Review: The Mine by John A. Heldt

Title: The Mine
Author: John A. Heldt
Published: December 6th 2013 by John A. Heldt
Series: Northwest Passage #1
read in: August, 2015

New Adult • Historical–Science Fiction • Romance

She was an open book, for sure. But even open books were often good reads.

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.


So, I haven’t read a time-travel love story in a couple months until this one came. The idea of the story is really awesome and cool. The time travel basically sent the main character somewhere around the World War II period.

I loved all the diverse characters in the book. The main character, Joel, was really fun to read. He was pretty optimistic and laid back (though at certain times gone a bit too far) and his character kind of sets the mood of the book to more of a fun page turner. My favorite character in this book though was his grandmother, Ginny. She had a really great attitude and I just loved every scene of her.

There were some minor flaws in the book that sometimes held me from enjoying it really well. First, I would like for Joel to be more curious about what happened to him. He was sent back in the past and he kind of had the idea that there was a connection between the time-travel and the alignment of the planets, so I was hoping that when he arrived at a college, he would go do some research in the library or find some people with the knowledge of such thing. The other thing was the fact that there were some sort of love-triangle. I couldn’t really enjoy the two main characters’ relationship since I kind of felt sorry for Grace’s fiancee, Paul. It just a matter of preference but I would prefer there were never a “Paul” from the start.

Besides, the flaws I really enjoyed the story and I loved the way it ended. I didn’t picture it to be that way so it was a fun twist at the end that I loved so much. I wished that his grandmother is still alive waiting for the day Joel experienced the time travel.

A Digital Copy of the book was sent by the author in exchange for an honest review.




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