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River Rising by John Heldt–#Book Review

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New Time-Travel Novel by John Heldt

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River Rising is a well-written, and engaging time-travel novel.
Two professors from Arizona, Tim, and Caroline Carson disappeared, in 2017, leaving their five children devastated. A couple of months after their disappearance, however, the eldest sibling, twenty-seven-year-old, Adam, received a letter from the family attorney. Although the letter was puzzling, it gave Adam some clues, as to what might have happened, to his parents and how to find them as well. The correspondence read more like a fantasy novel than a letter. His parents wrote of time-travel and living in the 1800s. Although, Adam found the information to be surreal; he couldn’t dispute some of the proof he was holding in his hands. So, after having a family meeting, the siblings planned the scariest and most exciting journey of their lives. The five of them were going to do the unthinkable. It was time to find their parents.

The Carson siblings knew that Arizona in the 1800s would not be the safest place to be, but what choice did they have? All they could do was to plan for possible problems. But, real life has a way of changing plans; however, like traveling to Pennsylvania instead of Arizona, getting caught in floods, running from the law, and falling in love.

I’ve read several books by John Heldt. He’s a great storyteller and spins a captivating and an adventurous time-travel novel. This book is a blend of sweet romance, love, historical fiction, and suspense. River Rising is the first book in the new series, The Carson Chronicles. It sets the reader up for the books to follow, so there is a cliffhanger at the end of book one. If you enjoy historical fiction and time-travel novels, River Rising may be the book for you. It’s a very enjoyable read.

Thank you, John Heldt for my complementary copy of River Rising!

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Brothers Three by Layton Green

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Newest Exciting Release by Layton Green!

 

The Brothers Three is a fast paced, action packed, compelling fantasy novel.

The youngest Blackwood brother, Will, was born with a warrior spirit. One of his favorite pastimes was role-playing, fighting, fantasy games, with nerdy, head-in-the-clouds type of people like himself. Will would often envision himself as a fearless knight until his incapacitating, all too familiar panic attacks would zap him back into reality. Caleb, the middle Blackwood brother, was a lover and pacifist. His mundane, predictable life as a bartender was his comfort zone. Val, the eldest Blackwood sibling, was a high-powered lawyer. He was the serious, responsible brother, the one who looked after the others. And, although he used to entertain people with parlor tricks when he was younger, he never believed in magic. In fact, Val considered magic to be utter foolishness, but that would soon change.

Charlie, their father’s friend was more than just an acquaintance to the boys. When their father died, it was Charlie who picked up the pieces and raised the three brothers. So when Charlie’s life was in danger, Will, couldn’t let it go. After accepting a glowing key from a stranger, Will knowingly stepped into another realm, bringing his brothers and best friend, Lance with him.

The parallel world that they landed in resembled New Orleans, but it wasn’t. This new realm was ruled by wizards. It was filled with evil, magic, and monsters. And, anyone who did not agree with the wizard’s rule, found themselves suffering, or dead. The thing that Will didn’t realize when he entered this parallel world was that there would be no easy way back. If you enjoy wizards, magic, danger, and action, you’re going to love this novel.

Thank you, Layton Green for my complimentary copy of The Brothers Three.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Hannah’s Moon by John A. Heldt

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I Absolutely Loved John Heldt’s

Newest Release-Hannah’s Moon-

 

Hannah’s Moon is the final book in John Heldt’s exciting American Journey Series. I love reading time-travel novels, and Hannah’s Moon was no exception.

The book begins with Claire and Ron Rasmussen, depressed, and devastated over losing a child. Feeling as if their hearts could not possibly survive another break, they decide to adopt. What Ron and Claire didn’t count on, however, was how unpredictable and long the adoption process was. Claire’s brother David, though, offered them another solution.

Although Claire and Ron were stunned with the possibility of time-travel, they were also thrilled with the thought of having a child within weeks instead of years. The plan was to travel back to 1945, a time when babies up for adoption were plentiful. With time-travel, there was always the unknown, but if they followed the plan exactly, it was as foolproof as possible. The problem was, though, that it wasn’t foolproof enough. The twenty-first-century trio, unfortunately, came up against heart-wrenching obstacles. Even though a conversation about the end of WWII, was harmless among the time-travelers, if they were overheard, however, the consequences could be severe. They could be thrown in jail, forced to join the military or have their newly adopted baby ripped from their arms. Just when the trio thought that their dreams were coming true, the floodgates of trouble opened up.

