The Memory Tree

The Memory Tree
Title: The Memory Tree
Published: April 30, 2018
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.

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    5 Stars

    When Tim and Caroline Carson make a mistake traveling through a time portal, and are unable to return home, their five children, Adam, Greg, Natalie, and the twins, Caitlin and Cody set out to find them. The Memory Tree by John A. Heldt, a sequel to River Rising, follows the adventures of the siblings as they move back and forth through time and space in an increasingly desperate search.

    The author does a masterful job in both books of juggling actual historical events with the presence of visitors from the future who appear and mysteriously disappear, often leaving ripples in the time stream in the process. While many time travel stories come across as improbable, regardless of how entertaining they are, Heldt has logically woven the presence of ‘aliens’ in the time stream in a way that makes seem almost believable. Most importantly, the narrative flow, as the story shifts from one character’s point of view to another, is seamless, provocative, and, most importantly, entertaining. Mystery, romance, danger, and heart-pounding action come at opportune times, with dialogue and action that just . . . makes sense.

    Finished reading this book on a rainy, cold day, the perfect conditions for such a story, and unlike many books that I read, where I’ve forgotten most of the characters names before I turn the last page, the Carson family is indelibly imprinted on my mind.

    A fascinating book that I highly recommend; even if you’re not a fan of the time-travel genre, I can promise you, this book will entertain you. I give it five stars!

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