Published Date: May 2012
Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance
The Story: 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.
My Review: Well, the first thing I love about this book, the geology! But that’s coming from a geologist. The second thing is the time period. I love the clothes of the 40s, well 50s too. This is an amazing story about love, friendship and time travel. It’s a little different than Back to the Future, which it comments on. Gotta love McFly! And it’s the perfect romance. At least in my opinion. Heldt did his research for this book, and it’s well written. I had a hard time stopping to do anything. I wanted to finish and find out what happens to Joel. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!