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April 14, 2015

Review: The Show by John A. Heldt

by Donna Huber

The Show

Seattle, Washington - Sunday, December 7, 1941
Grace allowed the tears to run their course. For five minutes she did nothing but stare out a window and weep. She knew that crying wouldn't change a thing, but she also knew that she needed to cry. The best way to put an awful experience behind you was to sob it out of your system. She wiped her face with the back of her hand and read the letter again.

The Review

While this is book three in the Northwest Passages series, it is actually the sequel to book one, The Mine (read my review). I really like this series. It's a fun way to look at historical events.

I was really looking forward to reading The Show, though it took me a while to get around to it (there's been 2 more books released in this series). In both The Mine and The Journey (read my review) we had individuals traveling back in time. But at end of The Mine we see Grace decide to chase after Joel so we now had a person going forward in time. I thought it would be fun to see our time through the eyes of a girl from the 1940s.

Plus, it would give the happy ending that Joel and Grace, and the readers, wanted. And for a few chapters we got just that. I was lulled into believing this was a feel good story and I was looking forward to the life with the happy family. But that wasn't to happen.

The re-opening of a 1920s movie theater has the couple dressing up for a night on the town. However, when Grace kissed her baby girls goodnight little did she know it might be goodbye. A trip to the restroom leads her back in time.

Even though I didn't get the story I was really expecting, it was still a great read. I loved the family connections through history. While my history lessons of the 1920s northwest are foggy, I still liked the historical details.

If you are looking for a light read with a historical twist, then I recommend The Show by John A. Heldt.

Buy The Show at Amazon

Book info:
available formats: ebook
published: February 2013
genres: historical, romance, time travel
audience: older young adult, adult
source: Author
read: March 2015

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  1. I think that I'd have to see why she was crying so much about the letter. :-)

    1. Also, just noticed - a fairly "significant" date.

  2. Think I might enjoy this series... thanks for the review.

  3. A good cry can help. :-)

    I tend not to mind when books turn out to be not what I was expecting--unless I am specifically in the mood for a certain type of story. I am glad to see that this one turned out to be different, you still enjoyed it. I think I would too from the way you describe it.

  4. I definitely liked the intro! I completely agree that sometimes you really need to take the time to have a good and proper cry! And then of course pick yourself up afterwards! I might have to check this series out although I'm not very big on time-travel! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great week!
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    Juli @ Universe in Words

  5. I know it's sexist of me, but I generally avoid books by men. Glad you like this one. Here's Mine

  6. This sounds like a book I'd enjoy, especially since I live in the Seattle area. It would be fun to read a story set in this area in the past, especially one that starts on such an infamous day.
    My Tuesday post features AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE.

  7. Glad you are enjoying this series. I am wondering why she is so upset and what would happen next.

  8. I'm always glad to find out about a new series. The intro made me want to read more!

  9. I don't think this one is for me, but I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  10. Donna, that does leave me curious. I would read more.