Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Hidden side by Heidi Chiavorli



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. 


I'm going to give this book 5 stars because I like the story line and what it means to me.

As I was reading this book
I was beginning to realize that may be all these school shootings are happening today because certain kids are being bullied and the adults don't do anything to stop it.
I sometimes feel like these kids and I'm an adult. 
I feel like sometimes people don't like me because of how I look or maybe I'm not smart enough to be in the in crowd. 
There were things that I enjoyed about school but not all of it.
As I got older I realized that I didn't really care about being in the in crowd because all they are is just a bunch of mean kids.
I cried through some of this story because I know just how the person who did this terrible thing feels most of the time. 
Since I'm not really finished reading this book In I'm not sure how Mercy's story is going to fit in.
I feel like I'm invading someone's diary when it comes to her side of the story. 
I'm not sure about twins connecting but I do know that twins run on my husband's side of the family lol. Maybe it will get my son. Who knows what God has in store for us.
I can only hope and pray that someday there will be an end to all these school shootings and justice is served. 
I worry and pray for my son and his fellow students every day
Is there a real reason for this? Why does God allow this to happen? 
Is it so we can draw closer to God when the bad things do happen? 
I'm thinking so since I'm a believer. 
Well, need to finish this book before my final thoughts 
I do recommend this book because I believe there's a special message everyone needs to read
God bless!!


Heidi Chiavaroli is a writer, runner, and grace-clinger who could spend hours exploring Boston's Freedom Trail. She writes Women's Fiction and won the 2014 ACFW Genesis contest in the historical category. Both her debut novel, "Freedom's Ring" and her sophomore novel, "The Hidden Side" are Romantic Times Top Picks. "Freedom's Ring" was also a BOOKLIST Top Ten Romance Debut, 2017. She makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband, two sons, and Howie, her standard poodle. Visit her online at

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