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Indiana Belle

(American Journey #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  380 ratings  ·  100 reviews
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 j ...more
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Published April 14th 2016 by John A. Heldt
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Whispering Stories
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
‘Indiana Belle’ is a time-travelling adventure by American author John A Heldt. We join the story in the present day and find our protagonist, Cameron Coelho, mesmerised by a photograph from long ago. This sets him on an adventure which sends him back in time to 1925. He manages this by painless but rather vague means. However, this is a fantasy adventure so the reader needs to suspend reality and become immersed in the tale.

I found some of the dialogue a little protracted in the beginning howev
John A. Heldt is back, and this time out he is taking us back to the era of Flappers, Speakeasies and old time church revivals as the country undergoes major changes and the lines between a free-spirited life and the more conservative become more clearly divided and crime is always waiting in the shadows. But first, we must travel to the near future…welcome to John A. Heldt’s Indiana Belle.

Cameron Coelho is writing his dissertation on life in the 1920’s and when he receives a packet regarding a
Heather C
Indiana Belle has so many things going for it that it really defies a distinct categorization. It has a romance thread that runs throughout. It is packed with a little mystery, intrigue, and adventure from the earliest pages. There is the historical setting and some significant events. Oh, and let’s not forget the very critical element of time travel!

I have been a fan of John Heldt’s works since I first read back-to-back The Mine and The Journey in 2013 (both are from his other book series, The
Kellyn Roth
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of time travel, history, or adventure
Indiana Belle by John A. Heldt is an amazing book that caught my attention from page one to the end. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars!

I found it easy to get to know and relate to the characters, especially Candice Bell. Candice is one of the most wonderful characters I've read in a long time ... very well-developed, very likable, yet not at all Mary-Sueish. The villains were likewise well-developed and interesting ... and you hated them just the right amount. :)

The plot ... well, let me
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't read many time travel books. This one was fun to read for me. I am from Illinois so this book was interesting to read about the 1920s in Illinois. Changing things in the past when you travel back can be bad or good but you never really know for sure. This book was very romantic as well and I enjoyed it very much. I would recommend you try out this author and this book and see if you like it too! *This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.*
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it
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bellegif Indiana Belle by John A. Heldt is the third book I have read by this author, and the second I have read in his American Journey series (see my review of Mercer Street ). This is number three in the series but they can all be read as a standalone. This book focuses on Cameron, a doctorial student who is focusing on Indiana in the 1920's. When he purchases a lot of papers from that era, it sets him on a path her could have n
Lara Girdler
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Roaring 20’s are a time that live in our imaginations, fueled by books such as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and movies surrounding the same era – the glitz, the glam, and the hidden speak-easy’s. Women trying their hands at working outside the home and building their own businesses, albeit hiding behind pseudonyms and nicknames.
When Cameron is given the option of studying the very family surrounding Dr. Bell’s family he immediately jumps on the opportunity and turns Dr. Bell’s poli
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love time travel books and having read and reviewed both the first and second in this series when asked--I knew I had to read this third installment. Although there is some continuity--it can definitely be read as a stand alone as all the books in this series can.

Now one of the tenets of time travel is--you should never change what is supposed to happen because you will be changing the future as well. Hum, but what happens if you fall in love and the woman is going to be killed on a
Teena in Toronto
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
It's February 2017 and Cameron Coelho is a doctoral student in history writing a dissertation on the social norms and cultural dynamics of Middle America in the Roaring Twenties. He buys some private papers of Candice Bell, who was a reporter for an Indiana newspaper in the 1920s, which include personal letters, business correspondence, notes from interviews, pages torn from a diary and a picture. He is provided with the opportunity to travel back to 1925 to meet Miss Bell. He is forbidden to ch ...more
JP Reviews
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it

I battled with myself over the rating of this book. It was written very well and was quite polished. There were just a few things that pulled it down for me.

It started out pretty strong, but once our main character stepped into 1925, it lulled pretty badly for the next 20 or so chapters. I think the problem was there was absolutely no conflict at all until about 65% of the way through the book. To me, a book is not a book if there isn't some kind of conflict for the character.

Speaking of charact
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Indiana Belle is another great read by John Heldt. Although I am not a big fan of the 1920s era, I found this story interesting reading for all the historical events that occurred in this time period as well as the culture and societal values of the time that were featured in the book.

The book is obviously very well researched with plenty of detail throughout and the author’s beautiful writing style makes for a pleasurable reading experience. The story has a well thought out plotline and is stea
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Indiana Belle (American Journey Book 3) by John A. Heldt

In 2017 Rhode Island, Cameron Coelho receives a package from Indiana. He is doing a college paper and the information he finds inside will help him. He finds that a Society editor was murdered in Indian (1925). He meets up with Geoffrey bell, a time traveler, Cameron has the opportunity to go back to 1925, and piece together the events that occurred.

A fantastic time travel story. The plot is original, the facts and events that actually happ
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In a nice break from the erotic romance genre, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the well-thought-out journey of Cameron Coelho from his lonely life in 2017 back to the roaring twenties in search of his true love to prevent her untimely demise. ...more
Pamela King
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is not possible to review a John A. Heldt book without also discussing the author’s craftsmanship generally.

If someone said to me, you should read Indiana Belle “it is a great science fiction story” or “it is a really good romance” my response would be no thanks, I don’t read those genres. Yet I cannot get enough of John A. Heldt’s time travel stories.

