Book Review: The Mine by John A. Heldt

19353394Title: The Mine by John A. Heldt
Genre:  Science Fiction – Time Travel Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Page count: 324
Format: EPUB
Publication Date: December 6, 2013
Rating – 5/5 – It was amazing and I loved it

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.

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Hello everyone! I am excited to share with you my review of The Mine by John A. Heldt. Full disclosure, I received the book from the author in exchange for an honest review and after reading it could not wait to share it. We have a huge storm here in Texas and I’ve had this book for good company and was able to complete my reading of it earlier this morning. Once I read the description for this book I got excited about it, I don’t have alot of experience reading Time Travel Romances so I was happy to give this book a read.

The Mine is about a soon-to-be college graduate Joel Smith whom is returning home from a bro-trip with his best friend Adam. Taking a detour in order to avoid a road block, Joel and Adam come across an abandoned old mine. Joel, being a geologist at heart, takes off to explore the mine. He ends up hitting his head, blacking out and waking up in the 1940s where as his luck would have it, he proceeds to make a new life complete with friends, love and some pretty tough decisions – including what he will give up to home again.

This book is a true gem. I cannot recommend it enough. I thoroughly enjoyed my reading experience of this book. It was well written, the setting was beautifully setup, the historical details were well worked into the story…I just really loved everything about it. I fell in love with the cast of characters, especially with Ginny and Joel. I also loved that Grace worked in a library – being a library school myself I always love when I encounter libraries or librarians in books. That was a sweet treat for me. The characters were all very real and human to me. I love the moral dilemma that Joel faces in the possibility of leaving lives altered in his time travel journey and how he carves out a life for himself in 1940s. I love what his time there has done to him, it seems to have made him grow up and become a man, whereas at the beginning of the story he still seems like a careless, college frat boy (albeit a super intelligent one).

The plot was fresh and interesting to me. It has definitely made me want to delve more into the genre of Time Travel Romances. I can always tell if I’ve been reading a really good book because I’ll always stop what I’m reading and commence to give my husband a run down of the story and rant and rave about it. I’m sure I looked like a complete lunatic when I was frantically trying to explain this book to him so he could love it as much as I did. He’s super into time travel and conspiracy theories so while I was describing this book to him, he also thought the plot was interesting! I wish he were a reader so he could read this book!

I was so devastated for Joel and Grace (especially Grace) towards the end but boy was that turned around on me! That ending…ugh so good. So. Freaking. Good. This book needs to be a movie. While I was reading it, I was just playing the movie out in my head and imagine my cast of characters and I really want Bradley Cooper to play Joel and Rachel McAdams to play Grace…at least that’s who I saw in my head! PLEASE do yourself a favor and add this one to your TBR list and give it a read. You will not be sorry. I am giving this book a full five star rating and adding it to my list of top reads for 2015. I think it’s a book that everyone can enjoy. This is a must read.

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