Disclosure. This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.
Those who regularly discuss favourite books with me will be aware that I really love John Heldt’s time travel stories, so I was very happy when John asked me to review his latest book, Sea Spray. And to find out more about the author you may visit his website.
Here is the book blurb.
From the author of THE LANE BETRAYAL and THE FAIR comes the third novel in the Time Box saga.
Months after stealing two time machines from a madman who wants them back, the Lanes, a family of seven, seek peace and safety in 1927, the latest stop on a journey through time. For a while, each succeeds.
Parents Mark and Mary find housing in affluent East Hampton, New York, where a gracious elderly couple offers use of their mansion. Son Jordan and his new wife, Jessie, plan a family. Siblings Laura, Jeremy, and Ashley pursue fun and adventure. All form strong friendships with the Prices, a mysterious mirror-image family that lives next door.
Billionaire Robert Devereaux could not care less. Reeling from the theft of his million-dollar devices, he sends a hit man to the past to retrieve his property and rid the world of his former business partner and his troublesome clan.
Randy Taylor, who programs the machines, is determined to stop him. He tries to undermine his boss and save the Lanes, even as he tries to help his mother beat a deadly illness. He pines for the day he can join his fugitive friends and rekindle a promising relationship with Laura Lane.
Filled with romance, humor, and heartbreak, SEA SPRAY follows a modern family on the adventure of a lifetime as they navigate their way through the exciting and often dangerous world of Lindbergh, Gershwin, and Fitzgerald.
Readers’ Advisory: Sea Spray is the third novel in a five-part family saga that spans several decades. While some storylines are resolved, others are not. They will be addressed in subsequent books.
Events in the previous book see The Lane family moving on again from 1893 Chicago., but this time with a new family member, Jessie wife of eldest son Jordan. They all head to a beach in East Hampton, New York and then use a Time Box to travel to 1927. Will they be able to put down roots this time?
Meanwhile Mark Lane’s ex-business partner billionaire Robert Devereaux in the 21st century is still after revenge. He wants the Time Boxes back and the Lanes eliminated. His inner team are searching records and photos for clues as to when and where to dispatch hit-man Silas Bain.
Can the Lanes’ close friend Randy Taylor put a spanner in Devereaux’s plans?
The Lanes bond with neighbouring family, the Prices who seem to have secrets of their own. Throw romance, fun, friendship and heartbreak into the mix.
As per usual, John Heldt has done painstaking research into the period, weaving prohibition, aviator Charles Lindbergh, composer George Gershwin, baseball players Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig plus references to F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby into the storyline.
Not being familiar with the geography of the area around East Hampton, I did have to resort to Google Maps to see where the harbour and island mentioned in the book were situated.
I couldn’t put this fantastic page turner down. There were so many great twists and turns.
Sea Spray is available on Amazon, in Kindle format and paperback. Once again another brilliant read from John Heldt which I highly recommend. I can’t wait for the next title in the series.