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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 em 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.


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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 em 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.

30 review for The Tea Chest

  1. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    The Tea Chest was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020, and it was well worth the wait. I’m convinced that Chiavaroli is the queen of dual-time narratives. Both the contemporary and the historical narratives are compulsively readable. There’s never a point that I desired to be back in one when I was in the other, rather I was always eager to “be” in whatever part of the story I found myself in. I couldn’t put the book down, but at the same time, I tried my best not to rush through it, wantin The Tea Chest was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020, and it was well worth the wait. I’m convinced that Chiavaroli is the queen of dual-time narratives. Both the contemporary and the historical narratives are compulsively readable. There’s never a point that I desired to be back in one when I was in the other, rather I was always eager to “be” in whatever part of the story I found myself in. I couldn’t put the book down, but at the same time, I tried my best not to rush through it, wanting to savor the experience. Hayley Ashworth is a strong woman. Determined to be the first woman to make it through BUD/S to be a Navy Seal, she returns home to make peace with a negligent mother and to mentally prepare herself for the intense training ahead. What she doesn’t bargain for is running into her first love, Ethan, nor discovering the engrossing story of Emma Malcolm, a woman who lived during the Revolutionary War. Coming face to face with her own past is harrowing enough, and she finds connection in Emma's story. Emma’s strength is of a different sort; not always strong physically, she possesses a mental and spiritual fortitude that propels her to join a cause in direct contention with her family. I loved the historical details about the Boston Tea Party. I honestly felt like I learned while reading this story, but never felt overwhelmed by information. Everything just flows so well, and both timelines intertwine masterfully. Emma’s story was especially poignant to me; despite being a historical character, I had many similarities with her – certainly not anything I would have chosen, but I adored her strong vulnerability. I think what I am continually impressed by in Chiavaroli’s stories is she turns failure on its head. Whatever the worst thing it seems like the character could face, she presents them with that. The worst possible outcome shouldn’t be desirable, right? But this is where they shine. This is when they dig deep, surrender not to an external force, but rather their tight-fisted hold on what they feel their life should be and the inability to undo the decisions that lead them to the moment. Because that’s what life is sometimes, getting to the end of yourself and realizing that, yes, it is more than you can bear, but there is a God that meets you at the end of yourself. And in that surrender, there is a precious freedom because no circumstance or pain can take that away. The Tea Chest is the first novel of the year to make it onto my 2020 favorites shelf. Do yourself a favor and pick this book up, especially if you enjoy dual-time narratives, strong characterization, and authentic history. Highly recommended!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    Captivating from the first page. I couldn’t read this novel fast enough, and yet the beautiful writing compelled 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Jo Wright

    I was honored to read an early copy for endorsement. Not only did I heartily endorse but I also heartily encourage you to preorder ASAP!! So good.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    This is the first book I've read by Heidi Chiavaroli and I can tell you this it was a highly anticipated read for me and it lived up to and surpassed my expectations. The author can really work that dual time line , each time period was fully researched with much attention to detail and the characters blend together perfectly from the dual time line. The research was impeccable, which I always appreciate in a historical book because I learn a lot from reading them. The history behind the Boston Te This is the first book I've read by Heidi Chiavaroli and I can tell you this it was a highly anticipated read for me and it lived up to and surpassed my expectations. The author can really work that dual time line , each time period was fully researched with much attention to detail and the characters blend together perfectly from the dual time line. The research was impeccable, which I always appreciate in a historical book because I learn a lot from reading them. The history behind the Boston Tea Party was very interesting. The lead female characters in each timeline was an impressive woman, strong yet graceful and compassionate. These woman must fight an uphill battle for love and freedom without giving up the true sense of who they are, along the way they make discoveries about themselves that helps them grown in their faith and adds to the wonderful layers of the story. Highly recommended book. Pub Date 04 Feb 2020 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    Love or Liberty? This was the question asked by both Emma Malcolm in 1773 Boston and Lieutenant Haley Ashworth in present day California and Boston. This was an engaging novel that beautifully intertwined the stories of two different time periods. At the heart of both was two strong women torn between duty to country and a chance at love. There is a lot of wonderful history that shows the backstory of the dumping of tea and what was at stake for those involved. I loved the quotes that opened each Love or Liberty? This was the question asked by both Emma Malcolm in 1773 Boston and Lieutenant Haley Ashworth in present day California and Boston. This was an engaging novel that beautifully intertwined the stories of two different time periods. At the heart of both was two strong women torn between duty to country and a chance at love. There is a lot of wonderful history that shows the backstory of the dumping of tea and what was at stake for those involved. I loved the quotes that opened each chapter. My gratitude to publisher Tyndale for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Chiavaroli

