BOOK REVIEW: River Rising by John Heldt



The Carson Chronicles River Rising is adventure, family, trust, and romance. This massive 661 page book may seem overwhelming to conquer, but it reads so fast, and you'll be sad it ended... except lucky for you there is a book two The Memory Tree. This book is well worth the purchase, John did his research and the history of the 1880's was done so well. Plus, I really enjoyed that it was a wholly a romantic story of the siblings finding love in another time, and loss with traveling to a new time.

I was pulled into the story by the sister Natalie, her chapters were my favorite out of the whole book.
I could have done without Cody's chapters, and sadly even the eldest brother Adam. I was invested in the other siblings Caitlin, Natalie, and Gregg. And by could have done without, I don't mean without them in the story, they were must have characters for the story dynamic, but I just didn't care whether I got their inside scoop perspectives. But, for others maybe they or you will connect with the other siblings better than I did.

Either way, the LARGE book went by faster than assumed. I would normally not attempt to pick up a book of this size, it would turn me off since there are so many books out there for me to read and this was making the commitment of two books on an author I didn't know. Let me tell you though... it was worth it. Mission successful, John Heldt made me cry. I actually cried because I was so connected with Natalie. Bravo my man. I was on the fence about giving this book a four-wing in the middle of the book, (because I just wasn't connected with all the characters) but by the end I was swayed to a five-wing.

A book that can make a person feel and even shed some tears... deserves a five-wing from me.

Recommend this book? Yes, especially if you like time travel, light-hearted romance, history, and family. Go now and read it: River Rising

Here's a little blurb:

Weeks after his parents disappear on a hike, engineer Adam Carson, 27, searches for answers. Then he discovers a secret web site and learns his mom and dad are time travelers stuck in the past. Armed with the information he needs to find them, Adam convinces his younger siblings to join him on a rescue mission to the 1880s.

While Greg, the adventurous middle brother, follows leads in the Wild West, Adam, journalist Natalie, and high school seniors Cody and Caitlin do the same in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Like the residents of the bustling steel community, all are unaware of a flood that will destroy the city on May 31, 1889.

In RIVER RISING, the first novel in the five-book Carson Chronicles series, five young adults find love, danger, and adventure as they experience America in the age of bustle dresses, gunslingers, and robber barons.

Five-wing Review. - Heaven's Fiction Reviews

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Bit about the author:

John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage, American Journey, and Carson Chronicles series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past, he weighs in on literature and life at

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Book was provided by author for an honest review, I did not use the copy given, this was read through Kindle Unlimited.