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River Rising by John Heldt–#Book Review

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New Time-Travel Novel by John Heldt

River Rising

 

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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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

*Indiana Belle* by John A. Heldt*5-Stars

Indiana Belle

Indiana Belle, book three of the American Journey Series, is a superbly crafted, compelling and delightfully entertaining time-travel read. I loved every page of this engaging tale and read it in one day. I became a fan of John Heldt, after reading his first book, in the Northwest Passage series, The Mine. I found Indiana Belle, every bit as enjoyable, witty, and cleverly crafted as that first book of his, that I fell in love with.

Cameron Coelho is a doctoral student in Rhode Island, working on his dissertation. Cameron became intensely interested while researching the Roaring Twenties, in a woman, Candace Bell, who was brutally murdered in 1925. Cameron not only felt a connection to this beautiful Indiana Belle but was captivated, also, by her diary, especially the passages mentioning time-travel.

He located Professor Geoffrey Bell, a believer in time-travel and struck up a deal with him. Geoffrey Bell and Cameron Coelho, both had something that the other man wanted. After much deliberation, an agreement was reached, and Cameron was sent back in time to the year, 1925. Although Cameron had agreed not to interfere with Candace Bell’s fate, he secretly knew that he could not honor that promise. There was no way; Cameron could allow, the woman of his dreams to be pummeled to death.

Indiana Belle is a murder mystery as well as a sweet romance. I was captivated from the first page. I never wanted this story to end. It is that good. Highly recommended.

I received a copy of 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

The Journey

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

**The Mine**by John Heldt*5-Stars

The MIne

The Mine is an outstanding and superbly-crafted historical fiction, time-travel novel. I found this book to be a clever, and incredibly well-written witty read, as well as a touching love story. I loved every page of this spellbinding book and read it in one day. The Mine pulled me into its world and held me captive until nothing else existed.

Joel Smith is an extrovert and risk-taker. He’s also a charming and incredibly handsome young man with a magnetic personality. Joel’s brave and adventurous spirit got him into thinking that exploring an abandoned mine in Montana was a grand idea. But it was his bewitching personality that complicated his life, once he exited the mine.

Joel was flabagasted when he realized that it wasn’t May of 2000, but of 1941. He was supposed to be graduating from college in a couple of weeks, but that wasn’t going to happen now. The last thing Joel remembered was touching the mine’s blue glowing walls.

Joel jumped off the park bench when he saw two thugs beating a man to a pulp. Tom Carter was bleeding and bruised but glad to be alive. He felt indebted to his new homeless friend, who saved his life. Tom brought Joel to his home, found him a job and introduced him to his friends and family. The two young men became fast best friends. Out of everyone that Tom introduced him to, Joel was the most interested in the very beautiful but engaged, woman, Grace Vanderberg.

Joel was aware that he should keep a low profile, and he knew that impacting anyone’s life in 1941 could alter history, as well as his own existence. But he just couldn’t seem to leave the blond, engaged girl alone. Joel knew that he was being selfish and was playing with Grace’s fate. And then it came, the thing that Joel had been dreading and hoping for at the same time.

I found John Heldt’s writing to be razor sharp and progressive. There were no wordy paragraphs or boring pages to skip. The Mine was pure entertainment, a gem of a book. I highly recommend giving The Mine a read. This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it won’t be my last. John Heldt is a talented author. Don’t miss him.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover