Title: Freedom’s Ring
Author: Heidi Chiavaroli
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Description from the publisher:
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.”
Review: I really didn’t know if I would care for this type of book when I first got it. The description sounded good but I was hesitant with the fact that it switched between the two time periods. I really didn’t think I would like switching back and forth like that. Oh how wrong I could be! This book was amazing! I was drawn into both worlds right away, and the way they shifted back and for was absolutely perfect. What I enjoyed most about this slip novel was nothing was given away too early nor was there ever a time when I felt like any clarification was delayed.
The writing was superb in this book. I have never read a book by this author before but if all her books are written this well, this will not be my last. I truly felt like I was in the story, at one point Annie and Brad were fighting and I had to put my book down for a minute. I actually had to ask my husband if we had been fighting or if it was just in my book. I had felt their conflict so well, I wasn’t sure if it was real or fiction.
These characters were all so wonderfully flawed and were fighting such different demons and yet their struggles were so similar. All of them had to wrestle with giving control over to God and accepting his mercy and guidance. The way there were able to heal and grow with God’s help was amazing and I was invested in their stories until the very end.
I am incredibly glad that I decided to give this book a try. I would encourage anyone else to do the same.
Read an excerpt here: https://files.tyndale.com/thpdata/firstChapters/978-1-4964-2312-2.pdf
*I received an advanced copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*