Monday, July 6, 2015

The Mine (Northwest Passage Book 1) by John A. Heldt

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Author: John A. Heldt
Publisher: John A. Heldt (self-published)
Publication Date: February 13, 2012
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review


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.

Who doesn't love the idea of time travel? Getting to witness different parts of history would be pretty amazing. It would also be a little terrifying and confusing. In The Mine, college student Joel's adventurous spirit leads him to an abandoned mine in Montana. Despite his best friend's frustrations, he insists on taking a look inside and gets more than he bargained for, waking up in a different time. Literally. I tried to imagine what it would be like if I got dropped in the middle of 1941. I rarely ever carry cash, I wouldn't have a cell phone to call for help, and more importantly I wouldn't have anyone to call even if I did need help, because no one would believe you if you told them the truth. I would be incredibly frightened and distraught. Joel on the other hand handles himself a lot better than I would have. Of course he's understandably disoriented by all of the things he has to adapt to, but he immediately sets out to find a way to survive. 

Joel was really brave, charming, and confident; it's no wonder he found friends almost immediately. They all had an impact on his life, but there were two that altered his life in a major way. The first person he really gets to know is Tom; Joel helps him out of a pretty intense situation and Tom returns the favor by helping Joel get on his feet. The other is Grace, a blonde-haired beauty who is friends with Joel's 21 year old grandmother. I know, weird right? Grace is newly engaged, however that doesn't stop Joel from pursuing her. I really liked them together; she was a little quiet at first, but wasn't afraid to put him in his place if he did or said something she didn't like. Despite all of the obstacles between them, they were just drawn to each other. 

As I watched their relationship grow, all I could do was worry with each page because I had a feeling that Joel would get the chance to return to the year 2000 at some point and I wondered what he would do if that happened. On one hand, his entire life was 59 years in the future; his parents, his friends, his girlfriend, and college, which he was close to graduating from. On the other, he met Grace, whom he had an immediate connection with, and many other friends in the new life he had built. I honestly wasn't sure what to expect.

No, I will not tell you what happens at the end. I will say that I didn't realize how emotionally invested I had become in these characters until I had tears running down my face. It was a combination of the story itself and how the author chose to have the events unfold; they simply affected me in a way that's hard to describe. Were they happy tears, sad tears, frustrated tears? I guess that's for you to find out when you read The Mine.

If you would like to learn more about the author, John A. Heldt, and his other works, please visit his website by clicking here!

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