The Journey

John A. Heldt


The Journey

The Journey

  • Title: The Journey
  • Author: John A. Heldt
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  • Page: 346
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Seattle, 2010 When her entrepreneur husband dies in an accident, Michelle Preston Richardson, 48, finds herself childless and directionless She yearns for the simpler days of her youth, before she followed her high school sweetheart down a road that led to limitless riches but little fulfillment, and jumps at a chance to reconnect with her past at a class reunion But whSeattle, 2010 When her entrepreneur husband dies in an accident, Michelle Preston Richardson, 48, finds herself childless and directionless She yearns for the simpler days of her youth, before she followed her high school sweetheart down a road that led to limitless riches but little fulfillment, and jumps at a chance to reconnect with her past at a class reunion But when Michelle returns to Unionville, Oregon, and joins three classmates on a spur of the moment tour of an abandoned mansion, she gets than she asked for She enters a mysterious room and is thrown back to 1979.Distraught and destitute, Michelle finds a job as a secretary at Unionville High, where she guides her spirited younger self, Shelly Preston, and childhood friends through their tumultuous senior year Along the way, she meets widowed teacher Robert Land and finds the love and happiness she had always sought But that happiness is threatened when history intervenes and Michelle must act quickly to save those she loves from deadly fates Filled with humor and heartbreak, THE JOURNEY gives new meaning to friendship, courage, and commitment as it follows an unfulfilled soul through her second shot at life.


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Forty-eight year old Michelle Richardson of Seattle felt she was at a crossroad in her life – her husband had recently died in an accident and with them having had no children, she felt at a loss. The next stage of her life was looking decidedly bleak. The invitation to a class reunion back in her old hometown of Unionville in Oregon felt like it was meant to be. Catching up with old school friends whom she hadn’t seen in more years than she cared to remember meant Michelle had something to [...]

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Original Rating: 4.5/5Plot | StoryI loved the first book in this series, The Mine, and so obviously I was expecting a lot from this one. The Journey met all my expectations and even managed to make it’s place in my favourite books. Inspite of increased expectations somewhere I had a bit of a reservation, before starting the book, thinking that how one time travel book can be different from the other one by the same author. A [...]

Imagine if you suddenly and unexpectedly where thrown into your own not so distant past, and got the chance to meet and interact with your younger self. Would you begin to influence and stir your younger self into a different direction in life, knowing that doing this will undoubtedly change not just your own future life, but also the life of the people near you?Before I started reading this book I did not really know what to expect of it. I was afraid that this was going to be one of those self [...]

The Journey is the second book in John Heldt’s Northwest Passage series. All the books in this series are capable of being stand alones (in fact, the only thing books one and two are the fact that they take place in the Pacific Northwest and the main characters travel back in time). Since the premises are so similar, though, I was to see how Heldt would distinguish the second book to make it uniquely its own, and he did not disappoint.For one thing, the first two books encapsulate the two diff [...]

BOOK SYNOPSISSeattle, 2010. When her entrepreneur husband dies in an accident, Michelle Preston Richardson, 48, finds herself childless and directionless. She yearns for the simpler days of her youth, before she followed her high school sweetheart down a road that led to limitless riches but little fulfillment, and jumps at a chance to reconnect with her past at a class reunion. But when Michelle returns to Unionville, Oregon, and joins three classmates on a spur-of-the-moment tour of an abandon [...]

I have read The Mine by author John A. Heldt, which is the first book in the Northwest Passage series, so I thought I knew exactly what to expect with The Journey. While the two books do start out pretty much the same, with the main character traveling into the past unexpectedly, that's where the similarities ended.The Journey starts out with the protagonist Michelle trying to get on with life after her husband died. She attends her high school reunion and through a series of events ends up back [...]

The Journey (Northwest Passage #2) (by John A. Heldt)It is Seattle, 2010 and Michelle Preston Richardson is recently widowed. Not sure what she wants to do with her life she returns to her hometown of Unionville, Oregon, to meet up with three of her old friends. When there she goes to an old abandoned Mansion, she exits and finds is back in 1979.Michelle has no where to go, but lands a job at her old High School. There she meets up with her younger self Shelly Preston, and her high school classm [...]

