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Tragedy hits Boston 250 years apart in this time-slip novel of two stories woven into one with alternating eras between Annie David of modern-day Boston and Liberty Caldwell of colonial Boston.
Annie is a marathon runner who with an injury from the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon. She had a weak relationship with her sister and niece who were also injured. The guilt Annie feels over the crippling injuries to her family hinders her from taking on that “Boston Strong” attitude that many New Englanders took on after the bombing. Liberty reunites with her brother only to lose him during the Boston Massacre of American Revolution making her the sole survivor of her immediate family. The two women must learn to overcome their guilt and fears to find their inner strength.
|Title: Freedom's Ring, A Novel|
By: Heidi Chiavaroli
Number of Pages: 425
Vendor: Tyndale House
|Publication Date: 2017|
Weight: 11 ounces
Stock No: WW6423122
Advance Praise for Freedom’s Ring
“A stunning debut from an ACFW award winner, Freedom’s Ring is a powerful journey into past and present that will inspire, encourage, and uplift. Prepare to indulge in this masterful love story of God and country that both haunts and heals long after the last page.”
JULIE LESSMAN, award-winning author of the Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series
“Heidi Chiavaroli’s poignant exploration of the deeply broken and very human hearts of two Boston women, separated by centuries but connected through a mysterious gold signet ring, captured my heart and fired my imagination. Freedom’s Ring paints a stunning portrait of the healing power of love and forgiveness through divine strength. Days after reading, I’m still caught up in the rich historical detail, in the intrigue and mystery that brought three centuries together, and still pondering the difficult choices made by each character. Beautifully written, a riveting debut novel.”
CATHY GOHLKE, Christy Award–winning author of Secrets She Kept and Saving Amelie
“In Freedom’s Ring, Heidi Chiavaroli masterfully weaves together a moving story about the complexity of love and forgiveness, a novel rich with truth that transcends the barrier of time. Her writing captured me from page one, the strength of her words reflecting the journey of her main characters—past and present—as they sought courage to overcome their fears. A brilliant debut!”
MELANIE DOBSON, award-winning author of Chateau of Secrets and Catching the Wind
“Heidi has penned an intriguing tale of two women separated by time connected through their search for a strength they desperately need. History and the present are so deftly entwined, readers will be turning pages to keep up with the story tugging on their hearts.”
MELISSA JAGEARS, author of A Heart Most Certain
“In her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, Heidi Chiavaroli skillfully blends two equally compelling stories, set in two different eras. With fresh writing and a richness of detail, the author does a brilliant job of drawing us into each world. From courage in the face of tragedy to the healing power of forgiveness, this book will leave you with a wonderful message of faith, hope, and second chances.”
SUSAN ANNE MASON, award-winning author of the Courage to Dream series
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. Heidi makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband, two sons, and Howie, her standard poodle.
Author: Heidi Chiavaroli
Located in: Massachusetts
Submitted: June 15, 2017
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a wife, mother, history-lover, and grace-clinger. When I'm not writing or accompanying my family on our next historical research adventure, I love to run, hike, bake, and putter away at do-it-yourself home improvement projects with my hubby.
What was your motivation behind this project? Ive always been fascinated by Bostons Revolutionary history and knew a story was waiting there for me. When the Boston Marathon bombing hit so close to home, it really shook me up. I realized around that time how much I was living in fear. So what does a writer do to work out her problems? She writes a book about them! I combined my love for a good historical story, grounded in another Boston tragedy almost 250 years earlier, and dove in with my characters, exploring the answer to my question, How can I conquer fear?
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope readers will come away with a sense that being weak, being inadequate, isnt a bad thing. In fact, as soon as we think weve gotten it right, then we often stumble on our pride. We often think we can look to ourselves for strength. Or if not ourselves, then our great faith. But maybe its not how together we have it, or even how big our faith is. Maybe its who we put our faith in. Jesus is strong enough to take all our regrets and mess and make them into something beautiful.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? In writing this time-slip novel it really hit me how we as humans are bound together, no matter the years or generations between us. We may have more technology nowadays, but our basic desires and fears are often the same. Desire for acceptance and freedom. Fear of rejection, fear that we are not good enough. It really made me think of the human condition and how God gave us such a perfect solution in Jesus!
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I enjoy reading widely, but my all-time favorite fiction author is Francine Rivers. After reading her Mark of the Lion series, I became a firm believer in the fact that stories change lives. She inspired me to write, and to make a difference with words. Other authors I love are Christa Parrish, Katie Ganshert, and Gina Holmes. In the nonfiction realm, I really appreciate Jerry Bridges, Tim Keller and Jared C. Wilson.