Indie Authors Rock Review: The Journey by John A. Heldt

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Today I am pleased to present The Journey by author John A. Heldt. Read on to find out more!

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The Journey
John A. Heldt
Northwest Passage Time Travel Series #2
File Size: 347 KB / 242 Pages
Self Published
ISBN:  B00A1ID5X0
Genres: Time Travel, Historical Fiction
Purchase:  Amazon

Stars:  5

About the Book:

Seattle, 2010. When her entrepreneur husband dies in an accident, Michelle Preston Richardson, 48, finds herself childless and directionless. She yearns for the simpler days of her youth, before she followed her high school sweetheart down a road that led to limitless riches but little fulfillment, and jumps at a chance to reconnect with her past at a class reunion. But when Michelle returns to Unionville, Oregon, and joins three classmates on a spur-of-the-moment tour of an abandoned mansion, she gets more than she asked for. She enters a mysterious room and is thrown back to 1979.

Distraught and destitute, Michelle finds a job as a secretary at Unionville High, where she guides her spirited younger self, Shelly Preston, and childhood friends through their tumultuous senior year. Along the way, she meets widowed teacher Robert Land and finds the love and happiness she had always sought. But that happiness is threatened when history intervenes and Michelle must act quickly to save those she loves from deadly fates. Filled with humor and heartbreak, THE JOURNEY gives new meaning to friendship, courage, and commitment as it follows an unfulfilled soul through her second shot at life.

Book Review:

In the second of the Northwest Passage Time Travel series, Heldt again introduces a character who is thrown back in time at a point of change in their current life.  Michelle’s husband (and high school sweetheart) suddenly dies in an accident, and she decides to return to her high school for her 30th reunion.

In a striking twist to the “change nothing” rule that seems to be the norm for time travel, Michelle is thrust into 1979, and after a few frantic days, settles in to a life that will allow her to influence her teen self, Shelley.

This book gives a perfect look into options and decisions that need to be made if you choose to alter your life path with all of the knowledge gained from 30+ years of experience.  Would you be able to convince your younger self to make a different decision, and just what sort of impact those changes would have.  In alternating points of view from Michelle and Shelley, we get to see the story progress, understand the reasons Michelle uses in her decisions to interfere, and the consequences of those life altering decisions.   Not a typical “happily ever after” ending, but the book does wrap up with an ending that is both logical and feels right,  a credit to the author who may have pushed the boundaries to create some fairy tale solution.

This book differs from the author’s first, The Mine,  in several key ways.  The pacing of this story never wavers nor does it leave the reader wading through endless descriptive passages that, while beautiful, did not serve the story.  Language and pacing are direct and often spare, with a sense of humor and a great facility for conversation and hinting at things to come without directly giving away the plot.  Heldt has managed to capture a woman’s point of view quite nicely, and given a sense of ‘time and place’ to the late-70’s era teenage girls that feels accurate and appropriate.  With several romances in varying stages, and the introduction of the potential for multiple destinies for one person, this book is a winner for readers of all ages.

I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review for the Indie Authors Rock promotion on I am, Indeed.  I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About the Author:

John A. Heldt is a reference librarian who lives and works in Montana. The former award-winning sportswriter and newspaper editor has loved reading and writing since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of both the University of Oregon and University of Iowa, he is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. Heldt is the author of The Mine and The Journey. He will publish The Show, the sequel to The Mine, in February 2013.

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