Freedom's Ring
Boston, 2015Two 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, 1770As 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.

Freedom's Ring Details

TitleFreedom's Ring
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 8th, 2017
PublisherTyndale House Publishers
ISBN-139781496423122
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Christian Fiction, Contemporary

Freedom's Ring Review

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm torn over whether or not I like a split timeline in a book, but I think it was done successfully here. Initially the two stories feel completely foreign to each other, but as the common thread of the ring is researched by Annie and her rescuer Brad, the deeper themes begin to weave together and by the end of the book I felt like there was unity between the separate eras. All the characters are flawed and make regrettable choices, but learn over time how depending on our faith and relying on I'm torn over whether or not I like a split timeline in a book, but I think it was done successfully here. Initially the two stories feel completely foreign to each other, but as the common thread of the ring is researched by Annie and her rescuer Brad, the deeper themes begin to weave together and by the end of the book I felt like there was unity between the separate eras. All the characters are flawed and make regrettable choices, but learn over time how depending on our faith and relying on God's strength is what makes us strong and carries us through to a new day and new choices. I loved Annie and Brad's sweet friendship and romance the most. I felt a bit disconnected from the emotion in Liberty's story, but it was a fascinating one. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author!(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
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  • Carrie Turansky
    January 1, 1970
    Heidi Chiavaroli does a wonderful job weaving the past and the present in this poignant debut novel! From the Boston Massacre to the Boston Marathon bombing her characters face challenges that cause you to think deeply about what is most important in life. Well done! I will look forward to reading Heidi's next novel!
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  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 stars TOP PICK
  • Jalynn Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    About the Book:Boston, 2015Two 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, About the Book:Boston, 2015Two 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, 1770As 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.My Review: Talk about going to history class. If you are a fan of history you will absolutely adore this story and its a twofer so its equally as good. In Freedom's Ring we are following the lives of Annie from 2015 and Liberty from 1770. These two ladies even though they are centuries apart have to rely on God's strength and will to move on with their lives. They both have time on their side but not without an enormous amount of struggle to face. I liked the book because I like those type of stories that flip back and forth. These poor ladies have definitely went through some struggles. I like watching them allowing God to help them through these struggles and allowing Him to show them how to overcome them. We go through things on a daily basis and we also have to allow God to take control but watching it happen in someone else's life is nothing short of amazing. Great read!**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    Freedom's Ring is a compelling debut. The novel has dual story lines with leading heroines: Anaya, a marathon runner that finished the Boston Marathon in 2013 just as a bomb went off and Liberty, a young women with only a brother as her family in 1770 Boston.The tie between the two timelines is a ring. For Anaya, the ring brings a sense of peace and hope. Anaya has survivor's guilt and researching the history of the ring brings about a distraction as well as a chance to bond with the owner of th Freedom's Ring is a compelling debut. The novel has dual story lines with leading heroines: Anaya, a marathon runner that finished the Boston Marathon in 2013 just as a bomb went off and Liberty, a young women with only a brother as her family in 1770 Boston.The tie between the two timelines is a ring. For Anaya, the ring brings a sense of peace and hope. Anaya has survivor's guilt and researching the history of the ring brings about a distraction as well as a chance to bond with the owner of the ring. While I enjoyed the contemporary thread, it was Liberty's story that pulled me in. Liberty went through more than one trial and possessed a great deal of determination and character.I look forward to what this debut author will write next!A huge thank you to Beth B for sharing her copy of the novel with me.