Monday, 19 February 2018

The Mirror (Northwest Passage Book 5) by John A Heldt



The Mirror is the fifth book in the Northwest Passage series and sequel to The Mine and The Show. Precis below.

The first John A Heldt book I read was The Mine, also the first book in this series. Not being a sci fi fan I was reluctant to accept the request for a review, but I was seriously hooked on this author from the start.

Like his other books I was drawn into the story from the first page of The Mirror. Heldt does not write your average time travel science fiction. He writes adventure, romance and historical fiction. He writes stories where you will quickly become familiar with the believable characters, have clear images of the scenes and feel the emotions. And, as always, you’ll get a history lesson. 

While The Mirror is readable as a stand-alone story, I recommend reading The Mine and The Show first for greater enjoyment and appreciation.

Having been a young teen in the 1960s I completely related to the period, especially the obsession with The Beatles and hemlines gradually creeping up. 

Heldt has become known among his fans as writing great endings and The Mirror is no different. There were some wonderful sincere and sentimental moments at the end and I loved it all.

There is one comment I feel I must make in relation to a few of the reviews and that is in relation to intimacy between the girls and their boyfriends. Some reviews read as though there are descriptive passages. This is not the case. We know the girls sleep with the boys, that is all. There is suggestion by some reviewers that in the sixties teens were not sexually active. This is also untrue. John Heldt has told it as it was, and he has done it tastefully and honestly.

Precis

On September 11, 2020, Ginny and Katie Smith celebrate their nineteenth birthday at a country fair near Seattle. Ignoring the warnings of a fortune-teller, they enter a house of mirrors and exit in May 1964. Armed with the knowledge they need to return to their time, they try to make the most of what they believe will be a four-month vacation. But their sixties adventure becomes complicated when they meet a revered great-grandmother and fall in love with local boys. In The Mirror the sisters find happiness and heartbreak as they confront unexpected challenges and gut-wrenching choices in the age of civil rights, the Beatles, and Vietnam.

My rating 5*