Monday, August 7, 2017

Freedom's Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli

Freedom's Ring by [Chiavaroli, Heidi]

And another new author for me to read and analyze and decide if I would read more of her books.

Freedom's Ring is set in Boston in two time periods the time of the Boston Massacre in 1770 and the time of the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013 and beyond. At least, that's where the stories start. Again, I would say the author did a good job of flipping back and forth between the two time periods.

Connecting the two is a ring that Anaya and Brad are determined to find out the history of. I'm not going to give you much more than that. There was the usual romance, blah, blah, blah, blah, but again the parts I look for are the parts you can take with you and think about later.

After the bombing, Anaya walked away from her family in the midst of their grief and struggles. Now two years later, she's trying to pick up the pieces with her niece and sister and her sister is having a hard time forgiving Anaya for walking away and deserting family at a time of great need. But she has also found Jesus in the two years and realizes what a hypocrite she is being by talking about God's grace and yet being unwilling to forgive. They are able to come to a place of wanting to start over again.

Anaya must also learn to quit letting fear and even guilt control her. She feels responsible for her niece's injuries. If only she had run the Marathon a little faster, they would have been gone by the time the bomb went off. Anaya also needs to learn to let God carry her through, not to depend on herself and allow her fears to control her. She wants God to hold her fast and by the end of the book, she is slowly starting to allow that.

That is what we all need, God to hold us fast. Otherwise wouldn't we all be carried away by our fears and griefs and torments?

I received this book from Tyndale Publishers and was not required to write a positive review.

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