Thursday 20 March 2014

Book ~ "The Mirror" (2014) John A. Heldt

From Goodreads ~ In September 11, 2020, Ginny and Katie Smith celebrate their nineteenth birthday at a country fair near Seattle. Ignoring the warnings of a fortune-teller, they enter a house of mirrors and exit in May 1964. Armed with the knowledge they need to return to their time, they try to make the most of what they believe will be a four-month vacation. 

But their sixties adventure becomes complicated when they meet a revered great-grandmother and fall in love with local boys. In "The Mirror", the continuation of "The Mine" and "The Show", the sisters find happiness and heartbreak as they confront unexpected challenges and gut-wrenching choices in the age of civil rights, the Beatles, and Vietnam.

It's September 2020 and twins Ginny and Katie are celebrating their 19th birthday at a country fair.  Before they leave, they go to a fortune teller who tells them that they are going to take a long mysterious journey with only one chance to return.  Ginny and Katie laugh it off and do one last thing before they head home ... they go into the house of mirrors.

Suddenly it's May 1964.  Knowing the fair will be back in town in a few months and it will be their only chance to get back to their time, they make a life for themselves as they wait for September to come.  They get jobs, make friends, meet family members and fall in love.

I like reading time travel books and this is the third I've read by this author.  As with the other two, I enjoyed it.  I like the writing style and found that it moved along at a good pace.

Ginny and Katie are the children of Joel and Grace who had met when Joel time traveled back to 1941 in The Mine (Grace also time traveled to 1918 in The Show).  Though it's the latest in a series, it also works as a stand alone since there is plenty of information provided to give the background of what had happened in the previous books.

The year 2020 isn't different from today and Ginny and Katie aren't any different from young women today,  used to having their freedom and being able to speak their minds.  They discover that 1964, while a fun time with the beehives, cute outfits and the Beatles, is on the brink of the Vietnam war and the civil rights movement.  They experience racial tensions first hand when they become friends with James, a co-worker who is black.  While their friendship is accepted by some, it's frowned upon by many.

I would recommend this book.

I received a copy of this ebook at no charge from the author in exchange for my honest review.  

1 comment:

Masshole Mommy said...

Where do you find so much time to read?