Another Review Request! Another Time Travel Romance! Another another another! I just finished Indiana Belle, another great story by Heldt in his American Journey Series. Keeping reading to find out more! And as always this was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Indiana Belle
Author: John A. Heldt
Goodreads Synopsis: Providence, Rhode Island, 2017. When doctoral student Cameron Coelho, 28, opens a package from Indiana, he finds more than private papers that will help him with his dissertation. He finds a photograph of a beautiful society editor murdered in 1925 and clues to a century-old mystery. Within days, he meets Geoffrey Bell, the “time-travel professor,” and begins an unlikely journey through the Roaring Twenties. Filled with history, romance, and intrigue, INDIANA BELLE follows a lonely soul on the adventure of a lifetime as he searches for love and answers in the age of Prohibition, flappers, and jazz.
My Thoughts: Another awesome Time Travel by John A. Heldt! So far he is two for two with me, this book was just as good as The Mine with an awesome cast of characters, well researched history, incredible world building, a few more explanations on how to move through time.
My absolute favorite part of this book was the history/world building. Heldt didn’t watch a few black and white movies then go out and write a book, he did his research! Almost as soon as our protagonist arrives in the 20’s, Cameron finds himself confronted by the Tri-States Tornado. Not long after Cameron is taking out for a good old cross burning with the Klan. Speakeasys, flappers, the bee’s knees, and prejudices are just a few more of the encounters awaiting Cameron in the past. All were well researched and written believably! Yes it is a work of fiction, but I love the authenticity all the same.
Another cool thing is that Heldt didn’t just keep us in the past! He gives readers a glimpse into the not too distant future, a future that is actually plausible too. Even without flying cars, the little glimpse readers are given is fun and terrifying in equal measures. Just don’t forget to wear white, never forget to wear white.
The mystery surrounding Candace is also well done. While I didn’t actually believe that Tom, the angry black janitor, was the true culprit (too easy) I did not see things wrapping up the way they did. I’m too trusting, the kindly uncle type guy should never be trusted. It’s always the kindly uncle types. Don’t fall into the trap of suspecting the kingpin, because they never do the crime, I wonder why that is…
This book also differs from The Mine in that Cameron really isn’t so worried about the grandfather paradox, this may be because it isn’t his life on the line. Cameron is selfish, he always plans to help the professor but at the same time has his own agenda for traveling to the past that he is unwilling to budge on. And while it works out this time, readers can only hope he doesn’t try to mess too much with the past. Along with the grandfather paradox, history is malleable in this book, step on the butterfly and who knows what will happen. To be honest, I was hoping the book wouldn’t go this way and Candace would die because she had to, fate had decreed it. Heldt does however, write a really sweet story that ends with, well, almost everyone happily ever after.
I knocked one paw off for the dialogue. I will admit that I know next to nothing about the roaring 20’s, but the dialogue came off almost jarring to me, you get use to it, but it was still very stilted and stuffy. Again, maybe people spoke that way but it was unnatural for a 21st century girl.
Overall another great book from Heldt! If you love Time Travel, Romance, or the 20’s give it a go! If you would rather read about someone stepping on a butterfly and thereby creating pirates in the 20’s well… Write that book and I will review it!
Anyone else read Indiana Belle yet? What did you guys think?