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The Journey (Northwest Passage Book 2) by [Heldt, John A.]
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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 when Michelle returns to Unionville, Oregon, and joins three classmates on a spur-of-the-moment tour of an abandoned mansion, she gets more 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 659 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: John A. Heldt (4 November 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A1ID5X0
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #234,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Recently widowed and visiting her hometown of Unionville, Oregon, Michelle Preston is stunned when she exits the small room of the abandoned mansion to discover it is no long 2010, but 1979 and she’s all alone. She decides to make the best of things since re-entering the room that caused the initial time travel didn’t work again.

Michelle works at solving the mystery of other people she has heard about who have disappeared that have lived at the abandoned mansion. She makes some intriguing discoveries and decides to help her younger self make some different choices in life.

This story drew me in right from the first page. I wanted to know how Michelle was going to pass herself off at 48 as someone from 30 years in the past with no identification, residence, or work history. In 1979 she had been in high school. She couldn’t even use her own name. This was a small town. People would’ve known something very strange was going on.

This was a sweet story about friendships and mentors, love and companionship. Obviously it is not something that could happen because one small change in history would change so many things in the future. However, it is a fascinating thing to think about “what if I had done this, instead of that? How would my life have turned out?”

I liked the personality of Michelle. She was very helpful and kind. It was not until Michelle saw her teenage sweetheart (that she eventually married) interacting with her teenage self clearly for who he was. There were some fun twists that even Michelle wasn’t aware of until she became privy to the secrets as confidant of most of the seniors at the high school.

I loved the way the author wove real historical events into the story. These events made the story seem much more realistic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Journey (Nirthwest Passage Book 2) 21 September 2016
By Nana - Published on Amazon.com
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Shelly (Michelle) stands on the ridge at her husband's gravesite, wondering how she had let her life slip by with her own dreams unfulfilled. Michelle decides to go to her her 30th high school class reunion and become reacquainted with her small town friends. Michelle's high school girlfriends decide to walk to an old abandoned mansion on the hill above the town, which is the start of her incredible journey into the past. This story will be read by fans of this writer with different points of view and each will read something different from the story. That is just individual human viewpoints. Though sad in many ways it is also thoughtfully joyful. Can lives be changed by revisiting the past?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice coming of age story with a touch of time travel. Very well done! 9 January 2015
By DaveM - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a pleasant surprise. The surprise was the author managed to avoid a lot of trite, cliched pitfalls that would have been easy to fall into, given the thesis of a woman meeting her younger self.

THis is a cross between a coming of age, and a fish out of water story and works really well on both fronts.

A mature woman, recently mourning the death of her husband, travels back in time to her youth, and meets her younger self at a pivotal point in her development. I liked the way this was handled as the two-selves become friends, and the older version begins to shape the younger, with the benefit of hindsight.

I also liked the way she quickly adapted to the new reality of her life and became independant and functional in her new present. A place to live, a job, respect within her community for her contributions, and finally even love were quickly obtained so that the focus of the book wasnt diluted away from the main thesis: correcting some of the early mistakes of her life.

This story found a way to be heartwarming without being smarmy.

In short, a well-written, cleverly plotted story that will keep you turning the pages. highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining! A great read! 29 March 2016
By Brenda Telford - Published on Amazon.com
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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 look forward to.

Michelle and her three classmates fell back into their old friendships as if the intervening years had never been. The spur of the moment night tour of the long abandoned Franklin mansion was to be filled with ghostly fun. But Michelle suddenly and inexplicably couldn’t find her friends – it seemed she had somehow entered a portal in the old house and had been whisked back to 1979...

Having no idea where she was, how she had arrived or what to tell people she saw, her gradual realisation to what had happened saw Michelle devastated; when her searching to return to her own time came to nothing she was destitute. But she knew she needed to adapt to the circumstances she found herself in – she took a job as secretary at her old High School, interviewed by her old principal. But when Michelle met up with herself, the much younger Shelly Preston, things began to get complicated.

As Michelle settled into a daily routine, she felt contentment in helping the young people through their senior year – the closeness and caring between herself and Shelly was gratifying. But she wondered about changing the course of history. Her knowledge of what was ahead created turmoil within her – but she knew she was able to save those she loved from fate. What would she do? The temptation was great for this time traveller to intervene…

What a great read The Journey by John A. Heldt was! Light hearted and entertaining but also tinged with sadness, the courage and tenacity of the main character was wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s writing style and look forward to reading another in the Northwest Passage series. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Northwest Passage Series 10 February 2016
By Gary in Sandy Eggo - Published on Amazon.com
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The Mine (2/13/2012)
The Journey (11/4/2012)
The Show (2/17/2013)
The Fire (9/1/2013)
The Mirror ((3/1/2014)

I have read all John Heldt’s Northwest Passage “Time Travel” stories. Rather than provide a synopsis on each and every one, I’m instead going to simply state my assessment of these novels as a whole and include it as a review on each one of the of the series.

Every story is about traveling into the past and setting the stage for the future. If you like time-travel, you’ll love this series. If I had to pick my favorite, for now I think “The Journey” would be it, but that’s just me.

Every story is a stand-alone novel. Occasionally there will be a subtle reference to one of the other novels, but that too is sufficiently explained to make it germane to the current story without requiring one to read any of the other stories.

Because every story is stand-alone, they don’t have to be read in any order. However, reading them in the sequence of being written will enable the reader to make most of the “connections” no matter how subtle they are. (“The Journey” is the only one that doesn’t appear tie in to the others – unless I missed something.)

What impresses me the most is how the author managed to tell five different stories, yet have them tie together in so many subtle ways. How was he able to keep track of everything? And, bless his heart, he doesn’t introduce too many characters to keep track of (I hate getting most of the way through a novel only to wonder “who’s Fred?” when he shows up long after being forgotten by myself).

The only “negative?” comment I might make is that the protagonists exercise “wisdom” way beyond their age when dealing with others. And, that’s not really a negative, but a wish that I might have shown such wisdom at that age instead of “acquiring” it the hard way.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time 18 June 2017
By Theresa - Published on Amazon.com
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I spent 8 hours over two days reading this journey. I was taken with the writing, keeping me guessing.
And the paradox that would have been faced, but the ending...
Reminding us of the effects one life can have on many, as well as how many we touch and affect theirs lives each day
Here's to doing the right things in this life.
Thank you John for a great adventure.

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