Thursday, March 12, 2015

September Sky (American Journey #1) by John A. Heldt

When unemployed San Francisco reporter Chuck Townsend and his college-dropout son, Justin, take a cruise to Mexico in 2016, each hopes to rebuild a relationship after years of estrangement. But they find more than common ground aboard the ship. They meet a mysterious lecturer who touts the possibilities of time travel. Within days, Chuck and Justin find themselves in 1900, riding a train to Texas, intent on preventing a distant uncle from being hanged for a crime he did not commit. Their quick trip to Galveston, however, becomes long and complicated when they wrangle with business rivals and fall for two beautiful librarians on the eve of a hurricane that will destroy the city. Filled with humor, history, romance, and heartbreak, SEPTEMBER SKY follows two directionless souls on the adventure of a lifetime as they try to make peace with the past, find new purpose, and grapple with the knowledge of things to come.

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September Sky is another time travel book by John Heldt.  This book takes place mostly in Galveston, Texas with a father/son duo who have traveled through time from 2016 to 1900.  Chuck and Justin travel back in time with the purpose of solving a mystery and saving a life.  Of course, it's never as easy as that.  They both fall in love and make some good friends along the way.  Oh, and they run into a few spots of trouble.  With a murderer on the loose and a devastating hurricane on the way, trouble might be putting it mildly.

One thing I really enjoy in these books is the bits of history that come through.  It's always nice to get a clearer picture of events in time while being entertained with romance and mystery.

This book took me quite awhile to get into.  It started out slowly and I had a hard time staying focused.  The book picks up steam about half way into it and by the last third of the book I was invested and fully into things.  It just took so long to get there.  This is definitely a plot driven book.

While I enjoyed many parts of this book, there were some content issues for me.  Several characters in this book have sexual relationships outside of marriage.  There are a couple encounters between a couple in a hotel that are filled with innuendo and descriptions of the scenes (handcuffed to bed, etc.) that I just didn't like.  The actual sex is not described in detail but it all just didn't sit well with me.  There are a few instances of mild swearing.

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