    I am so excited and honored to present this book to you! There’s so much I’ve been through with these characters—characters that I’ve come to love (even if they caused me heartache and tears at times). In many ways, they’re like my children. And now, I’m releasing them out into the world! To you! Craziness! From the moment I read a news report about the first woman entering the training pipeline to become a Navy SEAL, something tugged at my heart. Though unnamed, I could identify with this woman— I am so excited and honored to present this book to you! There’s so much I’ve been through with these characters—characters that I’ve come to love (even if they caused me heartache and tears at times). In many ways, they’re like my children. And now, I’m releasing them out into the world! To you! Craziness! From the moment I read a news report about the first woman entering the training pipeline to become a Navy SEAL, something tugged at my heart. Though unnamed, I could identify with this woman—with her fierce desire to succeed above all odds. I admit there was a part of me that feared for her, too. Because what if she failed? What would that look like? I could relate to dashed dreams, and it was a painful memory. I couldn’t wait to explore her story using the life of my fictional character, Hayley Ashworth. In preparing for the biggest feat of her life, Hayley returns home to Boston, seeking to put a painful childhood past behind her. When an unexpected encounter with the man she once loved leads to the discovery of a tea chest and a document hidden within, she learns the story of Emma Malcolm, a woman who risked everything for the role she played in the treasonous Boston Tea Party. I love a strong female character, and these two ladies are some of the gutsiest. But that’s not the only reason I love them. I love them because I see a piece of myself within them, because as strong and determined as they are, they are human as well, all too aware of weaknesses and shortcomings that will put them on a quest for a heritage of courage, love, and faith. Dear reader, this journey is nothing without you. Thank you for sharing this story with me. I hope these characters touch your heart as they have mine. With Hope, Heidi

