Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Class of '59 by John A. Heldt
When Mary Beth McIntire settles into a vacation house on June 2, 2017, she anticipates a quiet morning with coffee. Then she hears a noise, peers out a window, and spots a man in 1950s attire standing in the backyard. She panics when the trespasser sees her and enters the house though a door to the basement. She questions her sanity when she cannot find him.
In the same house on March 21, 1959, Mark Ryan finds a letter. Written by the mansion’s original owner in 1900, the letter describes a basement chamber, mysterious crystals, and a formula for time travel. Driven by curiosity, Mark tests the formula twice. On his second trip to 2017, he encounters a beautiful stranger. He meets the woman in the window.
Within hours, Mary Beth and Mark share their secret with her sister and his brother and begin a journey that takes them from the present day to the age of sock hops, drive-ins, and jukeboxes. In CLASS OF ’59, the fourth book in the American Journey series, four young adults find love, danger, and adventure as they navigate the corridors of time and experience Southern California in its storied prime.
This is the second book by John A Heldt that I have had the pleasure of reading and, once again, I was not at all disappointed. As a matter of fact, I read this book in one sitting! I really enjoy the time travel story lines!
One thing that I appreciated about Class of '59 was how the chapters were from the characters perspectives. For example, one chapter would be from Mary Beth's perspective, the next would be from Mark's perspective, then another character, and so on...
That normally bothers me but it really worked in this book.
I keep going back and forth about which character was my favorite. I really liked Mary Beth but I really liked Piper! Honestly, I loved all of them! Except Ear Man, I definitely didn't like Ear Man.
Thank you so much, John Heldt, for sending another wonderful book my way! I mean, really, I have to be one of the luckiest people alive! Wonderful books are sent to me just so that I can read them and post reviews! Seriously people, do yourself a favor and get this book!
*Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.