FREEDOM'S RING by Heidi Chiavaroli. Reviewed by Nicole Cook.
In her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, award-winning author Heidi Chiavaroli creates a beautiful and poignant story filled with deep emotion, courageous heroines, and rich historical details. This time-slip (dual timeline) novel follows Annie David during the Boston Marathon bombing of 2015 and the historical story of Liberty Caldwell during the Boston Massacre in 1770. The intriguing family history of a mysterious emblem ring weaves the two storylines together, as the fight for freedom guides the characters to forgiveness and the understanding of God's grace and never-ending love. The courage shown by both Annie and Liberty despite the pain and suffering they endure in Freedom’s Ring demonstrates the power and strength of the human spirit. There is a light romance thread in the novel that readers will enjoy.
Heidi Chiavaroli is known for writing incredible time-slip novels that tackle difficult topics, while at the same time, drawing readers closer to their faith. Freedom’s Ring received the 2018 ACFW Carol Award for Debut Novel and was a 2018 Christy Finalist for First Novel. Freedom’s Ring is highly recommended for fans of historical fiction, women’s fiction, and readers who enjoy time-slip novels by authors such as Melanie Dobson, Kristy Cambron, Rachel Hauck, and Sarah Monzon.
Readers who enjoy historical novels about the American Revolution and/or novels taking place in Boston and New York will definitely want to read Heidi Chiavaroli’s other time-slip novels, The Hidden Side, The Edge of Mercy, and her February 2020 release, The Tea Chest.
*I purchased a copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
So Bright a Hope by Amber Lynn Perry, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas
So Bright a Hope is a riveting and compelling look at a slice of history that shaped our country’s birth—the Revolutionary War. With a richly painted setting in Massachusetts in 1776, Amber Lynn Perry has populated this story with colorful, vividly drawn characters that come alive on the page. Her careful historical research is evident in every scene, in the terminology and language of that time, and the hardship the Patriots had to endure in their fight for independence. The main characters, Caroline and James were endearing and authentic, and I loved the interaction between them. The care that James took with Caroline was so tender, even though she was often impulsive and outspoken.
The complex plot took me on a roller coaster ride and had me turning pages far into the night. Packed with adventure, intrigue, suspense, and romance, this story also carries an inspiring message of hope, faith, courage, and optimism. This is the last book in Perry’s Daughters of His Kingdom series, and each one has been wonderful, but I feel that this is her finest writing yet. I would definitely recommend this to those who enjoy historical romantic fiction.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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