Weeks after her husband dies in the midst of an affair in 2016, Chicago writer Susan Peterson, 48, seeks solace on a California vacation with her mother Elizabeth and daughter Amanda. The novelist, however, finds more than she bargained for when she meets a professor who possesses the secret of time travel. Within days, the women travel to 1938 and Princeton, New Jersey. Elizabeth begins a friendship with her refugee parents and infant self, while Susan and Amanda fall for a widowed admiral and a German researcher with troubling ties. Filled with poignancy, heartbreak, and intrigue, Mercer Street gives new meaning to courage, sacrifice, and commitment as it follows three strong-willed souls on the adventure of a lifetime.
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A nice visit to a time gone by.
When my kids were young they enjoyed "The Magic Treehouse" series. Mercer Street reminded me of those books, as in many ways, it is a grown-up version with the same premise. A small group - in this case, a mother, adult-daughter, and grandmother -- take advantage of an offer to travel back in time, have interesting adventures, and return to the present wiser and more ready to deal with their present lives. Mercer Street is a street in Princeton, NJ, where the grandmother had lived as a baby, so the trio chose to visit that area in 1938. I thoroughly enjoyed the immersion into those calm, oblivious days before the U.S. was even fully aware of what was happening in Europe, and it was interesting to see the women try to come to grips with their new acquaintances' lack of knowledge given their own understanding of the impending upheavals. Each of the women forges relationships with people in the past, knowing both the real-life dangers to come and the possible danger of altering the time-line. How they manage those relationships: the grandmother with her own family, the mother with a scholar and scientist whose work will be critical to the upcoming war effort, and the daughter with a young German who has grown up in the U.S., provide the intrigue and passion to a good historical read. But the intrigue and passion are not of the "keep you up all night reading/listening" variety. It is a good story, and I'm glad I experienced it. I received a copy of the audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review, and I'm glad I got a chance to listen to it. Anyone who enjoys good historical fiction would enjoy Mercer Street.