Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush
Title: Indian Paintbrush
Published: November 26, 2018
Arizona, December 1943. After surviving perilous six-month journeys to 1889 and 1918, the Carsons, five siblings from the present day, seek a respite in their home state. While Adam and Greg settle down with their Progressive Era brides, Natalie and Caitlin start romances with wartime aviators and Cody befriends a Japanese family in an internment camp. The time travelers regroup, bury some ghosts, and continue their search for their missing parents. Then old problems return, new ones emerge, and a peaceful hiatus becomes a race for survival. In INDIAN PAINTBRUSH, the sequel to RIVER RISING and THE MEMORY TREE, several young adults find love and adventure as they navigate the home front during the height of World War II.

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    4.5 Stars

    In their quest to find their parents, lost somewhere in the time stream, the Carson siblings continue their epic journey through time in the third book of the series, Indian Paintbrush, by John A. Heldt.
    Two of the siblings have found love in the past, and are bringing their new spouses with them as they try to find their mother and father and return to their present. Three, the oldest sister, and the twins, Cody and Caitlin, find and lose love, and must learn to deal with the loss. As he has done in the first two books of this series, Heldt does a good job of dealing with the expected anomalies of time travel, and weaves actual historical events into his narrative in such a way that a reader might actually believe this could’ve happened. I was particularly struck with the way Cody and Caitlin’s love interests were dealt with, as well as how the elder sister’s two romantic interests were resolved. Handled any other way, it would have raised questions that would have negatively impacted the story’s credibility, so kudos to the author for that.
    My only quibble with the series is that at the end of three books, the parents are still missing. That raises the possibility of a fourth book, and the hope that the author will be able to maintain the level of suspense—leavened with the credibility that was the hallmark of the series to this point.
    Most stories like this would be difficult to sustain much beyond the third book—a lot like the TV shows that end the season on a cliffhanger. But, like the TV show Dallas, when J.R. was shot in the last episode of a season, and fans had to wait several months to find out what happens, I predict that those who’ve read this far, will be patient—up to a point—and wait for the author to deliver the denouement.
    Again, I give the author four and a half stars for a wonderful story so far.

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