Review: The Mine by John A. Heldt

The mineDescription: 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

Rating: 3/5 stars

Cover: I really like it.

Review: So, I have a thing for time travelling: the possibilities, the danger of altering the past and therefore your own present… I don’t think that was on Joel’s mind that much. I can only say ‘I think’, because I didn’t really get into his head.  The book’s hero was bordering on Gary Sue. All the women want him, especially the two main love interests (the first even though she just got engaged and it wasn’t forced). Everything he does, works just fine. Everyone loves him. That’s not really interesting, now is it?

But other parts of this book were interesting. Everything had some Forties-Charm going, the dates and pastime activities for example. I liked how World War II loomed over the characters, too.

But sadly everything was just too easy-going in this book, the beginning, the middle and the end. I like a little conflict and I am not talking about ‘which girl/boy should I choose’ conflict. If that’s your thing, I am sure you’ll really like this book. The time travel aspect is probably (hopefully) becoming a more important part in this series’ next installments.

You can sample and buy it here.

The author provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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