By: John A Heldt
Length: 297 Pages
Published: February 13, 2012
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 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.
Going back in time with Joel Smith was one of the most astounding time traveling books I have ever read. It has instantly made it way to the top of my list.
Instantly I took a liking to Joel and I really didn’t see how his character could get any better but Heldt surprised me with the tricks he had coming. I was most impressed with the attention to detail keeping true to the eras, the 00’s and 40’s. I enjoyed the journey Joel took back to what would be his home. I loved watching the comparison come alive. The same but difference.
Joel was created to be just the sweetest gentleman ever to grace a book. With his kind heart and quick wit, the story line never dulled. As our cast grew the connection became more clear and concise. While back in 1941 Joel runs into this 21-year-old grandmother. An Ginny well that lady is so crafty that I thought for sure she would call Joel out on his past. My heart broke for Ginny, I felt tortured for Joel knowing that he knew the fate of Ginny first love Tom. We watched Joel struggle with trying to maintain an appearance of a rancher, knowing the fate of his new-found friends and falling in love with and already taken women. Then when you finally think that it is all said and done, everything’s going to work out, Heldt rips the carpet out from under you.
Grace. Well Grace is something else. When we met her I really thought she would be a quick pass in the book, but she was, well she was just remarkable. My heart was destroyed along with hers.
I laughed, I cried, and I thought so much of what I would do if this happened to me with novel. It has created a spark for a journey that I need to know more of. I’ve become so invested in these characters I was upset when I reached the end of the book. It was an amazing journey to take and one I know I look forward to reading more of.
I know that as soon as I’m able to I will continue with the Northwest Passage series.