Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Show by John A. Heldt

The Show
by John A. Heldt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once again, author John A. Heldt has completely engulfed me in his time travel tale, The Show!! I read his amazing work, The Mine, 5-starred it, and wondered how he could even come close to matching the creative genius of that book-then I read The Show, its ‘sequel,’ which cleanly and neatly wraps up the story of Joel and Grace, with the spotlight on Grace this time. Imagine you are a strong young woman living in Seattle in 1941, you are in love, but your boyfriend suddenly abandons you, the nation is now going to war and THEN learning that the man you have given your heart to is a time traveler from the twenty-first century! If you are Grace, the answer is simple. Determined to find Joel, Grace risks everything to find a way to travel through time to be with him, leaving behind those she loves and the world she knows. Their reunion is, well, sigh-worthy, tear-worthy and just romantic as heck! (This is where I say AGAIN, who says a man can’t write Chick Lit?) They seem to have found their Happily Ever After, until one night Grace is sucked through time and ends up in the year 1918, but this is no shrinking Violet! Grace makes every attempt to return to Joel, but always something thwarts her plans. Will she ever find him again? Will he remember her? Has history been altered beyond repair?

With fluid writing and a leap into fantasy, John Heldt paints a beautiful tale of love, daring and eras long gone. You will hear the scratch of the Victrola, feel the cold winds blowing on the streets. You will enter an old movie house, see its opulence in your mind as the author generously shares Grace’s journey with you. And, I’m going to guess that the next time you are at a movie, you won’t be able to stop yourself from looking at the restroom signs and thinking, “I wonder…!”

Publish Date: February 16, 2013
Publisher: John A. Heldt
Number of pages: 290

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