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This is my second Heldt book, the first being the Journey and the time travel theme is a recurring one. Heldt handles it very well and you never feel you've stumbled into a scifi fantasy. Rather, it is a character driven tale following young Joel- the time traveler, as he begins to establish himself in this new era.
He falls in love with a girl who is engaged to be married and another example of Heldt's skill is the handling of the attraction between the new lovers and pain their relationship will cause her fiance, a young soldier about to leave for the war. Heldt manages to avoid a lot of cliches here and this is a highlight of the book.
A comment on characterization. The characters walk off the page very easily- meaning you can identify with them when you were at that point in your life. The strength of this aspect of the book is that you continue to think about them after you've finished their story.Something that writers rarely accomplish.
I've used the word 'sweet' to describe this tale. Let me elaborate a bit so you won't run for the exit. This book approaches love from an idealistic vantage point, perhaps somewhat representing mid-twentieth century values, but in a way where people don't just jump into bed for physical fulfillment. That's what i mean. So there aren't any graphic sex scenes depicted. Relationships are explored and evaluated for long term potential before taking a carnal step. Sweet may not be the word, but it's what occurred to me.
Mostly a linear tale with a couple of neat twists at the end as Joel has to decide whether to continue his new life in the past or return to his present when the opportunity suddenly comes along.
Finally, I want to say the ending is handled masterfully and is very satisfying to the romantically inclined reader. Major congrats to Heldt for avoiding cliches here.
All in all, a very readable and sweet tale of young love. You really can't do better than this one. I bought the next book in this series immediately upon finishing this one. No higher praise can be tendered.
If you're looking for a love story, it truly is one, although from the cover I couldn't tell and I let it languish on my kindle for 3 months before I took the plunge. That would be my only complaint. I wish the cover reflected more of what happens rather than just his stumbling upon the temporary doorway to the past. There's no sex but there are a few instances of profanity, so I can't say it's a clean romance, but it's close. Two thumbs up! :)
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.
What did I like? This is the first book of the 5-book series but I can tell you right now I am getting all the rest. I have always been fascinated by time travel with other books that I have read and this one ranks of pretty darn high of those. I think the main thing that I liked about the characters was the time frame they were in. Of course, it would make sense because that is when I grew up and still think that was the best time of my life. But the characters are what make this book not the subject of time travel.
What are you going to like? The first will be the humor, the characters or at least some of them are so darn funny. The next would be the mystery of the storyline. It is amusing, interesting, intriguing, captivating, charming, exciting, rousing and stimulating. I could think of a few more adjectives but I think you get the idea that the book is a good read and will keep you interested until the final page. For me, this is book one so I am on to the next till I catch up with the author. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!