Tuesday-July 2, 2013 Satin Sheets Romance Review of The Journey by John Hedlt
Title: The Journey
Author: John Heldt
Author’s Website: www.johnheldt.blogspot.com
Genre: Paranormal romance
Length: 242 pages
Find It On: Amazon
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.
As an avid reader of time travel romance, I tend to like to go back in time…way back in time. In The Journey, the author only takes us back 31 years, to the heroine’s home town of Unionville, Washington in the year 1979, when Shelly Preston Richardson is still a senior in high school.
I think one of the aspects that I loved about this time travel, is the “hindsight is 20/20” perspective. At one time or another, we all have wanted a “do over” in life. Shelly Richardson gets that chance when she’s hurled back in time, and can mentor to her former self, as well as former classmates. Her hope is to alter her lifelong regrets of marrying her high school sweetheart, Scott Richardson.
There was small level of romance involved in this read. Mr. Heldt did an incredible job bringing all the characters to life, and the story was well written. The message within the read, to me, is the real catch here. It’s compelling, riveting, and touching all at once. I thoroughly enjoyed The Journey by John Heldt and you will too.
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