Review: The Hidden Side by Heidi Chiavaroli

". . . if only I had faith enough to reveal the raw, unflattering skin of my true self and entrust it all to Him." (365)

Title:  The Hidden Side
Author: Heidi Chiavaroli
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Release Date:  May 8, 2018 
Genre: Historical/Contemporary Romance / Dual Time
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New York, 2016
Natalie Abbott offers answers for hurting listeners on her popular radio program. But she struggles to connect with her teenagers, with her daughter in an unhealthy relationship and her son uncommunicative and isolated. When one member of the family commits an unspeakable act, Natalie is forced to uncover who she truly is under the façade of her radio persona.

New York, 1776
Mercy Howard is shocked when her fiancé, Nathan Hale, is arrested and hanged as a spy. When she’s asked to join the revolutionary spy ring in Manhattan, she sees an opportunity to avenge Nathan’s death. But keeping her true loyalties hidden grows increasingly harder as the charming Major John Andre of the King’s Army becomes more to her than a target for intelligence.

Mercy’s journals comfort Natalie from across the centuries as both women struggle with their own secrets and shame, wondering how deep God’s mercy extends.


MY THOUGHTS

I did not know what to expect when I picked up The Hidden Side by Heidi Chiavaroli. I've heard great things for her first novel, Freedom's Ring. So I was looking forward to The Hidden Side. If you saw the cover, you would never expect it to be a dual-time storyline.

As a reader, do you like stories that open your minds and hearts to situations that you've never think of? Do you like a story that delve into human thoughts and emotions, while exploring the consequences of actions? Well, The Hidden Side was a story that dealt with a lot of trigger issues in both time periods. It's not a light read, nor will I say an overly emotional read, but powerful nonetheless. From secrets to tragedy to grief, readers will experience the relevance of what is written to the challenging issues we face today. Yet, what differentiate this is the effect of these issues, how they are handled, and how to face the brokenness, and all with faith and grace. Trust me when I say, The Hidden Side was a hard read, but one that kept going. It's hard to read about the darkness we see in others, but it's also hard to feel that brokenness from it, and the apprehension of our characters on what's next.

In all, author Heidi Chiavaroli crafted a poignant novel in The Hidden Side, with a sensitivity in language and plot that captivates readers. Heart-rending in more ways then expected, it's a story that spoke volumes on life, the meaning of grace during the difficult moments and gripping on hope.

"Mourn the darkness of the world, even of your own heart. But then, stow yourself in Him. And trust that He'll keep you there." (361)


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Heidi Chiavaroli began writing eleven years ago, just after Jesus had
grabbed hold of her heart. She used her two small boys’ nap times to
pursue what she thought at the time was a foolish dream. Despite a long
road to publication, she hasn’t stopped writing since! Heidi won the 2014 ACFW Genesis contest in the historical category. Her debut novel,
Freedom’s Ring, was a 4½-star Romantic Times Top Pick and a Booklist
Top Ten Romance Debut. Heidi loves exploring places that whisper of
historical secrets, especially with her family. She loves running, hiking, baking, and dates with her high-school sweetheart and husband offourteen years. Heidi makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband, two sons, and Howie, her standard poodle. Visit her online at heidichiavaroli.com.

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