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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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  • DubaiReader
  • Holsworthy, Devon, United Kingdom
  • 29-04-18

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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  • Nolan
  • 12-08-17

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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  • TinkerMel
  • 05-08-17

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.


I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • jstep
  • 25-09-17

Entertaining, well written time travel story

What did you love best about The Mirror?

I enjoyed the whole thing. It was entertaining being taken back in time and I loved how the girls got to interact with their relatives back in the 60's. I liked all of the characters and thought the story was very well thought out.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mirror?

Without giving away any spoilers, I really enjoyed the part about jail and the event leading up to it and how a certain person was able to help get another person out of jail. That whole part of the story was very entertaining.

Have you listened to any of Allyson Voller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first time that I have listened to any of Allyson Voller's performances. I thought she did a good job narrating this audiobook. It was easy to understand her and tell the differences between characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, this wasn't a book that I wanted to listen to all in one sitting. Though it was very entertaining and I was listening to it every chance I had, 12 hours is definitely beyond the length that I would ever try to listen to all in one sitting!

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was a nice, easy listen. There's no over the top sex, drugs or violence-just a good, solid time travel story. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • Listener
  • 23-08-17

Great Time Travel Book

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

Loved this book.. i've read and listened to others in the series and they were great as well.

For 2 young girls to go back to the 60's and experience what was happening during that time in society and to bring a modern outlook on to the Civil Rights Moment and bigotry, was nice to read (however, there really doesn't seem to be much of a change)

It was different with Allyson Voller as narrator, but still enjoyable.

Highly recommend this book and series

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  • tina
  • 19-08-17

Time travel

nice clean time travel story, for those that don't like a lot of descriptive sex in their books. I jumped in with this, book 5 as my first. I was not lost so the story stands alone. I do feel the need to go start at book one and get to know everybody! narrator does a good job. I was given this free book for my honest review.

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  • micki
  • 16-08-17

Filler up!

This is a great story. Hands down, it was basically a neat love story filled with moral family values. Two twin sisters travel through a mirror at a fun house. And nothing happens until chapter seventy-two where the post modern women--namely Jenny--got herself into trouble between two young men.
Mind you, they went back to 1964. One of the boys (James) was African American and they were smack in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement.
The other a spoiled and abusive young man (Steve) whose father is a powerful attorney.
The other sister, Katy, is a shy and wholesome girl who falls in love with a young man she sees in a mirror at a fun house and simply walks through it. Just like Alice.
The only reason I gave this three stars is because what took eighty-four chapters could have easily have been cut to fifty. And that's being generous.
That being said, it is a beautiful story and I respect what John Heldt did here. I would read/listen to more from this author and enjoyed the narrator's portrayal of the characters.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Lisarami
  • 14-08-17

Story Way too Long

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I had a hard time getting through this book. While the narrator is a good one, I just didn't care for the amused type of voice throughout the story. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

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  • wonder woman
  • 09-08-17

time travel

Loved this book! there are happy, sad, loveable moments throughout this story! You can feel the emotions from Ginny and Katie twin sisters throughout their travels. Im going to read the other 4 books!! I got this audiobook for free at my request so I am leaving this review.

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  • cps
  • 02-08-17

Book 5 of easy time travel goodness.

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I love John Heldt's time travel series. They are well written and easy to listen to... entertaining without a lot of details of how it works it just does. Don't I wish. I would totally recommend this book.

I was provided a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review via Audiobook Boom. This in no way affected my opinion of this audiobook.