The Journey Review

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.

My Review

What if? Everyone has asked that question more than once I’m sure. What if you could go back and change a decision you made and change the path your life took. Michelle Preston Richardson gets that opportunity, albeit not by choice. She goes home for her high school reunion and accidentally steps through a portal that takes her back to her senior year of high school in 1979, but as the woman she is not as the teenager she was. She has the chance to positively impact not only her younger self, but others as well. I was drawn into this story from page 1 and I couldn’t put it down. The story flowed so smoothly. I am in love with this writers stories. I needed my box of tissues for the not completely unexpected ending. I can not wait to see the authors next story. I give this book and the author a huge 5/5 and I recommend that everyone check this book out!

About the author

John A. Heldt is a reference librarian who lives and works in Montana. The former award-winning sportswriter and newspaper editor has loved reading and writing since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of both the University of Oregon and University of Iowa, he is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction.

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