The Journey by John A. Heldt

19 July, 2013     Sharon     Review, Time Travel

TITLE: The Journey

AUTHOR: John A. Heldt

PUBLISHED: November 3rd 2012 by John A. Heldt

GENRE: Fiction/Time Travel


PAGES: 271

PURCHASE: The Journey @

RATING: 5/5 stars star_fullstar_fullstar_fullstar_fullstar_full


Seattle, 2010. When her entrepreneur husband dies in an accident, Michelle Preston Richardson, 48, finds herself childless and directionless. She yearns for the simpler days of her youth, before she followed her high school sweetheart down a road that led to limitless riches but little fulfillment, and jumps at a chance to reconnect with her past at a class reunion. But when Michelle returns to Unionville, Oregon, and joins three classmates on a spur-of-the-moment tour of an abandoned mansion, she gets more than she asked for. She enters a mysterious room and is thrown back to 1979.

Distraught and destitute, Michelle finds a job as a secretary at Unionville High, where she guides her spirited younger self, Shelly Preston, and childhood friends through their tumultuous senior year. Along the way, she meets widowed teacher Robert Land and finds the love and happiness she had always sought. But that happiness is threatened when history intervenes and Michelle must act quickly to save those she loves from deadly fates. Filled with humor and heartbreak, THE JOURNEY gives new meaning to friendship, courage, and commitment as it follows an unfulfilled soul through her second shot at life.


Copy of book provided by Author in return for an honest review

This is the third book by John A. Heldt that I have read, and I can say without a doubt that this is my favourite.

Once again, the writing is outstanding and the imagination used to think of yet another portal for time travel is terrific. This book travels back to a time which I can remember as a young child and in particular world events that took place making parts of this story a little more relatable for me.

Michelle, the main character of this story has just lost her husband, whom she has been with since high school. He was the only man she had ever loved and is grieving his loss and feeling very lonely. She is a school teacher and loves helping to guide young people in the right direction. Unfortunately, at the age of 48 she has regrets about the way her life has turned out and especially now after losing her husband. Once she discovers that she has travelled back in time, she finds out that it’s back to the year 1979 when she was in fact a senior in high school. Michelle sets out to guide her younger self to have a more fulfilling life as well as trying to move on with her own.

I expected to find this book a little predictable, which it was at first, however progressing further into the book and then the ending, well lets just say it blew me away. No pun intended, Mr Heldt. 😉 I simply loved it!

If you haven’t read any of John A. Heldt’s books then I highly recommend that you do. His imagination is great and his writing is even better. Be sure to add The Mine, The Show and The Journey to your ‘to-read’ list. You will not be disappointed.

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3 Responses to “The Journey by John A. Heldt”

    • Yes I can understand that as I am too. However I was pleasantly surprised by these books, especially this one. There is a different mode of time travel in each book and that drew me in as certain things had to happen or be in place for them to travel through time. I thought it was clever and very imaginative.