The Hope Chest – Book 2 of The Tin Box Trilogy

The Hope Chest
276 Pages
ISBN 9781534805170

Tilly smiled softy and took Lottie's smooth hand in her wrinkled one. "Child, sometimes we make plans for our lives. We says, 'I choose this.' But forces in this world take those choices away from us. Then we's got to look around and see what we got left. You see, there is one choice nobody and nothin' can take away from you."

"What's that, Tilly?"

"You's got the choice to either let what's happened crush you into being nothin' or you can choose to rise above it and survive and thrive in spite of anythin' that life throws at you."

When Julie Ventura, from The Tin Box Secret, falls into a coma in 1969, she wakes up 1863 and into her previous life as Lottie Clark. Lottie learns that in spite of having a loving and supportive family, life can throw some curve balls at you and The Civil War has done just that. During the Siege of Vicksburg, the citizens' lives were changed dramatically through weeks of starvation, disease and death. Somehow, Lottie finds a way to survive in spite of her losses. But as a young woman in the 1860s, she does not have the choices that would be available to her in 1960s. From Vicksburg, to New Orleans, to Manhattan and Stone Ridge, New York, The Hope Chest, the second book in The Tin Box Trilogy, is a heart wrenching story that brings into focus how our choices are affected by the society and times within which we live.

Theresa Dodaro

About Theresa Dodaro (Long Island, New York Author)

Theresa Dodaro

Writer and mother, Theresa Dodaro, holds a BA in liberal arts from Stony Brook University, where she studied English, history, and secondary education. She worked in publishing and marketing until she put her career on hold to raise her children.

She lives on Long Island, New York, with her husband and enjoys spending time upstate at their vacation home near the Ashokan Reservoir. Her daughter is a Fulbright Scholar who is currently conducting research in the Ecuadorian Amazon for her PhD in Cultural Anthropology and her son is entering his senior year as an Accounting Major at Pace University.

Now that her children are grown, Theresa focuses her creative energy on writing her novels and has self-published her YA historical fiction series, The Tin Box Trilogy. The Tin Box Secret, was published in October 2015, The Hope Chest was published in July 2016, and the final novel, Reawakening, was published in May 2017. Theresa is currently looking for a Literary Agent to represent her fourth novel, The Porcelain Doll.

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