Saturday, July 14, 2012 | By: Three Chapters

Three Chapters of The Mine

Author: John Heldt. 
Title: The Mine.
Genre: Romance - Time Travel, Historical Fiction  

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Three chapter rating: 5 / 5

: "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." 

I found this book intriguing right from the very beginning just off reading the brief synopsis. It made me very curious to know about this mystical mine and how it works, but sadly, the first three chapters don't quite make it there...which is why I am guaranteed to read beyond those chapters to find out more! 
The story begins in a restaurant with a conversation between two friends, and I was surprised that this was not a boring start to the novel. Portions of the dialect made me chuckle, and I was fond of the music choice of R.E.M. in chapter two - but that has nothing to do with my interest in the story, I promise. Then, the two main characters discover an abandoned mine while on their journey back home - Joel cannot keep his curiosity from getting the best of him and decides to venture into said mine - sadly, that's about where chapter three ends. I cannot wait to delve deeper into this story, and deeper into the mines, and discover where this story takes Joel and Adam.

I can hardly fathom how one would feel if they discovered a way to travel to the past and meet younger versions of their relatives, and have to choose between the new life they have built or returning to their life in the 'present' - but hopefully this story will give me some insight on what that will be look.
The Mine is on its way to my Kindle Fire right now for some further reading and I highly recommend that you pick up a copy yourself! 
Reviewed by: Arynn. 


Teena in Toronto said...

I enjoyed this book and the series.

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