Sunday, August 18, 2013



Seattle, 2010. When her entrepreneur husband dies in an accident, Michelle Preston Richardson, 48, finds herself childless and directionless. She yearns for the simpler days of her youth, before she followed her high school sweetheart down a road that led to limitless riches but little fulfillment, and jumps at a chance to reconnect with her past at a class reunion. But when Michelle returns to Unionville, Oregon, and joins three classmates on a spur-of-the-moment tour of an abandoned mansion, she gets more than she asked for. She enters a mysterious room and is thrown back to 1979.

Distraught and destitute, Michelle finds a job as a secretary at Unionville High, where she guides her spirited younger self, Shelly Preston, and childhood friends through their tumultuous senior year. Along the way, she meets widowed teacher Robert Land and finds the love and happiness she had always sought. But that happiness is threatened when history intervenes and Michelle must act quickly to save those she loves from deadly fates. Filled with humor and heartbreak, THE JOURNEY gives new meaning to friendship, courage, and commitment as it follows an unfulfilled soul through her second shot at life.
  In the same time travel vein as The Mine, the reader gets to see a recently widowed woman rethink her life. What would you say to your eighteen year-old self? Do you have sufficient regrets to want to alter your life's natural progression? After all, the slightest thing could have drastic consequences in the outcome of your future self. It is an interesting concept to play with.

Much like the The Mine, this story is more about the journey of the character through her own past and less of a romance. There is a romance element to it, and it is very sweet. Our heroine does get her hero and a new lease of life, but does she keep it. Luckily, the author didn't exactly follow the same formula as the previous book. There is a very big surprise ending. I did enjoy how major historical points were set into the story as unchangeable and with far reaching consequences even our time traveling heroine couldn't prevent.

I think this a book for all levels of readers and would appeal to most fans of science fiction and fantasy. After all, how many times have we wanted to tell the kid we used to be some really good advice? This book lets us explore what might happen if we actually gave that advice. The language is suitable for all ages. Whether you're looking a book to give your teens or a selection for this months book club, The Journey would fit the bill. The sweet romance makes this a safe read for work or anywhere someone might look over your shoulder. I think the ending came out great. I hate to give away to many details, but I will say this. I can't believe he did that to his heroine! Now it's up to you to find out what.

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