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    Freedom’s Ring became a quick page-turner for me, and I hated when I had to put it down. The book is full of historical facts, and we put faces to many of those involved, yes fictional, but based on so much fact.Current day is a woman Annie David that was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, she has recovered, but her fears remain strong, and then the rescuer comes back in her life.The 1770’s story connects around in the form of an antique ring, and the amazing Patriots, so much courage and h Freedom’s Ring became a quick page-turner for me, and I hated when I had to put it down. The book is full of historical facts, and we put faces to many of those involved, yes fictional, but based on so much fact.Current day is a woman Annie David that was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, she has recovered, but her fears remain strong, and then the rescuer comes back in her life.The 1770’s story connects around in the form of an antique ring, and the amazing Patriots, so much courage and heartache. Liberty becomes a survivor and as such she becomes the connection to the present in the form of Bradford Kilroy, our rescuer.We spend a lot of time in research, and it is a lot like putting together a puzzle, you can’t stop until finished, but are you ever really finished? This book is going to make you think about your own roots, and maybe the hints give here by the author will allow you to do your own research. I loved how this book turned circle from one hard time to another and back, and putting faces to those who forged ahead in spite of adversity. I received this book through Edelweiss and the Publisher Tyndale, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Caitlyn Santi
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a wonderful debut! I was sucked into the story from the first page on and I know that I will continue to think about this story and these characters for a long time to come! In recent years I have discovered that I really like time-split fiction, I love the historical story entwined with what is usually a contemporary story and I especially love seeing how the different characters' stories connect! I was equally captivated by both Liberty and Anaya's stories, at times I wanted to re This is such a wonderful debut! I was sucked into the story from the first page on and I know that I will continue to think about this story and these characters for a long time to come! In recent years I have discovered that I really like time-split fiction, I love the historical story entwined with what is usually a contemporary story and I especially love seeing how the different characters' stories connect! I was equally captivated by both Liberty and Anaya's stories, at times I wanted to reach through the pages and give them both comforting hugs, there were also times that both their stories nearly brought me to tears, as well as times that I got frustrated with things they did, but what I loved so much was that this book made me feel their emotions, something that only great writing is able to do! I was completely swept away by this book and felt like I was really there. I felt that there was a perfect balance between the historical and present day stories in this book! And I absolutely loved the way the stories intertwined! This book spoke to my heart in so many ways, the message that our strength can only be found in Jesus was exactly what I needed to hear, and I absolutely adored the symbolism as well as the whole story of the ring in this book!This book is told in first person point of view alternating between Liberty and Anaya's perspectives, each chapter was prefaced with the name of the character whose head we were in, but I was so impressed with the wonderful job that Heidi did of giving each character their own unique voice, I never even for a second got confused about whose perspective I was reading at any given time, amazing job, Heidi!Freedom's Ring is a compelling, captivating and utterly riveting book, I read it in under 48 hours because I hated to put it down! I loved everything about Freedom's Ring and am so thrilled that I got to read it, I definitely plan on rereading it! I can't wait to read more of this author's work in the future! I highly recommend Freedom's Ring, Heidi Chiavaroli is most definitely a rising star in the world of Christian fiction and I look forward to watching her shine! I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher to help promote it. No review required. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.
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  • Rachel McMillan
    January 1, 1970
    more thoughts soon!
  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this dual timeline story so much! Even days after finishing it, I still find myself thinking of the characters!I loved the way the author connected the past and present stories together. Both were equally interesting to me. I couldn’t pick a favorite time period because I enjoyed both storylines so much. I really enjoyed how the main characters in the modern day story were actually searching through archives trying to determine how this ring was connected to the past. It was fascinatin I enjoyed this dual timeline story so much! Even days after finishing it, I still find myself thinking of the characters!I loved the way the author connected the past and present stories together. Both were equally interesting to me. I couldn’t pick a favorite time period because I enjoyed both storylines so much. I really enjoyed how the main characters in the modern day story were actually searching through archives trying to determine how this ring was connected to the past. It was fascinating.I felt that the author divulged just enough information in each chapter to leave me wanting more, but not feeling dissatisfied. The chapters traded off between the past and present, so I never had to wait long between storylines.I recommend this book to readers who enjoy dual timeline novels, but also to fans of both contemporary and historical fiction.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Raechel
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 ish...Good book. Review:The cover is lovely, and the story, too. What kind of threw me off, to be honest, was the switching back from one time period to the next with each chapter - I found myself having a hard time switching gears, getting into one character's story and then having to switch to the other, etc. I must confess that I "cheated" and just read the story of Liberty's first, switching off about halfway through to catch up on Anaya's, and then slowly eased my way into reading it " 3.5 ish...Good book. Review:The cover is lovely, and the story, too. What kind of threw me off, to be honest, was the switching back from one time period to the next with each chapter - I found myself having a hard time switching gears, getting into one character's story and then having to switch to the other, etc. I must confess that I "cheated" and just read the story of Liberty's first, switching off about halfway through to catch up on Anaya's, and then slowly eased my way into reading it "normally" towards the end where it made most sense to do so. By reading it in this unconventional way, I was able to enjoy it more, personally.Liberty's story was a little heart-rending, the struggles and pain she had to go through. She had a hard life.I felt for Annie (Anaya), and her own trials she had to deal with. Really, both of these characters dealt with struggles and trials that shaped their lives. They were not free from pain, but they learned to live through it and eventually, find God's Grace, Mercy, and Salvation. The historical side of this book was actually my favourite, and where I connected the most. Though **SPOILER** I wanted her to marry Alexander in the first place. Redcoat or not. END OF SPOILER***But yes, it was a good book, one I'm sure many will enjoy.
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  • Rosevine Cottage Girls
    January 1, 1970
    Open the cover and fall into a story unfolding through time, and a ring that ties the present to the past. This story will take you through the hardships of the struggle for freedom and the pain of piecing your life back together after the unimaginable. Struggles, Mistakes, Faith, Friendship, Forgiveness, and tales forgotten by time. This is a wonderful book that will pull you in. Received this book from the publisher for my honest review.
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  • Suzie
    January 1, 1970
    This debut from Heidi Chiavaroli is so beautifully written, I’m not sure where to start. A couple of quick notes about the story maybe? It is a timeslip novel taking place at the start of the revolutionary war as well as 2015. Written in the first person POV of both heroine’s gives readers a peek into their thoughts, fears, and more.One of the things I loved about this story is how well the parallels of each of these women contrasted to each other. Liberty Caldwell is brave, choosing to give up This debut from Heidi Chiavaroli is so beautifully written, I’m not sure where to start. A couple of quick notes about the story maybe? It is a timeslip novel taking place at the start of the revolutionary war as well as 2015. Written in the first person POV of both heroine’s gives readers a peek into their thoughts, fears, and more.One of the things I loved about this story is how well the parallels of each of these women contrasted to each other. Liberty Caldwell is brave, choosing to give up on love in order to honor her brother while Annie David feels weak, cowardly but when the possibility of falling in love enters her world, she grasps it with both hands and holds tight. Liberty finds her way alone through most of her story while Annie clings to her new friendship and her reconnection with her niece. Liberty is fighting a battle of both her heart and of true war. Annie is fighting one of her demons (or as she calls them her fairytale nightmares).Almost 250 years separate these two women’s lives but a ring and the story behind it connects them in a poignant and heartrending way. Rich history is woven throughout the story (both in the historical and the modern aspects) and readers experience a bit of Boston throughout.Fans of Kristy Cambron and Rachel Hauck’s The Wedding Dress will enjoy this new author.Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    So much to love about this book: the back-and-forth between time periods, the Boston setting, the theme of finding the true source of strength in difficult circumstances. The middle of the book had me turning page after page and because I visited Boston for the first time this year, the setting was easy to imagine.(Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the publisher. Review reflects my own opinion.)If I have complaints it's the beginning and end, and they are probably personal preferenc So much to love about this book: the back-and-forth between time periods, the Boston setting, the theme of finding the true source of strength in difficult circumstances. The middle of the book had me turning page after page and because I visited Boston for the first time this year, the setting was easy to imagine.(Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the publisher. Review reflects my own opinion.)If I have complaints it's the beginning and end, and they are probably personal preferences.Overall, I enjoyed the historical thread following Liberty Caldwell through the events leading up to the American Revolution and the contemporary thread following Annie David through the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. The trials and lessons both women face are tied together well, and it was fun to discover the events that connect them.
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    I really didn’t know if I would care for this type of book when I first got it. The description sounded good but I was hesitant with the fact that it switched between the two time periods. I really didn’t think I would like switching back and forth like that. Oh how wrong I could be! This book was amazing! I was drawn into both worlds right away, and the way they shifted back and for was absolutely perfect. What I enjoyed most about this slip novel was nothing was given away too early nor was th I really didn’t know if I would care for this type of book when I first got it. The description sounded good but I was hesitant with the fact that it switched between the two time periods. I really didn’t think I would like switching back and forth like that. Oh how wrong I could be! This book was amazing! I was drawn into both worlds right away, and the way they shifted back and for was absolutely perfect. What I enjoyed most about this slip novel was nothing was given away too early nor was there ever a time when I felt like any clarification was delayed. The writing was superb in this book. I have never read a book by this author before but if all her books are written this well, this will not be my last. I truly felt like I was in the story, at one point Annie and Brad were fighting and I had to put my book down for a minute. I actually had to ask my husband if we had been fighting or if it was just in my book. I had felt their conflict so well, I wasn’t sure if it was real or fiction. These characters were all so wonderfully flawed and were fighting such different demons and yet their struggles were so similar. All of them had to wrestle with giving control over to God and accepting his mercy and guidance. The way there were able to heal and grow with God’s help was amazing and I was invested in their stories until the very end. I am incredibly glad that I decided to give this book a try. I would encourage anyone else to do the same. *I received an advanced copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    If you read only one time slip novel this year, make it Freedom's Ring. The author did a masterful job of linking two stories -- one historical, one contemporary -- with authentic details of both Colonial America and modern-day genealogical research. I highly recommend this excellent debut novel.
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  • Connie
    January 1, 1970
    I am an American history buff. Really enjoyed this book. My favorite was the story of the ring which was woven through the entire book. Several very surprising plot twists.
  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    I love books that can seamlessly weave together the past and present tying it all together in one beautiful story and this book certainly achieved that. Weaving together the Revolutionary war and present day this book is a quick pace, hard to put down book.In present day we meet Annie David who survived the Boston Marathon bombing only to struggle with guilt and being able to move. When she finally tries to repair relations with her sister and her niece who lost a leg during the bombing she also I love books that can seamlessly weave together the past and present tying it all together in one beautiful story and this book certainly achieved that. Weaving together the Revolutionary war and present day this book is a quick pace, hard to put down book.In present day we meet Annie David who survived the Boston Marathon bombing only to struggle with guilt and being able to move. When she finally tries to repair relations with her sister and her niece who lost a leg during the bombing she also is able to uncover who her mystery hero from that day is. Tied together by a ring he gave to her after the bombing they dig to uncover the past together and find more than they bargain for.In Boston in 1770 we meet the beautiful Liberty Caldwell who struggles with her feelings for a redcoat while her brother fights for freedom from England. When her brother ends up dead and Liberty is brutally assaulted by a British officer it seems like a happily every after is far off for Liberty, but what will her future bring?Written with intense historical detail and vivid descriptions this book is a wonderful read.I received a copy of this from Tyndale in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Gabi
    January 1, 1970
    Freedom's Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli , in itself, is a time capsule and treasure trove... there is so much history within its pages. If you are a history buff than this book is for you. This is a novel about a young woman named Anaya, living in 2015, and another young woman, Liberty, living in 1775. Both women are struggling with the consequences of PTSD and the events surrounding the Revolutionary War and Boston Marathon Bombing.Through the novel they both learn about God grace, forgiveness, and Freedom's Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli , in itself, is a time capsule and treasure trove... there is so much history within its pages. If you are a history buff than this book is for you. This is a novel about a young woman named Anaya, living in 2015, and another young woman, Liberty, living in 1775. Both women are struggling with the consequences of PTSD and the events surrounding the Revolutionary War and Boston Marathon Bombing.Through the novel they both learn about God grace, forgiveness, and what true love really is... this is a great book. You got to get your hands on it.. I promise you will not be disappointed, especially if you enjoy historical fiction...I also can't forget to thank the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read the digital copy this great book for my honest review. It was the best read yet and one of my favorites... I just love history. Hope you enjoy it too.
