Mercer Street – John Heldt

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Mercer Street – John HeldtMercer Street by John A. Heldt
Published by John A. Heldt on October 21, 2015
Genres: Historical, Historical Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Multigenerational, Time Travel
Pages: 431
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
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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.

timetravel Mercer Street is the tale of three women, Grandmother, Daughter and Grandmother, who meet a scientist who tells them he can allow them to travel back in time. With little questioning, they take this man up on his offer and Grandma decides they need to travel back to when she was an infant so she can see her parents one last time. Mom and granddaughter are reeling from the lose of their husband and father and will do almost anything to escape. So begins the tale of three generations of women traveling to the past to hopefully jumpstart their futures. Putting aside the fact that a random man would offer strangers a chance to time travel, for pretty much nothing, and the fact that Granny is pushy and has to have everything her way, this is a sweet story. The bond between the women was real and the outside players really added a unique twist.

John Heldt is really growing as an author. The writing in Mercer Street is crisp and has a genuine quality to it, albeit some scenes that were over described. The pacing was well done minus a few rushed moments. The emotional quotient was high; having three generations of women together non-stop for weeks will do that. The world created was real, mixing historical events and figures with the fictitious. The characters were developed well, although they tended toward the whiney and dramatic to get their way.

Mercer Street is the second book I have read from John Heldt. I liked it better than The Mine, although I did enjoy that he had a male lead in the prior book. He really favors the time travel stories, but he is able to make them unique from each other which I enjoyed. Heldt is one of those authors whose books I believe I will enjoy when I come across them, but I may not seek them out.

Favorite lines – She was a time traveler who had a contractual obligation to leave the world as it was and not as she wanted it to be. She had no right to alter history, even on a micro level, to assuage her guilt, find new meaning, or make her peace with a troubled past.

Biggest cliché – A stranger says I can time travel, fantastic, that’s not sketchy at all!

 Have you read Mercer Street, or added it to your TBR?

Rating Report
Overall: three-half-stars

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Posted February 20, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 2 Comments

2 responses to “Mercer Street – John Heldt

  1. I have this book on my TBR list so was intrigued by your review. I also enjoyed The Mine by John Heldt, and I also really enjoyed September Sky by this author, and I would highly recommend reading that one. Again like this book you’ve reviewed, it starts a little strange with how the characters go back in time, but once they are there, the story is brilliant and the writing is beautiful.