First Line Friday #98

Posted January 31, 2020 by thebeccafiles in First Line Friday / 7 Comments


Happy Friday!

The book I’m featuring this week is:


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The bell was beautiful.

Y’all, Heidi Chiavaroli’s writing is simply remarkable. She has quickly risen to become one of my favorite authors to read in the timeslip genre. The Tea Chest is another one to add to add to her list of masterpieces. I’ll be sharing my full review in a few days. The book is officially releasing on Feb 4 🙂

About the Book:

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.

About the Author:heidi chiavaroli.jpg

Heidi 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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7 responses to “First Line Friday #98

  1. Kay Garrett

    At 6:4 A.M. , Mia Carina woke up to Frank Sinatra singing “New York, New York” from the alarm on her phone, a happy reminder that she was in Queens, not Florida, and no longer a “person of interest” in her adulterous husband’s disappearance.
    HERE COMES THE BODY by Maria DiRico
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I am sharing the first line from Waltz in the Wilderness by Kathleen Denly: I am just getting into the novel, so I will share the first line from chapter 2 here.
    “Daniel thanked the postman and stepped away from the window. Tapping the single envelope against his palm, he strode past the long line of men who, like him, had been waiting hours for news from home.”
    Hope you have an excellent weekend!

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