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations “Which is more honorable - loyalty or liberty?” With powerful authenticity, award winning author Heidi Chiavaroli takes readers on an emotional and highly compelling journey to the birthplace of the American Revolution in her latest novel, The Tea Chest. This time-slip novel follows the historical storyline of Emma Malcolm, the daughter of a Loyalist, during 1773 in Boston and the present-day storyline of Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth, who is determined to ov Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations “Which is more honorable - loyalty or liberty?” With powerful authenticity, award winning author Heidi Chiavaroli takes readers on an emotional and highly compelling journey to the birthplace of the American Revolution in her latest novel, The Tea Chest. This time-slip novel follows the historical storyline of Emma Malcolm, the daughter of a Loyalist, during 1773 in Boston and the present-day storyline of Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth, who is determined to overcome her past and become a Navy SEAL. A mysterious chest found in a Boston antique store weaves the past and present together, as the fight for freedom reveals courage and strength through the grace of God. Heidi Chiavaroli is known for writing incredible time-slip novels that tackle difficult topics while, at the same time, drawing readers closer to their faith. She authentically depicts events leading to the American Revolution, including the increase in violence and cruelty from both the Patriots and Loyalists, while sharing the message that our God-given worth is found inside of us rather than where we come from. The Boston Tea Party is an extraordinary part of American history, and this novel is one that readers do not want to miss. In my opinion, all four of Heidi Chiavaroli’s novels are 5-star quality, but The Tea Chest has earned a place as my new favorite novel of hers, with Freedom’s Ring being my second favorite. The Tea Chest is highly recommended for fans of historical fiction, women’s fiction, and readers who enjoy time-slip novels. The Tea Chest is on my top ten list of books for 2019 (even though it is not officially being released until February 4, 2020). I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    4.5 stars "You don't have to be afraid to face your past if you're certain of what you're about now." Two women, living centuries apart, are uncertain of who they are. Caught between loyalty or liberty, Emma Malcom's British roots are deeply embedded, yet it's an handsome Patriot who causes her heart to sing. Could she? Would she? Fast forward to Lietenant Hayley Ashworth, a woman whose loyalty to the U. S. Navy prompts her to seek what no other woman has ever achieved; inducation into the Navy SE 4.5 stars "You don't have to be afraid to face your past if you're certain of what you're about now." Two women, living centuries apart, are uncertain of who they are. Caught between loyalty or liberty, Emma Malcom's British roots are deeply embedded, yet it's an handsome Patriot who causes her heart to sing. Could she? Would she? Fast forward to Lietenant Hayley Ashworth, a woman whose loyalty to the U. S. Navy prompts her to seek what no other woman has ever achieved; inducation into the Navy SEALs, promising a military career over the freedom to reach beyond its boundaries. Emma and Hayley's lives become inextricably entwined when Hayley is gifted with an antique tea chest that has valiantly preserved the voices of the past and offers her an opportunity to unlock the doors of her future. "Liberty. 'Twas a strange notion. . . . . . . I hadn't pondered the full extent of the sacrifices . . . . If I tallied them up, . . would it be worth the cost?" - Emma "I had refused to fail, and yet, what if failing - surrending - was the beginning of finding my true self, of finding real strength?" - Hayley What a wonderful book!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    There is often historical fiction where the story is not focused on the history, but the relationships within the book. In this time slip fiction, both women were seeking to find who they were outside of their family of origin. They sought to find fulfillment in sacrificing themselves and what they wanted to help others. I loved the lessons in this story, both main characters were grappling and losing with finding their identity. The realization of who they were and how it had nothing to do with There is often historical fiction where the story is not focused on the history, but the relationships within the book. In this time slip fiction, both women were seeking to find who they were outside of their family of origin. They sought to find fulfillment in sacrificing themselves and what they wanted to help others. I loved the lessons in this story, both main characters were grappling and losing with finding their identity. The realization of who they were and how it had nothing to do with what they did and did not do was incredible. The relationships in the books are very secondary and this would not be considered a romance, but more women's fiction. I truly enjoyed it! I obtained this book from the publisher. The opinions contained herein are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tressa (Wishful Endings)

    THE TEA CHEST is an emotional story about two women who live centuries apart from each other, but who relate in similar ways. They're connected by a tea chest, allowing for the woman who comes later to find strength in the woman who came before her. A story about family, loyalty, freedom, perseverance, faith and love. I immediately got into Hayley's story. She was facing the extreme challenge of BUD/S training to become a Navy SEAL. I loved her determination and her heart. I also felt like her ch THE TEA CHEST is an emotional story about two women who live centuries apart from each other, but who relate in similar ways. They're connected by a tea chest, allowing for the woman who comes later to find strength in the woman who came before her. A story about family, loyalty, freedom, perseverance, faith and love. I immediately got into Hayley's story. She was facing the extreme challenge of BUD/S training to become a Navy SEAL. I loved her determination and her heart. I also felt like her character was complex as she had quite a bit of baggage to work through and a future she was trying to grasp. I really wanted a bit more development between her and Ethan as I felt there was a lot there to dive into and didn't feel like her faith and the romance with Ethan was as developed as much as it could have been. It took me a bit to fully get into Emma's story. She wasn't a character I loved at first, so she had to grow on me. Her character felt a bit more one-dimensional compared to Hayley's, but I know readers connect with characters differently. Her story was very emotional towards the end and brought me to tears in a few places. The setting being around the Revolutionary War and the Boston Tea Party made it unique and intriguing. I love history, so I enjoyed this aspect of the story quite a bit. The ending was bittersweet and perfect. My only complaint was that there were times I wanted the story to switch sooner or later. It wasn't always consistent. This was also much more of an historical novel than contemporary as the contemporary part had fewer pages in comparison. It's a bit of a difficult thing to write in this genre without it feeling jarring switching time periods, without disrupting the reader's interest, and creating love for both storylines. I felt like the author did a fairly good job in that. In the end, was it what I wished for? I very much enjoyed reading this! Both storylines are interesting with likable characters, emotional plots, and sweet romance. Recommended to Christian romance and time-slip fans. Content: Some violence and references to drugs, drinking and abuse, and some references to marital relations (not detailed in any way). Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joleen

