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 have come to really love split time novels! Its like getting the best of both worlds all in same book. I felt that this book flowed seamlessly between the Historical and Contemporary setting. Usually with split time novels I am always more drawn toward the historical story line, but this book had me so captivated by each story that I truly could not say that I preferred one over the other. Reading this book felt like going on a treasure hunt for secrets. I felt that both Liberty and Annie were great characters. I was so interested to see how these two stories connected. I absolutely loved Brad! It was great to see Annie and Brad’s relationship develop as he helped her through some of her anxiety and fears. I really appreciated that Annie’s character had flaws that she was working to improve, but she never came across as bitter or overly negative. It made me connect with her as a character and allowed me to really sympathize with her hurts and struggles. This book tackled some deep things, but I never felt like to was too heavy or that I needed to take a break from it. I really enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to reading more from Heidi Chiavaroli. I definitely recommend this book to fans of historical fiction or readers who like a novel that keeps you turning the pages quickly.
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