The Hidden Side by Heidi Chiavaroli

The Hidden Side

New York, 2016Natalie 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, 1776Mercy Howard is shocked when her fiancé, Nathan Hale, is a...

Details The Hidden Side

TitleThe Hidden Side
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherTyndale House Publishers
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Contemporary, Military History, American Revolution, North American Hi..., American History

Reviews The Hidden Side

  • Jenelle Hovde
    6/5 stars.  I started Heidi Chiavaroli’s novel weeks ago and found myself unable to continue—but not for the reasons you might assume. I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind and I knew…KNEW…this was one of those books that had tremendous power and there would be no going back once started. So I set it aside until I could devote a full, undivided attention to each page. Simply put, my heart needed to be ready.I've read many good nove...
  • Staci
    Wow. I am a bit speechless and already feel sorry for whatever my next book might be.The Hidden Side is a time slip novel and begins in the present day. I was drawn in immediately. How many Christian Fiction novels do you know that mention hiding Virginia Slims on page one? The entire novel is about hiding. Hiding things like cigarettes or truths from ourselves.While I wasn't initially as engaged by the historical thread, I was pulled in and enjo...
  • Beth
    Heidi Chiavaroli caught my attention last year with her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, and I can easily say that she surpassed herself with The Hidden Side. I admit that it took me several days to read the first fifty pages, not because it was a slow read or not keeping my attention, but rather because I knew what was coming, and I wasn't sure if my heart could bear it. I can't imagine the emotional agony that the Abbots endured, and I imagine th...
  • Brittany
    The Hidden Side is a powerful, grab you by the heart, kind of story. In actuality, it is two stories as it is a time-split novel, and both storylines are equally compelling.This was not an emotionally easy novel for me to read. But if you are looking for a book that will stretch you and make you open your heart and delve into some uncomfortable questions, then this is a great story to grab hold of.I appreciated the raw emotion and valid questions...
  • Sarah Monzon
    There have been a few books I’ve read in the last year that I just want to give either the author or the publisher a bravery medal for—this book is one of those. Tackling a sensitive subject that has hit too many close to home, school shooting are becoming all too frequent and are times in which the whole nation grieves. Shinning the light where it needs to be—individuals, grace, leaning on God—and not getting sideswiped by political outr...
  • Melanie Dobson
    Heidi Chiavaroli has written another poignant novel that slips between a heart-wrenching present-day story and a tragic one set during the Revolutionary War. The Hidden Side explores the raw humanness of characters who are confronted with unimaginable sorrow and the secrets they keep to protect themselves and the people they love. Heidi does a remarkable job demonstrating how God's love and mercy can break through the darkest shame while honoring...
  • Rachel McMillan
    Renowned as one of the most dynamically intelligent new authors in the CBA in the past two years, Chiavaroli holds the rare honour of keeping readers captivated equally in both the historical and contemporary strands of her piece. Poetic. Heart-rending. Relevant and with a keen perspective of how the past marries the present with potent resonance.If you want to see an author's heart on the page, look no further. I quite enjoyed the pacing and int...
  • Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)
    Heidi Chiavaroli has left an indelible mark on my heart with her second novel. I attribute this primarily to the emotional depth she employs in her writing.Full Review:
  • Clara
    There are some stories that I can't begin to imagine the journey the author went through to write them. There's a certain responsibility when writing difficult stories because at the same time you're not assuming to know what it means to go through these situations, you want the readers to have a glimpse, to connect, to not let these stories be forgotten so we may pray that they may not be repeated. Hence, I believe as challenging as they might b...
  • Monica
    I won this book from Goodreads Kindle Giveaways. I love historical fiction and I was intrigued that this novel was set during the Civil War for part of the story and then the other half was set in modern day. This is also a Christian Fiction novel. I don't want to give away spoilers but the modern day story shocked me and I had trouble with it. I am a teacher and I had a really tough time reading about what happened. The mother is a Christian rad...
  • Amanda
    This story was heavy…it is the kind of story that will stay with me for a long time and caused me to think a lot about the issues that were presented.I had a hard time getting into the story…it took me about 150 pages to really start to enjoy it but once I hit that point, I flew through the book. I became very invested in the characters (past and present) and learned a lot about historical events.I love how the author took a story from the pa...
  • Michelle
    Wow. This book. As I started flipping pages I realized how much this book was not what I was expecting, it was better! This is a dual timeline, which I love! The modern day story line was the one I really got into, though both are good. This story takes you right into the middle of the mess of a school shooting and the family of the shooter. Holy goodness this was a difficult read! I had really never thought about how the family must feel if thei...
  • Karen Sargent
