The Fire, the fourth book in author John A. Heldt’s Northwest Passage series, boasts all of the imagination and charm of its predecessors. Heldt's approach to this series has been impressive. Rather than following a more predictable format, his novels have alternated to feature two different families and their time traveling adventures – that of Joel Smith in The Mine and Shelly Preston in The Journey. I've enjoyed each of the four novels in this series immensely, but The Journey struck me with its emotional power and daring. Being its sequel, The Fire carried the same emotional pull with yet more warmth and sentiment. Here again Heldt shows his ability to not only tell stories of heartwarming friendships and romances, but of strength during incredible struggle and endurance after tragedy. What has become another hallmark for me in this series is the near guarantee of a strong cast rendered in crystal clarity through Heldt's engaging storytelling. The Fire achieves that beautifully, with perhaps some of my favorite characters in the series making their debuts. Not only are we met with a smart, effervescent female character in beautiful schoolteacher Sarah, but also in the resourceful orphan Sadie. One is confident and self-assured while the other is plagued by the weight of her own crippling self-doubt, but strength alights in both women that carries them off the page and into the hearts of their readers. Additional characters like Irish newspaperman Andy O'Connell and wealthy widow Maude Duvalier bring an extra dose of warmth and wit, while other more villainous folks carry just the right amount of drama. Meanwhile, the hero of the story and center of its love triangle, time traveler Kevin, is immensely likable and charismatic as he finds his footing over a century in the past.
Much as the Northwest Passage books stand on their own, seeing their stories intertwine as almost the entire cast made appearances in The Fire was very entertaining, and pure fun. Read alone or as part of the series, The Fire is a welcome addition to a dependable and imaginative collection of novels. It's a story that will delight readers in the magic of the world – in several eras – and bring them to both laughter and tears with its inspiring illustration of man’s timeless qualities: love, courage, and devotion.
Title: The Fire (Northwest Passage #4) Author: John A. Heldt Genre: sci-fi, romance Publisher: John A. Heldt Available Formats: e-book Release date: August 31, 2013 Source: John A. heldt (c/o) Buy the book: Kindle Connect with the author: Website/Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Shelfari