Oct 15, 2014

The Mine

The Mine
by John A. Heldt

Book: Northwest Passage #1
Publisher: John A. Heldt
Pub Date: Dec 6 2013
Genre: YA
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Book Links: Goodreads  Amazon

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.

My Review:  Time travel! I like when a book goes back, but I haven't read one that took place where swing dancing was a thing. I ended up liking it. 

So I wasn't enjoying Joel for a while, he was way too cocky for my taste. Though he sorta got better when he went back in time. So know he learns that he need to be careful, curiosity can lead anywhere, like going back in time. Now all the stuff he has is worthless and he needs to start all over again. A new life with help from from his grandma and her friends. 

Going through all this, you got the chance to know Joel better and able to ignore his cockyness. His true colors show and you see he is a decent smart guy. So then I liked Joel and he started his new life in the 40's. He ends up falling in love and things seem to be good, but then he is given the shot to return home to go back to his life in 2000.  Now he has to choose, go back home and have that life? Or should he just stay where he is and have this new life? Either way, something in history is going to change. 

This was a nice and quick pace story and it had my attention. The characters were written well and the story is worth the read. 
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