This week is a significant one for patriotism and remembering, and though I didn’t plan to review this book this week for that reason, I’m glad it worked out that way. Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavorelli weaves two momentous times in the life of Boston, Massachusetts: the Boston Massacre and the Boston Marathon Bombing.
There was so much for me to love about this book: the back-and-forth between time periods, the Boston setting, the theme of finding the true source of strength in difficult circumstances. The middle of the book had me turning page after page and because I visited Boston for the first time this year, the setting was easy to imagine.
(Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the publisher. Review reflects my own opinion.)
If I have complaints it’s the beginning and end, and they are probably just personal preferences.
Overall, I enjoyed the historical thread following Liberty Caldwell through the events leading up to the American Revolution and the contemporary thread following Annie David through the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. The trials and lessons both women face are tied together well, and it was fun to discover the events that connect them.
A strong debut offering from an author I will continue to follow.