Book Review: The Journey, John A. Heldt, Northwest Passage #2

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The Journey, John A. Heldt, Northwest Passage Book #2

Summary from

“Seattle, 2010. When her entrepreneur husband dies in an accident, Michelle Preston Richardson, 48, finds herself childless and directionless. She yearns for the simpler days of her youth, before she followed her high school sweetheart down a road that led to limitless riches but little fulfillment, and jumps at a chance to reconnect with her past at a class reunion. But when Michelle returns to Unionville, Oregon, and joins three classmates on a spur-of-the-moment tour of an abandoned mansion, she gets more than she asked for. She enters a mysterious room and is thrown back to 1979.

Distraught and destitute, Michelle finds a job as a secretary at Unionville High, where she guides her spirited younger self, Shelly Preston, and childhood friends through their tumultuous senior year. Along the way, she meets widowed teacher Robert Land and finds the love and happiness she had always sought. But that happiness is threatened when history intervenes and Michelle must act quickly to save those she loves from deadly fates. Filled with humor and heartbreak, THE JOURNEY gives new meaning to friendship, courage, and commitment as it follows an unfulfilled soul through her second shot at life.”

Have you ever said to yourself “If only I knew then what I know now I’d…” I am sure we all have things our former teen selves did that we wish we could undo and maybe re-do if given the chance.  Be it a life changing alteration that sets us on a brand-new path, or something so minor that it’s hardly noticeable.  Then again would the change really be worth the effort, our current life path could be altered severely enough that the life we know could be turned on its head, figuratively speaking, thus causing a major uproar in fates path.

Imagine that you are given that chance in real time, real life to alter your path to maybe a happier one…imagine that your life is thrown on its head without your permission or being aware its happened until it’s too late.  That very thing happened to Michelle during one of her adventures with three of her high school classmates, she is thrown back to her senior year of high school, only this time she is an outside observer being given the chance to guide her younger self onto a path that would set her up for a different and maybe better future and life.  This time however, her path will forever be altered, and she will begin to re-discover a side to her that she put on the back burner for her husband.

Once again John Heldt sends the reader on an emotional journey of life’s ups and downs through a beautifully written tale of love, life, and the path each of us sets out on from a very young age.  This is book #2 is his Northwest Passage series picking up with a different set of characters but yet very similar circumstances to those Joel encountered in The Mine; this time though the main character is an older version of the woman whose life is forever altered by the encounter and friendship she develops as a teen.  A story that pulls at the heartstrings of the reader keeping them engaged from the very start, this like its predecessor is an addictive, mesmerizing, and beautiful tale that you will not want to put down! I literally read this book in one sitting and was very anxious to get into the third book in the series!

Five out of Five Stars for The Journey!

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

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