Review: Mercer Street by John A. Heldt

Happy Monday!  I’m bringing you another installment of John A. Heldt’s time traveling romance adventure series American Journey.  This follows Elizabeth, Susan and Amanda to Princeton, New Jersey in 1938.  This is masterfully written.  Like all of the books in this series they have you wondering what you would do if given the opportunity to travel back in time.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a fantastic week ahead.


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


Only a few weeks after Susan’s husband dies she finds herself, her mother, Elizabeth,  and her daughter, Amanda,  propositioned into doing something that is seemingly unfathomable.  But, when they decide to take the leap they find that time travel is possible and they find themselves in 1938.  When they make their way to New Jersey immerse themselves completely.  Elizabeth develops a relationship with her young parents and herself as a baby.  Amanda finds love with a young German and Susan finds something she thought she’d never have again.  When their time comes to an end will they be able to leave the past behind, will they stay or will they change the future.

This was an incredibly enjoyable read.  This story really draws you into the 1938 world and how life was at a time on the brink of war.  It seemed that once they stepped into the past even the idea of love and what comes with it changes to the ideals of the time.  Elizabeth, Susan and Amanda were relatable, fun and memorable.  While they are learning about the world their adventures teach the reader to truly live in the moment.  This is one of my favorite time travel novels I’ve read.  I can’t wait until John A. Heldt comes out with his next novel.


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