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Hope on the Inside

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  46 reviews
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, a
Paperback, 357 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hope and Rick Carpenter were comfortable with their life. Their four grown children are pursuing careers and Hope was enjoying her return to teaching. But life was soon to upended when both lost their jobs to budget cuts and new management. They decide to sell their home in Portland to move to Olympia to be near their recently married daughter, McKenzie. Both are struggling to adjust to their new situation, Rick becomes depressed and Hope, ever the optimist, takes a job teaching crafts to inmate ...more
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Overall the story was captivating, intricate writing, surprises and heartwarming (I found myself smiling as I was reading) characters are what make this so special. The author did a great job with the story-line. I fell in love with the characters, and could feel the love the family felt for each other. The author did a great job in telling the story in a subtle way. Although there is some religious aspects (a prison chaplain and Christmas services) to the book it was not at all preachy.

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Hope on the Inside is a special, heartwarming story. I thought it contained good writing and the story progressed at a good pace. Hope likes to be active and to help people. After their move to Olympia, she is at loose ends. The job teaching crafts to female inmates seems like the perfect fit. Unfortunately, the rules make it difficult to teach anything except kid level activities. Hope comes up with a plan and works out a deal with the superintendent. When she sees how the women feel bad about ...more
Neelam Babul
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intricate and heart wrming story.

Hope Carpenter has been a stay at home mom raising her four children. She starts teaching Family And Consumer Science at a school after her children have grown up and started living on their own. However, just when she feels nothing could go wrong her husband, Rick is forced into early retirement from his engineering job forcing them to sell their home in Portland Oregon and move to Olympia, Washington. Rick's depression and upcoming financial changes have Ho
Marie Bostwick, bestselling author of uplifting historical and contemporary fiction, with a Macomber-esque flavour to her writing, is a new-to-me author. Her heartwarming novel, Hope on the Inside (a play on words), left me all warm and fuzzy when I hit the final page. Sweet, sincere, redemptive, inspiring… I could go on-and-on, but this title hit all those boxes.

This was not deep, thought-provoking fiction by any means. It was, however, charming and easy-to-read, dare I say, even inspiring desp
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very moving story.

Hope Carpenter has raised been a stay at home mom raising her four children and just when she's found her dream job teaching FACS, Family And Consumer Science, formerly known as Home Ec. her husband Rick is forced into early retirement from his engineering job. Eighteen months later they find themselves selling their home in Portland Oregon and moving into a condo apartment in Olympia, Washington near their only daughter McKenzie. Rick's depression and upcoming financial change
Cathy Geha
Hope on the Inside by Marie Bostwick

Rick and Hope have had a long successful love-filled marriage with give and take and honesty between them while raising four children to adulthood. Neither expected that they would be scrambling for jobs and living in a new place before they turned 60 and so close to the easy retirement they must have envisioned. Rick was definitely more troubled by the situation than Hope who immediately went out to find employment. Rick did try but was overqualified for anyt
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-book, library
Outstanding novel and narrator.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Your name alone has to mean something. In the ancient world, names usually carried a meaning. They were more than something to scribble on a paper cup so somebody knows which latte belongs to you. Names denoted character, sometimes destiny. Perhaps Hope will be the one to bring hope to the inside.

Hope and Rick Carpenter have it all. A lovely home in Seattle area, Rick a great job working at a engineering firm, Hope as a teacher, and their daughter and 3 sons, living life to the fullest. A famil
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope Carpenter's four children are grown and her husband recently accepted an early retirement package, Hope struggles to find meaning in her life. She recalls her mother telling her "Make up your mind to be happy, Hope. Whatever comes your way, find the happiness in it. That's the real trick of life." When downsized from her job as a Family and Consumer Science teacher and faced with dwindling resources, Hope and Rick decide to sell their house and move from Portland to Olympia to be closer to ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Hope on the Inside by Marie Bostwick is a captivating novel of family, friendship and new beginnings.

Hope Carpenter's life changes drastically following her husband Rick's unexpected forced retirement. They manage to keep their heads above water but when cuts in school funding eliminate her teaching position, their financial situation is becoming increasingly precarious. Despite a few misgivings, Rick and Hope sell their home in Portland and move to Olympia to be closer to their daught
Patricia Romero
“Whatever comes your way, find the happiness in it.”

Hope Carpenter and her husband, Rick, are at a crossroads. Hope has raised their four children and is going back to teaching. They are where they want to be. 

In the blink of an eye they are suddenly out of jobs and the financial and emotional stress is affecting them both. Selling their home and moving closer to their only daughter along with Rick's severance package have given them a bit of financial security but they both are feeling unsteady
Margie Senechal
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, Marie, my family says thank-you for the Tollhouse cookies I was compelled to bake upon finishing this book. They aren’t Rosemary bread, but they are my go-to baking comfort. It was either bake or quilt and I can’t sew worth a lick. Your Home-Ec teacher must’ve liked you more than mine did me.

