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Class of ’59 by John A. Heldt

Posted September 11, 2017 by karenbaron in Action, Adult Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Historical Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Time Travel, Time Travel / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Class of ’59 by John A. HeldtClass of '59 by John A. Heldt
Series: American Journey #4
Series Rating: five-stars
on September 2, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 293
Format: Kindle
Source: Author, Publisher
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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.

My take on this book:              Class of ’59 by John A. Heldt is a must read for any reader that loves historical romances or even just loves the 50s. This book is different from the other two books that I have read of Mr. Heldt’s. This is the first book that I am aware of his that has four different main characters. Along with the four different main characters, it also has six different third person point of view chapters scattered throughout the book.

The main character is Mary Beth McIntire. She is a twenty-two-year-old soon-to-be medical student who is spending the summer in Los Angeles, California with her mom, dad, and sister at the house of professor Geoffrey Bell.

What I like about her is that despite losing her fiancé a few months ago she’s still trying to be happy and not ruin her family vacation. She still wants to be a medical student despite losing her plan for her life. I also like how she is kind of like a typical Southern Belle but not completely. What I mean by that is that yeah, she can act polite and do all of this other stuff that a normal Southern girl would but she also doesn’t have a problem speaking her mind and she wants to be a doctor. Mary Beth overall is a great and wonderful young woman who tries to be a good person. She sees the good in everyone despite the trouble that she accidentally brings to herself, her sister, and the two young men they find themselves to be within 1959.

What I don’t like about Mary Beth McIntire is that she falls in love too easily the second time. She is supposed to be mourning the loss of her fiancé but then she runs into this guy from the past and she falls for him. I get that he reminds her of her fiancé but still. This is truly a minor issue for this character, though, as Mr. Heldt has written her so well that she is very three dimensional in my honest opinion.

The second character is Mark Ryan. He is a twenty-two-year-old college senior who is studying to be an engineer so that he could build rockets when he is able to and he lives in 1959 Los Angeles, California.

What I like about Mr. Ryan is that he is a very polite gentleman (you know typical of that era) that tries not to fall for Mary Beth.Ryan has two sides, we see the gentleman side of him when he’s out and about with everyone else, then we see the way he is at home, that side is a very family-orientated man that wants to be there for his family. Reading about Mark Ryan we get a sneak peek into the way they live back then in the 1950s if some of the readers weren’t alive back then (like me). The fifties were a pretty interesting time period. What else I liked about Mark is that he was very kind and generous to Mary Beth and Piper. He helped bring them back into their time, but he was nice and helped them out in his time as well.

What I dislike about Mark is that he didn’t really think about with what would happen if he fell in love with Mary Beth until it happened and they had to say goodbye. I know that is something that no one can predict happening. I also dislike that he didn’t see the trouble from the beginning. Good thing that everything worked out quite well for these four people.

The third character is Piper McIntire. She is an eighteen-year-old high school graduate who is spending her summer vacation in Los Angeles with her parents and sister. She is planning on going to college in Tennessee for dance and art history. Although her parents are not being thrilled about her going to Tennessee.

What I like about Piper McIntire is that she is independent. Another thing that I liked about her is that she knows what she wants. The other thing that I liked about her is that she loves to speak her mind and tell things the way it is. Piper is a very charismatic character, I truly enjoyed her insights.

What I dislike about her is that she doesn’t have a filter, what she thinks just comes out her mouth. Another thing that I dislike about Piper is that she is afraid to engage at times. She doesn’t want to lose anyone close to her.

The fourth character is Ben Ryan. He is an eighteen-year-old high school senior who is still in school in Los Angeles, California in 1959. He lives at home with his brother and mom but is different from his brother.

What I like about Ben is that he doesn’t take no for a final answer, he keeps trying. I think that Ben would be considered a player back in the fifties despite not really being one. Ben doesn’t let his brother makes his decisions.

What I dislike about him is that he is a very cocky person that ends up butting heads with Piper. Although I thought a lot it was kind of cute. Another thing that I dislike about Ben is that he is also very stubborn and didn’t know what to think when the girl he likes didn’t fall for him straight away.

What moved me about this story is the four people’s determination to have a good time in the fifties while also making sure no one finds out about the time travel tunnel. I totally loved the settings and the time travel. I felt like I was transported therethrough Mr. Heldt’s words so I could share the once in a lifetime moments with these wonderful characters. My favorite supporting character I think would have to be Donna Ryan but I won’t get why as I don’t want to ruin the story.

Class of ’59 by John A. Heldt is an amazing book. I am giving this book a five-star rating. I couldn’t stop thinking about it at all or wanting to read about what would happen next to the wonderful characters. In my mind, Mr. Heldt is a fantastic writer that can take you to place you never imagined, including the different time periods he chooses for his books. I still like his way of time travel as it is different than what we are used to seeing/reading about and it’s pretty amazing to read about. This is the third book by him that I have read and I can’t wait to read his other books.

