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

Source: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Fiction, historical fiction, time travel
Format: eBook
Publication Date: January 1, 2015


After years of estrangement, Chuck and his son, Justin, decide to go on a cruise together in an effort to improve their relationship. During the cruise, they attend a lecture by a professor who not only theorizes that time travel is possible, but claims to have visited the past. Intrigued by the lecture, the two fill out feedback forms about the lecture and discover that they have been chosen to go back to the past to record and document history.

Despite their promises to the professor that they will not change the time-line, Chuck and Justin have no intention of being detached observers. Instead they decide to alter their family's history by proving that their uncle is innocent of a crime that he will be hanged for, and warn the residents of Galveston of a hurricane that will hit in September. During their investigation, the two find themselves embroiled in the town's affairs and fall in love.


I have read Heldt's work before, so I knew I was in for a treat when he asked me to review this series. I also knew from past experience that the characters and the setting would be historically accurate, and I was not disappointed. I thought that the decisions that Chuck and Justin made to alter the time-line were realistic; how many people would go back to the past and watch indifferently as tragedies, or injustices unfolded before them?

This was not a quick read; this surprised me because I was able to read The Mine fairly quickly. I found that I had to take frequent breaks from reading as Heldt's attention to detail slowed the book down in some places. However, once I returned to reading, it was easy to become immersed in the story as Heldt added details and created engaging characters that draw readers back into the story.

All said, I really enjoyed September Sky; Heldt's attention to detail is astonishing, and several of the well-developed characters really resonated with me. If you do not mind taking breaks from reading and enjoy time traveling stories with some non-gushy romance thrown in, I highly recommend taking a trip back in time with September Sky.

About the Author

John A. Heldt, author.
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