The Fair by John A Heldt – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have now read quite a number of time travel stories by John Heldt and enjoyed them all immensely. So I was very pleased when John asked me to review his latest book, The Fair. And to find out more about the author you may visit his website.

The Fair by John A Heldt

Here is the book blurb.

From the author of THE LANE BETRAYAL comes the second novel in the Time Box saga.

Months after stealing two time machines from a madman who wants them back, the Lanes, a family of six, seek safety and contentment in 1893, the latest stop on a journey through time. While parents Mark and Mary find relief at Chicago’s World’s Columbian Exposition, an extravaganza of science and splendor, children Jeremy, Laura, and Ashley find romance, friendship, and thrills.

Older son Jordan, meanwhile, heads west in search of answers. Grieving the loss of a lover from 1865, he travels to Virginia City, Nevada, where he integrates himself into a storied mining community and the heart of a pretty library clerk.

Billionaire Robert Devereaux could not care less. Reeling from the theft of his million-dollar devices, he sends an assassin to the past to retrieve his property and rid the world of his former business partner and his troublesome clan.

Filled with humor, heartbreak, and suspense, THE FAIR follows a modern family on the adventure of a lifetime as they navigate their way through an unforgettable year in American history.

The Fair is the second book in the Time Box series. You may see my 5 star review of the first title The Lane Betrayal here.

This story starts where The Lane Betrayal ended with the Lane family time-travelling again, firstly a brief stop in the 1790’s and then onto the Gilded Age, visiting Chicago in 1893 at the time of the World Fair.

But Mark Lane’s corrupt business partner Robert still wants those two time travel boxes back and accusations are flying at friend Randy. The team are scouring public records from the 1790s for clues.

Meanwhile Mark’s eldest son Jordan needs time alone (as the blurb says to grieve for the loss of a lover from 1865, I won’t say anymore as I think the blurb has said too much, for those who may not have read book one yet). He heads west, ending up in Virginia City, Nevada.

New friends and significant others are made. And Jordan takes big risks without consulting the rest of the family.

So have the Lanes covered their tracks or will there be breadcrumbs for Robert to find? And will they do anything that disturbs the timeline?

Once again John Heldt has delivered a brilliant page turner with plenty of twists and turns, which I couldn’t put down.

The Fair is available on Amazon, in Kindle format and paperback. As usual, another fabulous read from John Heldt which I highly recommend. And I’m really looking forward to reading Sea Spray, the next title in the series.

And you may be interested to see my reviews of some of John Heldt’s other titles.
Firstly The Carson Chronicles series.
River Rising
The Memory Tree
Indian Paintbrush
Caitlin’s Song
Camp Lake

Plus some of his earlier titles.
The Mine
Indiana Belle
Hannah’s Moon

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2 thoughts on “The Fair by John A Heldt – book review

  1. Susan B

    Not familiar with this author but the book looks excellent. I particularly enjoy learning a little about history while enjoying a good story.



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