Review – The Journey


The Journey by John A. Heldt

Reviewed by Julia Flowers writing as A. T. Weaver

“Seattle, 2010. When her entrepreneur husband dies in an accident, Michelle Preston Richardson, 48, finds herself childless and directionless. She yearns for the simpler days of her youth, before she followed her high school sweetheart down a road that led to limitless riches but little fulfillment, and jumps at a chance to reconnect with her past at a class reunion. But when Michelle returns to Unionville, Oregon, and joins three classmates on a spur-of-the-moment tour of an abandoned mansion, she gets more than she asked for. She enters a mysterious room and is thrown back to 1979.

Distraught and destitute, Michelle finds a job as a secretary at Unionville High, where she guides her spirited younger self, Shelly Preston, and childhood friends through their tumultuous senior year. Along the way, she meets widowed teacher Robert Land and finds the love and happiness she had always sought. But that happiness is threatened when history intervenes and Michelle must act quickly to save those she loves from deadly fates. Filled with humor and heartbreak, THE JOURNEY gives new meaning to friendship, courage, and commitment as it follows an unfulfilled soul through her second shot at life.”

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How many of us have ever wanted to go back in time and change the outcome of our own life? That’s just what Michelle Preston Richardson does.

Most time-travel rules say you should not do things that may change the course of history and you should definitely not interact with your former self. But, what are rules for but to be broken or bent. And that is what Heldt does in this second book of his Northwest Passage series.

Michelle uses her knowledge of the future to nudge, not only her younger self, but former classmates and friends, into taking a different path. By doing so, she allows herself and others to find more meaningful and fulfilling lives. And in some cases, longer lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book even if the ending left me with a question. “Does time really exist?”

As I said, this is the second of this series and I can hardly wait for more.

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