In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.
*I recived a copy of this book from the author in exchange of a honest review*
The writing was good. There are many POVs through the book. It was a little bit hard to get into but I think that is because I wasn’t in the right mood. My only problem was that sometimes, the descriptions for me were too long.
The story was really great. This is about time travel and learning to live in another time. If you enjoyed Outlander I think you will enjoy this book.
The main character travels to 1941 from 2000. It was a very interesting process to read. The plot in this is Joel learning and living his new life, starting relationships and all those things that life brings.
I don’t feel like nothing ‘world changing’ happened but if you enjoy reading about life and new relationships, you might enjoy this.
The end surprised me a lot and had me with all emotions showing up.
•Joel: I liked Joel but sometimes he was too reckless, cocky. I don’t know, he had this moments were I didn’t like him that much. However, he was a good character and a good person. In his circumstances, he didn’t try to be ‘God’ and that’s a good thing. He was nice and fun and I enjoyed reading him.
•Grace: I liked her. She was a complicated character because she was so changing, but I find that was so good.
•Ginny: I really enjoyed her sharp mind and her spirit.
•Tom: He was so fun and such a good friend.
•Katie: I believe she was the most welcoming and nice from the girls. That doesn’t mean the others weren’t great but I had this feeling of wanting to give her a hug or be her friend all time.
•The friendship in this book is really good and I loved how they cared for each other and in a way they were a family.
I enjoyed reading this. It was an entertaining time travel book with relationships and life issues.
“She may never be someone anyone can understand. But she will always be worth the wait.”
About the Author:
John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage and American Journey 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, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past, he weighs in on literature and life at johnheldt.blogspot.com.