Monday, September 2, 2013

The Journey by John Heldt

From Amazon(blurb and image):

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.

This is another book from John Heldt's Northwest passage series.  Yes this is another time travel book, however it raises a great point, if you were able to go back and influence changes in your life would you?  Sure there are a few regrets we all have, but would we change the outcomes?

So the story was short, but it was definitely a well moving story line.  It also does change perspectives but it is very clear which Michelle you are viewing life through.  I also enjoyed the sweet romances that happened as well.  The romance was also done right and it isn't over the top.

Michelle does realize that she is able to change a few outcomes from her past.  She has good intentions when she does it.  She does try to be more of a guide and not a boss but there are a few times she has to be a bit more stern.

I loved the ending and while it wasn't exactly what I expected but I couldn't imagine another way for it to turn out!  You even learn more about how influential Michelle was to her younger self and young friends.


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