Review: The Show by John A. Heldt
In The Show, the direct sequel to his debut The Mine and the third in his Northwest Passage series, John A. Heldt proves himself once again as a masterful storyteller. He has, for the third time, woven heart-stirring romance, beautifully detailed history, and the ever-complex device of time-travel into what may be his most satisfying novel so far. While The Show is a perfect compliment to is predecessor, it stands handsomely on its own and offers new insights on yet different topics of life: love, loss, motherhood, and family. Grace was a stellar supporting character in The Mine and it’s a delight to see her take center stage here. She blossoms into a very strong, capable heroine with a passion that the reader will instantly appreciate. Plucky and resilient, she illuminates the power of the female spirit as a wife, mother, daughter, and friend. She is supported by a highly memorable cast from the earliest part of the 20th century: sassy twins Lucy and Edith, compassionate Uncle Alistair, and the kind, charismatic Captain Walker, among many others. Against the believably rendered backdrop of 1918 their story cocoons the reader easily as it unfolds.
It takes a special talent to juggle the many facets of The Show. Heldt continues to handle the element of time-travel well, always delivering it in a pleasingly realistic way, and he shows consistent ability with the depth of detail that is required when writing about different eras. Succeeding further yet with genuinely felt romance, myriad emotions, and profound life lessons, The Show easily finds its home in the reader’s heart with little intention of traveling away anytime soon.
Title: The Show Author: John A. Heldt Genre: Historical fiction, romance Publisher: John A. Heldt Available Formats: e-book Release date: February 16, 2013 Provided by: John A. Heldt (c/o) Buy the book: Kindle Connect with the author: Website/Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Shelfari