After reading Northwest Passage Book 1, The Mine, I was happy when the Author offered me the rest of the series to review. I greatly looked forward to this installment in the series and I wasn’t disappointed!The Journey is a story about parallel universes, second chances, and a haunted house that takes unfortunate visitors back in time. The Pennington house’s latest victim is Michelle, a woman who barely has traveled thirty miles from home, finds herself traveling thirty years backward in ti [...]

'The Journey' was, for the most part, a fantastic read. It was well thought out, engaging, and the characters were extremely realistic. I think the latter is the reason I have to admit I did not, at all, like the ending. Okay, that's a little harsh. No, I did like part of the ending. I liked the happy part. I liked that Shelly, Brian, and April were able to live better, more fulfilling lives as a result of the whole situation. But I did not like the ending for Michelle. I felt as though it were [...]

Again I must preface this review with the fact that I will give any decent time travel story a five star review. I don't know why but I am just captivated by that genre - who wouldn't want to go back in time and have a chance to re-live some of the events of your life with the knowledge you now have? This is the third book I've read by John Heldt and all three have been a part of the same series. They don't all seem to be connected (some are but not all) but they are all (so far) wonderful. Held [...]

I was asked by the author to review this book and received a free copy of the book in exchange.When I agreed to review this book, I kind of wondered where the author was going with it. Would it be a sequel? A prequel? Would it have some of the same characters as The Mine ? Interestingly, none of the above. Although the theme is similar, this is a completely different story than The Mine.It's similar in that the main character, Michelle "Shelly" Preston is thrown back in time. It's different in t [...]

This book was a great read from start to finish. Michelle is having a hard time coming to terms with her husbands death. When she travels to her hometown for a high school reunion her whole world changes.Literally, From 2010 to 1979. After visiting a mysterious mansion with some old high school friends, she finds herself a time traveler. When life gets her down and sends her back she stands up and moves forward becoming a new person in an old world. She quickly begins to see her roll in the past [...]

I was largely disappointed with this book. I gave it three stars because it kept me coming back for more and it was well written. I liked Shelley and April, I felt for Robert Land. I love that the house was the vessel and got sooo excited when Michelle discovers the time travel pattern she has been inadvertently sucked into!But, this is where it goes wrong for me, what happens with that? Why no elaboration? Michelle even meets with another former time traveler but they never even discuss why thi [...]

This is my first time reading John A. Heldt. I know that I should have read "The Mine" first but at no point did this book not stand alone in it's own right. I cannot fault it. Great characters, engaging story, page turning. I was concerned with where it might go from a time travelling perspective but it maintained a simple but sensible concept. Nothing overly scientific or complicated. He tied it all together nicely in the end. Will definitely read more of his work. Forget the genres assigned t [...]

The Journey (Northwest Passage) bk 2 by John Heldt ReviewStarting Over and what it means!Seattle, 2010. When her entrepreneur husband dies in an accident, Michelle Preston Richardson, 48, finds herself childless and directionless. She yearns for the simpler days of her youth, before she followed her high school sweetheart down a road that led to limitless riches but little fulfillment and jumps at a chance to reconnect with her past at a class reunion. But when Michelle returns to Unionville, Or [...]

Review originally posted on Reveries Reviews.Title: The JourneyAuthor: John A. HeldtSeries: Northwest Passage, #2Genre: Science Fiction (time travel romance/adventure)Era: contemporary and 1979Setting: Unionville, Oregon, United StatesPublisher: John A. HeldtSource: from the author (in exchange for an honest review)Overall Rating: 5/5 starsTHE JOURNEY BY JOHN A. HELDTSeattle, 2010. When her entrepreneur husband dies in an accident, Michelle Preston Richardson, 48, finds herself childless and dir [...]

