Title: The Show
Author: John A. Heldt
Genre: Time Travel / Adventure / Romance
Series: Northwest Passage #3
Best Read in Order: Yes
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About the Book:
Seattle, 1941. Grace Vandenberg, 21, is having a bad day. Minutes after Pearl Harbor is attacked, she learns that her boyfriend is a time traveler from 2000 who has abandoned her for a future he insists they cannot share. Determined to save their love, she follows him into the new century. But just when happiness is within her grasp, she accidentally enters a second time portal and exits in 1918. Distraught and heartbroken, Grace starts a new life in the age of Woodrow Wilson, silent movies, and the Spanish flu. She meets her parents as young, single adults and befriends a handsome, wounded Army captain just back from the war. In THE SHOW, the sequel to THE MINE, Grace finds love and friendship in the ashes of tragedy as she endures the trial of her life.
I had read and reviewed The Mine, which is the direct lead in to this particular story, and picks up to follow Grace and Joel through more adventures. Focusing on Grace, it was an interesting choice to have her travel both forward and back in time, getting a sense of Joel’s confusion and difficulties.
However, like the first story, this book was not without its own peculiar set of issues. I will say that Heldt’s prose is lovely and he writes descriptive passages with flair and they provide a great sense of place and time. However, the frequent inclusion of these descriptions, and a very thorough detailing of backstory prevented clear forward motion which made the story drag dramatically, especially for those who have read the first book. With such unique and memorable character creation from The Mine, it was detail that did not serve the current story, and actually made connecting with Grace more difficult.
Even with those difficulties to pacing, Heldt’s conversational style of storytelling does manage to save the story- pushing through to come to the end, and the little twists that provide some answers are incredibly well crafted and thought through. This is a little series that has much to recommend it, the time travel is done well, even with the minor pacing and styling blips. This is an author who is finding his own particular style, and telling a story that will entertain fans of time travel stories: the points of view provided by the encountered characters that illuminate their own period of history as well as the difficulties they face are a nice bonus and bring the feel of the time closer to the reader.
I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
See my review of The Mine here.
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.