It only took one sentence for me to be completely captivated by this book. It was one of those stories I just couldn’t put down and stayed up way too late to finish. 🙂 Freedom’s Ring offers a rich tale of courage in the face of danger and hope after great hurt. It’s a beautiful journey for the characters and readers to share together.
The split timeline really added unique layers to the story and I was pleasantly surprised to find both heroines accounts told in first person. Each character was so well-developed and was transformed through their experiences.
I was instantly drawn into Liberty’s life in Boston in 1777. My heart was in my throat as I followed alongside her through her heartache and healing. There were some very interesting twists in her story that I did not expect. Her patriotism and faith change her and her lessons may just change readers too.
You all know how much I love my historicals, but I found myself just as engrossed with the contemporary half of this story. Annie has made her mistakes and she recognizes it. She’s a long way from where she wants to be in life, but she’s trying to make amends with those she loves and I admire her for that. I was right there with her as she and Brad searched for the clues to the ring’s past. Talk about a fascinating trail of clues! 🙂
The historical details fit the story so well. And I enjoyed the balance between the mystery and the romance too. If you’ve read Rachel Hauck’s Wedding Collection, including The Wedding Dress, you will love this story and how it connects a special heirloom ring with individuals living centuries apart.
The book definitely left me wanting to explore Bostons Freedom Trail and learn more about the area’s history. It also made me a fan of this debut author. I hope you’ll grab a copy of her book and enjoy it as much as I did. (Just don’t plan on getting much sleep! I read it in one night!)
I received a free copy from the author. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.