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  • Savanna Kaiser
    January 1, 1970
    It only took one sentence for me to be completely captivated by this book. It was one of those stories I just couldn’t put down and stayed up way too late to finish. 🙂 Freedom’s Ring offers a rich tale of courage in the face of danger and hope after great hurt. It’s a beautiful journey for the characters and readers to share together.The split timeline really added unique layers to the story and I was pleasantly surprised to find both heroines accounts told in first person. Each character was so It only took one sentence for me to be completely captivated by this book. It was one of those stories I just couldn’t put down and stayed up way too late to finish. 🙂 Freedom’s Ring offers a rich tale of courage in the face of danger and hope after great hurt. It’s a beautiful journey for the characters and readers to share together.The split timeline really added unique layers to the story and I was pleasantly surprised to find both heroines accounts told in first person. Each character was so well-developed and was transformed through their experiences.I was instantly drawn into Liberty’s life in Boston in 1777. My heart was in my throat as I followed alongside her through her heartache and healing. There were some very interesting twists in her story that I did not expect. Her patriotism and faith change her and her lessons may just change readers too.You all know how much I love my historicals, but I found myself just as engrossed with the contemporary half of this story. Annie has made her mistakes and she recognizes it. She’s a long way from where she wants to be in life, but she’s trying to make amends with those she loves and I admire her for that. I was right there with her as she and Brad searched for the clues to the ring’s past. Talk about a fascinating trail of clues! 🙂The historical details fit the story so well. And I enjoyed the balance between the mystery and the romance too. If you’ve read Rachel Hauck’s Wedding Collection, including The Wedding Dress, you will love this story and how it connects a special heirloom ring with individuals living centuries apart.The book definitely left me wanting to explore Bostons Freedom Trail and learn more about the area’s history. It also made me a fan of this debut author. I hope you’ll grab a copy of her book and enjoy it as much as I did. (Just don’t plan on getting much sleep! I read it in one night!)I received a free copy from the author. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
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  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    see full review at: www.joyofreadingweb.wordpress.comFilled with deep emotion and dynamic characters, this book has something for everyone!  A contemporary story line that keeps you on the edge of your seat turning the pages. A historical story line with such heartfelt characters they pull you into their story paired with rich  historical details that will make you feel you've slipped thru the pages back in time.  Some call this type of story a time-slip, others call it dual-timeline, which ever see full review at: www.joyofreadingweb.wordpress.comFilled with deep emotion and dynamic characters, this book has something for everyone!  A contemporary story line that keeps you on the edge of your seat turning the pages. A historical story line with such heartfelt characters they pull you into their story paired with rich  historical details that will make you feel you've slipped thru the pages back in time.  Some call this type of story a time-slip, others call it dual-timeline, which ever you prefer, I call this an engaging story that is sure to please those on both sides.They may be separated by a few hundred years, but both of the heroines in this story struggle to face their fears and to put their trust in God.  I appreciated the real struggle and the character growth.I should note that there is a short scene where Liberty is physically assaulted; those sensitive to rape may find this scene difficult to read.I enjoyed reading Freedom's Ring and I look forward to reading more stories from Heidi Chiavaroli.