While readers may think they know how the historical side of this debut timeslip novel will play out, they are advised not to get too comfortable in their assumptions! Well-written twists and turns of the genealogical mystery being solved in the present keep interest levels high in both timelines. Both Liberty and Annie’s stories hit all the feels, stirring fierce pride in their bravery and fierce sympathy for their pain. Joy, anguish, fear and romance are seamlessly incorporated with authentic history, skillfully imagined fiction and the beautiful reminder that good can — and does — come out of darkness.
In 2015, Annie David feels anything but “Boston Strong,” unable to get past her memories of the marathon bombing. As Annie continues to hold out hope of finding her rescuer, her guilt over her niece’s injuries has driven a wedge between her family. In 1770, Liberty Caldwell’s world is forever changed by the events of a few days in March. While she struggles to build a new life for herself, she is torn between the love of two men and the heartache of impending war. One ring ties the two women together across history, and everything may change when Annie discovers the link. (TYNDALE HOUSE, Aug., 400 pp., $14.99)