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    The Tea Chest, softcover
    Heidi Chiavaroli
    Tyndale House / 2020 / Trade Paperback
    $12.99 Retail: $15.99 Save 19% ($3.00)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 8 Reviews
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Tea Chest
    February 19, 2020
    Cyndi
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a beautifully crafted story! Blending the past with the present was masterfully done. A story of perseverance, strength and loyalty. This is one that I will recommend to friends, and will read again.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    An emotional inspirational time-slip romance.
    February 9, 2020
    WishfulEndings
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    THE TEA CHEST is an emotional story about two women who live centuries apart from each other, but who relate in similar ways. They're connected by a tea chest, allowing for the woman who comes later to find strength in the woman who came before her. A story about family, loyalty, freedom, perseverance, faith and love.

    I immediately got into Hayley's story. She was facing the extreme challenge of BUD/S training to become a Navy SEAL. I loved her determination and her heart. I also felt like her character was complex as she had quite a bit of baggage to work through and a future she was trying to grasp. I really wanted a bit more development between her and Ethan as I felt there was a lot there to dive into and didn't feel like her faith and the romance with Ethan was as developed as much as it could have been. It took me a bit to fully get into Emma's story. She wasn't a character I loved at first, so she had to grow on me. Her character felt a bit more one-dimensional compared to Hayley's, but I know readers connect with characters differently. Her story was very emotional towards the end and brought me to tears in a few places. The setting being around the Revolutionary War and the Boston Tea Party made it unique and intriguing. I love history, so I enjoyed this aspect of the story quite a bit. The ending was bittersweet and perfect.

    My only complaint was that there were times I wanted the story to switch sooner or later. It wasn't always consistent. This was also much more of an historical novel than contemporary as the contemporary part had fewer pages in comparison. It's a bit of a difficult thing to write in this genre without it feeling jarring switching time periods, without disrupting the reader's interest, and creating love for both storylines. I felt like the author did a fairly good job in that.

    In the end, was it what I wished for? I very much enjoyed reading this! Both storylines are interesting with likable characters, emotional plots, and sweet romance. Recommended to Christian romance and time-slip fans.

    Content: Some violence and references to drugs, drinking and abuse, and some references to marital relations (not detailed in any way).

    Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    LOYALTY OR LIBERTY?
    February 7, 2020
    LGHudson
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am a new reader of Heidi Chiavaroli novels. After reading THE TEA CHEST, I have become a fan! THE TEA CHEST is a time slip novel, detailing the lives of Emma Malcom in 1773 and her role in the Boston Tea Party and the present day life of Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth who is determined to be the first woman inducted into the elite Navy SEALs. Both of these women are strong, but due to circumstances that they face, they become stronger than they ever thought possible. Chiavaroli created characters that are believable and the time slip story she weaves is one that will stay with you long after you have read the last word of this novel. Her writing is engaging and you will quickly find yourself deep into this novel with a DO NOT DISTURB flag posted around you! This novel will make you think about what choices you might have made if you found yourself in either one of these womens situations as they fought for love and freedom. Also, I hope readers will not miss the characters discovering a heritage of courage and faith. I highly recommend this book! It has become on of my Bright Stars of 2020!
  4. Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Tea Chest
    February 4, 2020
    Mauri
    Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    After high school, Hayley Ashworth left her neglectful, addicted mother without a backward glance to join the Navy. Now six years later, Hayley returns to her hometown for some kind of resolution with her mother before training to hopefully become the first woman SEAL. She encounters Ethan Gagnon, who she loved as a teenager. When Ethan tells her to choose anything she wants from his antique store, Hayley selects a tea chest. When the chest falls from the counter, she discovers a paper hidden in a false bottom. As Hayley and Ethan find out more about the paper and the chest, the story of Emma and Noah's involvement in the Boston Tea Party and Revolutionary War unfolds. Hayley is not willing to let Ethan be close to her; she cannot be emotionally close to anyone. Emma's experiences help Hayley as she struggles to determine what it is she really wants in life. I found much to admire in Emma: her strength of character and faith, devotion to her husband, and passion to the cause of liberty. I wept with her and for her. THE TEA CHEST has the perfect blend of contemporary and historical story lines with interesting characters. I highly recommend it.

    I received a complementary copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A novel worth savoring
    February 4, 2020
    Kristina
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    THIS is a novel worth savoring! In fact, while I found it difficult to pull myself away from Chiavaroli's intricately formed characters placed in such demanding circumstances, I also didn't want this book to end. This is a dilemma every reader longs for :)

    Normally in books set both in a historical setting and a modern setting, I prefer the historical aspects, but with The Tea Chest, I was equally taken with the modern aspects of the novel. Best of all, in this book, Chiavaroli tells a compelling story while also challenging us to think about our own choices in life: Loyalty or freedom? Our own will or God's? And what is strength, really, anyway?

    I HIGHLY recommend this novel.
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