Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli has an expected publication date of August 8th 2017 by Tyndale House Publishers and is a historical christian fiction novel. Synopsis: Boston, 2015 – 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?
Boston, 1770 – 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.
About the author: Heidi Chiavaroli is a writer, runner, and grace-clinger who could spend hours exploring Boston’s Freedom Trail. She writes Women’s Fiction and won the 2014 ACFW Genesis contest in the historical category. She makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband, two sons, and Howie, her standard poodle.
My thoughts: Freedom’s Ring is a novel that is full of historical facts from a time long ago. This book was a fast read for me, drawing me in from the first chapter and holding my attention til the very end. Chiavaroli ties the past with the future in a seamless story about hardships, freedom, love, forgiveness and hope. From events in the past that shape and mold the future. The story is about two women who are years apart but still share the same grief due to circumstances beyond their control. These events change their lives and shapes the future for everyone around them, Chiavaroli writes with such passion that you can feel what the characters are feeling and know the pain of their emotions with a story that is easy to relate to. ** I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. **