Review: Class of ’59 (American Journey #4) by John A. Heldt

Happy Friday!  I get to bring to you one of my favorite series’.  This journey takes us a little closer to the present time.  Journeying to a time with hops, bobby socks, poodle skirts and Edsel’s.  John A. Heldt does a splendid job taking the reader on the journey to the fifties and back again.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a great weekend and be sure to pick up a good book!

31978127Book Blurb:

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.


Mary Beth settles into her vacation with her parents like any other woman waiting to transition into the next phase in her life.  What she doesn’t anticipate is meeting Mark.  Mark doesn’t believe the letter he finds could possibly be true and that there is an actual time travel tunnel in the house he’s living at.  But, when he takes the leap and goes through the tunnel to 2017 he soon realizes that not only is it true but the woman he meets on the other side will change him and his brother forever.  Can Mary Beth and Mark navigate through the years together or will the histories change the present forever?

I adore this series.  I was ecstatic to see that this story went in a completely different direction than that of previous ones.  Mary Beth, Mark, Ben and Piper made this such an engaging and exciting read.  Time travel mixed with some history and a little romance made this one of my favorites of this series.  The atypical way the tunnel is used and how it is discovered made this feel like it truly revived the series.  I was truly glad to see that though the basic principals were within this book, making it part of the series, but the lack of Professor Bell as a prominent part allowed the story to flow very differently.  Overall, If you haven’t read any of the American Journey books yet I would suggest you start.  You won’t regret this bit of adventure, history and love.


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