Sunday, September 25, 2016

Class of '59 by John A. Heldt (American Journey, #4)

Class of '59
by John A. Heldt

My rating: 5 stars

Series: American Journey - Book 4
Publisher: John A. Heldt (September 1, 2016)
Publication Date: September 1, 2016
Genre: Time Travel Romance
Print Length: 293 pages
Available from: Amazon

When Mary Beth McIntire settles into a vacation house on June 2, 2017, she anticipates a quiet morning with coffee. Then she hears a noise, peers out a window, and spots a man in 1950s attire standing in the backyard. She panics when the trespasser sees her and enters the house though a door to the basement. She questions her sanity when she cannot find him.

In the same house on March 21, 1959, Mark Ryan finds a letter. Written by the mansion’s original owner in 1900, the letter describes a basement chamber, mysterious crystals, and a formula for time travel. Driven by curiosity, Mark tests the formula twice. On his second trip to 2017, he encounters a beautiful stranger. He meets the woman in the window.

Within hours, Mary Beth and Mark share their secret with her sister and his brother and begin a journey that takes them from the present day to the age of sock hops, drive-ins, and jukeboxes. In CLASS OF ’59, the fourth book in the American Journey series, four young adults find love, danger, and adventure as they navigate the corridors of time and experience Southern California in its storied prime.

 Class of '59 by John A. Heldt (American Journey, #4)

Class of '59 (American Journey, #4)Time travel, we’ve all had that moment when we wish we could go back and change something, or maybe head into the future to see what has happened, not that we think it is possible, but for a curious college student from 1959, traveling through time to the year 2017 would become the best trip he ever made. Welcome back into the world of romance and time travel as John A. Heldt once again breaches time to bring true love to two brothers and two sisters born decades apart who were destined to be together in Class of '59.

When Mark follows the instructions in a mysterious letter, he finds himself in the year 2017, in front of what was once his home. He is spotted by college grad, Mary Beth whose own curiosity leads both her and her sister back to the year 1959 where teens actually communicated verbally, enjoyed their youth and relative innocence of the times. Dances, proms and poodle skirts were the rage.

Together, these four young adults discover that no matter the era, budding romance is still exciting, mistakes can cause deadly problems and trying to act normal in a different time is a risky business all by itself. Will there be heartbreak when the danger rises so high the girls must go back to 2017? Will these four be left with only memories of what could have been?

John A. Heldt has created another wonderful world in mid-twentieth century Southern California with the glitter of movie stars, the wonder of places now long gone and a genuine feel of the excitement of the times where even drive-ins still existed with their boxy speakers and concrete concession stands. Mr. Heldt builds an authentic background for his tale and populates it with characters that each come alive with such clarity that his words float away and you are actually living in the time when Leave to Beaver was a prime time show and no one noticed it was in black & white!

For those of us who can relate, it is a walk down memory lane, for those who cannot imagine being without texting, it is an eye-opening experience to be in the era of their grandparents and to see how they lived.

As always, another delightful and well-written tale from the magical imagination of John A. Heldt.

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


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