    Heidi Chiavaroli did an amazing job of writing dual storylines that paralleled one another in theme (hiding one's true self). Although the settings and events were vastly different, the characters in the present and past experienced the same emotions throughout the story. I tend to choose contemporary over historical, but both stories were engaging, and I appreciate the research the author did to write about the spy ring during the Revolutionary ...
  • Joyce
    This is my first read by this author. I have looked forward to reading one of her books for some time. I love Christian historical fiction from the Revolutionary War period. I love historical fiction period. This is not simply a work of historical fiction. It is written from two time periods simultaneously, 225 years apart. I admit it was difficult for me to switch back and forth from 1776 to 2016 with a rather loose connection. It was like readi...
  • Kailey
    I absolutely loved this book! It was very well written! I thoroughly enjoyed they 3 different point of views in this story. This book touches on some deep issues, but it is written in such a great way. It definitely changed my thinking about tragedy. I really loved the part of the story that took place during the Revolutionary War. I highly recommend this book to everyone! There’s a good message of hope in this book. I received a complimentary ...
  • Kerry Johnson
    Overwhelmingly honest, this story dove right into my mother's heart and resonated so that I could barely put it down. The Hidden Side is split time, like the author's lovely debut, Freedom's Ring. The Revolutionary story side was engaging, but the present-day scenario was so incredibly relevant, I practically devoured the story when it was Natalie's point of view. This author has a gift for tackling tough, gritty subjects with grace and a gentlen...
  • Becca-Rae
    This was a story that sucked me in and held me tight until the very last page. Unfortunately, we live in a world where it’s not abnormal to hear about bomb threats and school shootings. Sadly, people shouting “gun control!” won’t fix anything because it all comes down to a heart issue. Yet how would I react if one of my very own kids ended up being the one behind the gun? How would I feel towards my child that I know I did my best raising...
  • Nancy
    First of all, I liked the intelligent writing of Heidi. If you read this book, you're going to have to pay attention to the words, not just skim and speed read. Mrs. Chiavaroli does have a gift, a talent from God for writing interesting historical fiction. The book was very interesting, and even grippingly suspenseful at some points. Gritty, even. Part of the story revolves around a school shooting.There were 2 rape scenes in this book, so be for...
  • Elizabeth
    I have to admit that I dragged my feet not wanting to start this book. I knew from what the author had told me that it dealt with a shooting and that the subject matter was challenging. And I wasn’t in the mood for a depressing read, I never am come to think of it. But I am so glad I did. It is one of the best books I’ve read this year. The way Heidi dealt with the difficult subject matter is something to be applauded. I finished this book w...
  • Nicole Burrell
    Oh gosh. This book dug into deep, dark places. It got serious REAL fast, and it never really came up for air. And, honestly, I couldn't put it down.Heidi Chiavaroli, author of "The Hidden Side", took on a myriad of tough topics in this fast paced, addictive piece of historical fiction. From bullying to school shootings to family tragedy to some good old fashioned war-time espionage, the subjects just kept coming and Chiavaroli handled them carefu...
  • Amy
    The Hidden Side is the first book I have read by author Heidi Chiavaroli, and I am giving this a five star review not because I loved it. I did not, in fact this story was a very hard read for me but the author pulled me into her story even when I didn’t want to go. The topics discussed in this novel are basically from the front page news. We have all read about them, know about them, and ultimately our country has been changed by them. This is...
  • Christian Fiction Addiction
    While on the air, radio host Natalie Abbott offers up guidance and encouragement for her listeners, all while struggling to know how to handle her own teenagers at home. When her son becomes involved in a horrific incident, Natalie is faced with more than she ever thought possible. Only by finding inspiration in a journal written by Mercy Howard in 1776, writing of her own secrets and hardships, does Natalie find the strength to heal the rift in ...
  • Just Commonly
    ". . . if only I had faith enough to reveal the raw, unflattering skin of my true self and entrust it all to Him." (365)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...
  • Lori Parrish
    I'm going to give this book 5 stars because I like the story line and what it means to me.I haven't finished this book yet butI am beginning to realize that may be all these school shootings are happening today because certain kids are being bullied and the adults don't do anything to stop it.I sometimes feel like these kids and I'm an adult. I feel like sometimes people don't like me because of how I look or maybe I'm not smart enough to be in t...
  • Helen
    The Hidden Side, by Heidi Chiavaroli, is a very powerful modern day story blended with a historical fiction story. This story is so good, it is hard to put down. While I did struggle with putting the two stories together initially, there is a lot of similarities between them. Natalie is a mother of twin teenagers who struggles with connecting with them. The story starts with her going through her son's room to see if she can find anything alarmin...
  • Emily P
    This was the first book I have read by Heidi Chiavaroli! From one contemporary story to one set during the Revolutionary war, you are drawn in rather quickly and both stories surge with emotion. Mercy Howard finds out that her beloved is a spy, which opens them both up to suspicion. Should she participate in the Patriot's cause, or stay guarded? Natalie Abbott has a family that has been slowly creeping farther away from one another, but she proje...