Author: John A. Heldt
Title: Class of '59
Genre(s): Science fiction; Romance; Fantasy; Time travel; Historical fiction
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Review: This novel was incredibly dynamic, especially in respects to its' characters and the relationships the characters have with one another. Readers start with an introduction of Mary Beth McIntire who is suffering the loss of her fiancee, while on vacation with her family in California. Mary Beth is also pursuing medical school and despite her personal tragedy, she maintains the motivation necessary to move forward with her goals. She comes across as a strong southern young woman who knows exactly what she wants out of life and is not afraid to say it. As the charming time travel component comes to light, readers meet Mark Ryan who is a young engineering student. I really enjoy the level of respect and admiration that Mark has for Mary Beth. It's refreshing to read about a romantic relationship that plays on the tensions of innocence and passion in a literature world that is saturated with erotic romances. I also really enjoy how John choose to incorporate the time travel piece into his novels, as each situation is unique and different from what you might typically think of in time travel novels. Additionally, I found his inclusion of strong supporting characters to add so much to the story. The descriptions of Piper and Ben were elaborate, but not overwhelming. Instead of distracting the reader from the main characters, I think Piper and Ben added a lot more depth to the story. I highly recommend this novel, especially if you have grown tired of the hot and heavy romance reads and are looking for something with more depth.
Book Description: "When Mary Beth McIntire settles into a vacation house on June 2, 2017, she anticipates a quiet morning with coffee. Then she hears a noise, peers out a window, and spots a man in 1950s attire standing in the backyard. She panics when the trespasser sees her and enters the house though a door to the basement. She questions her sanity when she cannot find him. In the same house on March 21, 1959, Mark Ryan finds a letter. Written by the mansion’s original owner in 1900, the letter describes a basement chamber, mysterious crystals, and a formula for time travel. Driven by curiosity, Mark tests the formula twice. On his second trip to 2017, he encounters a beautiful stranger. He meets the woman in the window. Within hours, Mary Beth and Mark share their secret with her sister and his brother and begin a journey that takes them from the present day to the age of sock hops, drive-ins, and jukeboxes. In CLASS OF ’59, the fourth book in the American Journey series, four young adults find love, danger, and adventure as they navigate the corridors of time and experience Southern California in its storied prime."
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