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, 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
Boston — 2015
Although two years have passed since the Boston Marathon bombing, Annie David continues to be haunted by the call to be Boston Strong. She knows the truth: she is far from strong. She cannot seem to release two burdens left to her that tragic day—guilt over a crippled niece, and an old ring that evokes a hazy hero’s face. But when she finds a business card with the same emblem as the ring, she’s finally able to discover her hero…and the story of the woman behind the ring.
Boston — 1770
As a single woman in a rebellious town, Liberty Caldwell finds herself in a dangerous predicament. When tensions mount in the form of the Boston Massacre, her world is shattered as her brother, with whom she has just reunited, is killed in the fray. Overcome with anger at all redcoats, she plans to leave her employment at the British Officers’ Home. But upon her return she is attacked by the roguish captain when Lieutenant Alexander Smythe isn’t there to rescue her. In her fury she leaves the home with all of her belongings and a ring that belonged to her dear Alexander. Suddenly her attraction to him is tarnished by the uniform he wears.
The Boston Massacre sparked the American Revolution; the Boston Marathon bombing set a city on edge. Both became the proof of where true strength lies.
Praise for Freedom's Ring
"Chiavaroli’s writing flows easily and the pacing keeps the pages turning in this moving novel that covers tough topics such as PTSD, sexual assault, and forgiveness with realism and nuance." — Publishers Weekly ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ "Joy, anguish, fear and romance are seamlessly incorporated with authentic history, skillfully imagined fiction, and the beautiful reminder that good can—and does—come out of darkness." —Romantic Times, TOP PICK REVIEW _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ "First novelist Chiavaroli’s historical tapestry will provide a satisfying summer read for fans of Kristy Cambron and Lisa Wingate." — Library Journal ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ "Evocative, rich with symbolism, honest in its portrayal of human errors, Freedom's Ring explores what happens when individuals reach the limit of their own ability and allow God to step in." — Foreword Reviews _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ "Heidi Chiavaroli's poignant exploration of the deeply broken and very human hearts of two Boston women, separated by centuries but connected through a mysterious gold signet ring, captured my heart and fired my imagination. Freedom’s Ring paints a stunning portrait of the healing power of love and forgiveness through Divine strength. Days after reading, I’m still caught up in the rich historical detail, in the intrigue and mystery that brought three centuries together, and still pondering the difficult choices made by each character. Beautifully written, a riveting debut novel." — Cathy Gohlke, Christy Award-winning author of Secrets She Kept and Saving Amelie
"In Freedom’s Ring, Heidi Chiavaroli masterfully weaves together a moving story about the complexity of love and forgiveness, a novel rich with truth that transcends the barrier of time. Her writing captured me from page one, the strength of her words reflecting the journey of her main characters—past and present—as they sought courage to overcome their fears. A brilliant debut!"
— Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Chateau of Secrets and Catching the Wind
"A stunning debut from an ACFW award-winner, Freedom’s Ring is a powerful journey into past and present that will inspire, encourage, and uplift. Prepare to indulge in this masterful love story of God and country that both haunts and heals long after the last page." — Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series.
"In her debut novel Freedom’s Ring, Heidi Chiavaroli skillfully blends two equally compelling stories, set in two different eras. With fresh writing and a richness of detail, the author does a brilliant job of drawing us into each world. From courage in the face of tragedy to the healing power of forgiveness, this book will leave you with a wonderful message of faith, hope, and second chances." — Susan Anne Mason, award-winning author of Irish Meadows & the Courage to Dream series.
"Heidi has penned an intriguing tale of two women separated by time connected through their search for a strength they desperately need. History and the present are so deftly entwined, readers will be turning pages to keep up with the story tugging on their hearts." — Melissa Jagears, author of A Heart Most Certain