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Book Review: The Mine by John Heldt

(I received this free ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review)

Summary from Goodreads: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 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 Mine is a story of time travel, historical fiction, and romance. Joel and his friend Adam venture into an old abandon mine and against Adam's wishes, Joel goes in farther than he should. As Joel goes deeper into the mine, he is sent back to 1941. 59 years back from present day!! I was very surprised by how Joel was able to adapt being sent back into time. I know I would lose my everlasting mine but hey, that's just me LOL.  He was worried about the clothes that he was wearing and if he would have a roof over his head or not. I know that is something typical that we should worry about but at that moment that would be the farthest thing from my mind. I would just want to get home. I applaud Joel a lot in this book.  He gets taken in by a family and befriends his grandmother and her friends. He also falls in love with one of his grandmother friends named Grace. 

He does face some problems. He is torn between warning the people around him of the war and if the chance came for him to return, would he?

The big question that I was looking forward to was what was he going to do at the end. I was reading this book on the breaks that I had between classes. I could not wait for my classes to end so I could continue reading.  Through out the story it was beautiful. I loved reading this book. :)))

Rating 4.5Stars

Recommend? Yes

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