The Tea Chest
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.
Boston — 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.
“Swoon-worthy romance, heartbreak, and intrigue combine for a thrilling story that will keep me thinking for a long time to come. Bravo!”
— AMY K. SORRELLS, AUTHOR OF BEFORE I SAW YOU
“Chiavaroli has masterfully weaved a timeless tale that kept me turning pages far into the night…and reminded me of the gentle truth that identity and worth are found in the eyes of Jesus.”
— TARA JOHNSON, AUTHOR OF WHERE DANDELIONS BLOOM
“Organic faith elements and Chiavaroli’s skillful switching between time lines separate this from similar historical inspirational romances. Fans of Francine Rivers will enjoy this.”
“Seamlessly blending both the colonial and contemporary, Heidi Chiavaroli rivets readers with this compelling time slip novel. The Tea Chest opens, unleashing an array of fascinating characters and complex circumstances that will have you turning pages as fast as your fingers fly till the end. I could not put this novel down.”
— LAURA FRANTZ, CHRISTY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE LACEMAKER
“The Tea Chest is the rare time-slip novel that gripped me equally in both present and historical settings. Chiavaroli is once again home in the era of her evident passion and its echo into our tumultuous present. Brilliantly researched and executed with passion, The Tea Chest is timeless and empowering. Long may Heidi Chiavaroli reign over thoughtful, effortlessly paralleled fiction that digs deep into the heart of America’s early liberty and the resonance of faith and conviction she offers as its poignant legacy.”
—ALLISON PITTMAN, CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF THE SEAMSTRESS
“Freedom is an innate need in the heart of humanity, and in Heidi Chiavaroli’s latest novel, she takes her readers on a journey to the darkest moments and the brightest victories in the quest for freedom. The Tea Chest is not only a story of America’s birth as a nation, but also one that reflects the clamoring in humanity’s heart to soar unfettered by the weight of chains that bind.”
— JAIME JO WRIGHT, CHRISTY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE HOUSE ON FOSTER HILL
“The Tea Chest brings to women, separated by centuries, face-to-face with the same question: What is the price of liberty? A master at writing dual timelines, Chiavaroli takes us beyond the historical connection between these two women and wraps them together with a shared spirit.”
— RACHEL MCMILLAN, AUTHOR OF MURDER IN THE CITY OF LIBERTY
“Captivating from the first page. I couldn’t read this novel fast enough, and yet the beautiful writing compiled me to slow down and experience every line. Dual tales of courage, love, and freedom proved even more poignant for being woven together as one. Steeped in timeless truths and served with skill, The Tea Chest is sure to be savored by all who read it.”
— JOCELYN GREEN, CHRISTY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF BETWEEN TWO SHORES
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