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Can you learn to overcome your past in The Tea Chest?

The Tea Chest by Heidi Chiavaroli: Book Review

About the Book:

Title: The Tea Chest

Author: Heidi Chiavaroli

Genre: Women’s Christian Fiction

Release Date: February 4, 2020

Boston, 1773
Emma Malcolm’s father is staunchly loyal to the crown, but Emma’s heart belongs to Noah Winslow, a lowly printer’s assistant and Patriot. But her father has promised her hand to Samuel Clarke, a rapacious and sadistic man. As his fiancée, she would have to give up Noah and the friends who have become like family to her—as well as the beliefs she has come to embrace.

After Emma is drawn into the treasonous Boston Tea Party, Samuel blackmails her with evidence that condemns each participant, including Noah. Emma realizes she must do whatever it takes to protect those she loves, even if it means giving up the life she desires and becoming Samuel’s wife.

Present Day
Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth is determined to be the first woman inducted into the elite Navy SEALs. But before her dream can be realized, she must return to Boston in order to put the abuse and neglect of her childhood behind her. When an unexpected encounter with the man she once loved leads to the discovery of a tea chest and the document hidden within, she wonders if perhaps true strength and freedom are buried deeper than she first realized.

Two women, separated by centuries, must find the strength to fight for love and freedom. . . and discover a heritage of courage and faith.

Book Review:

Do you ever start a book without any expectations? I’ve read dual timeline before, and I love them. But I’ve never read Heidi Chiavaroli before. Until now.

The Tea Chest by Heidi Chiavaroli
Book Review NetGalley

Straight away, I connected with Hayley. She’s out to prove herself, and no one is a harder taskmaster than her own conscious. She’s fierce, independent, and an all-out warrior who will do anything to become more than her past.

Then, we meet Emma. Equally powerful character. Born into a world ripping itself apart, Emma has to choose which is more important: Liberty or Loyalty.

The male counterparts to each timeline built on the essence of the story. They pushed and pulled with equal fervor while never taking away from the journey.

I loved that Heidi Chiavaroli took Hayley’s deepest insecurities and fears and used them to reveal her greatest success. She showed grace in the face of failure and strength in overcoming her fears. We are all a product of our past, and The Tea Chest proves to be a reminder that our past has the power to hold great courage. Keep what you need. Get rid of the rest. Don’t carry the weight of your past and allow it to keep you from the beauty of your future.

I could not put this book down. I absolutely had to know how it would end and how Emma and Hayley’s stories would collide. The author did a marvelous job weaving their stories together and the end result created a novel I’m sure to read again and again.

I requested a copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Heidi Chiavaroli The Tea Chest Book Review NetGalley

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