    Boston, 1773 Emma Malcolm: At odds with her feelings of loyalty or liberty Noah Winslow: Emma’s Patriot love interest Samuel Clarke: Emma’s intended (ewww) Sarah and John: Friends Emma wished her parents were like Current Day: Coronado California and Boston Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth: Attempting to be the first Navy SEAL Ethan Gagnon: Boyfriend she left behind to pursue her dream Lena: Hayley’s drug addicted mother Loyalty or liberty? This was the question in both timelines. 1773: For Emma whose parents Boston, 1773 Emma Malcolm: At odds with her feelings of loyalty or liberty Noah Winslow: Emma’s Patriot love interest Samuel Clarke: Emma’s intended (ewww) Sarah and John: Friends Emma wished her parents were like Current Day: Coronado California and Boston Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth: Attempting to be the first Navy SEAL Ethan Gagnon: Boyfriend she left behind to pursue her dream Lena: Hayley’s drug addicted mother Loyalty or liberty? This was the question in both timelines. 1773: For Emma whose parents demanded loyalty to their strict ways and to the crown. Could she turn completely around to follow her heart and the liberty the Patriots so desperately desired? Current Day: For Hayley a painful past with a drug addicted mother and her lecherous boyfriends, plus her own boyfriend seemed to keep her emotions captive and from which she needed liberty. But a newer loyalty to the U.S. Navy and to her dream of being the first female Navy SEAL were far too compelling for her to consider a different life with the man she still loved. A tea chest became the connection between two women separated by nearly 225 years; a tea chest that held detailed history about the Boston Tea Party and the Patriot cause unknown before. The connection of these two women was reminiscent for me of Ms. Chiavaroli’s Freedom's Ring, which I thoroughly enjoyed. In this one, though, the faith element was far stronger in the historical timeline than in the present one, but in the end it pulled together very well. Enjoyable, though a few sections might not be appropriate for pre-teens… of Hayley as a child being sexually abused by her mother’s shack-ups, plus years later her mother had cleaned up, but still living with a man. Sigh. Yes, they’re realistic, but still sad.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    Passion for American history shines through as this author gives readers a front row seat to events leading up to and those after the Boston Tea party, through the eyes of tender-hearted Emma Malcom and her family. I enjoy how this author masterfully weaves together the Boston Tea party story and one in current time with an incredible journey of the first women to make an attempt at becoming a navy seal. Both story lines are engaging and gripping. I hated when one story line switched because I wa Passion for American history shines through as this author gives readers a front row seat to events leading up to and those after the Boston Tea party, through the eyes of tender-hearted Emma Malcom and her family. I enjoy how this author masterfully weaves together the Boston Tea party story and one in current time with an incredible journey of the first women to make an attempt at becoming a navy seal. Both story lines are engaging and gripping. I hated when one story line switched because I was emotionally involved in both stories, on the edge of my seat wanting to know more. I appreciated the author notes at the end telling readers which parts of history were real and what she added to make the story flow. The reader gets an up-close and personal look at the situations each of these characters face and the choices they must make, realizing some would be a matter of life and/or death. Would they stand strong, or would they cave? Some questioned if they were doing the right thing? Could they rely on God and his strength in their time of need. Would He do far more than they could ever imagine. Both of these courageous women seek answers to these tough questions. This was a nail-biting story I couldn’t put down. It’s rich in character, history and story. It would work well for your next book club pick. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com

  13. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Heidi Chiavaroli is one of my go-to authors for historical fiction. I love her stories & this one is no exception! This dual timeline tale tells the story of two women from different time periods, who discover how strong they are as they fight for life, liberty & happiness. Don’t miss this one! It’s a favorite. Heidi Chiavaroli is one of my go-to authors for historical fiction. I love her stories & this one is no exception! This dual timeline tale tells the story of two women from different time periods, who discover how strong they are as they fight for life, liberty & happiness. Don’t miss this one! It’s a favorite.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Becca-Rae Weidel

