Tag Archives: john heldt

Review: Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt


Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt

Indiana Belle (American Journey, #3)

Title: Indiana Belle (American Journey #3)

Author: John A. Heldt

Release Date: April 14, 2016

Publisher: John A. Heldt

Format: eBook

Page Number: 295

Source: Author

Providence, Rhode Island, 2017. When doctoral student Cameron Coelho, 28, opens a package from Indiana, he finds more than private papers that will help him with his dissertation. He finds a photograph of a beautiful society editor murdered in 1925 and clues to a century-old mystery. Within days, he meets Geoffrey Bell, the “time-travel professor,” and begins an unlikely journey through the Roaring Twenties. Filled with history, romance, and intrigue, INDIANA BELLE follows a lonely soul on the adventure of a lifetime as he searches for love and answers in the age of Prohibition, flappers, and jazz.

4 out of 5 stars


Guys. Please read this series.

Huge thank you to John for sending me this book for review! I really enjoyed it, and this has been my favorite thus far!!

Alright, wow. So, Cameron Coelho learns of a girl from a mysterious murder in 1925 from a beautiful photo of her. He finds more information out about the woman depicted in the photo, and finds out her name is Candice Bell. Candice is related to the infamous Geoffrey Bell from the American Journey series. Cameron goes and finds Professor Bell and talks him into letting him go back to the 20s to save Candice. Of course he doesn’t tell him he’s saving her, but makes a deal with him to find some more of the magical crystals.

Cameron and Candice meet at the newspaper office, and he’s immediately taken with her; he had fallen in love with her photo, so he knew they would click. They form a beautiful relationship that was kind of rushed at the beginning of the story, but ended up being perfect and great.

This book was so great, you guys. I highly recommend reading this series. I loved that it was in the 20s because I’ve always been taken by the Gatsby era. I love 20s fashion and how women are getting more freedom; it’s great. I loved seeing the daily life of Candice through her writing stories for the paper up until the end of the book.

There were some things that happened near the end of the book that were so surprising. I literally had no idea about who the criminal was in the story. Very great addition to the story.

My favorite part about this book was Cameron and Candice’s relationship. Oh my gosh, they were literally goals. I can’t even express how adorable they were and how precious they were. The one scene where she brings him tea. Not expecting it and made my heart flutter. So good. Also, the ending was so precious. Please read this book just so then you can experience a super cute romance.

One of the coolest parts to me was when they went to the year 2041. I liked the way the explained the new form of government. It was an anti Democratic and anti Republican thing happening. Now, it didn’t end well, but it’s just cool because I’m learning about the constitutional convention and other similar things in my Government class. Very relevant to my life at the moment. There were also a lot of mentions to Iowa in this book. It’s always strange to me when people reference Iowa in books because it seems like a very random place, but whatever.

Check out this book on Amazon!

Series:

September Sky (American Journey #1)

Mercer Street (American Journey #2)

Class of ’59 (American Journey #4)

Hannah’s Moon (American Journey #5)

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 9.17.59 AM

Review: The Mine (Northwest Passage #1) – John A. Heldt


The Mine (Northwest Passage #1) – John A. Heldt

19353394

Title: The Mine

Author: John A. Heldt

Release Date: December 6, 2013

Publisher: John A. Heldt

Format: eBook

Page Number: 291

Source: Publisher

In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.


5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Joel Smith, the college senior, is about to graduate but decides to explore a little bit on a small trip with his best friend. Joel winds up in an abandoned mine in Montana with a flashlight and curiosity. He followed the mine shaft until he sees glowing blue stones in the wall. His immediate reaction shows his love of geology, but he’s startled by a rattle snake close behind him. He drops his flashlight and runs as quickly as he can out of the mine. On his way out, something odd happens. The college boy runs and hits his head on a low ceiling, and when he wakes up, he’s in 1941. Joel walks out of the mine completely clueless, and sees that his best friend isn’t there, so he starts walking towards town. On his trek toward the nearest inhabited land, Joel gets picked up by a man in a nice, new, old car. When Joel gets into the car he asks what year it is, and gets the answer he fears. He went back in time 59 years, and doesn’t know how to get back to his time. He doesn’t have any cash with him, and has no idea what to do. He ends up going to his hometown, and sleeping on a bench outside a bar. One night he sees his future best friend getting beaten up by guys their age asking for money. Tom, the boy getting beat up, gets help from Joel, and soon takes the future-naut into his home. Tom and Joel become the best of friends, and Tom introduces Joel to his group of friends. Tom talks about his girlfriend and mentions some of her friends; Joel ends up falling for a girl named Grace. Does Tom ever get back his time period? Does falling in love with a girl from 45 years before his birth ruin anything?

OH MY GOSH I LOVED THIS BOOK. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. The concept was great, and I loved the setting and the characters. I can’t believe that it took me this long to actually read this book. Huge huge thank you to John for sending me this book. I loved it so much. The romance was adorable. The friendship was perfect. I really don’t have any complaints about this book at all. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series, because it ended on an amazing cliffhanger; I will definitely be picking up the rest of these books in 2016. This was the perfect time travel book, because he wasn’t looking to specifically time travel, and made the best decision in the end. He wasn’t selfish, and he acted very maturely. He fell in love and lived his few months in the 1940s with his best friends. I loved this book. I highly HIGHLY recommend this to everyone.

Characters:

Joel was witty, sarcastic, and loving. He was perfectly flawed. He knew where he needed to learn more about the people around him, and about himself. Joel knew the right thing to say, and when to say it. Tom was a wonderful best friend to Joel, and went through rough times, but understood why he had to. Grace (even if I am a little biased to the name… one of my favorites of all time) was beautiful, and tender. She was delicate, but still understood how the world worked.

These were some of my favorite characters. I loved the feeling I got while reading this book; the writing was beautiful. Again, I thank the Lord that he created people who know how to create stories.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Grace; she was gorgeous, smart, and sensitive. Grace loved books, I love books. It’s meant to be. She also got to spend the last few months she had with Joel creating memories to last a lifetime. I love Joel, and she loves Joel. Again… we’re basically the same ;)

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 9.17.59 AM