Indiana Belle – John A. Heldt

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Indiana Belle – John A. HeldtIndiana Belle by John A. Heldt
Published by John A. Heldt on April 14, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Time Travel
Pages: 295
Format: Kindle
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three-half-stars

Providence, Rhode Island, 2017. When doctoral student Cameron Coelho, 28, opens a package from Indiana, he finds more than private papers that will help him with his dissertation. He finds a photograph of a beautiful society editor murdered in 1925 and clues to a century-old mystery. Within days, he meets Geoffrey Bell, the "time-travel professor," and begins an unlikely journey through the Roaring Twenties. Filled with history, romance, and intrigue, INDIANA BELLE follows a lonely soul on the adventure of a lifetime as he searches for love and answers in the age of Prohibition, flappers, and jazz.

bellegif Indiana Belle by John A. Heldt is the third book I have read by this author, and the second I have read in his American Journey series (see my review of Mercer Street). This is number three in the series but they can all be read as a standalone. This book focuses on Cameron, a doctorial student who is focusing on Indiana in the 1920’s. When he purchases a lot of papers from that era, it sets him on a path her could have never expected. Time traveling to meet the woman whose life he glimpsed through writing, he will need to decide where and when he belongs.

 Indiana Belle had some great moments and some not so great moments. The historical aspect was well done and I enjoyed the inclusion of things like the KKK and a speakeasy. I did not love the way Cameron was introduced. He bullied his way into the time travel and that just left me with a bad impression of him. I have seen a consistent improvement in writing of John A. Heldt which each book of his I read. He is able to mesh many different things, such as romance, time travel and shady dealings in a very cohesive manner. I will say that I do enjoy his writing when he has a male main character better, as I think he is more able to connect. The pacing had a few issues but it all came together in the end. The world built was very rich and I enjoyed seeing the past so well crafted.

Indiana Belle was an interesting read. There were a few moments that were super over the top (an encounter with a mountain lion was not needed at all) but as a whole it was successful. There was also a chapter that traveled to the future that I was super interested in, and I would love to see John A. Heldt expand on that world.

name=”fa-star”] Favorite lines – He kissed her until a million stars appeared in an indigo sky and promises he had made to a distant professor retreated to the recesses of his mind.

Biggest cliché – There is no butterfly effect.

 Have you read Indiana Belle, or added it to your TBR?

three-half-stars
Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
three-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
three-half-stars
Cover
three-half-stars
Overall: three-half-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 New Release Challenge
  • The Goodreads Challenge

Posted June 30, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 2 Comments


2 responses to “Indiana Belle – John A. Heldt

  1. I like the premise here, but have not come across these books – it looks like I’ll have to add them to my groaning TBR… Thank you for sharing.

  2. danielle hammelef

    I haven’t heard of this author or these books before. I enjoy historical fiction and time travel, so maybe these books will be a great match for me.

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