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The Show (Northwest Passage #3) by John A. Heldt

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Source: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Time Travel
Format: eBook
Publication Date: February 17, 2013

Back Cover

Seattle, 1941. Grace Vandenberg, 21, is having a bad day. Minutes after Pearl Harbor is attacked, she learns that her boyfriend is a time traveler from 2000 who has abandoned her for a future he insists they cannot share. Determined to save their love, she follows him into the new century. But just when happiness is within her grasp, she accidentally enters a second time portal and exits in 1918. Distraught and heartbroken, Grace starts a new life in the age of Woodrow Wilson, silent movies, and the Spanish flu. She meets her parents as young, single adults and befriends a handsome, wounded Army captain just back from the war. In THE SHOW, the sequel to THE MINE, Grace finds love and friendship in the ashes of tragedy as she endures the trial of her life.

Review

After the events that happened in The Mine, Grace Vandenberg discovers that her boyfriend, Joel, is a time traveler from 2002 and has left her to return back to his time. Following the trail of clues that he left behind, she discovers which mine the time portal is in and decides to follow him.

Alone and with very little money at her disposal, Grace manages to find Joel in this new age; however, the couple's happiness is short-lived when Grace inadvertently travels through another portal and finds herself in 1918. Heartbroken and friendless in this time period, she seeks out her great-uncle who takes her in and discovers that she is able to be reunited with her much younger parents.

Grace attempts to enter the portal and return to 2002, but her attempt is thwarted. While she holds on to some hope of returning to Joel, she realizes that she needs to move on with her life and finds love with an Army captain that she befriended.

Will Grace build a new life in 1918, or will she find her way back to 2002?

As much as I enjoyed The Mine, I found myself enjoying The Show even more! I think that Heldt did an excellent job of reminding readers of the events that took place in the previous book while moving the story forward. My only criticism of The Mine was that it started out slow and ran on in some places, but that seems to have been resolved in this book.

Some authors who have ongoing themes in their writing often become repetitive after a few books, but Heldt manages to keep his plots fresh with interesting twists that I still find surprising; even after reading several of his books. Another aspect of Heldt's writing that I enjoy is that he creates these wonderful protagonists that are easy to become attached to. I love how he manages to produce strong, historically accurate, and liberal-minded female protagonists; even during eras in which the suffragist movement was relatively unpopular. The male protagonists in his writing also accurately reflect the period and range from having chauvinistic perspectives to what would be considered more liberal opinions given the period.

To complement these delightfully well-developed characters, Heldt produces a stunning setting so that readers become immersed in the period that he is writing about. In many ways, reading The Show is like reading a non-fictional account of a family's history; without coming across as a dry and boring historical narrative.

The Show has all of the makings of a wonderful historical fiction: loveable characters that are appropriate for the period, a historically accurate setting, and a premise with twists to make it unique. I can confidently recommend The Show to fans of historical fiction and believe that Heldt will have you hooked with this sequel to The Mine!

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About John A. Heldt

John A. Heldt, author, The Show, Northwest Passage series, On My Kindle Book Reviews.
John A. Heldt, author. Photo courtesy of Goodreads.
John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage and American Journey series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past, he weighs in on literature and life at johnheldt.blogspot.com.

Have you read The Show or another book by John A. Heldt? Let me know in the comments.

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