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Freedom’s Ring

Freedom's RingHeidi 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.


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.

 

The Maggie Bright, Mystery Meets History at Dunkirk

I love it when an author takes a mystery and wraps it around true historical events. That’s what we have here in The Maggie Bright, A Novel of Dunkirk by Tracy Groot. The book is full of endearing and lovable square-pegs like Murray, Mrs. Shrew and the Burglar Vicar with vivid and colorful historical detail that is set against the backdrop of that Green and Glorious Island during one of her most desperate hours—Dunkirk.

The Maggie Bright

England, 1940. Clare Childs knew life would change when she unexpectedly inherited the Maggie Bright—a noble fifty-two-foot yacht. In fact, she’s counting on it. But the boat harbors secrets. When a stranger arrives, searching for documents hidden onboard, Clare is pulled into a Scotland Yard investigation that could shed light on Hitler’s darkest schemes and prompt America to action.  Across the Channel, Hitler’s Blitzkrieg has the entire British army in retreat with little hope for rescue at the shallow beaches of Dunkirk. With time running out, Churchill recruits civilian watercraft to help. Hitler is attacking from land, air, and sea, and any boat that goes might not return. Yet Clare knows Maggie Bright must answer the call—piloted by an American who has refused to join the war effort until now and a detective with a very personal motive for exposing the truth.  The fate of the war hinges on this rescue. While two men join the desperate fight, a nation prays for a miracle.

It’s been awhile since a book reached out and dragged me into a story like this one. The Maggie Bright,  is not what I expected but, “Wow, what a ride!” It took off right from the start, and by the time I reached page 86 and the following, I was hooked good and proper.

She fell upon her notes with hand-clasped rapture. “Isn’t life just full of glorious havoc at every turn? My dear Cecil would have something to say about these extraordinary times. He’s giving St. Peter an earful now, surely prodding him to join the great cloud of witnesses surrounding me; telling him to look on, just to see what that woman is up to next. Always called me ‘that woman.’ Always quite proud of me. Thought of me as rather a maverick…”

When Clare reached for a plate of toast crumbs, Mrs. Shrew placed her hand over Clare’s and said earnestly, “We’re in it together, aren’t we—this glorious and dreadful time that has come upon us?

I read this book in one day because I could not put it down!

I don’t think you will be able to either.

And let me finally say, “Bravo Ms. Groot, bravo!” I loved this book! You certainly make history come alive.

The Maggie Bright is available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target, as well as your other fine book retailers.

I am most thankful to Tyndale House Publishers for sending me this complimentary copy in exchange for my review, and I sincerely hope there will be many more like this one to come!