June 9, 2018

Review: The Memory Tree (Carson Chronicles Book 2) by John A. Heldt

Product Description:
Days after barely escaping 1889 with their lives, the Carsons, siblings from the present day, resume their search for their missing parents in 1918. While Adam and his pregnant wife, Bridget, settle in Minnesota, unaware of a wildfire that will kill hundreds, Greg seeks clues in his great-grandparents' Mexico, where he finds love, danger, and enemies. At the same time, Natalie, the ambitious journalist, follows a trail to World War I France, and teen twins Cody and Caitlin rekindle a friendship with an old Pennsylvania friend haunted by her past. In THE MEMORY TREE, the sweeping sequel to RIVER RISING, several time travelers find answers and meaning as they continue the adventure of a lifetime in the age of doughboys, silent movies, and Model T's.

My Thoughts:
THE MEMORY TREE is book 2 in the Carson Chronicles and hopefully I don't have to wait long for book 3 because the cliff hangers in this series are killer! 

Ever since I read my first John A. Heldt novel in 2012 I've been a huge fan. He always makes the past come to life and who wouldn't love the opportunity to travel back in time and meet their early relatives and see history as it unfolds. The one difference I found with this book over others I've read is that the fire in this novel didn't spark my curiosity about the actual event as with events in other novels by Heldt. I read this as part of the story and moved on. 

I also felt like there were a bit too many side characters in this story. I had a hard time keeping up with who as who in the beginning but once I was about a quarter into the book the pace picked up and I became just as hooked on the story as I usually get and quickly zipped to the ending which had an interesting twist that I didn't see coming. 

My Recommendation:
I recommend this to anyone who loves historical fiction and non-scifi time travel.