The Mine is an outstanding and superbly-crafted historical fiction, time-travel novel. I found this book to be a clever, and incredibly well-written witty read, as well as a touching love story. I loved every page of this spellbinding book and read it in one day. The Mine pulled me into its world and held me captive until nothing else existed.
Joel Smith is an extrovert and risk-taker. He’s also a charming and incredibly handsome young man with a magnetic personality. Joel’s brave and adventurous spirit got him into thinking that exploring an abandoned mine in Montana was a grand idea. But it was his bewitching personality that complicated his life, once he exited the mine.
Joel was flabagasted when he realized that it wasn’t May of 2000, but of 1941. He was supposed to be graduating from college in a couple of weeks, but that wasn’t going to happen now. The last thing Joel remembered was touching the mine’s blue glowing walls.
Joel jumped off the park bench when he saw two thugs beating a man to a pulp. Tom Carter was bleeding and bruised but glad to be alive. He felt indebted to his new homeless friend, who saved his life. Tom brought Joel to his home, found him a job and introduced him to his friends and family. The two young men became fast best friends. Out of everyone that Tom introduced him to, Joel was the most interested in the very beautiful but engaged, woman, Grace Vanderberg.
Joel was aware that he should keep a low profile, and he knew that impacting anyone’s life in 1941 could alter history, as well as his own existence. But he just couldn’t seem to leave the blond, engaged girl alone. Joel knew that he was being selfish and was playing with Grace’s fate. And then it came, the thing that Joel had been dreading and hoping for at the same time.
I found John Heldt’s writing to be razor sharp and progressive. There were no wordy paragraphs or boring pages to skip. The Mine was pure entertainment, a gem of a book. I highly recommend giving The Mine a read. This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it won’t be my last. John Heldt is a talented author. Don’t miss him.
~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover