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The Mine is a wonderful story about the journey to adulthood and finding oneself. Joel Smith is on a trip with his best friend Adam when an impromptu stop at an old abandoned mine changes his life forever. He gets pulled back in time to the 1940s and upon realizing he can’t figure out how to get back to his own time, he hitches a ride to Helena, then finds himself making his way via train hopping to Seattle. There he meets Tom, a guy who becomes an instant friend and he gets a job. It’s not long before he falls for a local girl, Grace. I really loved seeing their relationship develop and evolve throughout Joel’s many months in 1941. The way he easily adapts to the era because of his love of history made me cheer for him.
When everything aligns up and he realizes he can finally go back to his own time, he has such an inner struggle. Should he leave Grace behind or take her with him. Not wanting to thoroughly screw up time, he decides to leave her behind, but not without a letter explaining the truth of where he is from and the time he is from. Joel finally gets back to his own time and eventually dismisses everything as a dream brought on by a serious bump on the head. But after going through some of his grandmother’s things from the 1940s, he realizes it was all too real.
John A. Heldt gave me the happy ending I never dreamed of having when I got into this book. It will definitely be a book that I go back and read again from time to time. I fell in love with all the characters from the first page and cheered for them throughout the whole book. My heart broke for them when they were in pain. It takes a lot to bind me to a character like that, but John has the talent for it. I will be looking for more from this author.
I highly recommend this book and give it 5 stars.