a tender, poignant way to conclude her Amish Heirloom series, brought full circle with Mattie and Leroy’s story in The Beloved Hope Chest. While this story can stand alone, the previous three books hint at a family secret and reading the entire series will provide a rich reading experience.

    There’s so much that I loved about The Beloved Hope Chest. This is a story of family, so real that it didn’t always feel like fiction. It’s a story of loss and grief, easy to relate to

    Amy Clipston has chosen a tender, poignant way to conclude her Amish Heirloom series, brought full circle with Mattie and Leroy’s story in The Beloved Hope Chest. While this story can stand alone, the previous three books hint at a family secret and reading the entire series will provide a rich reading experience.

    There’s so much that I loved about The Beloved Hope Chest. This is a story of family, so real that it didn’t always feel like fiction. It’s a story of loss and grief, easy to relate to because they are such a part of life. Instead of a courting couple, we journey with Mattie and Leroy as they marry for reasons of necessity, then try to figure out how to make that work. I became emotionally connected to Mattie and felt her grief over unimaginable loss, and I loved Leroy’s protective care and patience – especially the way he wooed Mattie by cooking and making things for her.

    This story is a reminder that life goes on through and after the grieving process. Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time, it’s a story of renewal and hope. Faith threads run throughout, and I was touched by Leroy’s Christlike characteristics of protectiveness, patience and love.

    The Beloved Hope Chest is a moving story and beautiful conclusion to the enjoyable Amish Heirloom series. Recommended to all who enjoy Amish fiction.

    I was provided a free copy of this book from Amy Clipston and Zondervan. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


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