Saturday, January 17, 2015

September Sky by John A. Heldt (American Journey, #1)

September Sky
by John A. Heldt

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: January 1, 2015
Publisher: John A. Heldt
Genre: Romantic Fantasy/Time Travel
Print Length: 409 pages
Available from: Amazon


When unemployed San Francisco reporter Chuck Townsend and his college-dropout son, Justin, take a cruise to Mexico in 2016, each hopes to rebuild a relationship after years of estrangement. But they find more than common ground aboard the ship. They meet a mysterious lecturer who touts the possibilities of time travel. Within days, Chuck and Justin find themselves in 1900, riding a train to Texas, intent on preventing a distant uncle from being hanged for a crime he did not commit. Their quick trip to Galveston, however, becomes long and complicated when they wrangle with business rivals and fall for two beautiful librarians on the eve of a hurricane that will destroy the city. Filled with humor, history, romance, and heartbreak, SEPTEMBER SKY follows two directionless souls on the adventure of a lifetime as they try to make peace with the past, find new purpose, and grapple with the knowledge of things to come.

September Sky (American Journey #1)My Review
September Sky by John A. Heldt

What happens when a father and son, with no bright prospects for their future attend a lecture on, off all things, time travel? They are given the hard-to-believe opportunity to travel back in time to Galveston, Texas, the year-1900. Chuck and Jason Townsend find themselves intrigued and begin learning all they can about the time, the events and even their family history. Given strict instructions NOT to do anything but make records for their scientist benefactor, they are off, equipped with all they need for their journey and a strict time limit that must not be missed.
Like any normal human, the first thing they do is totally cast aside their instructions and get completely immersed in their new world. What they didn’t count on was finding a purpose, a direction in life, danger and love. Will their interference in history change the future? What will happen to the love they have each found? Will it be possible to leave these women behind? Not enough for you? Galveston is going to become a casualty in a battle against nature and the fury of a devastating hurricane. Who will survive? Will father and son be separated by death? Has their window of opportunity closed to go back to 2016, cellphones, the internet and all the “comforts” of living in the 21st century?

September Sky by John Heldt, one of the ruling supreme timetravel/romance authors is one more gem to add to his already glittering pile of novels! Mr. Heldt’s world is so well described, I have to wonder, does he know something about time travel that we don’t? From start to finish, once again, I was spellbound by his imagination and ability to breathe life into each and every character. And the world he takes us to? In turn, beautiful, exciting and dangerously deadly, I’m not sure how John Heldt can pour so much darkness and white-knuckle action into a tale that clearly had me smiling at the end. I think it’s his gift of storytelling and finding love and romance that breaks the barriers of time and place, testing and pulling on heartstrings one word at a time. Great story, great pacing, great tension, great talent!

I received this copy from John A. Heldt in exchange for my honest review.

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