Title: The Mine
Author: John A. Heldt
Series: Northwest Passage, Book 1
Genre: Romance Time-Travel, Historical Fiction, Adventure
Published Date: February 12, 2012
Length: 285 pages
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 Whirlaway, 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 is a love story that 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.
The year was 2000, and Joel Smith and his friend Adam take a detour on a country road due to construction. Joel is majoring in geology in University and the chance to explore an abandoned gold mine is too good to pass up. As he exits the mine he realizes his whole life has changed. It is now the year 1941. The scenery is different, the cars are different, the people are dressed differently and he does not have any money on him. He hops aboard a box car in a train and begins the adventure of a life time. He ends up in a small town and befriends a group of university students. Much to his surprise his beloved Grandmother is one of these girls.
What follows is a heart rendering love story. It was very well written and I enjoyed his emotional struggles on how to merge the two time eras. Joel is a sports fanatic and uses this knowledge to make himself some money betting on games. He struggles with his knowledge of the impending war and draft. He falls in love and has second and third thoughts about keeping secrets from her. He meets many amazing people and learns much about himself.
It was a little long winded in the middle. I did find the struggles of that time period very well written about. I felt for Joel as he tried to find himself and discover the right path for himself and his new family and friends while trying to consider those he had left behind. He was definitely hurting and conflicted not knowing who to be loyal to. The ending of the story had me reaching for a Kleenex, okay, a few Kleenexes. The author wrapped the story together in a perfect way. He added a few touches that were just so sweet and heart jerking. It was very well done.
Overall, it was a beautiful story that I would definitely recommend. It was a light read, a relaxing and definitely enjoyable read.
*A review copy was given in exchange for an honest review*