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"Filled with cherished memories and treasured recipes, The Recipe Box is a touching tribute to the women and food that unite us and connect our past to the present." —Richard Paul Evans, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"An easy, delightful novel" –Good Housekeeping

In The Recipe Box, bestselling beloved author Viola Shipman spins a tale about a lost young woman and the family recipe box that changes her life.

Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha “Sam” Mullins felt trapped on her family’s orchard and pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star’s New York bakery is not what Sam dreamed.

When the chef embarrasses Sam, she quits and returns home. Unemployed, single, and defeated, she spends a summer working on her family’s orchard cooking and baking alongside the women in her life—including her mother, Deana, and grandmother, Willo. One beloved, flour-flecked, ink-smeared recipe at a time, Sam begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family’s history, and her passion for food through their treasured recipe box.

As Sam discovers what matters most she opens her heart to a man she left behind, but who now might be the key to her happiness.

About the Author


VIOLA SHIPMAN is a pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose charm bracelet and family stories inspired him to write his debut novel, which is a tribute to all of our elders. Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly for People and Coastal Living, among other places, and is a contributor to All Things Considered. To date, The Charm Bracelet has been translated into nine languages. He is at work on his next “heirloom novel.”

Praise For…


Praise for The Recipe Box

"An easy, delightful novel" –Good Housekeeping

“Shipman’s (The Charm Bracelet; The Hope Chest) multigenerational creation skillfully layers the triumphs and struggles of each family member with recurring adages proven true no matter the era. She presents a thoroughly enchanting story of strength and resilience that love provides in families. Numerous recipes and delicious descriptions will further entice readers to try their hand at baking” –Library Journal

"Filled with cherished memories and treasured recipes, The Recipe Box is a touching tribute to the women and food that unite us and connect our past to the present." —Richard Paul Evans, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Shipman has sensitively crafted another tender, deeply resonant novel that readers can savor." —Shelf Awareness

"Shipman’s charming stories remind us how family recipe collections link generations and spark our fondest memories. Treasure them!" —Julee Rosso, author of The Silver Palate Cookbook

"The Recipe Box is as tantalizing as apples baking in butter and cinnamon, enlivening the senses in a way that reminds us that the heart never forgets where it belongs." —Laura Lane McNeal, author of Dollbaby

"This heartwarming story of family and food will appeal to fans of gentle, intergenerational women's fiction." —Booklist

Praise for Viola Shipman

“A graceful, moving, emotionally impactful read.” —Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of A Sudden Light and The Art of Racing in The Rain

"[The Hope Chest] demonstrates the enduring power of love and kindness...a good choice for fans of gentle, heartwarming fiction." —Booklist

"Saugatuck, MI, springs to life in this nostalgic, gentle story of lifelong love along." —Library Journal

“Rich in character and story, The Charm Bracelet is utterly charming!” —Debbie Macomber, NYT bestselling author

“A rare jewel.” —Adriana Trigiani, NYT bestselling author

“Readers will be charmed.” —Good Housekeeping

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250146779
ISBN-10: 1250146771
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: March 20th, 2018
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: The Heirloom Novels

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