John Heldt’s books have been classified as time travel, history, fantasy, romance, mystery – or any combination of these genres. This is natur
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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American student Cameron Coelho is writing his doctoral dissertation on the subject of the 1920s when some private papers and a sepia photo of newspaper society editor Candice Bell come into his possession. He becomes smitten with the beautiful woman in the photo but learns she became the victim of murder in 1925. Cameron meets Professor Geoffrey Bell, her descendant and expert in time travel. With Geoffrey's help Cameron travels back in time to Indiana in 1925. Can Cameron change the course of ...more
Teresa J. Young
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Time travel to the 1920s.

A man who starts on a search for information for his college dissertation, suddenly finds himself travelling back in time to 1925. He carries a picture of a woman who will be brutally murdered later that year and he decides he must do something about it. It's a strange but interesting time period he finds himself in and he barely survives his first day there. A fascinating look into the "roaring twenties".
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love these stories

I am looking forward to the continuation of the Bell family and their time traveling adventures. Every story told has had a great impact on the family involved. Heartwarming, exciting and romantic all at once. Don’t miss out ... be sure to read about the Bell men.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
In recommending John Heldt's books to a friend recently, I relayed that while I don't consider his books 5-star worthy, I've never gone below a 3-star book in eight tries. There's something to be said for consistency.

The bad first. I've historically found his dialogue a little wooden. Characters tend to sound the same despite differences in age or sex, and there's a bit too much formality in the interactions. On the writing end, he favors the use of three a bit too frequently. If I replaced the
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cameron purchases private papers from the 1920's for a dissertation on American History, and finds much more than he expected. Mingled among the papers are a photograph of a lovely young lady and pages from her diary discussing time travel. More digging uncovers a relative of the girl in the photograph, who reveals that time travel is indeed possible, and he can send Cameron back in time to the twenties for his research paper.

Although ordered not to save the lovely lady in the photograph from he
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review originally published on Jess's Reading Nook .
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

If you are a fan of historical fiction, romance, and science fiction, then you'll probably enjoy John A. Heldt's Indiana Belle. One of the things that drew me into this book was the fact that it was set in the roaring twenties, my favorite decade (well, it's tied with the eighties).

Like Heldt's book The Mine, this is a story about time travel. Unlike The Mine, the protagonist pur
Mike Siedschlag
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An e-version of Indiana Belle was provided by author John A Heldt for review.

Indiana Belle is the third installment in the American Journey series.

Often, when an author has written several books in a specific genre, they begin to become somewhat predictable and formulaic. This is not at all the case for John Heldt. Although Indiana Belle is the eighth time-travel book he has written, the third of the second series, he continues to bring fresh, adventurous stories full of twists and turns the re
Boundless Book Reviews
In the third book of this series you meet Cameron. He finds himself enthralled with some letters and a picture of a young woman named Candice Bell, who is an ancestor of Professor Bell. Cameron uses these letters and some important information that Professor Bell wants, to get himself a place in the world of 1925 through time travel. He learns that the young woman is murdered and against Professor Bells wishes he thinks it is his job to save her on this journey to the past, despite the trouble t ...more
Sandra Stiles
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the American Journey series. This time the author takes us to the Roaring Twenties. You don’t have to read the first two books to read and enjoy this one. They read just like stand-alone books. In this book we are presented with a problem that any time traveler fears. What happens if something can and should be prevented in the past and you know it will change the future if you do anything to change it? This is this situation that faces our main character. Cameron Coelh ...more
J.L. Leslie
I've never read a time travel book before. This one hooked me right from the start. Cameron is such a likeable character. He goes back in time to save Candice Belle, a woman he's grown interested in just from looking at her photograph and reading her diary letters. They have a very sweet love story, no sexual scenes involved in this book and very little profanity. It's a very easy read and one that's difficult to put down. There is a shocking twist at the end and I love surprises! I like how Hel ...more
Phyllis C Surface
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Three stars

Overall, I did like this book. Story line and characters were interesting. Only thing I did not care for was the too plentiful one on one verbal bantering the main characters did throughout the book. It got annoying enough whereby reader just skipped over those exchanges and found she didn't miss anything in relation to the plot or enjoyment of the book.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Third of a rather ridiculous, but surprisingly entertaining series. I have had enough for now, but would consider reading another if the mood was right. A light read with a splash of history and romance thrown in.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Overall neither bad or good. Average. An acceptable distraction to pass time, but nothing that especially impressed or moved me. 3 star
Faith Jones
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This isn’t directly relevant but as no one’s reading it anyway I’ll push a few more keys and fill up the page to amuse myself. On my way back from the hairdresser in Winchester, which I now realise is in the pay of my enemies, I was on a bus with this hanging stirrup thing repeatedly knocking the side of my head (we aim to improve your customer experience, tap, tap, tap, ow), disembarked and was on the way home with a metaphorical paper bag over my head and wondering where I might borrow one of ...more
Tay LaRoi
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the second novel of Heldt’s that I’ve read and I’m beginning to think he can do no wrong. His dedication to portraying history in all of it’s nuances, layers, difficulties, and beauty is admirable and his ability to craft brilliant and unique stories shines across the lines of genre and time alike.

When I first read the description for this book, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. As some one who doesn’t usually like romance, I didn’t expect much. I figured Heldt's world building would be
Donadee's Corner
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
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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
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John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage, American Journey, Carson Chronicles, and Time Box series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, s ...more

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