Tuesday 21 February 2017

Book ~ "Hannah's Moon" (2017) John A. Heldt

From Goodreads ~ After struggling for years to have a child, Claire Rasmussen, 34, turns to adoption, only to find new obstacles on the path to motherhood. Then she gets an unlikely phone call and soon learns that a distant uncle possesses the secrets of time travel.

Within weeks, Claire, husband Ron, and brother David, find themselves on a train to Tennessee and 1945, where adoptable infants are plentiful and red tape is short. For a time, they find what they seek. Then a beautiful stranger enters their lives, the Navy calls, and a simple straightforward mission becomes a race for survival. 

Filled with suspense, romance, and heartbreak, "Hannah's Moon", the epic conclusion of the American Journey series, follows the lives of four spirited adults as they confront danger, choices, and change in the tense final months of World War II.

It's 2017 Tennessee and Claire and Ron have been trying for years to have a baby to no avail.  When they decide to adopt, they discover their wait could be be years.  Her uncle hears of their situation and contacts her with a suggestion ... he can send them back to 1945 Tennessee where it's easier to adopt and they can bring a baby back to 2017.  Claire and Ron agree and plan to spend a couple months there.  Claire brother, David, goes back with them to help them out.  Though they settle into the community and become friends with their neighbour, Margaret, things aren't as straightforward as they had hoped.  In 1945 Tennessee there was racism and World War II was still going on so men were being recruited.

I like time travel books.  I find it interesting to see how people adapt and react when they go back in time where there are no cell phones, no Internet, etc.  I've read many books by this author and time travel is his focus.  Though it is the fifth (and apparently the last) in the American Journey series, you don't have to read the others to know what's going on as it works well as a stand alone.  The author wrote about 1945 well and I got a good sense of what it was like living in that time period.  It is written in third person perspective in Claire, Ron, David and Margaret's voices (the chapters are labeled).

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