Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Show by John A. Heldt

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.

Here is something you may not know about me.  I hardly ever read the blurbs for books.  Especially if I know the author and it's a second book in a series or something like that.  I just like to be surprised and know nothing ahead of time that might sway me one way or another.  I have read two other books by this author and never even thought to read the blurb for this book.  So, I can honestly say that I was taken completely by surprise when I got to the point where Grace accidently enters a portal and travels through time to 1918.  (even though it isn't a secret, it's right there in the blurb!)  

I was really enjoying the growing relationship between Grace and Joel.  I knew something must be coming, but I didn't expect that!  I thought maybe somebody else would be traveling and join them or something.  It took me so off guard that I was a little, dare I say, angry?  I put the book down and walked away!  ha.  I guess that tells you how invested I was in Joel, Grace and their relationship.  How dare the author rip them apart like that?!

But, yes, I came back to the book.  You know, like 5 mintues later.  Because I had to know.

This was a good sequel to The Mine.  I loved sharing more time with Joel and Grace.  The author keeps the time travel concept easy so my mind isn't filled with mind boggeling details.  Relationships are what drive this story and I really liked it.  It was easy, take me away for awhile, reading.

Content:  Some mild swearing.  Sexual activity you know happens but is not talked about, no details.

You can find The Show on Amazon.

My thanks to the author, John Heldt for providing me a copy of this book for my honest review.

John A. Heldt is a reference librarian and the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage time-travel series. The former award-winning sportswriter and newspaper editor 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, he 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


  1. I have not heard of this series. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Time travel, love, disappointment...what's not to love about this series? I hope to get to it soon! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. It's a fun series for sure. I hope you are able to read it. If you do, let me know how you liked it!


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