Series: Northwest Passage #1
Published by indie on February 13, 2012
Genres: Historical, Romance, Science Fiction, Time Travel
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.Amazon •
Mature-Content Rating: Mild Language, Mild Violence, Mild Sexual Themes
“I have a question.”
“How is your English progressing?”
“Well, I was wondering what part of ‘Keep Out’ and ‘No Trespassing’ and ‘Danger’ you don’t understand.”
In John A. Heldt’s The Mine, There were many topics Heldt touched on, but didn’t dig deeper into. The main character, Joel, found himself trapped in the past without his family, worried about his actions changing the future, worried about impending world war, about his future in the past, what will happen to his Japanese-American friend, and found himself falling in love with one of his grandmother’s college friends. But Heldt only skimmed the surface of these topics and I found myself disappointed that I only got a glimpse of the story before any real conflict could rise.
Joel is an excellently developed character. He’s quick witted, well educated, and cocky. However, his transitional period is a bit unbelievable. He’s suddenly tossed into the 1940s but shrugs and starts a new life without even thinking of further investigating the mine or the happenstance that brought on his sudden trip into the past (even though, as stated, he’s well educated).
Tom is a 1940s college student who met Joel (posing as a rancher-cowboy) when he helped Tom get rid of a few debt collectors making good on Tom’s failed gambling habits. Tom’s character is very much like a friend Joel has is his own time and the two instantly grow close. Their friendship in the story comes naturally and it isn’t hard to see Tom and Joel together in any time period.
Grace is a timid missionary’s daughter, who is also engaged. She questions her engagement when she meets Joel as a mutual friend of Tom. The love story between Joel and Grace, again, is a bit unbelievable. Heldt describes no other attraction than Grace being a blonde beauty, then Joel and Grace are madly in love.
Ginny (Joel’s grandmother!) is the character that really makes this story take flight. A true spitfire, she works as a journalist for a newspaper writing on eye-opening topics. True to the grandmother he remembers, this Ginny seems to be able to see straight through Joel and knows there’s something more to him than what he’s sharing.
Overall The Mine was an okay story, but it really lacked the depth it could have had with all the topics it touched on. I would recommend for fans of light romance or historical fiction.