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.
Having read the first two books in this series, I knew what to expect of this story. Young love, and time travel via portals are the main themes of The Northwest Passage Series. This story picks up from The Mine, book I.
It’s the 1940’s and Grace’s boyfriend tells her he is a time-traveler from the year 2000. Instead of grieving his loss for the rest of her life, she decides to find the portal so that she can be with him again. Things go horribly wrong when she accidentally steps back into 1918.
While the POV was mostly through Grace, I didn’t connect with Grace like I did with her boyfriend, Joel, (The Mine), and I’m not certain why. I did like seeing the return of some of the characters though – like Joel! It’s been awhile since I’ve read The Mine, but The Show brought it all back to me. It was great to revisit their world.
I did like Grace’s persistence to find Joel, as well as how she found her family members in different stages of their lives. I was surprised at how easily people took her word for it, when she would tell them she was a time traveler. – (Not always, but for the most part people believed her).
Overall, The Show is an enjoyable science fiction tale with romance as well as time travel. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy both. 🙂
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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, he weighs in on literature and life at johnheldt.blogspot.com.