    Whatever you call them, time slip or dual timeline, this is very quickly becoming a favorite genre, and even before this read Heidi Chiavaroli held a place on my "must read authors" list. She writes with such vivid imagery (without going overboard) that it feels as if you've stepped right into the setting yourself.  Something unique about this read compared to most other books I've read in the genre, is that there were several chapters in between jumping between the timelines. Instead of switchin Whatever you call them, time slip or dual timeline, this is very quickly becoming a favorite genre, and even before this read Heidi Chiavaroli held a place on my "must read authors" list. She writes with such vivid imagery (without going overboard) that it feels as if you've stepped right into the setting yourself.  Something unique about this read compared to most other books I've read in the genre, is that there were several chapters in between jumping between the timelines. Instead of switching back and forth every chapter, it was more like every three or 4 chapters. Sometimes I liked it because I could spend more time in each timeline before moving on, but at other times I felt like I would have liked to bounce between them more. I don't know if I could share any strong opinions either way on this. I think it's more your individual preference as a reader. I'm honestly not sure which timeline was my favorite in this one. I think I might go with the historical however in many ways I could resonate with Hayley's personality so much that I couldn't help but feel a connection with her. Our pasts are not the same, but our personalities are. Like Hayley I'm a runner. When things get tough I run instead of facing whatever is causing pain. It wasn't hard for me at all to get behind her and hope that she could overcome her fears to find healing and happiness. Yet while I could resonate more with Hayley, Emma's story captivated my attention. It had the most action, excitement, and danger. Full warning there were a few scenes with some graphic injuries described but they also could have been worse. Emma did not have an easy road and I found myself clinging to hope for her future happiness. Her timeline was rich with real history and I came away feeling a deeper appreciation for times and the people who were responsible for it all. It left me intrigued to know more. As with Heidi Chiavaroli's other books, I really enjoyed this read. It's clear that she has a deep appreciation for history and shining light on it through story. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next! *I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House through Netgalley. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    This one quickly became a page turner, and really didn’t want it to end. The author did a wonderful job of tying this story together from the past to the present. I loved the historical aspect of this book, and we get to walk in these amazing character’s shoes! We switch between 1700’s to present day, from Revolutionary times to readying to join the Navy Seals. From the terror of fighting for a cause to again training for a cause. I loved how all of my questions were answers, maybe not how I wanted This one quickly became a page turner, and really didn’t want it to end. The author did a wonderful job of tying this story together from the past to the present. I loved the historical aspect of this book, and we get to walk in these amazing character’s shoes! We switch between 1700’s to present day, from Revolutionary times to readying to join the Navy Seals. From the terror of fighting for a cause to again training for a cause. I loved how all of my questions were answers, maybe not how I wanted them. Be sure to read the author’s notes at the end! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Tyndale, and was not required to give a positive review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Johnson

