The Show by John A. Heldt

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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.

Publisher and Release Date: John A Heldt, February 2013

RHR Classifications:
Time and setting: Seattle, Washington: The present and 1918
Genre: Time Travel / Historical Romance
Heat Level: 1
Reviewer rating: 5 stars

Review by Vikki

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, The Mine, and as soon as I had finished it, I jumped right into this one because I had to read more of Joel and Grace’s story. While quite different from my usual choice when it comes to my reading pleasure, this book kept me intrigued from the first page to the last, just as The Mine did. Mr. Heldt’s intricate development of characters and story captured the essence of 1918, bringing the period to life. I’ve read time-travel novels in the past, but none that kept me so spell-bound by its originality.

Grace and Joel have found their ‘Happily Ever After’ or have they? Just when they are settling into married bliss and enjoying the birth of their twin daughters, Grace enters a bathroom at a newly open retro theater in Seattle and is flung backwards into the year of 1918.

Fortunately she locates her great-uncle and he takes her in. Shortly after this, she finds out she’s again pregnant, so she’s in a terrible dilemma. For a woman in 1918 to be pregnant and unmarried is just not done. When her attempt to return to the present runs afoul, she decides she must put her life with Joel and their children behind her and make the best in this new life that has been forced upon her.

As Grace wanders around her uncle’s estate, she meets a wounded warrior, recently returned from the battlefields of World War I. John Walker offers her a kind ear and friendship. At first, Grace doesn’t want this, but as time passes and her attempts to return to the future fail, what he offers becomes her salvation. Will Grace accept the cards life has dealt her, or will she take her one final chance to return to the future, to the man she truly loves and the children she misses with every breath she takes?

I’m thrilled that I found this amazing series. Mr. Heldt is an excellent storyteller who knows how to draw his readers in and how to keep them sitting on the edge of their seats. While at times, I grew frustrated with some of the choices Grace makes, this amazing story is nonetheless as compelling as the first book. If you’re looking for a story filled with emotion and depth then you’ll want to read this incredible novel.

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