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Caitlin's Song by John A. Heldt

Carson Chronicles 4

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Love, courage, and commitment take center stage as the Carsons, a family of time travelers, continue their saga in the great American West.

For the Carson children, ages 19 to 29, an unplanned stop in 1962 is a chance to grow. Adam, Greg, and Natalie begin lives with new spouses in Boulder, Colorado, while twins Cody and Caitlin get their first taste of college. All plan to resume the search for their missing parents as soon as they can. For Tim and Caroline Carson, a planned stop in the rendezvous year of 1972 is a nightmare. While reading about their children's lives in 1962, they learn that one has crossed paths with a killer. Faced with limited options, they race back to the past to reroute history and prevent a series of murders. In CAITLIN'S SONG, the fourth novel in the Carson Chronicles series, members of a modern family find romance, adventure, and terror as they seek answers and each other in four memorable eras of American history.
Source: I received a free copy of this book and opted to post a review.
Genre: Historical Fiction, Time Travel
Pub. Date: May 2, 2019

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After another narrow escape, the Carson kids find themselves in 1962 Boulder, Colorado. The twins, Caitlin and Cody, decide to attend college while Greg, Adam, and Natalie take the opportunity to settle down with their spouses. In the meantime, Tim and Caroline make a planned trip to 1972 where they discover that one of the kids was murdered at the hands of a serial killer. Tim comes up with a bold plan, and the couple race back in time to stop a serial killer before he is born.

Caitlin's Song is full of surprises! I thought that the kids would need to overcome a natural disaster or continue to evade the law; however, it's Tim and Caroline's turn to actively change their children's fate. This is something that I hoped would happen for quite some time, and I'm thrilled to see that Heldt devised a unique and creative way for Tim and Caroline to play an active role in what happens to their children.

The plot focuses on the twins' narratives, particularly Caitlin's, but it frequently changes to Tim and Caroline's point of view as they try to figure out how they are going to save their children who are in a different time. I noticed that Heldt focused more on character development rather than the setting. I enjoyed seeing a different side to Caitlin's personality in particular, and she has become my favorite character in the "Carson Chronicles." If you recall in my past reviews, I was feeling a bit impatient with the notion that the story arc hadn't been resolved. I think that by focusing on multiple narratives and including a couple of eccentric relatives, Heldt made the fact that the story arc is still unresolved more palatable than before.

Caitlin's Song is hands-down my favorite in the "Carson Chronicles." My attitude toward the series has completely changed and I can't wait to see what Heldt has in store for his readers in the next installment! 

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About John A. Heldt

John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage, American Journey, and Carson Chronicles 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

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