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Book Review-Class of '59 (American Journey Book 4)-John A Heldt

Thursday, April 27, 2017

I have read every book in this series--perhaps out of order but that did not make any difference what so ever! I love time travel and this one starts when I was 9 years old--and travels to 2017. I did not grow up in the 50's but in the small town I grew up in--lets just say the 50's lasted until at least the mid 60's if not a bit more. I remember those days fondly--the juke boxes in the diners, the drive in movies--how people actually were friendly and spoke to each other--no texting back then (except those little paper messages we used to pass in class when the teacher was not looking!

These 4 time travelers go through many adventures together--some of them not so good. Marybeth's sister will make you laugh and Mark's brother--well-you won't know whether to knock him out or hug him!! The ending could have been really sad--but someone comes to save the day!!

Not only do I recommend you read this book--but every one in this series. I have also read a lot of other books in other series by this author and loved them all. There has not been a book that I have read by John A. Heldt that I have not loved!!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

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.

Read a Chapter or two here

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

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

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Gladys Parker said...

Class of 59' will go on my reading list for sure. I like books the predate say the 70's era. I have always been fascinated with the earlier times. Trouble back then wasn't as "loud" as it is now so I can read through without an anxiety flare up. Keep reviewing these interesting reads!

Ivonne said...

Excellent review! Definitely a book I would enjoy reading due to my love of the 50s and 60s! said...

I love to read time travel and grew up in the 60s So i think i would love this book thanks

CJ said...

This looks like another great book. I do enjoy listening to the music of this era. :)

Unknown said...

This sounds like a good series. I love the era. Thanks!

Veronica Lee said...

That's my fave era. Sounds like a great book.

Armando Rincon said...

never heard of these series before, I'm gonna them out, tHANKS

Judy Thomas said...

I love that era, it sounds like a good time to be in.

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