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?
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.
My thanks again to Tyndale House Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.