Seattle, 2010. When her entrepreneur husband dies in an accident, Michelle Preston Richardson, 48, finds herself childless and directionless. She yearns for the simpler days of her youth, before she followed her high school sweetheart down a road that led to limitless riches but little fulfillment, and jumps at a chance to reconnect with her past at a class reunion. But when Michelle returns to Unionville, Oregon, and joins three classmates on a spur-of-the-moment tour of an abandoned mansion, she gets more than she asked for. She enters a mysterious room and is thrown back to 1979.
Distraught and destitute, Michelle finds a job as a secretary at Unionville High, where she guides her spirited younger self, Shelly Preston, and childhood friends through their tumultuous senior year. Along the way, she meets widowed teacher Robert Land and finds the love and happiness she had always sought. But that happiness is threatened when history intervenes and Michelle must act quickly to save those she loves from deadly fates.
I LOVED this time travel novel. I thought it was charming and magical, and a true comfort read. After Michelle’s husband passes away, she decides to return home to attend her 30 year reunion. On a spontaneous trip to the old abandoned mansion, Michelle enters a strange room and finds herself transported back to 1979.
Michelle’s transition from 2010 back to 1979 was authentic and believable. I like that after a few days of freaking out, and trying to find her way back to 2010, Michelle pulls herself together and contends to make a new life for herself. She gets a job, a place to live, and slowly moves on with her life despite her strange circumstances.
The fact that she has the lowdown on the direction her life takes and resolves to help guide her younger self and her high school friends was different, and a bold move for the author. I’ve read many time travels where the characters painstakingly try to avoid altering anything as not to mess up the future, but I appreciated that the author took a completely different approach with this book. Michelle was not afraid to help her loved ones make changes that she deemed necessary, not only to help ensure their future happiness and fulfillment, but sometimes to even preserve a life.
I thought the dialogue between the characters was great! It was witty and snappy, and quite entertaining. The characters were so well written and a joy to get to know. Add to that the mystery of the house and the time travel aspect, and you have a story that was heartwarming and hard to put down.
Beautiful and charming, I found The Journey to be a remarkable story about second chances, hope, and unconditional love. If you’re into time travels, you will surely fall for this book!
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