Time after Time.
When a time-traveling pair of Arizona professors fail to return home, their five intrepid offspring set out to find them. The good news is that Adam Carson and his siblings know exactly where Mom & Dad are. The bad news, it’s not a place, but a time. An exacting yet unpredictable science is time travel; and if Adam, Greg, Natalie, Caitlin and Cody don’t “time” it just right, they may never find Tim & Caroline Carson. Even worse, they may never see home again themselves.
Once again readers are treated to a dizzying romp through time and history, introducing them to a new family of time-travelers, the Carsons of Flagstaff, Arizona. Though a determined and loveable bunch, they pierce the veil of time with much less trepidation and scrupulousness than their cautious, logical predecessors, the Bell family of Indiana. Altering a timeline is not to be taken lightly; but the Carsons seem to rush headlong into romantic entanglements and close calls with both Mother Nature and the wrong side of the law the minute they land in December, 1888.
The research and science knowledge necessary on the part of the author to write this story credibly is admirable. However, this series seems more detailed and drawn out than the earlier novels which somehow makes the tale less believable rather than more so. As well, the ending is a bit unsettling, but readers who devour series fiction, served with a large helping of science, history and emotional drama are going to love it.
For the fans the time-hopping Carsons are sure to attract along the way, the journey is just beginning!
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An American Journey Through Time...
John A. Heldt continues a fascinating thread of time-traveling stories with Hannah's Moon. When modern science and beaurocracy fail to fulfill a young couple's hopes and dreams of having a child, where can they look for a miracle? In the past. Claire Rasmussen, a relative to the intrepid Bell family of Indiana is contacted by her uncle, Professor Geoffrey Bell with an incredible proposition. The chance to travel to a place where she and husband Ron can adopt a baby within a matter of weeks rather than years. The tricky part is not where, but when.
Living even temporarily in a war-time era seems risky enough, but things become much more complicated when one of the travelers faces criminal charges and the only way out is to join the cause and fight for his country in a bygone conflict to which the disastrous outcome is already known.
In a previous book to this series, Indiana Belle, readers learn how Professor Bell's unorthodox travel agency works, and that the risks can be mitigated with proper planning. However, we all know what's been said about 'best laid plans.' Hannah's Moon is every bit as entertaining and gripping as its predecessor, and a highly recommended use of your reading "time." Don't miss it!
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A Blast from the Past
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!
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The mine by John Heldt
Genre - Romance
Length - Novel
TBR Reviewer - Daniella
Rating: 4 stars - Recommended Read.
Joel Smith, a college student from Seattle, is travelling through Montana when he discovers an abandoned mine. While exploring the mine Joel sees a blue light just before blacking out. When he wakes up and gets out of the mine he sees that the ramshackle buildings that stood
outside the mine now look very new. And the cars that pass by look nothing like the cars he saw around when stepped into the cave. Joel realizes it is no longer the year 2000, but the spring of 1941. On a whim he travels up to Seattle, where he happens to meet his own
grandmother and her group of friends. When he first meets one of the girls in the group, Grace Vandenberg, he knows he has found the love of his life. But when Joel gets the chance to go back, he suddenly has to decide whether to go back alone or stay and risk changing the
course of his own life.
This was a great well-thought-out story with a lot of likeable and fun characters. Joel and Grace are a fun couple, but Joel´s grandmother Ginny and another girl in the group Katie are great characters too. Joel is thrown into this strange situation, but he really lands on his feet and fits in very easily in the 1940´s. It is an easy read, but still with a lot of depth. Joel lands in 1941 just before the US enters WWII, and you really feel for him, knowing how so many
things will change, but not being able to tell anyone about it. Time travel is always a tricky theme, but I think the author handled it great. All the details seemed to mesh and come together nicely, and the twist at the end was perfect.
I really liked this story, although there were some bits every now and then that were slow. This is a romance, but it is also sci-fi and historical, all rolled in to one, and should appeal to a wide range of readers.
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