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Hannah's Moon

(American Journey #5)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  49 reviews
After struggling for years to have a child, Claire Rasmussen, 34, turns to adoption, only to find new obstacles on the path to motherhood. Then she gets an unlikely phone call and soon learns that a distant uncle possesses the secrets of time travel.

Within weeks, Claire, husband Ron, and brother David find themselves on a train to Tennessee and 1945, where adoptable infant
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Published February 8th 2017 by John A. Heldt
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She would go to any lengths to adopt a child, but Claire Rasmussen never expected an uncle she barely knew to be able to send her back to 1945 where thousands of infants were waiting to be adopted. The process took mere weeks as opposed to the years she could expect to wait in 2017. Along with her husband Ron, and her brother David, they began their lives in 1945 with one mission, but what happened to them would turn into part fairy tale romance, part FBI horror story and a forced enlistment in ...more
Whispering Stories
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This is the fifth book in the ‘American Journey’ series by John A Heldt and the second I have been asked to read and review. ‘Hannah’s Moon’ is written in the third person from the point of view of several of the main protagonists.

After a powerful and poignant start, Heldt wastes no time in getting on with the story. As previously, he has stuck to his formulaic time-travelling theme which is delightfully far-fetched. It is best not to overthink it, a
Kellyn Roth
Originally posted on Reveries Reviews.

Title: Hannah’s Moon

Author: John A. Heldt

Series: American Journey, #5

Genre: science fiction (time travel romance)

Era: contemporary & 1945

Setting: Tennessee, United States

Publisher: John A. Heldt

Source: from author (in exchange for honest review)

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars


After struggling for years to have a child, Claire Rasmussen, 34, turns to adoption, only to find new obstacles on the path to motherhood. Then she gets an un
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
4.5 stars

I've been reading and enjoying John Heldt's books for years and I think I've found my favorite in Hannah's Moon. I've enjoyed all his books- I'm a sucker for a good time travel story- especially one that takes me back to a certain time in history that I can become immersed in. John Heldt is very good at bringing the past to life in his books. In fact, one of his books was set in Galveston, TX and after reading it, I wanted to go there so much. I'm finally going this summer! :)

There is s
Mike Siedschlag
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
John A. Heldt gave me an e-copy of Hannah's Moon for review. I stress the "A" in his name because on the Barnes & Noble book site they offer the works of a different John Heldt. They are really missing the boat by not carrying "A"'s books.

Hannah's Moon is the fifth and final entry in the American Journey series. As with all the books in the series it is not necessarily necessary to have read the previous books to understand this one. They all stand alone well.

I am a bit saddened to have come
Boundless Book Reviews
Let me start off by saying this is not the first book by John Heldt that I have read, and I hope it's not the last. Each book I read by him is a new magical experience wrapped around time travel and family. This book follows Claire and Ron as they search to find an adoptive child. After many miscarriages, adoption is the next best option to fulfilling their dreams of a family. This search leads them on an amazing journey back in time to 1945, when adoptions were not full of waiting and red tape ...more
Maureen Driscoll
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
John Heldt is a master of placing characters you love in the middle of compelling history. It's historical fiction at its finest, with time travel as a means of taking us to places and events which are made vividly real. HANNAH'S MOON is the heartfelt journey of a couple trying to expand their family, travelling to the waning months of World War II to do so. As Claire and Ron seek to move on after tragedy, Ron finds himself at the center of one of the most harrowing chapters of the war in the Pa ...more
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In a previous book to this series, Indiana Belle, readers learn how Professor Bell's unorthodox travel agency works, and that the risks can be mitigated with proper planning. However, we all know what's been said about 'best laid plans.' Hannah's Moon is every bit as entertaining and gripping as its predecessor, and a highly recommended use of your reading "time." Don't miss it! Full Review -
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just love this cover!! And I honestly didn't want this series to end--maybe a new one will be started--especially the way this one ended. It ended on both a happy and sad but hopeful note. The author did a fantastic job of pulling the 4 books in this series together at the end.

This 5th book will have you worried for the time travelers--after being really happy and excited for them.

I am afraid if I write too much I will give it all away--and everyone knows I would never do that!!! This novel sp
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hannah's Moon (American Journey, #5) by John A Heldt

Claire and her husband Ron struggle to have a baby. They decide to adopt but find the process is not that easy. But her luck is about to change when she gets a phone call from her uncle, he tells her of time travel. Although at first skeptic, she decides to take him up on his off, and soon she and Ron along with her brother David travel back in time to 1945. For adopting a child in the 40's is much easier and faster than the present day.

As they
Clabe Polk
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An emotional roller-coaster you won't soon forget!

This book will find a special place in the hearts of many readers, especially those, like me, who have adopted children to fill voids in their families and their hearts. Beyond that, however, this story will tug at the heartstrings of the remaining generation who endured World War II, and their children; both as active military and as the children, spouses and parents who anxiously waited for news in the deafening silence back home.

Claire, a youn
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was another enjoyable read from John A Heldt. It’s well written, has a great storyline, and interesting characters you can warm to. For me, this book was an emotional roller coaster. It was very atmospheric, you really felt like you were back in 1945. I also enjoyed the ending even though it was a little sad, but I felt there was some hope too. Highly recommended if you enjoy historical romance and time travel stories.
Aubrey Joy
I really enjoyed this one, and the ending was really nice. They bring back all the characters from the previous books for a little sneak peek. I think it was a nice conclusion to the series as a whole. I always say this, but I love connecting with authors so much. It’s one of my favorite parts of blogging because you get to meet so many new people!
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Aubrey Joy
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent story by author John Heldt. I have been an avid fan of all of John's time travel novels and have enjoyed them all. I believe that Hanna's Moon is the best novel so far in this series. As always great believable characters with a plot that keeps you reading well past your bed time. Anxiously looking forward to the next in the series.
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading Heldt's books since 2012 and this one by far has been my favorite. It's full of heartbreaking decisions and events but still concludes with a happy ending. I love the way history is always weaved into the books. It always makes me wonder about the true events and I usually end up on Wikipedia trying to learn more.

In this final installment in the American Journey series, the book has 3 separate story lines playing out and I was instantly pulled into them by my heartstrings. Clai
Madison's Inkwell
Apr 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Roland Taub
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A satisfying end to the series

This story was a fitting end to a 5 book series. This book was had many of the features that were missing from some of the others. It is suspenseful without being to detailed. And bringing the characters from the other books at the end was a clever way to tie up things.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book starts in the present day (or a few months hence to be precise) when Claire and Ron's son is stillborn. A couple of months later they decide to try to adopt, but discover the average wait time is 6 years and that they will need a hefty loan to afford the fee.

When Claire's brother David comes to visit, he brings far-fetched news from their Aunt Jeanette and Uncle Geoffrey Bell. They have a time-travel tunnel in their basement and David has been through it back to 2001 and retrieved Clai
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Published February 8th 2017 by John A. Heldt
Original Title Hannah's Moon
Edition Language English
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After struggling for years to have a child, Claire Rasmussen, 34, turns to adoption, only to find new obstacles on the path to motherhood. Then she gets an unlikely phone call and soon learns that a distant uncle possesses the secrets of time travel.

Within week
Mandy Parmenter
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed this book and I have not been compensated in any way.

Ron and Claire Rasmussen have struggled for years to have a child and have decided to go down the adoption route but finds there are still many obstacles and years of waiting in their way. Then in a phone call from an uncle she finds he has the secret of time travel. In a short time Clare, Ron and her brother David are transported to Tennessee in 1945 where there are lots of infants to adopt and not much in the way of re
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hannah’s Moon is the final book in John Heldt’s exciting American Journey Series. I love reading time-travel novels, and Hannah’s Moon was no exception.

The book begins with Claire and Ron Rasmussen, depressed, and devastated over losing a child. Feeling as if their hearts could not possibly survive another break, they decide to adopt. What Ron and Claire didn’t count on, however, was how unpredictable and long the adoption process was. Claire’s brother David, though, offered them another soluti
Angela Kay
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I honestly don't think it gets much better than this. Hannah's Moon is the fifth book of John Heldt's American Journey series. I've read two other books in the series (Indiana Belle and Class of '69) and thoroughly enjoyed each. However, if I were to give the prize ribbon to a story-line, Hannah's Moon would win by a mile.

It tells the story of a young couple in 2017 who wants nothing more than to have a baby. They've spent years trying and failing and finally began considering adoption. They soo
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received the book for a fair review. Hannah's Moon is fifth in the series, featuring parents Claire and Ron Rasmussen. It is like what the author John Heldt says: this is an epic finale of a great series. Starting with a heartbreak, Claire and Ron has their hopes renewed when their uncle offers them an alternative. Desperate to become parents, Claire and Ron journey to 1945, with her brother David the history teacher.
Their mission to form a family might be straightforward, but they still have
Lara Girdler
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again I am blown away! Engulfed into a WWII story of love, loss and overcoming all odd despite seemingly huge obstacles being thrown in your face! Claire and Ron have tried for years to have a child, to no avail, and once they decide on adoption the long wait just seems overwhelming. Then being presented with the chance to travel back in time and adopt immediately is just too good to be true! But they take that chance and after they've integrated themselves into Chattanooga circa 1945 they ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My tenth John Heldt book!


I feel compelled to give John Heldt credit for what others have done poorly. I read a book a few months ago from another author which seemingly offered the same type of plot as Mr. Heldt typically does, with a 1940s high school graduate ending up in 2017. The plot was buried beneath oversexed characters, ridiculous plot logic, and did I mention a side plot about an omnipotent alien race controlling the galaxy and living inside the moon? John allows you to reloca
Cydne Rovman
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Best Yet!

I really enjoyed this book. So far it is my favorite. I loved the development and personalities of the characters. Looking forward to the next one!!!
Pamela King
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is John A. Heldt at his best. (There are still two of his 11 books from other series I am yet to read so it may be nudged from its number 1 rating).
The story begins with heartbreak when, following a miscarriage and years of trying to conceive, Claire Rasmussen and her husband, Ron, enquire about adoption. After learning the waiting time is six years, and extremely expensive, it seems like their longing to become parents may remain a dream. That is, until Claire’s uncle, Professor Bell,
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hannah’s Moon is the last book in the American Journey series. Do not worry if you have not read any of the other books in the series, because this one can be read as a stand-alone and you will not feel lost. In fact, I have only read one other in the series, September Sky, which is the first one. The entire series is based on a sci-fi, time travel theme. Expect also to get a little romance, suspense and WWII history with this one.

Claire Rasmussen wants nothing more than to have a child. After
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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After struggling for years to have a child, Claire Rasmussen, 34, turns to adoption, only to find new obstacles on the path to motherhood. Then she gets an unlikely phone call and soon learns that a distant uncle possesses the secrets of time travel. Within weeks, Claire, husband Ron, and brother David find themselves on a train to Tennessee and 1945, where adoptable infant
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John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage, American Journey, and Carson Chronicles 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, sports fan, ...more

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American Journey (5 books)
  • September Sky (American Journey, #1)
  • Mercer Street (American Journey, #2)
  • Indiana Belle (American Journey, #3)
  • Class of '59 (American Journey, #4)