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Three Reasons to Read a Time-Slip Novel This Summer

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Freedom's Ring
Heidi Chiavaroli




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August 2017
On Sale: August 8, 2017
425 pages
ISBN: 1496423127
EAN: 9781496423122
Kindle: B01MZWL1F4
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Also by Heidi Chiavaroli:
Freedom's Ring, August 2017


I first fell in love with time-slip novels after reading Susan Meissner’s THE SHAPE OF MERCY, quickly followed by Rachel Hauck’s THE WEDDING DRESS. I felt I had discovered a whole new world—and I had. There’s just something about a story with both a contemporary and historical timeline that I love. And now, with summer upon us (and maybe some days by the pool or the beach with a good book!), I’m hoping you might give time-slip novels a chance, too. But just in case you need a little convincing, here are three reasons you might be interested in this genre. J

1) With time-slip novels, you get two books for the price of one.

Who doesn’t want a bargain? And while I love a good contemporary story, I also love a good historical one. With time-slip novels, we can experience both in one book. Yes, the two stories will be connected, but they are, in essence, also very separate from one another.

2) They help us think outside the box.

Time-slip novels bring a unique element to the table. Literary components can merge with romance, mystery, and contrasting time periods to create a different type of story, a different type of satisfying ending. They can stretch our minds in new ways and give us an appreciation for the real people who lived in a different time period than we do.

3) Time-slip novels help us see how the past can influence the future.

Who doesn’t long to leave some type of legacy, some type of meaning, after they are gone from this world? Most of the time, we will not be able to witness firsthand how this might be so for us. But in a time-slip novel, we get to see how characters, living generations apart, can impact one another. In Freedom’s Ring, we meet two heroines, one from present day and one from Revolutionary Boston, both struggling with the very same thing—fear. The circumstances surrounding their struggles are different, but the underlying battle is the same because we, as humans, have experienced this challenge since the beginning of time.

Stories from the past are worthwhile and very much alive. They live on in us. They inspire us. Which, in some ways, is a time-slip story all within itself!

About Heidi Chiavaroli

Heidi Chiavaroli

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


FREEDOM'S RING by Heidi Chiavaroli


Boston, 2015

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?

Boston, 1770

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.

Women's Fiction Historical | Women's Fiction Contemporary | Inspirational Historical [Tyndale House, On Sale: August 8, 2017, Trade Size / e-Book, ISBN: 9781496423122 / eISBN: 9781496423139]

Leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway (ends August 20th). Win a signed copy of FREEDOM'S RING plus a $20 Amazon Gift Card




23 comments posted.

Re: Three Reasons to Read a Time-Slip Novel This Summer

Time-slip is a new word for me. Although the writing style
isn't. Not something I'm usually interested in, unless the
stories are connected in some way.
(Cynthia Netherton 6:00pm August 9)

I love time-slip novels. Susan Meissner is the
first time I read one also. I can't wait to read
your book. Sounds wonderful.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com
(Carol Luciano 2:22pm August 11)

Thanks for stopping by, Cynthia and Carol!

Yes, the stories connecting is vital to a time-slip--that's one of my favorite
parts...seeing how the author ties them together!

Thank you for your kind words, Carol!
(Heidi Chiavaroli 12:04pm Monday)

wow i must say this cover is just gorgeous! I love to read Time-
travel/(time slip is a new term for me)just to shake things up
when i looking for excitement. Love that my mind can travel
far more places and time than I can. What a great idea for a
story, this is a first i have heard of with anyone writing about
the boston bombing in 2015.. Much luck to you!
(Christy Mckenney 3:26pm Monday)

Thank you so much, Christy, for your kind words and compliments on the cover
and the premise. Yes, time slip is definitely good for shaking things up! ;)
(Heidi Chiavaroli 9:27pm Monday)

I loved that British time-slip Jane Austen series, and now this looks like an
interesting read!
(John Smith 9:55pm Monday)

I don't usually read time-slip novels. But I do love all
types of romance novels. This story sounds amazing,
definitely not like anything I've ever read. Thanks for
the chance.
(Tanja Dancy 10:17pm Monday)

I didn't know they are called time-slip novels. I have read a few and loved them. I especially love how the stories can intertwine with the places or events past and present.
(Pam Howell 8:18am Tuesday)

I've never heard the phrase "time-slip novels" but it's the perfect description. Your book sounds like a great read. And the cover is beautiful. I'm already on the waiting list for your book at my local library. Thanks for this chance to win a copy. Best of luck with the book - and all you do.
(Nancy Reynolds 10:07am Tuesday)

Thanks you so much for stopping by, John, Tanja, Pam, and Nancy!

Pam, that is my favorite part of time-slip too!

Tanja and Nancy, thank you so much for your sweet words! I hope you enjoy the
(Heidi Chiavaroli 10:52am Tuesday)

Time slip novels are captivating, meaningful and memorable. I
have read many which have become favorites and are
(Sharon Berger 11:55am Tuesday)

Yay for time slip books, Sharon! Thank you so much for stopping by. :)
(Heidi Chiavaroli 2:50pm Tuesday)

Boston Strong will forever hold a place in my heart and soul. Thank you for writing such an important story for your readers, Heidi.
(Susan Coster 5:53pm Tuesday)

Oh, thank you so much for your encouragement, Susan, and your kind words. :)
(Heidi Chiavaroli 9:20pm Tuesday)

This time slip novel caught my attention. Seems. Like it
would be a very interesting book.thank u for this
(Christina Cantrell 2:36am Wednesday)

Thanks for stopping by, Christina!
(Heidi Chiavaroli 9:43am Wednesday)

I've never read a time slip novel before. It sounds interesting. Thanks for
the post.
(Patti Pusateri 1:05am yesterday)

Love reading yo books.
(Alma Beraza 11:31am yesterday)

Time-slip is a most interesting concept! Can't wait to read
(Laura Klassen 11:49am yesterday)

I had never heard of a time slip novel before (where have I been?). I love the colonial historical period and growing up a bunch of my cousins lived right outside Boston. Sounds like a great book. Would love to win!
(Margaret OConnor 6:16pm yesterday)

sounds like great reading thank for the chance
(Philip Halter 8:16pm yesterday)

What a fascinating book! I love time slip novels and have added Freedom's Ring to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing.
(Bonnie Hometchko 8:38pm yesterday)

I love the idea of a time slip novel. I love the settings for this one. Looks like a wonderful read. Being from Massachusetts I'm particularly interested.
(Mary Songer 10:35pm yesterday)

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