Monday, December 11, 2017

Freedom's Ring

GIVEAWAY
CHIAVAROLI, HEIDI
FREEDOM'S RING

From the Boston Marathon bombing to the American Revolution and the Boston Massacre, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny.

Boston 2015

Although two years have past since the Boston Marathon bombing, Annie David continues to be haunted by the call to be Boston Strong. She knows the truth she is far from strong. She cannot seem to release two burdens left to her that tragic day -- guilt over a crippled niece, and an old ring that evokes a hazy hero's face. But when she finds a business card with the same emblem as the ring, she's finally able to discover her hero...and the story of the woman behind the ring.

Boston 1770

As a single woman in a rebellious town, Liberty Caldwell finds herself in a dangerous predicament. When tensions mount in the form of the Boston Massacre, her world is shattered as her brother, with whom she has just reunited, is killed in the fray. Overcome with anger at all redcoats, she plans to leave her employment at the British officers' home. But upon her return she is attacked by a roguish captain when Lieutenant Alexander Smythe isn't there to rescue her. In her fury she leaves the home with all of her possessions and a ring that belonged to her dear Alexander. Suddenly her attraction him is tarnished by the uniform he wears.

The Boston Massacre sparked the American Revelution; the Boston Marathon bombing set a city on edge. Both became the proof of where true strength lies.

My Review:

A divinely scrumptious dual timeline story! I get so tickled when I come across books in this genre. Maybe it's the closet genealogist inside me busting to get out but I adore putting all the connecting pieces together. It's almost as much fun as armchair sleuthing.

There are so many fascinating parallels with the two time periods in Freedom's Ring. Yes, the ring is an obvious tangible connection between past and present but there are other subtle nuances that mesh two distinct love stories together.

These heroines have faced peril and make decisions that have long lasting effects on those close to them. Annie and Liberty are as flawed as you or I and they don't always react in expected ways. Both are survivors and feel that burden deeply. There is an authenticity to these women and the way they deal with the aftermath of tragedy. It's not always pretty, but it's real and I could relate to that.

And I love the way the author draws these two unique stories together. At first there are short scenes from each time period and there's a feeling of distance between them. Almost like you are reading two entirely different books at the same time. But as Annie and her hero start researching the history of the ring past and present fuse together into a united force of incredible power. Because the symbolism behind this ring and the impact for good it has on both women is inspiring.

And the spiritual takeaway is profound yet simple..."God took the worst and healed me." (p 279)

A stunning debut novel. I'll definitely be looking for more by this author in the future.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Freedom's Ring leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 17 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

69 comments:

  1. I love dual timeline stories, and this one is on my wish list! Thank you for sharing your lovely review and generous giveaway, Kav!

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    1. I do too and they are rare in Christian Fiction. Good luck, Britney.

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  2. I've read nothing but positive reviews on this book!

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  3. I absolutely LOVE dual time line books. I don't believe I have read this author before so this would be a real treat for me. Thank you for the review and chance to win Kav!

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.
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    1. I believe this is her debut novel, Cindy. Hoping for more to come from this author. Good luck.

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  4. YES! I love dual time stories! I've been wanting to read this one. KAV, thank you for the great review and chance to win a copy.
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  5. I have heard so much buzz about this book, it both intrigues me and scares me a bit, lol.

    I do love a dual timeline so please throw my name in the hat. And as always Kav, you are the best!

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    1. It's quite stunning, Tracey. The way the author draws the two timelines together. Beautiful. Good luck.

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  6. Heidi is a new author to me and after reading your wonderful review, I am definitely interested in this author and her book. Dual timelines are amazing! Thank you, Kav!

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  7. I've never read Heidi's books, but I'm itching to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  8. Ooh a well-done dual timeline? I rarely see those. :) lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. Love them when they come around! Good luck, Susan.

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  9. New author for me. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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  10. So excited to see you doing a giveaway for this one, Kav. Have been wanting to read it!

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    1. Glad you're excited, Cheryl -- it's definitely a book to get excited about. Good luck.

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  11. So excited about this giveaway! Thanks!

