Friday, June 7, 2019

First Line Fridays: Freedom's Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli

Happy Friday!

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books and participants share the first line from a nearby book.

Today I'm sharing the first lines from Freedom's Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli:

"Death's threshold overwhelmed me in a swell of instant silence and intense heat."

Have you read this book?

What are you reading this weekend?

Have a great weekend! Happy reading!

About the Book:

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.

A 2018 Christy Award finalist!

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books


  1. A brilliant story!

    I've got a combination first line and cover reveal over on my blog today, sharing the first line and the cover from A Girl's Guide to the Outback by Jessica Kate. I've had the privilege of reading an early draft, and I'm looking forward to reading the final version!

    In the meantime, I will console myself with reading Jessica Kate's debut novel, Love and Other Mistakes, which releases next month. Here's the first line:

    "Natalie Groves eyed the bag of gingerbread M&M's on the other side of the office meeting room and prayed for a divine intervention of Red Sea proportions."

    1. Both of those look so good to me! Have a great weekend!

    2. Awwwww thanks Iola! :D Hope Nat and Jem keep you entertained till Sam and Kim's story is ready to release!

  2. The first sentence definitely invokes my curiosity.

    1. It's a pretty intense beginning! Have a great weekend!

  3. My first line is from The Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund:
    London, England. May, 1862
    “Hang on a little longer, my lamb,” Mercy Wilkins shifted the listless infant in her arms without slowing her pace.

  4. I'm so very glad today is Friday!
    Over on my blog, I'm sharing the first line from More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer. Here I'll share the first line from Chapter 2 of the same book.

    "Choosing a husband was much like choosing a good baguette."

  5. I am so honored to have the first line of "Freedom's Ring" on your blog! Thank you so much, Jolene!

  6. Beautiful cover...I love the dress! Happy Friday!

  7. Happy Weekend! My first line is from “Cabbages and Kings: Reflections on Living Abundantly in Christ” by Dianne Barker:

    “I didn’t have an ordinary childhood and I didn’t have ordinary dreams.”

  8. Happy Friday! I'm sharing from an upcoming release today, Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass by Heather Day Gilbert. Here is the first line from Chapter 2:

    "The first person I saw was Jacques, who was driving a lawnmower directly up an incline that made me hold my breath for his safety."

  9. Loved this one!! Heidi Chiavaroli is amazing!!! :)

    Sorry I'm late coming around. My internet went down yesterday and it's been mostly off since then. They're sending someone out Monday to figure out what's going on. On my blog this week I featured The Brides of Big Valley by Wanda, Jean, and Richelle Brunstetter but I am currently reading Tate by Susan May Warren so I'll share the first line from chapter 4 here: "With one article of clothing, Glo became a new woman." Hope you have a great weekend with plenty of reading time! :)

    1. I can't wait to read Tate! Love Susan May Warren's books!

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