The Mine by John A. Heldt

Posted August 31, 2015 by Marie in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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The Mine by John A. Heldt
Genres: Historical Romance, New Adult Romance, Time Travel Romance, Young Adult / New Adult Romance

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.


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Okay I will openly admit I was curious as to what a man could do with a romance novel. I am not in any way attempting to be mean and I am sure that there are actually some men writing romance under female pen names. However this is my first one very written by a man that I know of right out of the gate. I must say that The Mine was a really great time-travel book! John Heldt really did his homework when he was writing! The characterization is so realistic that you really get the feeling that you are in 1941 when you are there.

The romance was very sweet and the story was slow and steady if that makes any sort of sense. It wasn’t this heart pounding, intense story. Instead it was this exciting read full of twists and turns. Those that make you stay up all night to get to the end. This is the perfect weekend read when you want to get away from the intense romance and  instead just take yourself away on a pleasant ride.


I was given a copy of The Mine, from the Author in exchange for a honest book review.



About John A. Heldt

John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage and American Journey series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past, he weighs in on literature and life at


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