TITLE: The Journey
AUTHOR: John A. Heldt
PUBLISHED: November 3rd 2012 by John A. Heldt
GENRE: Fiction/Time Travel
FORMATS AVAILABLE: Ebook
PURCHASE: The Journey @ Amazon.com
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.
*Copy of book provided by Author in return for an honest review*
This is the third book by John A. Heldt that I have read, and I can say without a doubt that this is my favourite.
Once again, the writing is outstanding and the imagination used to think of yet another portal for time travel is terrific. This book travels back to a time which I can remember as a young child and in particular world events that took place making parts of this story a little more relatable for me.
Michelle, the main character of this story has just lost her husband, whom she has been with since high school. He was the only man she had ever loved and is grieving his loss and feeling very lonely. She is a school teacher and loves helping to guide young people in the right direction. Unfortunately, at the age of 48 she has regrets about the way her life has turned out and especially now after losing her husband. Once she discovers that she has travelled back in time, she finds out that it’s back to the year 1979 when she was in fact a senior in high school. Michelle sets out to guide her younger self to have a more fulfilling life as well as trying to move on with her own.
I expected to find this book a little predictable, which it was at first, however progressing further into the book and then the ending, well lets just say it blew me away. No pun intended, Mr Heldt. ;-) I simply loved it!
If you haven’t read any of John A. Heldt’s books then I highly recommend that you do. His imagination is great and his writing is even better. Be sure to add The Mine, The Show and The Journey to your ‘to-read’ list. You will not be disappointed.
Please check out my other reviews of Mr Heldt’s books listed below. Thanks!
- The Journey @ Amazon.com
- Goodreads Author Page – John A. Heldt
- John A. Heldt – Website
- Book Review: The Mine (Northwest Passage) by John A. Heldt (sharonsbooknook.com)
- Book Review: The Show (Northwest Passage) by John A. Heldt (sharonsbooknook.com)
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