Book Review: Memory Tree, John A. Heldt


Summary From Author:

Days after barely escaping 1889 with their lives, the Carsons, siblings from the present day, resume their search for their missing parents in 1918. While Adam and his pregnant wife, Bridget, settle in Minnesota, unaware of a wildfire that will kill hundreds, Greg seeks clues in his great-grandparents’ Mexico, where he finds love, danger, and enemies. At the same time, Natalie, the ambitious journalist, follows a trail to World War I France, and teen twins Cody and Caitlin rekindle a friendship with an old Pennsylvania friend haunted by her past. In THE MEMORY TREE, the sweeping sequel to RIVER RISING, several time travelers find answers and meaning as they continue the adventure of a lifetime in the age of doughboys, silent movies, and Model T’s.


The Carson’s have successfully made it to 1918 in this next book in the Carson Chronicles.  And yet their journey isn’t over yet, they continue to face danger, confusion, and missteps all along the way all the while trying tirelessly to locate their parents.  A game of cat and mouse that might just lead them to more adventures along the way.

This time the siblings separate, each taking a different path in hopes of finding their parents.  The teen twins head to Pennsylvania to try and locate them using an old family connection from the Civil War.  While Adam and Bridgett turn to Minnesota in hopes of finding them through another family line, only to come face to face with a historic forest fire that nearly destroys them and the family.  All the while Natalie, the middle child, heads off to follow her journalistic dreams in WWI France and meets up with some old family friends, facing tragedy in the meantime. Lastly, there’s Greg who heads down to Mexico track down his Maternal Grandparents and instead, he finds love in an unlikely place.

This second book in the Carson Chronicles series will leave the reader on edge throughout! Always looking for more and more, as a vicious reader will know, just one more chapter, can lead to consuming the whole book in its entirety in one sitting.  The author doesn’t shy away from this tendency and keeps the reader wanting more and more. In the end, I always tell him he’s terrible because he leaves us hanging so!

I am going to Give Memory Tree Five out of Five Stars

About the Author: John A. Heldt

John 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.

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