Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #TimeTravel Book THE LANE BETRAYAL by John A. Heldt

The Lane Betrayal (Time Box, #1)The Lane Betrayal by John A. Heldt

4 stars

The Lane Betrayal is a time travel historical novel and book one of The Time Box series.

This story begins in Virginia; physicist Mark Lane helped to create time travel machines, but his business partner wanted to use them for immoral purposes. Mark stole the time boxes and took them with his family back to 1865, where they arrived at the end of the American Civil War. Aware that Mark’s partner might try to follow them, he and his family tried to blend in and not change too many timelines.

Mark was correct and within a few weeks an assassin was sent after them using a beta travel machine. They urgently needed to leave for another time, but unfortunate circumstances prevented this.

This was a good start to a series; the author used a mix of real characters and events to keep the narrative interesting. I liked the time travel aspect, it helped create lots of tension and issues. I was surprised at how relaxed all the members of Mark’s family were with regard to changing future time lines with their actions and conversations; if there was one point I would have liked to see more of, it was their dilemma over the ripples in history that they might have altered.

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Book description

Virginia physicist Mark Lane has a problem. Weeks after privately creating two time machines, he learns his corporate partner wants to use the portable devices for nefarious purposes. Rather than give him the chance to do so, Mark takes the time boxes and escapes to the relative safety of 1865.

For Mark, wife Mary, and their children, the adventure is a chance to grow. Mary runs a business. Jeremy, 19, and Ashley, 12, befriend escaped slaves. Laura, 22, finds her place as a nurse. Jordan, 25, falls for a beautiful widow. All hope to find peace in the past.

Billionaire Robert Devereaux has other ideas. Shortly after Mark’s betrayal, he sends an assassin to 1865 to retrieve his property and set matters straight.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview of Classic American #MiddleGrade Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Bridge to TerabithiaBridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

4 stars

Bridge To Terabithia is a middle grade classic American book. I heard about this on Lauren’s blog called Northern Plunder. As soon as I read the book blurb I had to go ahead and get a copy, which I then read immediately.

The story is set in the mid to late 1970s in rural Virginia. Jess is twelve years old and about to start a new school year. He’s the only boy in a house with four sisters; many day-to-day jobs fall on Jess and he longs for time to escape so he can draw.

At the end of summer new neighbours arrive and their only child Leslie becomes firm friends with Jess. Together they create a make-believe world in the woods; while at school they face the bullies and support each other.

This is a classic book read and studied by many students. It deals with everyday pressures and has touching elements which many readers can either concur with or can learn from. I’m very late getting to this book, nor have I seen the film made from it, but it was a very enjoyable way to spend a few reading hours.

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Jess Aarons’ greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He’s been practicing all summer and can’t wait to see his classmates’ faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys’ side and outruns everyone.

That’s not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.

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