Ritchie was fourteen years old when she first met her great aunt Hallie and fully expected her to be a frumpy old lady. She was wrong. Thirty years later an old tattered box bound together with frayed twine containing treasures and keepsakes, would lead Ritchie on a twenty-five year journey, often accompanied by her mother-in-law. They would visit six states and journey nearly fifteen thousand miles.
As the years and miles accumulated so did the participants whose lives were intertwined with the story of Hallie’s life, love, loss, and legacy.
Ritchie had set out on a journey to remember but discovered so much more.
I just finished reading your book “ The Treasures of the Tattered Box”. I really enjoyed the adventure but also the eternal life lessons! Thank you for all your research and writing! Kathy R
You will laugh out loud a few times, and weep, and look forward to HOW is she going to end this beautiful story? It's worth the read. Time well spent. It's "wonderful. Wonderful." - Karen S
The book chronicles the journey of one woman’s determination to discover the life stories behind seemingly insignificant items she found in a tattered box left behind by one of her relatives. I laughed and I cried as I was carried alongside her in the book. You will LOVE this book!
I downloaded book at 6:00 and just finished. I didn't mean to read it all in one setting but I couldn't stop. I plan to read it again on vacation and take it more slowly so as to savor every image and detail. I laughed and was convicted and cried. The ending is Wonderful! Wonderful! And we should take time to remember. Betty Jo
Travel around the country with Ritchie as she searches for answers to the life of her dear Aunt Hallie. The many quotes from Mom H gave me a chuckle as they truly were the way she said things and viewed life. Everyday was an adventure for her. An enjoyable read. Jan
Truly one of the most heart-warming books I have read. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to meet Richie’s mother-in-law and Aunt Hallie. I enjoyed this trip Richie took us on. It brought memories of my childhood, and a special great-aunt. Anyone who reads this book will enjoy and truly be blessed. - Susan R
Ritchie Dawn Hale may have been the only gray-haired lady in her writing classes at Murray State University, but that didn’t stop her from earning her Bachelor’s Degree before her fiftieth birthday.
She has written for Upper Room, SBC Life, Campus Life, and other publications. A pastor’s wife of fifty years, mother of three, and Nonna to ten, her life is an adventure. Since retirement from teaching she continues to enjoy time at the beach, writing, and photography.