Summary from Amazon:
Months after stealing two time machines from a madman who wants them back, the Lanes, a family of seven, seek peace and safety in 1927, the latest stop on a journey through time. For a while, each succeeds.
Parents Mark and Mary find housing in affluent East Hampton, New York, where a gracious elderly couple offers use of their mansion. Son Jordan and his new wife, Jessie, plan a family. Siblings Laura, Jeremy, and Ashley pursue fun and adventure. All form strong friendships with the Prices, a mysterious mirror-image family that lives next door.
Billionaire Robert Devereaux could not care less. Reeling from the theft of his million-dollar devices, he sends a hit man to the past to retrieve his property and rid the world of his former business partner and his troublesome clan.
Randy Taylor, who programs the machines, is determined to stop him. He tries to undermine his boss and save the Lanes, even as he tries to help his mother beat a deadly illness. He pines for the day he can join his fugitive friends and rekindle a promising relationship with Laura Lane.
Filled with romance, humor, and heartbreak, SEA SPRAY follows a modern family on the adventure of a lifetime as they navigate their way through the exciting and often dangerous world of Lindbergh, Gershwin, and Fitzgerald.
I am never at a loss for words when it comes to discussing John’s books, he always manages to somehow nail every little detail of his books. I know he does extensive research into each era and sometimes location before he begins writing and that is evidenced by the way a reader is able to delve into the books and just get lost in the story.
Having been on the edge of my seat for months waiting for Sea Spray I was so thrilled when this book finally came out, he used his quarantine time wisely 😉 The Lanes have now landed in the time of F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby and think they have finally found a time period they can set roots in and begin to settle down. As each family member melts in with their neighbors the Prices, the story begins to unfold. Two young couples anxiously awaiting their first-born children, two young men navigating the world as older teens doing the things teenage boys do while finding new love with two girls, the second oldest children coming together and finding love, Laura and Tim – this time the story centered around them and the push and pull Laura felt for both Randy and Tim, ultimately having to make a decision that alters the family and pushes the story forward. Two young teen girls who favor themselves detectives and find that they are really detectives and solve the case. Finally, the heads of both families, Mark, Mary and Mr. and Mrs. Price, both sets of parents are trying to guide their children and help them make the decisions that help determine who they are. Sometimes these decisions are not easy to make.
I often found myself wanting to reach into the pages of the book and just strangle Robert Deveraux and Bane, but I know like many readers that both will get their comeuppance eventually when karma catches up to them. And, I have been assured both will eventually get that!
Again, John has knocked it out of the park and put his reader front and center to the action! Definitely not disappointed and cannot wait for the next installment!
Five out of Five Stars for Sea Spray.
About the Author John A. Heldt
John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage and American Journey series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter 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, Heldt 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.
Connect with John
Purchase Your Copy of Sea Spray: