Sunday, September 15, 2013-Satin Sheets Review of The Mine by John Heldt
Title: The Mine
Author: John Heldt
Author Website: www.johnheldt.blogspot.com
Length: 199 pages
Find It On: Amazon
In 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 Whirlaway, 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.
This read is proof that “Great things come in small packages”! As a huge fan of time travel, this story had great historical details and I particularly loved the sport venues the author throws in from time to time.
Unlike the author’s book, The Journey where the heroine gets a “do over” in life…The Mine introduces us to Joel Smith. Thrust back in 1941, the young man comes face to face with his maternal grandmother in her college years. It was a humbling, eye-opening moment for the hero, but the real story begins when Joel meets Grace!
Joel is a carefree soul, and his kindness were character traits that any women would find endearing. Though the heroine, Grace is portrayed as meek and angelic in the beginning, we slowly see her coming out of her shell. Once the relationship began to bud between Grace and Joel, the book was a page-turner! I devoured the second half of the story in one night, and I was thrown for a complete loop at the very end. Mr. Heldt did a tremendous job right until the very last paragraph, which reached in and tugged on my heartstrings! I literally was wiping my tears away and saying “Amazing!” when I finished.
If you enjoy time travel, a sweet romance and a shocker at the very end of your stories! You will thoroughly enjoy The Mine by John Heldt.
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