River Rising – John A. Heldt

36274542.jpgAfter their parents disappear on a hike, Adam and his siblings discover that they have secretly been travelling back in time and something must have gone wrong. The siblings gather the information they need and follow in their parents footsteps, all the way back to the 1880s. Once there, they find adventure, danger and romance, but can they find their parents?

I am a fan of John Heldt, but, since historical romance isn’t one of my preferred genres, I am getting a little bit tired of how similar his books are. On the one hand, they follow a good formula, and are different enough to not be boring. On the other hand, some issues are starting to crop up for me.

Firstly, I know it’s a romance novel but why does every character have to fall in love? In this one, five siblings travel back in time and all except one of them have some kind of romance. They also don’t seem to have any qualms about effecting people’s lives who they know they’re going to leave, or doing things that might change the future in some way.

Secondly, I found River Rising to be much too long. Because each character has their own storyline, there was a too much going on and I found myself skimming through chunks of the book.

That being said, this book had a level of drama that I was not expecting and really enjoyed. Without giving too much away, by the end it wasn’t all rainbows and happy endings. Just when things were seeming too wonderful and kind of dull, an extreme event happens and everything changes. It was refreshing for one of John’s books to have a larger element of tragedy, alongside the romance.

As always, the story was well thought-out. However, the writing was a little bit stilted and the way characters spoke to each other did, at times, feel rather unnatural.

Despite the problems I had reading this book, I still really enjoyed it. I just think that maybe I need to take a break from these books, before I become too judgemental of them.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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