I love time travel stories and John Heldt writes some great ones! This is the second in a series but they are not all tied together (although 1, 3 and 5 have the same characters!)I've always wondered, if you could travel back in time, would you change anything about your past? Would you disappear if something happens to your younger you? Michelle (aka Shelly) gets a chance to figure that out when she accidentally ends up in her hometown her senior year of high school. So much happened that year [...]

The Journey: John A. HeldtA very interesting time travel novel. The time frame is shorter than a lot of other time travel books, gives this a fresh prespective. I remember the events of 1979- 1980, as I had just gotten married. The interactions between the older and younger protaginst were interesting. I liked the possibilities of changing history by slight changes in the past. Second chances, romance and suspense all rolled into a neat package. I'd like more novels like this.The narration was w [...]

Time Traveling at the right time!This is book 2 of the Northwest Passage Series. Yes, I read "The Mine" and I loved it. The Journey was no different. I enjoyed it. It was indeed a journey of many levels. Michelle is the main character, as her high school reunion seems to be the basis for her reflection on her life. It's written in different perspectives and in different times, and emotions can run high in this book. It is a very compelling story.

Another time travel book. Enjoyable read with surprise ending.

It was a sad ending for the protagonist. However, she did manage to save her younger self from making the same mistakes she did and ultimately saved herself from future regret and sorrow.

Good read taking time travel for the individual into the very recent past

The book was provided to me by the author for review purposes.Synopsis: Seattle, 2010. When her entrepreneur husband dies in an accident, Michelle Preston Richardson, 48, finds herself childless and directionless. She yearns for the simpler days of her youth, before she followed her high school sweetheart down a road that led to limitless riches but little fulfillment, and jumps at a chance to reconnect with her past at a class reunion. But when Michelle returns to Unionville, Oregon, and joins [...]

In 2010, teacher Michelle Preston Richardson is mourning the premature death of her wealthy and successful husband, Scott. Her high school sometime-sweetheart, Scott had always been the source of emotional tumult for Michelle. Now, widowed at forty-eight years-old, she finds herself reflecting on how different her life could have been if she’d only had the courage to challenge Scott’s hold on her and follow her own dreams. In the spirit of embracing her youth and maybe finding solace in the [...]

I've always enjoyed thinking about what life would be like if I could go back in time. Would I change anything? Would I do anything differently? Well imagine what would happen if you found yourself suddenly walking back into your life thirty-one years ago, only you are the same. You haven't grown younger and all your memories are still intact. What would you do then?That's just the premise behind The Journey by John Heldt. Finding herself quite literally at a crossroads in her life, Michelle Pre [...]

The book opens with Michelle standing at her husband's grave lamenting the rich and extravagant life she'd had with Scott with all she had missed out on by being his wife a Yale education, a writing career and children. When she attends her 30th high school reunion, she and her friends take a tour of an old abandoned house whose last inhabitants had mysterious disappeared. Entering what turns out to be a wrong room, Michelle discovers that she is in 1979 when she exits it. With no ID or money, [...]

This review was first posted on Music, Books and TeaWhere do I start with this review? I read The Mine, the first book in the Northwest Passage series earlier this year, and I have been thinking about it ever since. So when I was given the opportunity to review The Journey, the second book in the series, I was practically jumping up and down in excitement. I love how Michelle had a huge role in Shelly’s life. Michelle was able to guide her into making the right decisions for herself, including [...]

John Heldt was the first author to ever contact me to review their book. That book was the first book in this series, The Mine (review HERE), which detailed a trip back in time to 1941 Montana for a rather cocky, self-assured young man named Joel. The Journey follows this same premise, except that this time, it is a 48-year-old widow who makes the trip back in time, to 1979, where she finds herself existing right along with her past self. As such, this was very much a book telling the tale of a [...]

I have to start by getting two things out of the way – 1st: I’m not a huge fan of time travel stories, but this one worked for me. 2nd: Don’t take the fact that it is self-published as a sign it is a lesser work. I know a lot of people shy away from self-published works, but John A. Heldt seems to have a solid hand at fiction writing.While this doesn’t technically fit in the genre of historical fiction, as the bulk of the story takes place in 1979, it’s still before my time that I’m [...]


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