(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I am just lost for words to describe my feelings for Freedom's Ring. I just keep going to WOW! Being a debut novel, I was not sure what to expect. Well, I have to say Heidi Chiavaroli nailed it! This is definitely my top pick for 2017 and among my top picks ever. I had no clue which way the story was going to go, all the way to the end. The quote, "His strength will hold me fast", really spoke to me. Great reminder!This book is a fabulous Revolutionary era piece of historical fiction. I highly h I am just lost for words to describe my feelings for Freedom's Ring. I just keep going to WOW! Being a debut novel, I was not sure what to expect. Well, I have to say Heidi Chiavaroli nailed it! This is definitely my top pick for 2017 and among my top picks ever. I had no clue which way the story was going to go, all the way to the end. The quote, "His strength will hold me fast", really spoke to me. Great reminder!This book is a fabulous Revolutionary era piece of historical fiction. I highly highly recommend it and would give it 1000 stars if I could. This is one book that is not to be missed. Looking forward to more by Heidi Chiavaroli in the future. I received this book from the Tyndale Blog Network program. This book is 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • Molly
    January 1, 1970
    Heidi Chiavaroli’s new book FREEDOM’S RING is one of those novels you will want to read in one sitting.Alright, I confess, it took me two days to finish it but it’s hard to say what I liked best about this book.That’s because Freedom’s Ring takes so many of my favorite story elements, then serves them up in a fabulous feast of history, mystery, and romance, with a healthy dollop of family strife and conflict thrown in for good measure.I truly enjoyed Heidi’s easy and comfortable way of telling a Heidi Chiavaroli’s new book FREEDOM’S RING is one of those novels you will want to read in one sitting.Alright, I confess, it took me two days to finish it but it’s hard to say what I liked best about this book.That’s because Freedom’s Ring takes so many of my favorite story elements, then serves them up in a fabulous feast of history, mystery, and romance, with a healthy dollop of family strife and conflict thrown in for good measure.I truly enjoyed Heidi’s easy and comfortable way of telling a story.She draws the reader in right from the very start and although she bounces from past to present with each new chapter, (something I usually dislike) she has intertwined her characters from the Revolutionary War and her contemporary heroes from the Boston Marathon Bombing, in such a skillful way, that I really didn’t mind the back and forth all that much.Her fictional story is actually believable!This tale of terror and war, love and heartbreak, unfolds in such an honest and down-to-earth way that it made me believe Heidi might be sharing some of her own family history with me.Our story opens with Annie David, a victim of the Boston Marathon Bombing, trying desperately in her own strength to overcome her PTSD, and by doing so, put her fractured family life back together again.Now, enter Brad Kilroy, her knight in tarnished armor, who “rescued her” on the day of the bombing, but Brad comes with a boatload of his own baggage from his traumatic days of serving overseas in Iraq.Nevertheless, our emotionally wounded hero and heroine decide to join forces, put their heads together, and go in search of answers pertaining to a mysterious family heirloom that Brad has given to Annie. Their search introduces them to Liberty Caldwell, a young patriot from the Revolutionary War. Who was she, and how does Liberty’s story from centuries past, connect to Annie and Brad?Once again, I love the way the author has used flawed and broken people to share the timeless truths of the Gospel message, and demonstrate for all of us once again, how the principles it contains are the real glue that holds our lives together—whether the year is 1775 or 2015!Personally, I gave this book five stars, and it is now on my “Favorite Books” shelf on my Goodreads profile!FREEDOM’S RING is available now, on Amazon, or at your other fine book retailers.YOU CAN MEET HEIDI HERE: and please be sure to check out Heidi Chiavaroli’s author page on Goodreads, as well as her book’s promotional page.My thanks again to Tyndale House Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.
