Cameron Coelho is in love with a woman long dead. A doctoral dissertation on American culture of the 1920's becomes a mission of mercy when Cameron discovers a startling secret hidden in the letters and journals of the Bell family of Evansville, Indiana. Entranced by an antique photograph of young socialite Candice Bell, murdered in 1925, Cameron tracks down her modern-day relatives in search of a cave in California rumored to make time travel possible.
In a nice break from the erotic romance genre, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the well-thought-out journey of Cameron Coelho from his lonely life in 2017 back to the roaring twenties in search of his true love to prevent her untimely demise. Time travel is always a tricky business, and especially so when you plan on saving someone who was supposed to die nearly a century ago.
It was a bit odd that a scholarly fellow like Cameron, having knowledge of the great science fiction postulations of the 20th century, would handily disregard the risks of altering history for the sake of his own happy ending, even duping some of the trusting members of the Bell family in order to do so. But it turns out that time travel is indeed safe and possible with their help, and the detail to which Professor Geoffrey Bell prepares our hero for his trip is both ingenious and plausible.
I also enjoyed the author's characterization of Candice Bell herself. I can't say for sure if any girl from the 1920s would think or behave the way Candice does, but Heldt certainly paints her as a "thoroughly modern Millie" against the backdrop of a post-war period of progress and enlightenment.
Readers who admire the works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne will find Indiana Belle enjoyable!