Review of The Fire (Northwest Passage #4) by John A. Heldt


Genre: Time Travel Romance

Book Length (Est.): 368 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

When Kevin Johnson, 22, goes to Wallace, Idaho, days after his college graduation, he expects to find rest and relaxation as his family prepares his deceased grandfather’s house for sale. Then he discovers a hidden diary and a time portal that can take him to 1910, the year of Halley’s comet and the largest wildfire in U.S. history. Within hours, Kevin finds himself in the era of horse-drawn wagons, straw hats, and ankle-length dresses. Returning to the same time and place, he decides to travel again and again and make the portal his gateway to summer fun. The adventure takes a more serious turn, however, when the luckless-in-love science major falls for pretty English teacher Sarah Thompson and integrates himself in a community headed for tragedy. Filled with humor, romance, and heartbreak, THE FIRE, the sequel to THE JOURNEY, follows a conflicted soul through a life-changing journey as he makes his mark on a world he was never meant to see.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This by far was my favorite book of the series. It may be the sequel to The Journey, but it also brought in characters from The Mine and The Show as well. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing what became of Joel and Grace Smith.

The Fire follows Kevin Johnson, the son of Michelle (the same Michelle “Shelly” from The Journey). It’s easy to see that the desire for adventure doesn’t fall far from the family tree. Kevin puts caution to the wind as he figures “why not” and follows the ramblings he discovered in his great-great grandfather’s journal.

Finding himself no longer in 2013, but rather 1910 he decides after one trip that he needed to take another more prepared trip. After returning home the second time and discovering a good-bye note he decides he had to go back yet a third time.

He met one girl briefly on the first visit. Sarah Thompson, a lovely English teacher. He saved a different girl on the second; the same who wrote him the lovely letter. Sadie Hawkins, a very intelligent number savvy girl who had gotten into a bit of a bind. But on the third he is given the affections of both women. He loves them both, but his heart will only allow him to return the affections of one.

The Fire has humor and romance (times two), but it also has sadness and heartbreak. It was a very emotional read at times.

My Favorite Moment: There were a few, like a bar fight with a shattered window, or the bowling, but my favorite was “106”.

My Favorite Quotes: “This horse is bigger than a house, Sadie. I can’t ride a house.”


“Who taught you to fight like that? Andy asked.

Would you believe my sister?


“You wouldn’t really hit him, would you?” Sarah asked.

“I would,” Sadie said as she broke into a grin. “And I’d enjoy every whack!”

Overall, I give this 5 stars! 

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.


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