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The Tea Chest

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  77 reviews
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
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Tyndale House Publishers
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The Tea Chest was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020, and it was well worth the wait. Im convinced that Chiavaroli is the queen of dual-time narratives. Both the contemporary and the historical narratives are compulsively readable. Theres 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 couldnt put the book down, but at the same time, I tried my best not to rush through it, wanting to ...more
Jocelyn Green
Captivating from the first page. I couldnt 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. ...more
Jaime Jo Wright
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
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.
Deanne Patterson
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
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
Heidi Chiavaroli
Jan 28, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I am so excited and honored to present this book to you! Theres so much Ive been through with these characterscharacters that Ive come to love (even if they caused me heartache and tears at times). In many ways, theyre like my children. And now, Im 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 womanwith
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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
Nora St Laurent
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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. Dont miss this one! Its a favorite. ...more
Boston, 1773
Emma Malcolm: At odds with her feelings of loyalty or liberty
Noah Winslow: Emmas Patriot love interest
Samuel Clarke: Emmas 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: Hayleys drug addicted mother

Loyalty or liberty? This was the question in both timelines.

1773: For Emma whose parents
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
Maureen Timerman
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
This one quickly became a page turner, and really didnt 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 characters shoes!
We switch between 1700s 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
Ashley Johnson
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
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 youve 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
Karen Sargent
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Lisa Hudson
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Im a new reader of Heidi Chiavarolis 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
Leslie M.
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review to come.
Tabitha Bouldin
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Do you ever start a book without any expectations? Ive read dual timeline before, and I love them. But Ive never read Heidi Chiavaroli before. Until now.

Straight away, I connected with Hayley. Shes out to prove herself, and no one is a harder taskmaster than her own conscious. Shes 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
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Cynthia Roemer
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In her signature fashion, Heidi Chiavaroli blends past and present, creating realistic characters we can both cheer and relate to. When Hayley Ashworth stumbles across an antique tea chest dating back to the Boston Tea Party, she becomes enthralled with the story behind it and her life is forever changed. The Tea Chest tackles some touch issues. and characters face difficult challenges that force them to make heart-wrenching decisions at times. But, in the end, readers are left with a sense of ...more
Clarice James
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A lovely, satisfying read by author Heidi Chiavaroli. Once again, Ms. Chiavaroli has skillfully created authentic characters true to their particular time periodsin this case, the Revolutionary War and Present Day. The story has a perfect balance of tension, mystery, drama, history, romance, and faith, and Heidi's writing is excellent. I highly recommend The Tea Chest. Excuse me, while I go back and read it again! ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just...WOW!!! This is the first book I've read by Heidi Chiavaroli, but it definitely will not be the last. The stunning cover of The Tea Chest immediately caught my eye and peaked my curiosity, I'd never even heard of Heidi Chiavaroli, so thank you amazing cover art designer I might not have picked up this book if it were not for you!

I finished reading this book and my heart ached. This book is brilliantly written and Heidi Chiavaroli does not shy away from making her characters go through
The Tea Chest was an amazing and breathtaking read. It held me captive from beginning to end. It was a definite page-turner that was almost impossible to put down. I can't say enough good things about it.

I was pulled right into the story, into these characters lives. The real world faded away. I was no longer sitting in my bedroom, but was right beside Haley before and during her SEAL training and back in Boston with her investigating the history of the tea chest. I was right there back in 1773
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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 ...more

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