With The Mirror author John Heldt brings his Northwest Passage series to a close with a strong finish; in many ways the charm and wit readers have come to know are presented twofold here, thanks to the novel’s twin protagonists. Heldt evokes the ever-relatable nature of siblings in Ginny and Katie, polar opposites in all but appearance. Ginny, sassy and outgoing, becomes a stalwart focus of the story while Katie, the play-it-safe sister, offers a quieter and decidedly emotional edge. Despite their outward similarities, each of the twin characters come to life in a fully realized individuality that lets the reader connect with them on an even deeper level. Ginny’s friendship with James, a young African American man, sparks a fiery pursuit of civil rights and social justice in the time-traveler’s heart, while Katie’s love for grocery store clerk Mike seems to have a history all its own; one that defies even Katie’s wildest imaginings. The love stories and phenomena of The Mirror cover some new and slightly bigger territory than the past novels in the series, and they do so with the same charisma that has made Heldt’s novels so enjoyable. The comfortable familiarity of the narrative and the warmth of the prose lull the reader into Heldt’s unique brand of literary escapism with ease; once there, the story grabs hold and doesn't let go.
At once a fusion of romance, science-fiction, and history, The Mirror brings the ‘60s to life while at the same time offering an affecting portrait of family and devotion. The familial dedication Ginny and Katie feel for each other breaks the reader’s heart when their sisterly bond is tested, while Mike’s devotion to his ailing mother and James’s responsibilities to his family all echo the novel’s core sentiment of how far we’ll go for the ones we love. In five novels Heldt has continued to deliver surprises within his stories and The Mirror offers some of the best suspense in the series with a final act that will have readers riveted to the pages. One becomes truly captivated by the author’s vivid depictions of history – this one complete with a concert scene starring a very young John, Paul, George, and Ringo – and his unique, dependable characters create very special emotional connections within their audience. With humor, grace, and a touch of magic, The Mirror is a worthy conclusion to an unforgettable series.
Title: The Mirror (Northwest Passage #5) Author: John A. Heldt Genre: sci-fi, romance Publisher: John A. Heldt Release date: March 1, 2014 Source: John A. Heldt (c/o) Buy the book: Kindle Connect with the author: Website/Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Shelfari