I’m really excited about today’s guest! I recently read and reviewed (for a magazine) and LOVED her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring.
Heidi Chiavaroli is a writer, runner, and grace-clinger who could spend hours exploring Boston’s Freedom Trail. She writes women’s fiction and won the 2014 ACFW Genesis contest in the historical category. Her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, releases from Tyndale House Publishers in August 2017. Heidi makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband, two sons, and Howie, her standard poodle. Visit her online at HeidiChiavaroli.com.
Her debut novel, FREEDOM’S RING, releases August 8, 2017 from Tyndale House.
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.
Hi Heidi! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Heidi: Apples! Because they’re so versatile. One of our household favorites is German apple pancakes. Yum!
Carrie: Oh yum! That sounds divine!
Heidi: Summer, because the beach when it’s warm is my favorite place. 🙂
Carrie: I’m not really a beach-person but I do love the ocean and just listening to the waves crash on the shore.
Heidi: Dogs, because I’m allergic to all cats, but not all dogs. We have a standard poodle named Howie who never makes me sneeze!
Carrie: YAY for dogs! And for no sneezes 😉
Heidi: Definitely tea. I have a dairy sensitivity and I just don’t like coffee without the cream. I love a good cup of chamomile tea plain, though.
Carrie: I have never liked either one but I’ve always loved the idea of chamomile tea because I read about it so often lol.
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Heidi: I would definitely choose a superpower that allowed me to travel back in time. And return safely to 2017, of course.
Carrie: Well, of course. That should be a requirement of any time-traveling superpowers 😀
Which books are ‘on your nightstand’?
Heidi: A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti, Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, Perfect Strangers by Roseann Sdoia, A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner, The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron, and once Kristin Hannah comes out with a new book, that will be there too. 🙂
Carrie: Ahhhh!! So many of my faves! Excellent reading choices!
Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Heidi: At the breakfast bar in my kitchen. There’s tons of natural light, which is a must for me while I write (or while I do anything, really!). If it’s cold I wrap myself up with a blanket and a cup of tea and I’m good to go.
Carrie: Natural light is very soul-satisfying, isn’t it?
In Freedom’s Ring, the story slips back and forth between Boston, 1770 and Boston, 2015. What do Liberty (1770) and Annie (2015) have in common?
Heidi: Both Annie and Liberty share the struggle of regret and fear. Annie wonders how she will ever get past the bombing and the subsequent choices she made. Liberty fears she will have to face the man she stole a ring from—a man who showed her nothing but kindness.
Carrie: I love both of these heroines, and Liberty’s story nearly undid me. So captivating!
If you could slip back in time for a brief (or extended) visit, where would you go?
Heidi: Oh my, this is just the best question ever, and probably the most difficult! There are so many places I would want to go, but first I’d definitely want to check out Israel at the time Jesus ministered there. How cool would that be?! Then I would want to swing by colonial Boston. I’ve spent so much time there in my head, I’d want to see the real deal. Italy during the Renaissance would be another must-see. 🙂
Carrie: All of those places would be must-visits for me, too! Also, a stop or two on the Underground Railroad and visiting with the ten Booms during WW2.
What do you most want readers to take away from Freedom’s Ring?
Heidi: That being weak, being inadequate, isn’t a bad thing. In fact, as soon as we think we’ve “gotten it right,” then we often stumble on our pride. We often think we can look to ourselves for strength. Or if not ourselves, then our great faith. But maybe it’s not how together we have it, or even how big our faith is. Maybe it’s whom we put our faith in. Jesus is strong enough to take all our regrets and mess and make them into something beautiful.
Carrie: Oh yes. Amen.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Heidi: My next novel also has a dual contemporary/historical story line and will be releasing with Tyndale in the summer of ’18. The story explores what happens when a family is torn apart by the unspeakable actions of one of its members—and how a woman from the past helps them to heal. The historical story will take readers back to the Revolutionary War and will focus on a real historical character—a woman who served as a spy for the Patriots. I’m eager to share it with you!
Thank you so much for having me, Carrie!
Carrie: Come back anytime! (And I cannot wait for your next book!)
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