    Once again Heidi Chiavaroli has managed to capture a well know period of time and transport readers to experience it through her words. Her writing is completely captivating! This book is expertly crafted, intertwining historical and present day storylines. Heidi Chiavaroli is extremely gifted at writing such raw and real characters that I always race to the authors notes when I finish to see which characters are real and which are fictional. This was a very tumultuous period of time in history Once again Heidi Chiavaroli has managed to capture a well know period of time and transport readers to experience it through her words. Her writing is completely captivating! This book is expertly crafted, intertwining historical and present day storylines. Heidi Chiavaroli is extremely gifted at writing such raw and real characters that I always race to the authors notes when I finish to see which characters are real and which are fictional. This was a very tumultuous period of time in history and the historical characters experience this first hand. I appreciated the realistic approach that the author took with this story, however it wasn’t a light read. You can feel the pains and the heartaches of these characters as they face hardship after hardship. The present day storyline was an interesting historical scavenger hunt for the characters. Hailey was harder for me to like as a character. Her tendency to protect herself and run away from relationships made her a tough character to like. While this book is extremely well written, it also is heavier and more emotionally traumatic than I prefer. I feel that is the nature of the time period, and the author realistically portrayed things. I would have loved more romance in both storylines, and I would have loved a little more relief from the pain and hardship as the historical story continued. However, these are personal preferences! I was a little sad at the conclusion of this book, but it does answer any lingering questions that the reader may have concerning both storylines. If you are looking for a story with rich and authentic historical descriptions and a blending of historical and modern day themes, you should most definitely add The Tea Chest to your reading list.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    I was so excited to read The Tea Chest by Heidi Chiavaroli after looking forward to this book for several months--and it did not disappoint. In this dual time line book, Chiavaroli tells the stories of two strong women. Emma Malcom who lives in Boston in 1773 as the daughter of a hard man who is loyal to the crown. He has also promised her hand to Samuel Clarke even though her heart belongs to Noah Winslow, a Patriot. Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth goes home to Boston to tie up lose ends and find he I was so excited to read The Tea Chest by Heidi Chiavaroli after looking forward to this book for several months--and it did not disappoint. In this dual time line book, Chiavaroli tells the stories of two strong women. Emma Malcom who lives in Boston in 1773 as the daughter of a hard man who is loyal to the crown. He has also promised her hand to Samuel Clarke even though her heart belongs to Noah Winslow, a Patriot. Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth goes home to Boston to tie up lose ends and find healing from a childhood of neglect and abuse. She hopes to be the first woman inducted in to the elite Navy SEALs. She and her childhood sweetheart discover a hidden document at the bottom of a tea chest that leads to a bigger treasure than Hayley could have hoped for. I liked both Hayley and Emma's stories in The Tea Chest. They aren't necessarily pretty stories. However, they did seem true to life and they could offer hope to those who face struggles today that need to be overcome. Both women are strong women but they learned how to use that strength and when to fight. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Emma's friend Sarah gives her a tea cup and talks about how that cup can relate to Emma's journey. Sarah tells Emma that whether she fights or she stands aside and lets life happen, she has had a say in her journey. I thought there were some surprises in each woman's story as there would be in real life. I like books that not only tell a good story but encourage me to reflect on my own life story--The Tea Chest did just that. I admired the courage of both Emma and Hayley who each faced challenges throughout their life. There is a light spiritual element in the book although it is not preachy at all. I received a copy of this book from the author and the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kailey

    I absolutely loved this book! I really enjoyed both storylines and how the wove together. I think I enjoyed the historical part of the story more though. I loved how both parts featured strong women. I’m looking forward to reading more from Heidi Chiavaroli!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    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 a 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. BOSTON 1773 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. Present Day 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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    What a skillfully woven tale! Heidi wove the stories of Emma and Hayley beautifully with their struggles and fears being very similar despite the over 200 years separating them. The story overall reads quickly(at least for me) but it wasn't the easiest read for me due to some of the heartbreaking moments as well as a couple of other plot points that happen during Emma's story line. I enjoyed the mystery for Hayley and Ethan to find out more about the Tea Chest and learning about Noah and Emma in What a skillfully woven tale! Heidi wove the stories of Emma and Hayley beautifully with their struggles and fears being very similar despite the over 200 years separating them. The story overall reads quickly(at least for me) but it wasn't the easiest read for me due to some of the heartbreaking moments as well as a couple of other plot points that happen during Emma's story line. I enjoyed the mystery for Hayley and Ethan to find out more about the Tea Chest and learning about Noah and Emma in the process. Both women's journeys were interesting and held my attention. All in all, an enjoyable read-just be warned there are a couple scenes not for the faint of heart. I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Chiavaroli proves herself a master at the intersection of history and present-day in her new novel, The Tea Chest. A gripping tale of the Boston Tea Party and the choices we all must make for truth, the power of forgiveness, and the freedom that comes when we realize to Whom we truly belong. Swoon-worthy romance, heartbreak, and intrigue combine for a thrilling story that will keep me thinking for a long time to come. Bravo!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    This story is an impressive work of art. Filled with emotion and bold characters who are unapologetic in their beliefs and relentless in their pursuit of liberty. The abundant life breathed into these characters and the authentic attention to historical details all came together to create a vibrant story that is sure to stick with you long after you’ve read the last words on the page. I fully enjoyed my time spent with this dual-timeline story. If you had asked me early on I would have said that This story is an impressive work of art. Filled with emotion and bold characters who are unapologetic in their beliefs and relentless in their pursuit of liberty. The abundant life breathed into these characters and the authentic attention to historical details all came together to create a vibrant story that is sure to stick with you long after you’ve read the last words on the page. I fully enjoyed my time spent with this dual-timeline story. If you had asked me early on I would have said that the historical timeline was my favorite. But after reaching the end of the book and getting to know and understand Hayley better, I’m not hard-pressed to give an answer because I find that I love both timelines equally. A few times I had to put the book down and look up a historical detail just to assuage my curiosity. Now more than ever I want to take a trip to Boston and see the sites for myself. I highly recommend this fantastic story! (I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Erin Laramore

