Freedom’s Ring

Heidi Chiavaroli. Tyndale, $14.99 trade paper (425p) ISBN 978-1-4964-2312-2
Two women united by a ring but separated by time tie together Chiavaroli’s engrossing debut novel. Annie David survives the Boston Marathon bombing after being taken to safety by an unknown rescuer who gives her an antique ring and promises to find her again. The novel moves back in time to 1770, when Liberty Caldwell comes to Boston in search of her brother. After she fails to locate him, she decides to stay and takes employment as a British lieutenant’s housekeeper. It is a tumultuous time in Boston, and despite the lieutenant’s attempts to protect his employee, she is assaulted by a British captain. In her distress, she steals the lieutenant’s only ring and flees the escalating tensions in the city. In present day, Annie is struggling with depression and guilt after her niece was crippled in the bombing. However, receiving the ring and researching Liberty’s history help Annie to overcome her negative feelings. The two women, separated by hundreds of years, both struggle through fear and loss to discover their true strength. Annie and Liberty are flawed, but their pain is familiar, creating an instant, lasting connection with readers. Chiavaroli’s writing flows easily and the pacing keeps the pages turning in this moving novel that covers tough topics such as PTSD, sexual assault, and forgiveness with realism and nuance. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/12/2017
Release date: 08/01/2017
Genre: Fiction
Library Binding - 978-1-4328-4450-9
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