Hope on the Inside is a story of second chances and playing the hand you are dealt.
Hope and Rick Carpenter were Portland born and bred. They made all the right moves, married, had a family, purchased a home they loved and planned to live out their days surrounded by family and friends. Rick was a successful engineer, looked up to as the kind of guy who could solve the tricky problems. Hope enjoyed being a wife and mother, their two oldest, twins Rory and Reed, were doing well, a doctor and a professor. Their daughter, McKenzie, had recently married and was succeeding in the technology field. Liam, the youngest, was in college at UCLA studying film. Hope had taken a job as a teacher to help with tuition and expenses, she liked the work, found it both stimulating and rewarding. Yes, this was a family that seemed to be set, people who worked hard and made the right choices.
Until it all went wrong. First Rick lost his job. He wasn’t worried; he had a great severance package and was well regarded in his field. But no one wanted to hire an unemployed engineer in his late 50’s. Then Hope lost her job due to school cutbacks. Making the mortgage payments on their home was tough, fast approaching impossible. Hope’s sister Hazel, a real estate agent, pointed out the facts. They couldn’t afford to maintain their Portland lifestyle, couldn’t afford their lovely home. They would have to sell and move somewhere less expensive, such as Olympia where daughter McKenzie lived.
Even with lower expenses they were still short of making ends meet. Rick has lost the confidence needed to even apply for work. Hope landed a job teaching crafts at the prison. It is quite an experience for the sheltered middle aged woman. The chaplain becomes a friend and confidant but the warden is not at all sure about either the crafts program or Hope as a teacher. Hope perseveres, finding common ground with the women prisoners through quilting. Although they come from different backgrounds, she finds they need second chances too.— Deon Stonehouse
In this compelling, heartwarming novel from New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick, one woman finds new purpose in a new phase of life . . .
“Whatever comes your way, find the happiness in it.” Hope Carpenter received that advice from her mother decades ago. Now, with their four children grown, Hope and her husband, Rick, are suddenly facing an uncertain future, after a forced retirement strains both their savings and their marriage. Seeking inspiration and a financial boost, Hope gets a job teaching crafts to inmates at a local women’s prison.
At first, Hope feels foolish and irrelevant, struggling to relate to women whose choices seem so different from her own. But with time, and the encouragement of the prison chaplain, she begins to discover common ground with the inmates, in their worries about their children and families, their fear of having failed those who need them. Just like her, they want to make something of themselves, but believe it might be impossible.
Embarking on an ambitious quilting project, Hope and her students begin to bond. Together, piece by piece, they learn to defy expectations—their own and others’—and to see that it’s never too late to stitch together a life that, even in its imperfections, is both surprising and beautiful.
Praise for Marie Bostwick and Her Novels
“Reading Marie Bostwick is like wrapping yourself up in a warm, hand-crafted quilt.”
—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“It takes great skill to write a heartwarming story about grief, and Bostwick proves she is up to the
task. . . . A great addition to any women’s-fiction collection.”
“Beautiful, thought-provoking, tragic and redeeming, The Second Sister is a feel-good goldmine.”
About the Author
Marie Bostwick was born and raised in the northwest. In the three decades since her marriage, Marie and her family have moved frequently, living in eight different states at eighteen different addresses. These experiences have given Marie a unique perspective that enables her to write about people from all walks of life and corners of the country with insight and authenticity. Marie currently resides in Portland, where she enjoys writing, spending time with family, gardening, collecting fabric, and stitching quilts. Visit her at www.mariebostwick.com.