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  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. It was heartwarming, exciting, held my attention, and was like a puzzle trying to piece the two storylines together (in a good way!). I have to say, I was kind of hoping that I had a ring that I could research the history of to find some cool ancestor! But instead, I chose to read this and enjoy it. It take not take me long to get invested in the storyline, pretty much after the first couple of chapters. Let's start with the present day storyline. Anaya was such a gre I really enjoyed this book. It was heartwarming, exciting, held my attention, and was like a puzzle trying to piece the two storylines together (in a good way!). I have to say, I was kind of hoping that I had a ring that I could research the history of to find some cool ancestor! But instead, I chose to read this and enjoy it. It take not take me long to get invested in the storyline, pretty much after the first couple of chapters. Let's start with the present day storyline. Anaya was such a great character. Yes, she made some mistakes. And yes, she should have done things differently. But at the end of the day, I really liked her. She seemed like the perfect motivator for Brad, just as he was for her. She had a lot of healing that needed to be done. And her growth throughout the book was great. Perhaps my favorite part of the whole book was when Brad was talking to her about just being a regular guy. It was so important to him that she understand that, and understand that he wasn't this perfect night and shining armor. I mean how many guys would say that? Now, for the historical storyline. I could not get enough of Liberty. She went through so much, and while her life didn't pan out the way I pictured in my mind, it was okay, because I ended up liking the direction the author took. And it ended up being better then what I would have done - which is probably why she is an author and I am not! Liberty's story was just captivating to me. There was drama, secrets, romance, fear, sadness, and so much more. I love when a character and their circumstances can give you an array of emotions. Makes for a better story!Historical fans will like this, as will modern day fiction fans. And if you like the way Rachel Hauck writes, I think you'll like this too! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Maryann Skaritka
    January 1, 1970
    It's hard to believe that this is the debut novel from Heidi Chiavaroli. Its beautifully written and weaves the stories of the present and past into this time slip novel set in Boston during the Boston Marathon bombings and it's aftermath as well as 1700's Boston during the American Revolution.Two strong women find hope and strength each through their unique circumstances. They experience love and forgiveness and seeing how it is to rely both on your own strength and the strength of God.Anaya (A It's hard to believe that this is the debut novel from Heidi Chiavaroli. Its beautifully written and weaves the stories of the present and past into this time slip novel set in Boston during the Boston Marathon bombings and it's aftermath as well as 1700's Boston during the American Revolution.Two strong women find hope and strength each through their unique circumstances. They experience love and forgiveness and seeing how it is to rely both on your own strength and the strength of God.Anaya (Annie) David survives the Boston bombings and is given a ring by a stranger who rescues her that tragic day. Her niece Grace and sister Lydia watch as spectators and Grace is maimed in the aftermath. Lydia and Annie have a very strained relationship as Annie walked out during the time of Grace's recovery. Lydia has never forgiven her for this. They work on healing and restoring their relationship as they each have their own faith journey. I loved reading how Annie and her rescuer Brad go on a genealogy hunt to uncover the past and the mystery of the ring and how it is connected to Brad's family.Liberty Caldwell is a young girl alone in colonial Boston. She takes a job with the British troops as a means to survive. Captain Andrew Smythe falls in love with Liberty and tries to protect her. Liberty has many trials in her life and through no fault of her own finds herself an unwed mother. She realizes the danger she is in and is blessed with the kindness of strangers. She becomes a midwife through the help her benefactor Hugh Gregory and his relatives. The story of the ring, Boston past and present and faith, love, forgiveness and trusting in God's strength and power will keep you turning the pages while reading this amazing book.I am looking forward to reading more books from Heidi.