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    1. It's such an awesome book! Good luck, Mindy.

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  12. Would love to read this book. Thanks Kav!!
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  13. oh my goodness this sounds absolutely wonderful. I love books that deal with the characters faith being tested and they grow through it all.
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    1. Then this is definitely the book for you. Gold luck, Lori.

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  14. I love dual time-line books! :) And this one sounds really good.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  15. My favorite...dual time line. This has been on my radar. Thank you for the chance.
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    1. I love this kind of book when it's done well and this one is! Good luck, Lucy.

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  16. I enjoy reading both historical and contemporary fiction so a dual timeline story is the best of both worlds for me. Freedom's Ring has been on my "want to read" list for awhile. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
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    1. It belongs at the top of that list! Good luck, Pam.

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  17. Not entering because I've already enjoyed this book, but wanted to say that I liked it, too. It was surprising how the author was able to connect these two story lines.

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  18. This sounds like a really good book! :)
    Thanks for the chance!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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  19. New To Me Author
    Looks Good Thanks for the chance
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    1. This is her debut! Looking forward to reading more by her. Good luck, Linda.

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  20. This is my absolute favorite genre! This one looks so good too! Thanks for the chance Kav! paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. Yay -- another dual timeline fan! Good luck, Paula.

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  21. Oh... your review makes me want to read it! :) Love this kind of stories. Thanks for the chance!
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    1. It's well worth the read, Marian. Good luck.

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  22. I've only read one other dual timeline and really enjoyed it. I know that I would enjoy this one too.
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    1. As you can tell, I really enjoy a dual timeline and this one is superb. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  23. Sounds wonderful and interesting. teshawATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  24. Don't enter me as I already read this one Kav. Glad you enjoyed it. I was impressed that Heidi was was a debut author too!I think she has a new book coming out in May.

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    1. Sqqquuueallll...thanks for that info, Maryann. I'm super excited that she has another book coming out in the spring. Wonder if it will be dual timeline too?

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  25. It’s always fun to find a debut novel with excellent writing!

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    1. Yes it is -- great to be in at the beginning of a writing career. Good luck, Patty.

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  26. So, I was aware of this debut author and book, BUT I had no idea it was a dual timeline story. I LOVE dual timeline fiction. That fact bumped this book up on my tbr. Another DT I'm looking forward to is Kristy Cambron's The Lost Castle. I hope you get a chance to review that one, as well! tlhcoupon(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. You and me are both fans of dual timelines. And I've read two for this week. Woot! I didn't realize that Kristy Cambron's The Lost Castle is a dual timeline as well. Whhheeeeee! Happy reading days ahead! Good luck, Terrill.

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    2. So, get this. I just read the synopsis for Cambron's book again and it's 3 timelines - French Rev, WW2, and present day! What a treat.

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    3. Gasp! A triple timeline????? I don't think i've heard of such a thing!

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  27. Kav, thank you SO much for your beautiful review and for the giveaway offer! What a treat to see this and read everyone's comments. I truly am honored. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Heidi...and for writing such an amazing story. As you can tell, people are super excited about it and for good reason!

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  28. Beautiful cover! mudj33p(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I love the colours in the cover! Gorgeous! Good luck, Jerika.

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  29. I have heard sooo many good things about this book! Your review got me even more intrigued and wanting to read it even more!! I love historical fiction and dual time lines so...win/win!
    ~Alison Boss

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    1. Definitely a win/win for all of us avid readers. It's scrumptious! Good luck, agboss.

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  30. This sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for the chance to win and read.
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  31. I love Revolutionary War stories! It's one of my most favorite time periods. The history of how we became this country is so fascinating to me!

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    1. And I don't think it's featured very often in Christian Fiction. At least I haven't encountered many. It's an era I'd like to read more about. Good luck, Karen.

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  32. Looks like a great book!
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  33. This is one I hear so many great things about! I love that it has the two time periods connected, and that we have to wait to find out exactly how. Thanks for the great review Kav!
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    1. I love the way the author drew it all together in the end. Good luck, Laura.

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