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 received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
I really enjoy a novel that does a wonderful job of connecting the past with the present—and this book does it beautifully. From major events during the revolutionary time frame to the Boston Marathon bombing, this book connects two women who have to learn about faith, love, and forgiveness to embrace the life that God has for them.
The hard part of reading books of this nature, for me, is that I seem to want to rush through one of the stories—perhaps the modern day one to dive back into the historical setting. But Chiavaroli does a great job of hooking us into the setting for that chapter and leaving us with a slight regret that we have to move back into the other setting, but the reader will get swept up into that one just as quickly. They were smooth transitions and the stories connected so well.
Chiavaroli’s storytelling is amazing and I really enjoyed getting carried away with this story. There were some very unexpected moments, heartbreak, and reasons to smile sprinkled throughout this book, making it one that may be one of my favorites of the year so far. Because of all of that, this is a book that I would highly recommend.