The Show, John A. Heldt, Northwest Passage Book#3
Summary from Amazon.com
“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.”
After every romance novel there’s that question of “What happens next? Does their happily ever after they worked so hard for continue on? Or do those petty arguments they had during their courtship separate them indefinitely?” These questions always linger when a heated romance novel is put down, but they come further into fruition when we finished reading The Mine. **Spoiler Alert** At the end of the novel Joel and Grace are reunited with the help of their good friend Katie, who is now an elderly woman, the only answer we get is that Grace could not let him go, nor could she see herself living without him, and that she picked up the crumbs he dropped and followed his trail. Questions arose, could they possibly make it work with a 20th Century woman from the forties really learn to live and love in the 21st Century of 2012? Well these questions and many many more are answered in the beginning pages of The Show. However, on the night of her second wedding anniversary during a trip to the restroom Grace finds herself thrust back in time only this time to 1918.
A time in American history when the Spanish flu was raging and WWI was just completed, she’s thrown into a seemingly foreign world with no means of making it. Only after she is hospitalized does she find her Uncle, a man she’s never actually met, but knows lives in Seattle 1918. Once she figures out how to exist in 1918 she begins to settle into her life figuring she’s stuck in 1918 permanently, but she makes the very best of it. In a situation similar to the one found in The Journey Grace now has a chance to also undo a tragedy that changed the projector y of her young life and prevent deaths of her family members. She meets the teenage versions of her parents, don’t we all wish we had that chance from time-to-time, and the Aunt who raised her after her parents were killed. Grace is now able to befriend both of her parents and Aunt before falling for the handsome Captain John Walker, the neighbor who has just returned from the War. When she is presented with the chance to return to Joel and her family in 2012 will she take it? Or will she remain in the arms of the handsome John Walker?
Many questions are answered and even more presented in this wonderfully written third installment in the Northwest Passage series. The one thing I have loved about this novel and the other three in the series is that the author picks one character’s point of view and sticks with it, but also poses difficult questions while putting them into tight spots that may or may not change their lives indefinitely, doing so beautifully! The characters are real people, the reader can almost put themselves into the shoes of Joel, Grace, Michelle, and lastly Kevin and feel their pain, grief, fear, uncertainty, love and other various emotions as they adapt to their surroundings while debating how to handle revealing their true identities. Again this novel is one I read in one sitting and will be recommending to all around me!
Five out of Five Stars for The Show!
**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**
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