Friday, May 11, 2018

The Memory Tree by John A. Heldt (Carson Chronicles, #2)

The Memory Tree
by John A. Heldt

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Carson Chronicles - Book 2
Publication Date: April 30, 2018
Publisher: John A. Heldt
Genre: Time Travel Fantasy | Family Saga
Print Length: 659 pages
Available from: Amazon

Days after barely escaping 1889 with their lives, the Carsons, siblings from the present day, resume their search for their missing parents in 1918. While Adam and his pregnant wife, Bridget, settle in Minnesota, unaware of a wildfire that will kill hundreds, Greg seeks clues in his great-grandparents' Mexico, where he finds love, danger, and enemies. At the same time, Natalie, the ambitious journalist, follows a trail to World War I France, and teen twins Cody and Caitlin rekindle a friendship with an old Pennsylvania friend haunted by her past. In THE MEMORY TREE, the sweeping sequel to RIVER RISING, several time travelers find answers and meaning as they continue the adventure of a lifetime in the age of doughboys, silent movies, and Model T's.
The Memory Tree by John A. Heldt (Carson Chronicles, #2)

The Memory Tree (Carson Chronicles, #2)John A. Heldt is back and we are whisked away, back in time with the Carson family as both children and parents play “tag” through one of history’s most tumultuous, yet fascinating eras. As their time traveling parents witness familial history being made, the five Carson children will return to the past, face death, danger, loss, love and a special reunion of the heart. THE MEMORY TREE is filled with the tenacity and resilience of a family of time travelers, the love of siblings, romantic love and as the title suggests, memories that can be haunting or heartwarming.

The children will separate in hopes of finding a clue to where they will find their parents, or even in what era as they juggle the delicate balance of the mists at the correct equinox to bring them home.

The horrors and the humanity of World War I will be felt as Natalie Carson follows her journalistic dreams to France, her path crossing with men who will pay the ultimate price for peace with their bodies and their lives. This part of the story is especially noteworthy in the portrayal of young men who felt driven to fight, leaving their loved ones behind. There is such an innocence in the voices of earnest young men doing “the right thing.” That there would be a further connection to the Carsons was both heartwarming and heart breaking in equal measures as these characters come to life like flowers blossoming.

Will Adam, Greg, Natalie and the twins, Cody and Caitlin finally catch up with their parents or will Fate have other plans for them? How far would you go to find the ones you love? What dangers would you face in a simpler, yet untamed time? Will the “breadcrumbs” they leave be found and understood or will friends and family from the past play a role in reuniting the Carsons?

John A. Heldt gives us fantasy to believe in! Strong familial ties, matters of the heart, survival at all costs and the magic of time travel, allows readers to step back in time with the Carsons! Peppered with humorous moments, vivid scenes that made me feel I was there and an incredible reunion that was bittersweet, but so well done, Mr. Heldt has raised his own bar once again!

Are you looking to experience the fantasy of time travel as if you are there? Want to feel history come to life while not being "supernatural?" Fall into the world of John A. Heldt's writing and imagine it!

I received a complimentary copy from John A. Heldt!


  1. Ooh, this does sound good. I've not heard of this series. And I enjoy reading about family dynamics too. All the ingredients for a fun read.

    1. Laura, all of John A. Heldt's time travel books are pretty amazing,as if we went back in time with the characters.