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On September 11, 2020, Ginny and Katie Smith celebrate their 19th birthday at a country fair near Seattle. Ignoring the warnings of a fortune-teller, they enter a house of mirrors and exit in May 1964. Armed with the knowledge they need to return to their time, they try to make the most of what they believe will be a four-month vacation. But their 60s adventure becomes complicated when they meet a revered great-grandmother and fall in love with local boys.
In The Mirror, the sequel to The Mine and The Show, the sisters find happiness and heartbreak as they confront unexpected challenges and gut-wrenching choices in the age of civil rights, the Beatles, and Vietnam.
©2014 John A. Heldt (P)2017 John A. Heldt
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4 out of 5 stars
By Nolan on 08-12-17

Time Travel, Great Characters! What's Not to Like?

The worst thing about time travel books for me is the confusion I experience when characters assiduously try to avoid meeting themselves in time. Casting aside physics and theories and all, I just want a book where it's ok for characters to meet either themselves or their ancestors, and I found one in this book. This is the account of two sisters who nonchalantly visit a fair in 2017 and are inexplicablly drawn to a particular mirror in a house of mirrors exhibition. As they look at the mirror, admiring particuarly the frame, one of them literally disappears into it. Her twin has no choice but to attempt to follow suit, and so she presses against the glass and joins her sister in Washington State, but most decidedly not in 2017 or any year close to it.

This, then, is a glorious story of two well-developed characters who are vivid and memorable because of the talent of this author. This is the story of a different America, one in which the young women find romance and experience heartbreak. Ultimately, they must decide whether they can even return to their time and lives.

Even if you're not familiar with this author, you need to buy this book for the sake of the narration. It is absolutely through the stratosphere. Whatever they paid this woman who did the narration simply wasn't enough. She breathed life into the twins and her delivery, presence, and inflections alone were enough to keep me glued to my book player. She has one of those lovely well-modulated voices that she didn't distort by trying to sound like someone else depending on the character she was narrating. This is an excellent book in print; in audio, it sparkles.

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4 out of 5 stars
By TinkerMel on 08-05-17

Hello 1960s!

I really enjoyed this time travel story, It only being the 2nd one I have read in this genre for me. I found that really liked this one! It was emotional, and well thought out. I loved that I thought i knew what was going to happen at the end, but i was wrong! well done.

This is book 5 of a series, and the only one I have read out of it. I was not lost. It can be a stand alone book.


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4 out of 5 stars
By DubaiReader on 04-29-18

Journey into the past.

This was the second time-travel book I'd listened to by this author, unfortunately from two different series. I preferred The Mirror (Northwest passage 05) to Class of '59 (American Journey 04), mainly because it was less confusing in the early chapters. I also favoured the narrator of The Mirror.

Ginny and Katie Smith, nineteen year old twins, have come from a family of time-travellers, and while they never expected to find themselves in another time, they seemed to have some awareness of how things worked and how to go about returning to their own time. However, they were aware that they needed to be very careful not to make significant changes in the past, and not to fall in love and leave heart-break behind them when they left. Whilst they pretty much achieved their first objective, they were far from achieving the second.

The era in which they find themselves is 1964, with the rise of The Beatles, the build-up of racial riots and the impending Vietnam disaster. This was also the era in which their great-grandmother lived. Meeting her and her daughter, their grandmother, was one of the highlights of their trip and they were able to fill her in on the fates of some of the people whom she'd loved and lost.

The characterisations were good and I loved the different social feel of a time when courtesy was the norm. The dialogue, however, was a bit stilted and I felt for the narrator in tackling an endless stream of 'he said, she said'.
Although this does work as a standalone, I was sorry I hadn't read the previous books in the series. I struggled with the the ending, which brought together the fates of all the previous characters and was rather confusing. I still plan to go over the last few chapters again to really understand who everyone was and how their roles in the story panned out.

I'm a bit surprised that this is not listed as a YA book as it struck me as a coming-of-age novel rather than adult fiction.

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