I have read and enjoyed several of John Heldt books; but Hannah’s Moon, I will have to say, is one of my favorites. It has all the key ingredients of a fantastic read; well-written, perfectly paced, compelling, and crafted with a touch of intrigue and romance.

Many thanks to John Heldt for my complimentary copy of Hannah’s Moon. I absolutely loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Class of ’59 by John A. Heldt

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Class of ’59 is a delightful time-travel tale.

College senior, Mark Ryan, sat on the floor in the old mansion, shell-shocked, after opening an antique desk drawer. The drawer contained information regarding time-travel, specifically between the years of 1959 and 2017. The most exciting part of Mark’s discovery was that not only was it 1959 but that the time-travel tunnel, was in the mansion’s basement.

Not wanting to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime, Mark entered the tunnel without delay and found himself in the year of 2017. Stunned and excited, he couldn’t wait to share his discovery with Ben, his younger brother. When he tried to re-enter the time-tunnel, however, there was a beautiful, inquisitive guest of the mansion, blocking his way. Not knowing what to say, Mark ended up telling Mary Beth the truth. They both agree to let their younger siblings in on the secret. Mark, Mary Beth, Ben, and Piper became a close-knit group. Mary Beth and Piper had always been fascinated with the 1950s, so Mark and Ben decided to take them back to that time-period. The group had only planned on staying, in that year, for a short while, but one week ended up turning into three. Nobody wanted to say goodbye. However, the young explorer’s adventurous experience, came to an abrupt halt, when Mary Beth and Mark, found themselves, being chased by a gang of mobsters.

The author describes the 1950s, with enough vivid details that I couldn’t help but feel part of the story. I found Class of ’59 to be a light, entertaining and fun story.

I received this book, from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*The Journey* by John A. Heldt

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I thoroughly enjoyed The Journey. This was a different sort of time-travel story for me, because, in The Journey, the time-traveler takes an active roll in changing history. Michelle Jennings, the heroine, and time-traveler takes a bold stance by helping people make better life choices. She is particularly interested in the teenager, Shelly Preston because Shelly is Michelle’s younger self.

In The Journey, the heroine finds that she has inadvertently traveled from the year, 2010 to the 1970’s, and comes face to face with her teenage self and her parents. Michelle makes it her mission to correct the poor choices she had once made in her life, and to save others from dying.

I found the storyline interesting and the writing compelling. If you are looking for something different, look no further.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

**Twice Upon A Kiss** by Jane Susann MacCarter *5-Stars

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Twice Upon A Kiss is an outstanding and compelling, time-travel, historical fiction romance.

Stella, a comatose patient, was on life-support in a Minneapolis Hospital after surviving a gunshot wound to the head. Stella opened her eyes, not in the twenty-first century Minneapolis hospital, though, but in a prehistoric village called Jarmo, in 7000BC. She recognized the Eden type place from Professor Harry Vale’s many passionate lectures about it. Jarmo was every bit as beautiful as her Professor described it to be. Jarmo was a place of peace, harmony, and laughter. War was still an unknown to the Jarmo people, but it wouldn’t stay that way for long. War was coming to Jarmo and the twenty-first century Stella would play a major role in it.

The story alternates between present day comatose Stella to self-assured, Jarmo Chieftain’s wife, Stella. I found this book to be unique, compelling and incredibly well-written. The fascinating prehistoric life of Jarmo came alive for me, as well as Stella’s relationship with Chieftain Hari and Professor Harry. Each one of these characters was well-developed and had distinct, individual personalities.

Twice Upon A Kiss is not just a time-travel romance or a fantastic historical fiction read. It’s a story about feeling the fullness of life, the ecstasy of love, the stabbing pain of jealousy, the agony of loss, and the bittersweet peace and understanding that can only come with acceptance. The book left me spellbound. I loved it and highly recommend giving Twice Upon A Kiss a read.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.