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Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2017
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 defeatedplagued by guilt over her niece, crippled in the blast, and by an antique ring alongside a hazy heros face. But when she learns the identity of her rescuer, will he be the hero shes 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 Libertys 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.
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.
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
Shallario575 Stars Out Of 5Freedom IndeedMarch 28, 2018Shallario57Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5awesome book involving timelines
has tragedy but great story
tickmenotKansas CityGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Forgive Me?January 17, 2018tickmenotKansas CityGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Annie was running in the Boston Marathon when a terrorist struck setting off a bomb. Both she and her cheering niece, Grace, were seriously hurt. Annie was consumed with guilt that Graces dreadful injury was her fault, and broke off contact with her niece and sister, Lydia.
Only one good thing came out of that day: the mystery man who immediately stepped in to give Annie aid, and left his ring in her hand. Before she blacked out, he told Annie he would see her again, but years passed, and he never re-appeared. A quirky event brings them back together again. The ring heBrad--left with Annie propels the two of them together to search for his family history. At the same time, Annie seeks forgiveness from Lydia and Grace.
Both Annie and Brad have ghosts haunting them from their past. Annie has the guilt of deserting her family, compounded with the blame she feels for Graces injury. Brad carries memories of the gruesome horrors he faced during war. Ultimately, Brad has found a way to peace, but Annie isnt sure she can do what he has done.
Liberty lives in 1770 Boston right before the American Revolution. Of all times, Liberty finds herself falling in love with one of the hated British soldiers. Libertys life changes when she is viciously attacked, and she relocates. Hugh, a kind gentleman and a solid American patriot, begins to court her. Just as Libertys life is about to change in a good way, Hugh is deeply hurt by Liberty. While the chaos of war is going on, Liberty is consumed with the thought she is a bad person who has let a good man down.
This is the story of real-life difficulties loved ones face when they go through hard times with each other. The bitter fact is, sometimes only one person wants to continue a relationship. It is also the story of love lost, and found again, but not always as expected. The author intertwined Annie and Libertys stories in a wonderful way. Even though they faced completely different obstacles, both women were looking for the same thing. It was eye-opening to see the Revolutionary War through Libertys experiences.
It was lots of fun exploring Bostons famous places with Annie and Brad as they tried to hunt down his family connections. In this day of people having their DNA analyzed, hoping to discover their ancestors, this story might actually add some research ideas. This great book offers the hope that God will be there for you no matter what you have done, or not done. He will stay beside you even if no one else will. I strongly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who has ever wanted someone to forgive them, or who enjoys a well-written story.
Tyndale House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Freedoms Ring, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A divinely scrumptious dual timeline story!December 11, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A divinely scrumptious dual timeline story! I get so tickled when I come across books in this genre. Maybe it's the closet genealogist inside me busting to get out but I adore putting all the connecting pieces together. It's almost as much fun as armchair sleuthing.
There are so many fascinating parallels with the two time periods in Freedom's Ring. Yes, the ring is an obvious tangible connection between past and present but there are other subtle nuances that mesh two distinct love stories together.
These heroines have faced peril and make decisions that have long lasting effects on those close to them. Annie and Liberty are as flawed as you or I and they don't always react in expected ways. Both are survivors and feel that burden deeply. There is an authenticity to these women and the way they deal with the aftermath of tragedy. It's not always pretty, but it's real and I could relate to that.
And I love the way the author draws these two unique stories together. At first there are short scenes from each time period and there's a feeling of distance between them. Almost like you are reading two entirely different books at the same time. But as Annie and her hero start researching the history of the ring past and present fuse together into a united force of incredible power. Because the symbolism behind this ring and the impact for good it has on both women is inspiring.
And the spiritual takeaway is profound yet simple..."God took the worst and healed me." (p 279)
A stunning debut novel. I'll definitely be looking for more by this author in the future.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5For Liberty and FreedomOctober 21, 2017IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Freedoms Ring is a dual-timeline romance set in Boston. The modern story follows Anaya, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing, which left her afraid to run and suffering guilt over her nieces injuries. The historical story follows Liberty, a single woman alone in 1770s Boston, left to raise her son after being raped.
Both women have their traumas to overcome.
Anaya responds by withdrawingfrom her family, and from running. Liberty also runs away, but thats understandable in a time when society had definite opinions about unwed mothers, no matter the circumstances.
What connects the two women is a ring, which Liberty stole from her employer, and which Anaya is given by the stranger who rescues her after the bombing The present story shows Anaya and Brad meeting and seeking to find the story behind the ringLibertys story.
Its an engaging and intriguing timeslip story.
Freedoms Ring the difficult task of making each timeline as compelling as the other. Recommended for fans of dual timeline novels, especially those with a patriotic American feel.
Thanks to Tyndale House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
beckieAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5LibertyOctober 14, 2017beckieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"Freedom's Ring" by Heidi Chiavaroli is a historical fiction work that follows a ring at two different periods in American history. It follows Liberty Chapwell, an American working for two British officers as a maid while her brother, James, is involved in the beginnings of the American revolution. She falls in love with one of them only to have the other rape her resulting in pregnancy. Following the rape she takes the officers' money and a ring from the one who she fell for. The two officers are shipped out and she is left alone. The story follows Liberty through her life as she comes in contact again and again with the ring as well as the officer.
It also follows Anna, in 2015. Anna is a victim of the Boston bombings and is suffering from PTSD. A Red Sox fan helps her during the bombing, then gives her a ring, Liberty's ring. Anna later finds her Red Sox fan and the two go on a quest to find the story of the ring. They seek to find Liberty's story.
This is an interesting novel. I like how the author blends the two time periods together, back and forth, building up the story of the ring. She keeps the two female leads' characters very different while still keeping them parallel. I would recommend this book to history buffs as well as anyone just looking for a good story. I received this book from Tyndale Publishing.
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