Lately I have really enjoyed books that have multiple time periods in them. This book by Heidi Chiavaroli is no exception. And the way the stories intertwined reminded me of the times I read Rachel Hauck’s books. Perfectly woven together storylines. If you haven’t already read this lovely book, I hope that you do, and soon!
About the Book
Two 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?
As 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.
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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