    4.5 stars for this latest dual timeline novel from Heidi Chiavaroli. This one took me a little bit to get into, but when it did kick in, it kicked into full gear. Switching from Hayley, who in modern times is training to be the first female Navy SEAL, to Emma, who aided in the Boston Tea Party and Revolutionary War, this book plumbed the depths of courage, patriotism, love and loyalty. I really liked Emma in the historical timeline. She gave thought to every decision that she made and struggled 4.5 stars for this latest dual timeline novel from Heidi Chiavaroli. This one took me a little bit to get into, but when it did kick in, it kicked into full gear. Switching from Hayley, who in modern times is training to be the first female Navy SEAL, to Emma, who aided in the Boston Tea Party and Revolutionary War, this book plumbed the depths of courage, patriotism, love and loyalty. I really liked Emma in the historical timeline. She gave thought to every decision that she made and struggled with where her loyalties should lie in a way that seemed natural. I loved learning a bit of history in the midst of her story as well, and seeing the author's notes at the end showing what was fact and what was fiction was very enlightening. Hayley, on the other hand, had complete tunnel vision, making decisions only as they led to her goal of becoming a SEAL - no matter what (or who) got left behind in the process. This made her a bit unlikable, but it also offered her more room for growth. By the end of the book, I was in tears rooting for her. If you enjoy dual timeline stories with great character development, this is one I would strongly recommend!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen Sargent

    The Tea Chest is destined to be another award-winner for Heidi Chiavaroli. Once again, she masterfully weaves the past and the present to explore significant themes and bring them to life through her characters. You will become part of the story as Heidi's craft draws you into the pages. I cheered for Emma and Hayley as they pushed against barriers and made hard choices. This is definitely my favorite Heidi Chiavaroli book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Hudson

    LOYALTY OR LIBERTY? I’m a new reader of Heidi Chiavaroli’s novels. After reading THE TEA CHEST, I have become a fan! THE TEA CHEST is a time slip novel, detailing the lives of Emma Malcom in 1773 and her role in the Boston Tea Party and the present day life of Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth who is determined to be the first woman inducted into the elite Navy SEALs. Both of these women are strong, but due to circumstances that face, they become stronger than they ever thought possible. Chiavaroli crea LOYALTY OR LIBERTY? I’m a new reader of Heidi Chiavaroli’s novels. After reading THE TEA CHEST, I have become a fan! THE TEA CHEST is a time slip novel, detailing the lives of Emma Malcom in 1773 and her role in the Boston Tea Party and the present day life of Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth who is determined to be the first woman inducted into the elite Navy SEALs. Both of these women are strong, but due to circumstances that face, they become stronger than they ever thought possible. Chiavaroli created characters that are believable and the time slip story she weaves is one that will stay with you long after you’ve read the last word of this novel. Her writing is engaging and you will quickly find yourself deep into this novel with a “Do Not Disturb” flag posted around you! This novel will make you think about what choices you might have made if you found yourself in either one of these women’s situations as they fought for love and freedom. Also, I hope readers won’t miss the characters discovering a heritage of courage and faith. I highly recommend this book! It has become on of my Bright Stars of 2020!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Becky Campagnone

    Once again Heidi knocks it out of the park!! So good with the historical and contemporary. She really makes them both gel together in such a great way. I truly enjoyed this book!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leslie M.

