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Book Review-The Fountain (Second Chance Book 1)-John A Heldt

Friday, September 2, 2022

Three siblings decide to take a jump into the Fountain of Youth hoping to save one of them from death, another from a life in a wheelchair and the third--well he just lost his wife. Bill, the oldest, was skeptical but did his homework and decided that maybe the myth was real after all. They took the plunge! They ended up much younger and healthier in California of 1905. Everything is working out beautifully until they realize that the San Francisco earthquake that demolished that city was going to happen in 1906. They tried to figure out exactly when--

This story will tug at your heartstrings in parts and gladden your heart in others. There is a lot that goes on and there is an open ended ending which the author promises will be resolved in books in this series to come!! I really want to know what happens to these travelers in time and can hardly wait for book #2.

I love all of this author's series--he combines history with storytelling seamlessly. If you have never read any of his books I highly suggest you start!!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

Portland, Oregon. In May 2022, the Carpenters are a sad lot. Bill, 81, has just buried his beloved wife. Paul, 75, has terminal lung cancer. Annie, 72, is a paraplegic with broken dreams. Childless and directionless, the siblings face an uncertain future in their childhood home.

Then Bill, a retired folklore professor, learns from a dying man that the legendary Fountain of Youth, his obsession for decades, may be more than a myth. He races to Mexico to find the truth.

Within weeks, the Carpenters, with nothing to lose, enter a mysterious cave and exit in July 1905 as healthy young adults. They begin new lives in Oakland, California, only vaguely aware of a devastating earthquake that will rock the San Francisco Bay Area on April 18, 1906.

In THE FOUNTAIN, the first book in the Second Chance trilogy, three siblings find opportunity, romance, and heartbreak as they make the most of a new lease on life.

Readers' Advisory: The Fountain is the first novel in a family saga that spans several years. While some storylines are resolved, others are not. They are addressed in subsequent books.

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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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