Okay, now onto the book review. I’ve been a fan of Ms. Bostwick’s for years and I really enjoyed her newest book. Even thought I can’t sew a lick, I always enjoy the quilting segments Marie insert
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Hope on the Inside’ by Marie Bostwick is a tender, engaging, warm hearted story. As you read you will find the many facets of the title within the book. It is deeply moving and engaging with some passages so inspiring and touching it brings you to tears. There are lessons here. The characters are believable and not without faults; they seem like people that you might know. The novel focuses somewhat on women in the prison system, their complexities and vulnerabilities. It also speaks to how our ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story!
When you finish this book, it will leave you feeling uplifted.
Hope is a wonderful teacher who loves her job, family, students and her life.
Her children have all grown up to be wonderful adults and have left the nest. She is older now and since her husband lost his job, she needs to find a place that provides some benefits for her and Rick.
When she applies for employment in a prison to teach, she isn't thinking how this will change her life.
She is wondering how she will surv
Sandy H
I really like Marie Bostwick and have read most of her books, so now I’m tending to rate them more against each other than against all the other books I’ve read. In the grand scheme of things this was a good book and, as always, Bostwick’s characters are interesting and engage me. However, in terms of the Bostwick canon, as it were, this one didn’t stand out for me as well as some of her others. Between Heaven and Texas still stands out for me, and I also enjoyed The Second Sister a bit more. Re ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars
Hope on The Inside
This is the best book I have read in a VERY long time. I was captivated from the very first page. I crawled inside the book and hated to leave its pages and the people within its pages. The characters are flawed, hurting and extremely relatable women.
Hope On The Inside is a fiction book that shows the true life consequences of believing in people who do not believe in themselves.
This is just an incredible story that is extremely well-written. I so very highly recommend
Fluff Smut & Murder
I was worried for a little bit - where are the quilts? Its not a Marie Bostwick book without quilting! I was not disappointed - either in the story or in the appearance of the quilts. Marie Bostwick took a difficult topic of incarcerated women and gave it such a beautiful spin on the inmates - too often we only see when for what they have done and not for who they are as people. I can easily gloss over the too good to be true characters (Rick seemed to be trapped in the '50s and McKenzie has ser ...more
Maureen Mullis
One of the best books I've read in a long time! A very uplifting and realistic story. Having just gone through nine months of unemployment with my husband, I could really relate to the stresses Hope and Rick's marriage went through, and how they worked to make it work. The main story, of Hope's work at the women's prison and how we all need to be seen and heard. Bostwick makes the point, without shoving it down the reader's throat, that with the support of good friends and people who believe in ...more
Kathleen Gray
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope finds herself in need of a job at a time when she least expected to-and her husband Rick is none too pleased about it or the job she's taken. She's working in a women's prison, teaching crafts. As Hope teaches the inmates how to make a quilt, their stories come out. This is light reading (there are no horror stories here and you're only getting one side) but it's also encouraging. Thanks to NEtgalley for the ARC. It's all about redemption and finding yourself where you least expect to.
Janilyn Kocher
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading a Marie Bostwick book is like eating a warm roll, it's easily digestible and very filling. Hope on the Inside is about a woman who sees a lot of changes. Both she and her husband find new jobs, move, and examine their relationship. Hope gets a job at a prison and implements a quilting program for the inmates. There are highs and lows in the story, but it leaves one with an uplifting feeling. I love the quilting aspects as well as the fact this program is actually based on a real one. Tha ...more
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in the day it was released but saved it, knowing I had a hospital waiting room stay coming up. I started the book when my husband went into surgery and finished it less than 24 hours later. (We were home from the hospital within 6 hours without complications). The characters and their situations were believable. I especially was rooting for Mandy. I have printed out the recipe for the rosemary olive bread and hope to try it soon. Thanks, Marie, for yet another enjoyable book ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always think I’m going to read Marie’s books slowly and really savor them. But I just can’t do it! I always have to read just one more chapter and before I know it the story is over. This time we get to learn a little bit about Olympia, WA all while following Hope’s journey to help women who are incarcerated. There’s a good dose of quilting, too. And of course Marie always gives us a thought provoking story with a happy ending.
Vicki W
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love Marie Bostwick. Her books always celebrate friendship, family, growth and QUILTING. Her stories are approachable, but rich with all the best happy things anyone would want in life. I loved her Cobbled Court series - that's where I started. I bought the book for the cover and was hooked.
Sandra Rice
For me this story started to fall apart about 3/4 of the way through. I don’t want to give away and spoilers so I’m just going to keep it brief. The characters were developing so nicely along with the plot and then bam bam bam!! All this over the top stuff started happening and it just didn’t flow with the story or characters. Especially Hope. Overall I was left disappointed.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story of Hope and Rick's family and her work at the prison teaching women prisoner's crafting and quilting. This is one of the BEST books I have read by Marie Bostwick and this is saying something since all of her stories are deeply moving and full of good people. I started this and read it in a 24 hour period because the story is so compelling.
Heidi Busch
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marie Bostwick is my favorite author. That being said, I thought this one rambled from one situation to another without really joining together. But I suppose that's what Hope and her family life were like.... sort of having separate lives without really coming together, until they had worked through things. A good read overall.
Donna  Reiter Brandwein
Marie Bostwick is the real deal. Her stories are like being in the hands of a classic American chef who can cook all the basics better than anyone but still has an innovative eye for the current heartbreaks in our world; the criminal justice system, empty nesters, marriages beyond children and jobs, etc.
I read everything she writes and it’s always new and always a treat. Thank you, MB
Clara Dearmore Strom
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read by Marie Bostwick. Her story is reality fiction steeped in hope. Family issues, depression, PTSD, women and friendship and victory over struggles. I am hoping this book is a series and I’ll get to keep in touch with her characters. Grab a cup of coffee and curl up with this book on a rainy day. You’ll be glad you did.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read..about family and its ups and downs, about women in prison and how they got there, about how your past does not define you, about comfort zones snd leaving them, about not only given others a second chance, but most importantly, yourself....
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Marie Bostwick is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of uplifting historical and contemporary fiction. She lives in the state of Oregon and travels frequently to sign books, speak to reading groups, and meet her readers. Keep up with Marie and her lifestyle blog at @fiercebeyond50.