    Review to come.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    Two women separated by centuries fight for love and their beliefs, connected by a tea chest. Emma Malcolm is the daughter of a wealthy loyalist, engaged to be married to a cruel man that her father has chosen for her. But her heart belongs to assistant printer and Patriot, Noah Winslow. In the present day, Hayley Ashworth is fighting for her dream to become the first female Navy SEAL, but painful memories from her past are holding her back. She reconnects with an old friend, which leads to the d Two women separated by centuries fight for love and their beliefs, connected by a tea chest. Emma Malcolm is the daughter of a wealthy loyalist, engaged to be married to a cruel man that her father has chosen for her. But her heart belongs to assistant printer and Patriot, Noah Winslow. In the present day, Hayley Ashworth is fighting for her dream to become the first female Navy SEAL, but painful memories from her past are holding her back. She reconnects with an old friend, which leads to the discovery of the tea chest and the secrets hidden within. Hayley has always had to be strong, growing up the daughter of a single mom who went from boyfriend to boyfriend, she has had a tumultuous upbringing. She has always been close to her uncle who is the strongest person that she knows, and she hopes to follow in his footsteps with a military career. She loves the camaraderie that comes with the military, and security of being an important part of a team. I really like how her life changes over the course of the book, as well as her outlook on life and faith. Emma is a courageous woman who must sacrifice everything for the ones that she loves. She must whether many trials for her beliefs and to protect the people she cares about. I admired her strength and how she holds on, even when things appeared darkest. Overall an inspiring story of two women and their remarkable journeys of faith and determination, loyalty and hope. Realistically wrought, this was a masterfully written read, with great characters and well researched. Highly recommend. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tabitha Bouldin

    Do you ever start a book without any expectations? I’ve read dual timeline before, and I love them. But I’ve never read Heidi Chiavaroli before. Until now. Straight away, I connected with Hayley. She’s out to prove herself, and no one is a harder taskmaster than her own conscious. She’s fierce, independent, and an all-out warrior who will do anything to become more than her past. Then, we meet Emma. Equally powerful character. Born into a world ripping itself apart, Emma has to choose which is mor Do you ever start a book without any expectations? I’ve read dual timeline before, and I love them. But I’ve never read Heidi Chiavaroli before. Until now. Straight away, I connected with Hayley. She’s out to prove herself, and no one is a harder taskmaster than her own conscious. She’s fierce, independent, and an all-out warrior who will do anything to become more than her past. Then, we meet Emma. Equally powerful character. Born into a world ripping itself apart, Emma has to choose which is more important: Liberty or Loyalty. The male counterparts to each timeline built on the essence of the story. They pushed and pulled with equal fervor while never taking away from the journey. I loved that Heidi Chiavaroli took Hayley’s deepest insecurities and fears and used them to reveal her greatest success. She showed grace in the face of failure and strength in overcoming her fears. We are all a product of our past, and The Tea Chest proves to be a reminder that our past has the power to hold great courage. Keep what you need. Get rid of the rest. Don’t carry the weight of your past and allow it to keep you from the beauty of your future. I could not put this book down. I absolutely had to know how it would end and how Emma and Hayley’s stories would collide. The author did a marvelous job weaving their stories together and the end result created a novel I’m sure to read again and again. I requested a copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    The Tea Chest is a split-time novel set in present-day and Revolutionary War-era Boston, Massachusetts. As the title suggests, a tea chest plays an important role in the story and serves as the main connecting point between the modern and historical characters. The modern day character, Hayley, comes from a dysfunctional family and has tried to find herself through a Navy career and attempting to become a Navy Seal. The home life of Revolutionary War character Emma isn't much better and she stru The Tea Chest is a split-time novel set in present-day and Revolutionary War-era Boston, Massachusetts. As the title suggests, a tea chest plays an important role in the story and serves as the main connecting point between the modern and historical characters. The modern day character, Hayley, comes from a dysfunctional family and has tried to find herself through a Navy career and attempting to become a Navy Seal. The home life of Revolutionary War character Emma isn't much better and she struggles to decide if loyalty or liberty is a greater virtue. The story centers around Emma and her involvement in the war effort. Hayley learns of Emma's story while researching the tea chest and discovers Emma's story is more important personally than she first anticipated. The Tea Chest is a well-done historical novel that uses the split-time technique effectively to introduce the story and to provide a backdrop which sets the stage for each new development in addition to a interesting sub-plot. While published by Tyndale House, a Christian publisher, the story is not overly Christian or religious beyond the characters praying and a few references to Jesus and heaven which don't stand out much as they are fit into the historical time period. If I was not aware that I was reading a book from a Christian publishing house, I would not have realized it is supposed to fall into the "religious/Christian fiction" category. I received an ARC of this book from Tyndale House via NetGalley.

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