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About John A. Heldt

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.


Indiana Belle by John A. Heldt

Posted February 21, 2017 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Adventure, Fiction, Review, Romance, Science Fiction, Series, Time Travel / 0 Comments

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Indiana Belle by John A. HeldtIndiana Belle by John A. Heldt
Series: American Journey #3
Series Rating: five-stars
on April 14th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 406
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
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Providence, Rhode Island, 2017. When doctoral student Cameron Coelho, 28, opens a package from Indiana, he finds more than private papers that will help him with his dissertation. He finds a photograph of a beautiful society editor murdered in 1925 and clues to a century-old mystery. Within days, he meets Geoffrey Bell, the "time-travel professor," and begins an unlikely journey through the Roaring Twenties. Filled with history, romance, and intrigue, INDIANA BELLE follows a lonely soul on the adventure of a lifetime as he searches for love and answers in the age of Prohibition, flappers, and jazz.

My take on this book:              First off I am so terribly sorry for this very late review on this book. I am very glad once again for Mr. Heldt for asking me to read and review this book. This book has three different third person point of view chapters scattered throughout the book.

The main character is Cameron Coelho. He is a twenty-eight-year-old doctoral student who is working on his dissertation of the Mid-West during the Roaring Twenties. What I like about him is that despite being a very rich young man he acts like a normal college student trying to finish his degree. I also like how he tries to keep his promise to Geoffrey and himself. Cameron overall is a great and wonderful guy who tries to be a good person despite the trouble that finds him in 1925.

What I like about him is that despite being a very rich young man he acts like a normal college student trying to finish his degree. I also like how he tries to keep his promise to Geoffrey and himself. Cameron overall is a great and wonderful guy who tries to be a good person despite the trouble that finds him in 1925.

What I don’t like about Cameron Coelho is that he can be a bit too overprotective especially of Candice once they get together. I don’t know if you call this a dislike but I kind of found it strange that he fell in love with Candice without meeting her in person. This is truly a minor issue for this character, though, as Mr. Heldt has written him so well that he is very three dimensional in my honest opinion.

The second character is Candice Bell. She is a twenty-five-year-old society writer that lives in 1925 Evansville, Indiana. What I like about Miss Bell is that she has many sides to her that even we, the readers, don’t know all of them. We see her Mid-Western hospitality, the way that she acts as if she can do no wrong in front of her mother, along with how she acts tough when following a lead for a story, she is very stubborn when she is trying to do something that she knows is the right thing to do, and among many others. Candice Bell, in my humble opinion, is much like most women back then would have been. Reading about her is like being able to have a sneak peek into their lives back then. What else I liked about Candice is that she seemed to keep Cameron guessing since the first time they meet face to face.

What I like about Miss Bell is that she has many sides to her that even we, the readers, don’t know all of them. We see her Mid-Western hospitality, the way that she acts as if she can do no wrong in front of her mother, along with how she acts tough when following a lead for a story, she is very stubborn when she is trying to do something that she knows is the right thing to do, and among many others. Candice Bell, in my humble opinion, is much like most women back then would have been. Reading about her is like being able to have a sneak peek into their lives back then. What else I liked about Candice is that she seemed to keep Cameron guessing since the first time they meet face to face.

What I dislike about her is the fact that she was writing articles that were putting her in danger. I know that is something that she loves to do but I just can’t believe that she did that. She should have been thinking about might happen if she exposed these secrets, she might get herself into trouble. I also dislike that she couldn’t see who was one of the ringleaders, that she was trying to put away. Good thing that Cameron helped save her.

For the antagonist, I am still having a hard time deciding. At first, I thought it was time itself seeing as how Cameron is from the year 2017 while Candice is from 1925. Then I thought Geoffrey as I remembered that he told Cameron to not save Candice since she was supposed to die in 1925 so his great-great-great grandparents could meet. Seeing as Geoffrey is Candice’s cousin. However, what I liked about Geoffrey is that he is very cautious regarding information about his time machine and who he allowed to use it. I also liked how he willingly helped Cameron.

What I disliked is that he made Cameron promise him to not get involved with Candice. Another thing I disliked about him is that he wanted to be kept in the loop on almost everything that was going on with Cameron in Indiana.

What moved me about this story is Cameron’s determination to save Candice despite Geoffrey telling him not to. I totally loved the settings and the time travel. I felt like I was transported there through his words so I could be there with the characters. My favorite supporting character I think would have to be Geoffrey’s wife. Mostly because she is extremely observant and sees things that no one else does.

Indiana Belle by John A. Heldt is an amazing book. I am giving this book a five star rating since I couldn’t stop thinking about it at all. In my mind, Mr. Heldt is a fantastic writer that can take you to place you never imagined. I also like his way of time travel as it is different than what we are used to seeing/reading about. This is the second book by him that I have read and I can’t wait to read his other books.

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About John A. Heldt

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.