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  • V. Palmer
    January 1, 1970
    If Freedom's Ring is not on your radar, buy a new radar, invest in binoculars, or just get thee to a bookstore! This is not a story to be missed!In Freedom's Ring, half of the story is set after the Boston Bombing, while the other half is set spanning the American Revolutionary War. I really enjoyed all the history and research, and I felt like it wasn't overdone or drawn out. Heidi Chiavaroli intertwines these two unique stories so beautifully. Liberty and Annie have both been traumatized by ho If Freedom's Ring is not on your radar, buy a new radar, invest in binoculars, or just get thee to a bookstore! This is not a story to be missed!In Freedom's Ring, half of the story is set after the Boston Bombing, while the other half is set spanning the American Revolutionary War. I really enjoyed all the history and research, and I felt like it wasn't overdone or drawn out. Heidi Chiavaroli intertwines these two unique stories so beautifully. Liberty and Annie have both been traumatized by horrendous actions. Having seen the worse in mankind, they must choose to forgive and ask for forgiveness when their fear dictates their actions. The author gracefully shows readers how we must sometimes rely on a strength that is greater, more supernatural than we can comprehend - God's strength. The romantic threads were so sweet, and while the How I Met Your Mother twist made my heart ache, you can't help but feel overwhelmed by the way the author wove God's love and grace into the story of such dearly loved characters.Four Stars ~ This story will capture your heart! Freedom's Ring is Heidi Chiavaroli's debut novel, and it is an extraordinary standalone story that you won't want to miss! Fans of Rachel Hauck's dual timeline stories, Katie Ganshert's Life After, and Becky Wade's True to You will especially enjoy Freedom's Ring, as will anyone who enjoys reading about the American Revolutionary War.I received a copy of Freedom's Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli published by Tyndale from the Tyndale Blog Network. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Lovely Loveday
    January 1, 1970
    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 event 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 a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. **
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I love stories that tie the past to the present, so I was thrilled to find this book in my mailbox early this week! I love how the story tells of two Boston tragedies, the Boston Massacre in 1770 and then the more recent Boston Marathon bombing. Heidi does a wonderful job of bringing to life two heroines who have to go through tragedy to see that there is hope and joy in the midst of the suffering. This is a wonderful story that brought both times to life for me. This is an excellent book to pic I love stories that tie the past to the present, so I was thrilled to find this book in my mailbox early this week! I love how the story tells of two Boston tragedies, the Boston Massacre in 1770 and then the more recent Boston Marathon bombing. Heidi does a wonderful job of bringing to life two heroines who have to go through tragedy to see that there is hope and joy in the midst of the suffering. This is a wonderful story that brought both times to life for me. This is an excellent book to pick up for those last days of summer vacation.I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.
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  • maryreads
    January 1, 1970
    Two women seperated by time but sharing the same grief and burden due to casualities beyond their control. What will it take for them to forgive and allow themselves to love again?What most caught my attention in this novel was the exceptional description of the characters' feelings and emotions. It made the story transcend the pages and years in which it takes place, becoming very real and relatable.This is definitely a book that will echo within me for a while.*Many thanks to the publisher for Two women seperated by time but sharing the same grief and burden due to casualities beyond their control. What will it take for them to forgive and allow themselves to love again?What most caught my attention in this novel was the exceptional description of the characters' feelings and emotions. It made the story transcend the pages and years in which it takes place, becoming very real and relatable.This is definitely a book that will echo within me for a while.*Many thanks to the publisher for providing me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion
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  • Christina Mitnik
    January 1, 1970
    Rarely have I felt so connected to the characters in a novel, as I have experienced when reading Freedom's Ring. I feel invested in the development of characters from both stories and want so desperately to know what happens to them in the future, after the story ends. This excellently-written time-slip truly drew me in, and I continue to find myself thinking about it days after I put it down. (I can assure you it was hard for me to put it down at all until I was finished!) Well done, and I hope Rarely have I felt so connected to the characters in a novel, as I have experienced when reading Freedom's Ring. I feel invested in the development of characters from both stories and want so desperately to know what happens to them in the future, after the story ends. This excellently-written time-slip truly drew me in, and I continue to find myself thinking about it days after I put it down. (I can assure you it was hard for me to put it down at all until I was finished!) Well done, and I hope and pray for a sequel!
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  • Evangeline
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book in a giveaway and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is historical fiction and a debut novel for Heidi. She did an excellent job of weaving together the past and the present. I loved her quote, "We are never so far away from God that He can't reach His hand out to grasp us." Both Annie and Liberty learned that we, as humans, are not strong, but Jesus can be strong for us. His strength will hold us fast.
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