Book Review: Caitlin’s Song (Carson Chronicles Book 4), John A. Heldt

Caitlins Song


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Love, courage, and commitment take center stage as the Carsons, a family of time travelers, continue their saga in the great American West.

For the Carson children, ages 19 to 29, an unplanned stop in 1962 is a chance to grow. Adam, Greg, and Natalie begin lives with new spouses in Boulder, Colorado, while twins Cody and Caitlin get their first taste of college. All plan to resume the search for their missing parents as soon as they can.

For Tim and Caroline Carson, a planned stop in the rendezvous year of 1972 is a nightmare. While reading about their children’s lives in 1962, they learn that one has crossed paths with a killer. Faced with limited options, they race back to the past to reroute history and prevent a series of murders.

In CAITLIN’S SONG, the fourth novel in the Carson Chronicles series, members of a modern family find romance, adventure, and terror as they seek answers and each other in four memorable eras of American history.



This book quite literally had me on the edge of my seat from the off! I wanted to keep reading even when it got late at night and my clock was ticking closer to midnight knowing full well I had to get up for work the next morning! John doesn’t disappoint again – he’s nailed it this time.  Here I thought the previous three in the series were good, Caitlin’s Song just took everything to the next level.

The book picks up moments after the Carson’s went through the portal into 1962, they have to get rid of the bullet-ridden cars they were driving and head westward towards Colorado.  All the while their parents have taken their own portal into the year 1972 in a desperate move to try and reunite with the kids and their growing family.  Tim and Caroline learn some devastating news that could rip the very fabric of their family and thus the adventures begin!

Caitlin and Cody enroll in college while in Boulder making connections with students around them.  Caitlin especially falls hard for Cody’s roommate, Dennis.  Young Love being what it is its one-sided until a pivotal moment when Dennis lays it all on the line for Caitlin.  In a bold very romantic move he tries to win her over and away from Vincent, the confidant sophomore who is trying to woo her.

Tim and Caroline now have to learn where the rip begins and how to prevent tragedy from befalling their family – putting on their detective hats they make a somewhat questionable move to travel back to 1941 in hopes of preventing one trauma from unraveling the whole.  Crossing their figurative fingers they leap and hope the jump lands bulls-eye for success.

And thus the web is spun for the Carson Clan to begin their next and hopefully last journey into 1983 to try and reunite with their parents.

To say I am anxious for the next book is an understatement.  Five out of Five Stars for Caitlin’s Song.

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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