Posted in 5 paws, Historical, Review, Time Travel on July 3, 2016

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Weeks after her husband dies in the midst of an affair in 2016, Chicago writer Susan Peterson, 48, seeks solace on a California vacation with her mother Elizabeth and daughter Amanda. The novelist, however, finds more than she bargained for when she meets a professor who possesses the secret of time travel. Within days, the women travel to 1938 and Princeton, New Jersey. Elizabeth begins a friendship with her refugee parents and infant self, while Susan and Amanda fall for a widowed admiral and a German researcher with troubling ties. Filled with poignancy, heartbreak, and intrigue, MERCER STREET gives new meaning to courage, sacrifice, and commitment as it follows three strong-willed souls on the adventure of a lifetime.


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I have read many books by this author and love his attention to detail and the thought of time travel. Thankfully all of the time travelers are not doing it to change history, well not much anyway.

This book follows 3 generations of women that go back in time to 1938 when the eldest was just a baby. It is before WWII and there are a lot of references to upcoming events.

Each woman (Elizabeth, Susan and Amanda) had their own issues to deal with and not all of it was necessarily from 1938. Susan is dealing with the death of her husband, Amanda the loss of her father and Elizabeth, her own mortality. But each woman was able to adapt to the time they were living in and make the most of the situation.

There were a few times where you thought that history was really going to be changed (and not for the better) based on information that was revealed that shouldn’t have been shared. I know my heart skipped a beat in a few places afraid as to what the outcome might have become.

I also liked a few references to the time travelers from the first book. You don’t have to have read that one because nothing big is revealed, but having read the book I remembered the characters and their situation.

All in all a good book and looking forward to the next installment and give it 5 paws up.


About the Author

Heldt-Bio-Mug-3John A. Heldt is a reference librarian and the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage time-travel series. The former award-winning sportswriter and newspaper editor has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, he is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past, he weighs in on literature and life on his blog.

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