Book Review: ‘The Mine’ by John A. Heldt

Title: The Mine (Northwest Passage Book 1)

Published: 13th February 2012

Author: John A. Heldt




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.



Joel is on a road trip with a difference with his college friend Adam. If you see a gold mine your first thought might be that you hope to find some if you take a closer look. Getting sucked into another time – 1941 to be exact – might not cross your mind and ends up being something else entirely. Seems Joel is about to get a history lesson he will never forget.

Joel is beyond confused when he leaves the mine. Everything around him has changed and Adam is nowhere to be found. Going to the last place he remembers is his first thought but even being there doesn’t help. He gets a bit of a rude awakening when he figures out he has somehow gone back in time. He has nothing on him that will help pay his way and only his wits to guide him.

A journey has began that will lead him to a future that might have already be fated when he meets Tom and all that follow. Tom was a lovable jokey character who you warmed to quickly. Coming to his aid was the best decision Joel made as it brought him to a new family. After Joel steps in to help Tom from getting beaten up he takes him home as a thank you. His dad the next day, after a bit of a grilling, gives him the opportunity to work at his furniture shop. He gets a lifeline and the warmth of a family where he thought he had none. Though true family might be closer than he thinks after he meets Tom’s girlfriend, she has a name that sounds familiar – his grandmothers to be exact.

Great female characters created that seemed to compliment each other well. Ginny is a fierce, strong, loyal friend and clearly only wants the best for her friends. Linda seemed a little forward and had a quick fuse but you understand why. Katie was a quite instigator in a few things but again a loyal friend. Grace however is who caught Joel’s attention from just one look though. Down on his luck and after a harrowing journey to get to Seattle while sitting on a bench he looks up to see her. He seems to have caught her attention too. She saw he looked so sad and lost and you get the feeling she wanted to help. When he sees Grace again he is more than pleased, well that is until she gets introduced as the fiancé of Paul. Seems she is an unattainable woman, but one who he can’t get out of his mind.

Seems Grace has some serious thinking to do as her heart is about to be pulled in two different directions. Even though he is chasing someone who is technically taken for the time being he is such a gentleman throughout. He knows what she is going through is tough and doesn’t want to put pressure on her but he knows there is something special about her. Somehow they are fated to be together. But romance aside that’s not all that is troubling Joel. He may have a bit of fun with bets to win some cash but he knows the real danger that is coming with war on the horizon. Lives are going to change and he has to be careful with how much he says. If he changes something too much he might not even exist. Whenever he tries to think about it too much you can almost see his head spin. Along the way he will make great friends who feel like family and the love of his life. But when the chance comes to return home is he going to be able to give up the life he has created with the woman he wants or go home to the future he’s from?

A good bit of writing that will draw you in from the first page. A time travelling romance at its best. Definitely one to check out, I wonder where the next person will get taken?

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.


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