When unemployed San Francisco reporter Chuck Townsend and his college-dropout son, Justin, take a cruise to Mexico in 2016, each hopes to rebuild a relationship after years of estrangement. But they find more than common ground aboard the ship. They meet a mysterious lecturer who touts the possibilities of time travel. Within days, Chuck and Justin find themselves in 1900, riding a train to Texas, intent on preventing a distant uncle from being hanged for a crime he did not commit. Their quick trip to Galveston, however, becomes long and complicated when they wrangle with business rivals and fall for two beautiful librarians on the eve of a hurricane that will destroy the city. Filled with humor, history, romance, and heartbreak, SEPTEMBER SKY follows two directionless souls on the adventure of a lifetime as they try to make peace with the past, find new purpose, and grapple with the knowledge of things to come.
Another wonderful time travel adventure by John A. Heldt!!
Chuck Townsend has just been sacked from the job he held for over 20 years, the job which cost him his wife and missed opportunities for bonding with his son. But now, Chuck is re-evaluating his priorities and is committed to spending some quality time with his now 21-year-old son, Justin, starting with a cruise to Mexico.
Justin Townsend is at a bit of a crossroads himself. His live-in girlfriend has just dumped him and he is considering dropping out of college. He is looking forward to spending the cruise with his estranged father and seeing what the future holds for them both.
While on the cruise, Chuck and Justin attend a seminar about time travel. At the end of the seminar, they fill out a short questionnaire regarding the possibility of travelling back in time, both stating they would be interested. After the cruise, both are contacted by the man holding the seminar and given the opportunity to travel back to 1900. Father and son are given strict guidelines to follow during their time in 1900 but those guidelines fall by the wayside when Chuck becomes intent on changing the history of a relative who was severely wronged over a century ago.
Chuck and Justin journey to Galveston and not only do they meet this relative, but both meet women who will change their lives and make them believe in love again. Will Chuck and Justin be able to get justice for their relative? Will Chuck and Justin keep their arrangement with the lecturer and return to the present day as required and leave behind the love they have found in 1900?
This is a very intriguing book filled with mystery, love of family, romance and heartbreak. I enjoyed not only the love story between Chuck and Justin and the wonderful women they met but the mending of the father/son bond that was a long time coming. There were other aspects of the story that held my interest as well. I loved that this story is told from both Chuck and Justin’s POV, as well as some of the secondary characters’ POV. As with the other time travel novel I read by John A. Heldt, I am impressed with the research done to provide an accurate picture of the time period traveled to and events that occurred during that time. All around fantastic read that I would recommend to anyone who loves time travel stories!
John A. Heldt is a reference librarian and the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage time-travel series. The former award-winning sportswriter and newspaper editor has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, he is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past, he weighs in on literature and life at johnheldt.blogspot.com.