Review: Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) by John A. Heldt

Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) by John A. Heldt
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Summary:

Providence, Rhode Island, 2017.
When doctoral student Cameron Coelho, 28, opens a package from Indiana, he finds more than private papers that will help him with his dissertation. He finds a photograph of a beautiful society editor murdered in 1925 and clues to a century-old mystery.

Within days, he meets Geoffrey Bell, the "time-travel professor," and begins an unlikely journey through the Roaring Twenties.
Filled with history, romance, and intrigue, INDIANA BELLE follows a lonely soul on the adventure of a lifetime as he searches for love and answers in the age of Prohibition, flappers, and jazz.

Book Review:


As someone who has previously read a book from the American Journey series (September Sky), this book provided the answers to some of my lingering questions. However, it is still possible to read this book as an individual book. 

This book follows the journey of Cameron Coelho, a doctoral student who receives a package that will help him understand the Roaring Twenties better. What he had not expected was a photograph of a beauty named Candice Louise Bell. Infatuated and filled with desire, both to learn about the Roaring Twenties as well as to know more about the woman in the photograph, he meets Geoffrey Bell, a time-travel professor who offers him an opportunity he couldn't turn down.

The interaction between Cameron and Geoffrey in the start of the story made me feel uncomfortable. The two of them just met and had the right to not want to share information with one another, each man for himself as they say. They both wanted knowledge but felt a bit reluctant to let go of what they know and neither of them budged until Jeanette had to step foot in their conversation.

Personally, I quite enjoyed this book. It was easy to read, had a good flow and just direct. Of course, the story focuses on the love story between Cameron and Candice and America in the 1920s, with the Ku Klux Klan, the selling and buying of narcotics and the struggle for women's rights. It didn't have big conflicts, just a few here and there in the story which made it all interesting. Nonetheless, the relationship between Cameron and Candice was well developed.

I appreciate how the characters got along without much conflict. It was all smooth-sailing with the exception of a few 'pests' who couldn't stop bugging the love-birds. I do wish there were more conflicts though, more drama, just to bring out the other sides of the characters. I do have some questions that were left unanswered, but hey, this is a no spoiler review. I just want a big fight or something that will really challenge the relationship, since the two main characters seem so easygoing.

All in all, this was an easy read. There were no conflicts that made this a page-turner, however, the interest in their relationship will make you want to continue to read this. 

*A review copy was provided to Oh Just Books by the author in exchange for an honest review* 

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