Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Tea chest by Heidi Chiavaroli



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 fianc�e, 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.



I was very excited that Netgalley finally approved me to read this book!
I really really enjoyed this book!!
I try never to miss any of this authors books. Her style of writing is awesome! She really does pull you into her stories so much that you won't want to put it down!
I loved Emma's story and the Boston Tea Party is an excellent setting.
I learned a lot.
This is a setting that is hardly ever mentioned in a fiction story or I don't remember reading anywhere.
I had a book hangover the next day and snoozed on the bus cause I stayed up late reading this one.
I applaud Emma for standing up for what she believed in!! I actually ended up cheering for her and Noah.
You see, love is stronger than anything. Especially if it's the right person and one that's not a good match.
I did not like Emma's father one bit!! Hateful, stubborn and pompous man I ever met and her mother really wasn't any better.
I also didn't care for Samuel. He's too much like Emma's father
I don't like people with mean streaks.


I didn't want to come back to the present. That's how much I enjoyed the story. Meanwhile; I liked Hayley's story too. I also admired her for wanting to take care of certain people and to make things right with them.
Forgiveness is pretty much the theme in this book in both present and past. Forgiveness is important. It's more for you than the other person. Jesus said forgiveness is important. Especially if we are to be like minded in Him.
I also feel that if two people are meant to be together then it was God's will.
Hayley's strength and determination to complete her training reminded me of a goal that I had wanted to accomplish but I did not get to finish because I got sick. I wanted to be the first woman in my family to complete college. But it wasn't meant to be. I was so heartbroken.
I feel God has closed that door for reason and now I'm actually doing something I love even better. I try not to dwell on it but I often wonder if things could have been different if I was allowed to complete my schooling.
There are times when one must learn to show Faith, courage, and love where it truly matters. Will these two women present and past be able to do that?
You'll just have to pick up this wonderful book to find out! You'll be lost in the story before you know it!
I highly recommend this book.
My thanks to Netgalley. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own.


Heidi ChiavaroliHeidi Chiavaroli is a writer, runner, and grace-clinger who could spend hours exploring places that whisper of historical secrets. She is an ACFW Carol Award winner and a Christy finalist. 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. She makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons. Visit her online at

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