From the Boston Marathon bombing to the American Revolution and the Boston Massacre, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny.
Two years after nearly losing her life in the Boston Marathon bombing, Annie David is still far from “Boston strong.” Instead she remains isolated and defeated―plagued by guilt over her niece, crippled in the blast, and by an antique ring alongside a hazy hero’s face. But when she learns the identity of her rescuer, will he be the hero she’s imagined? And can the long-past history of the woman behind the ring set her free from the guilt and fears of the present?
As a woman alone in a rebellious town, Liberty Caldwell finds herself in a dangerous predicament. When a British lieutenant, Alexander Smythe, comes to her rescue and offers her employment, Liberty accepts. As months go by, Alexander not only begins to share his love of poetry with her, but protects Liberty from the advances of a lecherous captain living in the officers’ house where she works.
Mounting tensions explode in the Boston Massacre, and Liberty’s world is shattered as her brother, with whom she has just reunited, is killed in the fray. Desperate and alone, she returns home, only to be assaulted by the captain. Afraid and furious toward redcoats, Liberty leaves the officers’ home, taking with her a ring that belonged to Alexander.
Two women, separated by centuries, must learn to face their fears. And when they feel they must be strong, they learn that sometimes true strength is found in surrender.
Filled with deep emotion and dynamic characters, this book has something for everyone! A contemporary story line that keeps you on the edge of your seat turning the pages. A historical story line with such heartfelt characters they pull you into their story paired with rich historical details that will make you feel you’ve slipped thru the pages back in time. Some call this type of story a time-slip, others call it dual-timeline, which ever you prefer, I call this an engaging story that is sure to please those on both sides.
They may be separated by a few hundred years, but both of the heroines in this story struggle to face their fears and to put their trust in God. I appreciated the real struggle and the character growth.
I should note that there is a short scene where Liberty is physically assaulted; those sensitive to rape may find this scene difficult to read.
I enjoyed reading Freedom’s Ring and I look forward to reading more stories from Heidi Chiavaroli.
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“Well, maybe being broken can bring us together, you know? Like it has a higher purpose. Maybe it’s how we help one another, look for meaning in this botched-up life.”
About the Author:
Heidi Chiavaroli is a women’s fiction author who seeks to portray authentic women finding boundless grace in Jesus. Her stories are largely split-time novels, weaving the past and the present together with hope. Heidi is the winner of ACFW’s 2014 Genesis Contest, Historical Category. Her debut novel will release this August from Tyndale Publishers. Heidi lives in Massachusetts with her high school sweetheart (AKA husband), two sons, and Howie, her standard poodle.
She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Heidi is represented by Natasha Kern of the Natasha Kern Literary Agency.