New York — 2016
Natalie Abbott offers answers for hurting listeners on her popular radio program. But she struggles to connect with her teenagers, with her daughter in an unhealthy relationship and her son uncommunicative and isolated. When one member of the family commits an unspeakable act, Natalie is forced to uncover who she truly is under the façade of her radio persona.
New York — 1776
Mercy Howard is shocked when her fiancé, Nathan Hale, is arrested and hanged as a spy. When she’s asked to join the revolutionary spy ring in Manhattan, she sees an opportunity to avenge Nathan’s death. But keeping her true loyalties hidden grows increasingly harder as the charming Major John Andre of the King’s Army becomes more to her than a target for intelligence. Mercy’s journals comfort Natalie from across the centuries as both women struggle with their own secrets and shame, wondering how deep God’s mercy extends.
Advanced Praise for The Hidden Side
"The Hidden Side is a beautiful tale that captures the timeless struggles of the human heart. Exploring both contemporary and historical relationships, Chiavaroli has woven two worlds together seamlessly. With lyrical depth, she has delivered a story that is particularly relatable to parents who are struggling to guide teenagers through today's tumultuous climate." — JULIE CANTRELL, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Perennials ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ "Heidi Chiavaroli deftly weaves present and past together in The Hidden Side, giving greater significance to her story's events than if they stood alone. Her engaging, honest tale unflinchingly faces grief and tragedy, finding redemption even in the darkest moments. Chiavaroli isn't afraid of hard questions; her writing encourages readers to work out those questions for themselves." — CHRISTA PARRISH, Christy award-winning author _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ "Heart wrenching and real. Heidi Chiavaroli's The Hidden Side draws two equally compelling timelines in one novel, their stories connected by conflicts and emotions steeped in our worst modern-day nightmare and our history's painful birth. I could not stop reading this book—cannot stop thinking about the characters and the conflicts they faced. A novel not to be missed."
— CATHY GOHLKE, Christy award-winning author of Until We Find Home and Secrets She Kept
"Heidi Chiavaroli has written another poignant novel that slips between a heart-wrenching present-day story and a tragic one set during the Revolutionary War. The Hidden Side explores the raw humanness of characters who are confronted with unimaginable sorrow and the secrets they keep to protect themselves and the people they love. Heidi does a remarkable job demonstrating how God's love and mercy can break through the darkest shame while honoring the immense pain experienced by hurting victims. I couldn't put this book down!"
— MELANIE DOBSON, award-winning author of Catching the Wind, Chateau of Secrets and Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor
"Natalie Abbott's friend whispered in her ear, "You are a broken mess. Your family is a broken mess. But your God is not." Have you ever felt like a broken mess? Or discovered yourself leading a double life, hiding behind masks and secrets—even for a good reason? Welcome to our complicated culture, so hauntingly portrayed by novelist Heidi Chiavaroli in The Hidden Side. When the Abbott family experience a living nightmare, they discover uncanny parallels found in the journals of patriot Mercy Howard, active in our nation's liberation back in the 1780's. This is the second Chiavaroli time-slip novel that I absolutely loved. Somehow the weaving of 18th century patriot spies and 21st century teen struggles works together to portray a story that is authentic to reality, yet hints at eventual redemption beyond shattering circumstances. A story reinforcing that while people have always struggled to find courage to make hard choices for those they love, God's presence and mercy is always available. A much-needed commodity, no matter what the year. Pick up this book, you will not put it down until the final poignant (and true) poem...
— LUCINDA SECREST MCDOWELL, author of Ordinary Graces