The Going Back Portal

Fiction - Time Travel
328 Pages
Reviewed on 05/29/2019
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Author Biography

I like time travel stories and I have an abiding interest in the fate of Native Americans who were driven from their lands. I bring the two together in "The Going Back Portal," along with a couple of other pressing social issues. My goal is to write an entertaining story that also delves into important themes. When I was growing up, relatives told me I might have Cherokee Indian blood, which was conceivable since many of my ancestors owned land that once belonged to the Cherokee. But a DNA test suggests I don’t have any American Indian ancestry. Still, I feel compelled to tell a small portion of their story in my novel, which is set in rural northeast Georgia where the Cherokee once lived.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Louanne Piccolo for Readers' Favorite

The Going Back Portal by Connie Lacy is a suspenseful novel portraying a battle between good and evil. Kathryn Spears, a producer for an investigative news team, takes care of her grandmother – Nana – who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. When Nana speaks about a family living on her land, Kathryn dismisses the story as a symptom of the disease. There is no family, or is there? While checking out Nana’s story, Kathryn stumbles into a time travel portal and finds herself in 1840 where she meets Forest Water, a young Cherokee Indian. Forest Water is married to an abusive white man she cannot escape, as leaving him will mean giving up her ancestral land. Unwilling to leave Forest Water to her fate, Kathryn intervenes. Will she be able to save Forest Water? And if she does, will changing the past jeopardize the present?

The Going Back Portal is possibly one of the most intriguing novels I’ve read this year. There’s nothing as wonderfully frustrating as willing a character not to make a choice it is obvious she will make, and then see her make it anyway. What can a reader do other than frantically turn the pages to see how the drama will play out? Connie Lacy spins a spell-binding story that will seduce fans of time travel and take them on a thrilling ride through the ages. Her compelling writing style coupled with elements of high drama and relatable characters makes for an emotionally intense read. Connie Lacy has a new fan in me!