Indiana Belle (John A. Heldt)

I received a free copy of Indiana Belle from the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not change my opinion of the book.

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When doctoral student Cameron Coelho opens a package of historical documents in 2017, he could never guess just where it will lead him. Beyond simply helping him with his dissertation, he finds the picture of a beautiful society writer from Evansville, Indiana who was brutally murdered in 1925. In a series of events that would have seemed unlikely just a short time before, Cameron finds himself in the 1920s and an adventure he could never have imagined.

Honestly, my typical time travel book contains a lot more burly Scotsmen. What Indiana Belle lacks in men in kilts, it makes up for with a solid story. Did it totally floor me? Not particularly, but it was a very enjoyable book. It was a little bit of a slow starter for me, but there are a few twists and ultimately a nice ending. Cameron is a good, if slightly staid, guy. And while Candice didn’t stand up to a modern feminist ideal, taken in the frame of the 1920s, she was positively rebellious.

John Heldt definitely did a great job making the ’20s seem real and positively familiar. He clearly did his research and uses it to great advantage, while not bashing the reader over the head with it. And, while part of a series, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything not having read the others. It can easily be taken alone.

My only real criticism of the book is a little strange: the use of the word “chuckled”. It’s in there so many times. Seriously, just so many. However, minus that, Indiana Belle was a good book, with a little romance (light enough to keep it guy friendly, I think), a little mystery and a little history. It has plenty of appeal for lovers of many different genres.